ABLE BC’s primary goal is to help build a thriving and sustainable private liquor industry in BC by advocating for your interests and proactively solving industry challenges. To that end we:

  • Ensure you have a voice with government officials and policy makers
  • Consult our members regularly to find out what matters most to your business
  • Help members resolve issues with our monopoly wholesale supplier (the LDB)
  • Keep you informed and up-to-date on government policies and regulations
  • Fight to reduce red tape and ensure regulations and policies are business-friendly

Saving you time and money

We know you’re busy, so all members get access to a host of benefit programs tailored specifically to your needs and designed to save your business time and money.

Our benefit programs more than cover the cost of your annual membership. Read on to find out how you can take advantage of these savings today.

Member Benefits

Western Financial Group Hospitality Insurance Program

HIP is a specialized group insurance program that offers our Members immediate premium savings and long-term rate stability. Available insurance coverage includes: property insurance, general liability insurance, host liquor liability insurance, business interruption, cyber liability, legal expenses, and crime. Learn more. 

Johnstone’s Employee Benefits

This comprehensive group benefit program is available to members with as a few as three employees. By leveraging the purchasing power of ABLE BC, we have negotiated significant improvements in cost and flexibility as well as terms and conditions not offered to individual firms. Johnstone’s offers a range of customizable group insurance benefits including: life insurance, income protection, travel insurance, and health and dental coverage. Learn more.

Desjardins Payment Processing

Desjardins offers the only transparent pricing on the market, helping merchants to budget costs more easily when accepting credit and debit card payments. No surcharges are added to basic rates, regardless of the type of card used. Through our partnership, ABLE BC members can enjoy the preferential rates offered by Desjardins for processing credit and debit card payments. Please contact ABLE BC or login to your Members-Only account (under Documents heading) for more information.

 

Brewers Distributors Limited (BDL) Beer Bottle Return Program

BDL in partnership with ABLE BC has created the Beer Bottle Return Program to ensure that our private liquor store members get properly compensated for what you are already doing – accepting empty beer container returns from customers and refunding the full deposit. By signing onto the Return Program, you agree to accept up to 10 dozen beer containers that customers can return to your location at a single time. By doing so, your business benefits in even more ways. Members on average make $2700 in annual handling commissions. Download an application for the program here

 

buyABLE Online Purchasing Portal

ABLE BC is pleased to introduce buyABLE: our online purchasing portal for private retailers. Benefits for Buyers: collective buying power, access to exclusive product offers and preferred pricing, shortened buying cycle, and higher profit margins. Keep your business competitive in today’s retail climate. Find out more here.

 

VI Banking ATM Secured Solutions

ABLE BC in partnership with VI Banking ATM has negotiated one of the best ATM agreements in the ATM industry exclusively for our members. VI Banking is a true local company with over 13 years experience in the ATM industry.

Our exclusive ATM agreement is no-risk (day-to-day with no fixed term commitment) and high-profit. Earn an extra $1000 monthly. You keep 100% of the surcharge and determine the surcharge amount. Complimentary maintenance and upgrades. Learn more.

 

Foodbuy

Join thousands of food service operators across Canada and 100+ across BC enjoying added manufacturer revenues and savings over and above all current programs.

How does it work? Keep your distribution agreements with GFS or Sysco. Keep your vendors and existing rebates. Let Foodbuy fill any rebate gaps. Receive monthly itemized rebate cheques and reports. Learn more.

Revolution Resource Recovery

Effective waste management and the most innovative solutions in the industry. Food waste is recycled into 100% organic soils and fertilizers. Members receive free waste audit and analysis, special pricing, and complimentary organics training. Learn more.

BetterBeer.com

The average bar spills $12K per year in draught beer. Hand-me-down staff training doesn’t work. Pints get returned by angry guests. BetterBeer.com can help and as an ABLE BC Member you get special pricing. Learn more.

Soundtrack Business: Licensed Music Streaming Service

ABLE BC has partnered with Toronto-based Dorsey Studios, a leading in-store Omni-media consultancy and creative content studio, to offer the Soundtrack Business streaming music service to our members.

Soundtrack Business, a Spotify-backed company, is the most advanced, customizable music streaming service for businesses now available in Canada that allows retailers to brand their environments with the right music at the right time.

The service also includes the management of all reporting requirements and licensing payments to SOCAN, the organization that represents the Canadian performing rights of music creators and publishers. This will ensure all subscribed ABLE BC members are compliant. Learn more here.

 

Mills Office Supplies

BC-based supplier of office supplies committed to providing our members with competitive pricing and personalized service to best accommodate your individual needs. Access discounted products and supplies relevant to the hospitality industry at this one-stop shop. Learn more. 

Off-site storage for private liquor stores

With the recent changes in BC liquor policy, the BCLDB now allows private liquor retailers the opportunity to store inventory off premise. Take advantage of LTOs and volume purchases without the worry of having to overtax your valuable retail back room space. ContainerWorld Forwarding Services has developed a special retail offsite premise storage warehouse exclusively for private liquor stores. Please contact ABLE BC for more information.

Liquor Price Guide

We have worked with our Associate Member Barnet Group to develop this online pricing guide and offer it exclusively to ABLE BC Members free of charge. Use the Liquor Guide to review monthly LDB price changes, compare current retail pricing to wholesale pricing, and track wholesale markup and retail margin. Please contact ABLE BC for instructions on how to download the price guide.

 

Sting Investigations Group Compliance Program

Sting Investigations specializes in hotel & bar investigations, video surveillance, alcohol compliance checks, mystery shopping, fingerprinting, and consulting services. ABLE BC in partnership with Sting Investigations has created our Group Compliance Testing Initiative. Click here to request a compliance check.

 

VITO Vancouver | Nu-LIfe Fryer Oil Management

VITO Vancouver provides hospitality professionals with the very best equipment, products, and support to manage fryer oil effectively. They are helping local establishments improve kitchen safety and reduce their fryer oil costs by 30% to 50%.

If ABLE BC members evaluate the VITO system and decide to implement it in their establishment, members can use it for 2 months before paying. Please contact ABLE BC for more information.

 

Educational and Professional Development Opportunities 

Bi-annual conferences: SUMMIT and BC Liquor Conference. Network and connect with leaders in the industry, learn new strategies and tactics, and be the first to know about industry trends at our bi-annual conferences: BC Hospitality Summit (spring) and BC Liquor Conference (fall).

JM Media: Free Advertising Opportunity

JM Media makes advertising easy, affordable and simple for any type of business. ABLE BC Members are eligible to take advantage of a unique industry-specific meeting opportunity. 

Grow your brand and business and reach over 1/2 million consumers weekly! Exclusive offer with the Province and Vancouver Sun: FREE full page editorial ad valued at $4500 (with 3 month advertising commitment).

Learn more about the services JM Media offers: visit their website at www.jmmedia.caFor a free quote please call Victoria Cartwright at 604-551-1456 or email victoria@jmmedia.ca

Webinars and online training tools

Get online access to webinars and training guides produced by ABLE BC and designed with the liquor store and pub owner or manager in mind. Adopt industry best practices and adapt to today’s changing business environment with advice from our guest experts. Learn more here.

2 Pieces of ID Required: Signage, Pins, and Drivers License Guides

ABLE BC is here to help you with due diligence: purchase our “2 Pieces of ID Required” signage and “I ask for 2 pieces of ID” buttons available exclusively to ABLE BC Members. Click here to purchase online.

On an annual basis, members can order North American and International ID Checking Guide Books at a discounted group rate through the ABLE BC office.

 

Exclusive Discounts from Preferred Industry Suppliers

ABLE BC has over 70 Associate Members—preferred industry suppliers who support the advocacy work we do. They are trusted leaders in our industry and know exactly how to cater to your specific business needs. As an ABLE BC Member, you get exclusive access to our Associate Members’ special pricing and discounts.

Find more details throughout our Annual Buyers’ Guide or by contacting suppliers directly.

 

How to learn more:

 

Associate Member Benefits

Support our advocacy work

ABLE BC advocates for protecting the small businesses in your community and finding sensible ways for our industry to prosper.

Members-Only Directory

Login to our Members-Only website to profile your company in our Member Directory, access Licensee contact information, download helpful documents and resources, and more.

Digital Advertising

Receive a 10% discount on all digital advertising in our biweekly Industry Update e-newsletter and on the ABLE BC website.

 

The Publican Magazine

Receive a 10% discount on all ad rates in The Publican, ABLE BC’s industry magazine published quarterly and distributed across BC.

 

Annual Buyers’ Guide

Position your company as a supplier of choice with a complimentary profile in the Annual Buyers’ Guide. This online & print resource is used industry-wide and lists our preferred suppliers.

 

Free Product Listings on buyABLE: ABLE BC’s online purchasing portal for private retailers

ABLE BC is pleased to introduce buyABLE: our online purchasing portal for private retailers. Benefits for Agents: instant access to 680 buyers in one centralized location, increase agency reach and awareness, and validate demand prior to assuming any cost.

Sponsorship & Partnership Opportunities

Participate in and sponsor ABLE BC’s annual events including:

  • SUMMIT 2018 hospitality industry conference: April 22-24, 2018 in Whistler
  • Fall 2018 BC Liquor Conference: date and location will be announced soon!
  • Summer golf tournament (in partnership with the BC Hospitality Foundation)
  • Regular member meetings and networking events
  • Share your expertise on our new webinar series and reach an engaged audience of LRS and LP owners and managers

 

Email campaigns

Partner with ABLE BC by offering a member benefit program or preferred pricing for additional promotional opportunities, including direct emails to our members. 

 

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