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Dollar General Corp. has received a 2017 TIPS (Training for Intervention Procedures) Award of Excellence for its commitment to the responsible sale of alcohol and tobacco products in its retail stores. The award was bestowed by Health Communications Inc., provider of the TIPS Program, which aims to provide retail employees with the skills and knowledge to sell alcohol and tobacco products responsibly, and to help prevent underage drinking, intoxication and drunk driving.
“Dollar General is committed to selling alcoholic beverages in a safe and responsible manner, and the 2017 TIPS Award of Excellence recognition reflects this ongoing dedication,” said Jeff Owen, EVP of store operations at the Goodlettsville, Tenn.-based retailer, which operates 13,429 stores in 44 states.
“Since 2011, Dollar General has repeatedly demonstrated their commitment to preventing the misuse of alcohol in the communities in which they operate and promoting responsible consumption by properly training their employees in the TIPS program,” said Adam Chafetz, president and CEO of Arlington, Va.-based Health Communications Inc.
Dollar General is one of nine companies to receive a TIPS Award of Excellence, and the only recipient in the Off-Premise/Convenience Store category. Among the other winners was Plano, Texas-based sales and marketing services company Crossmark. Awardees were selected by an internal committee based on both volume of TIPS training and feedback from TIPS trainers, master trainers and course participants.