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.

Download our Member Benefits and Associate Member Benefits for summaries of our exclusive benefit programs, preferred pricing, and discounted rates we offer our members. 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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 Members Only ATM agreement is designed to be low-risk and high-profit.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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 through the ABLE BC office.

 

Exclusive Discounts from Preferred Industry Suppliers

ABLE BC has over 65 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.

 

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.

Download summary of Member Benefits

For more information and to take advantage of your benefit programs, please contact Danielle Leroux at 1-800-663-4883 or danielle@ablebc.ca.

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 2017 hospitality industry conference: April 3-4, 2017 at the Victoria Conference Centre
  • Fall 2017 BC Liquor Conference: October 23, 2017 at the Sutton Place Hotel in Vancouver
  • 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

Partner with ABLE BC by offering a member benefit program or preferred pricing for additional promotional opportunities.

 

Download summary of Associate Member Benefits

For more information and to take advantage of your benefit programs, please contact Danielle Leroux at 1-800-663-4883 or danielle@ablebc.ca.

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