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WHAT’S YOUR VIEW ON SA’S
LIQUOR LICENSING REFORMS AND
WHAT DO THEY MEAN FOR THE
Like all reviews, the South Australian Government
has delivered mixed blessings with their review –
some positive news and some not so good news
for retail packaged liquor sales licensees.
ALSA-SEA members in SA will be meeting
soon to discuss the implications and how
these will impact on the way they do business.
They include restrictions on trading hours,
the accompaniment of minors in-store, and
deliveries including online will have a higher
burden of proof of age.
The good news is that several other more
interventionist proposals were dropped
including sensibly the proposed drug and
alcohol testing of staff or licensees; also,
compliance history risk related liquor licence
loadings for serving minors or intoxicated;
importantly the proposal for minimum pricing
was abandoned; and the proposal to collect
wholesale sales data was dropped.
WHAT WERE SOME OF THE
HIGHLIGHTS FOR ALSA-SEA
ALSA-SEA has developed a firm footing in
Victoria. On-ground resources are building the
brand in that state, along with memberships,
built on the offer of our membership benefits
and services, and embracing new licensees to
the sector. ALSA-SEA made submissions to
the Review of Liquor Acts in both Victoria
and SA and are continuing discussions with
governments in both jurisdictions on the Liquor
Acts and other matters, including retail theft
and aggravated violence in robberies.
WHAT WILL BE YOUR MAJOR
FOCUS FOR THE YEAR AHEAD?
To continue to build membership in Victoria and
provide more membership benefits and services
with more resources for membership support for
those members in SA and Tasmania.
WHAT DO YOU SEE AS THE MAJOR
OPPORTUNITIES FOR LIQUOR
RETAILERS IN 2018?
For all independent retailers to establish their
point of difference. To leverage the changing
consumption patterns and trends to cater for
increasing premiumisation across all categories,
to both satisfy shopper demand and build
businesses with more profitable offerings.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE KEY
CHALLENGES FACING ALSA-SEA?
Of course, the traditional volume lines appear
to continue to decline. Retailers will need to
be on their game to adjust to these changing
needs and not get caught out by ignoring the
changing consumer demand.
While it is also a key opportunity, the need
to adapt to changing consumer demand is a
challenge for many retailers and competitive
pricing remains an issue.
On the regulatory front, governments
are constantly adjusting their regulatory
environments with more interventionist
proposals, to suppress demand and marketing
activity. These often come along with more
red tape and higher costs of doing business,
often in response to pressure groups. So
industry must unite to balance the debate
and ensure policy is made in a properly
informed environment – not simply as a
knee jerk response to calls for more
restrictions on consumers and more
regulation on the industry.
WHAT IS YOUR MESSAGE TO
BECOMING AN ALSA-SEA MEMBER?
ALSA-SEA was established to utilise
the strength of ALSA and their national
representation of our sector and promotion
of the benefits and contribution of our
industry sector to the social and economic
welfare of our communities. This
organisation provides specialist packaged
liquor representation in SA, Tasmania and
Victoria along with tailored membership
benefits and services, which are designed to
assist our members and save them money
on their day-to-day business operating costs
and this model is proving to deliver those
advantages for members.
WHAT IS ONE ISSUE YOU’D LIKE
TO SEE URGENTLY ADDRESSED
BY THE INDUSTRY?
Industry needs to continue to work together
to build both our reputation and our
professionalism, as the Achilles heel of those
who do not do the right thing will bring
all of us into disrepute and leave the door
ajar for regulators to step in with knee jerk
SAM CUFONE, PRESIDENT
AUSTRALIAN LIQUOR STORES ASSOCIATION SEA
AUSTRALIAN LIQUOR STORES ASSOCIATION SEA
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