Spotlight on IAA finalists: Responsible Retailing – Draycott

Spotlight on IAA finalists: Responsible Retailing – Draycott

Postmaster Vip Measuria takes his responsibility to the community and staff very seriously. His diligence has landed the branch a place in the IAA finals for Responsible Retailing.

Trusted to protect the community

The wait is almost over! The Independent Achievers Academy awards ceremony is this week. Here’s a look at the last of the 12 retailers with a Post Office in the running.

Draycott One Stop and Post Office is through to the finals of the Independent Achievers Academy (IAA awards) in the Responsible Retailing category.

The convenience store opened in a former pub five years ago. Draycott Post Office then moved to the store in April 2017, giving the local community almost double the Post Office opening hours they had before.

Postmaster Vip Measuria takes retailing and responsibility to the community and staff very seriously and ensures the best ways of working and processes are followed.

Challenge 25

It is illegal to sell alcohol to anyone who is under 18, or anyone who is drunk or for an adult to buy alcohol for someone who is under age. The law requires staff to check ID to make sure that someone is over the age of 18.

Draycott One Stop & Post Office is part of the Challenge 25 scheme run by the Retail of Alcohol Standards Group. This applies tougher rules, by saying that anyone who is over 18, but looks under 25, is asked to bring acceptable ID when they want to buy alcohol.

Mr Measuria and his staff also make a note of every time someone is asked for ID and any refusals and produces daily reports to help focus minds and remind his staff to ask for ID.

Putting the safety of the community first 

The shop has working CCTV to help safeguard the community and fight crime. Mr Measuria is very methodical in all he does, for example, he makes sure that fridge and freezer temperatures are taken throughout the day to make sure that food is stored at the correct temperature. Best before dates of produce are carefully checked by staff.

The store is very proactive with any product recall notices and as well as displaying posters, recalled products are also featured on the store’s social media to help spread awareness.

Mr Measuria, said: “I am very community-minded. Running a shop I have responsibility to the community around me and customers appreciate that I take my responsibilities seriously. I am really pleased to have reached the finals of the IAA award.”