ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) is the voice of over 33,500 local shops, supporting our members through effective lobbying, comprehensive advice and innovative networking opportunities.
ACS’ core purpose is to lobby Government on the issues that make a difference to local shops. We represent the interests of retailers on a range of issues, including business rates, energy, regulation, planning, alcohol and many more. All of our submissions to Government can be found here. In 2012, we expanded this lobbying activity to provide authoritative information about the convenience sector through a number of research projects.
Our membership includes a diverse range of convenience store retailers, from stand-alone family run independent stores to symbol groups to multiple convenience stores. These retailers operate in neighbourhoods, villages, on petrol forecourts and in city centres. Our corporate members are listed here.
ACS also provides networking and events packages for suppliers. These leading companies are invaluable supporters of ACS and the wider convenience sector.
More details at http://www.acs.org.uk/
APSCA is the only regional industry association for organisations in the smart card, smart devices, contactless, mobile contactless/NFC, e-Identification and M2M/IOT businesses in Asia, focusing on multi-sector business and government applications. The Association delivers information, guidance and networking to corporations and government organisations, including smart card scheme operators and suppliers, providing an unparalleled opportunity to source information and contacts, facilitate smart card and M2M/IOT initiatives and generate increased business development.
Established in 1997, APSCA now has over 60 members in 13 countries throughout Asia as well as in Australia and Europe. The Association has organised more than 135 events in over 12 Asian countries, focusing on the business and technology for smart cards, smart objects and smart devices, and has one of the largest business networks in Asia with over 11,000 smart card industry executives. APSCA is part of the Smartex group of smart card industry associations in Europe, Africa and Asia with over 300 members worldwide.
More details at www.apsca.org
The Association of Town Centre Management is the leading organisation in Europe concerned with managing and improving town and city centres. As a not-for-profit membership organisation we represent the interests of town and city centre management partnerships across Britain and Ireland. Our members include a wide-range of Government, regional agencies, local authorities and leading business interests. Membership provides access to regular newsletters, publications, on-line information, events, conferences and seminars, as well as networking opportunities with others involved in this fast-evolving area.
More details at http://www.atcm.org/
ATOC’s mission is to work for passenger rail operators in serving customers and supporting a prosperous railway. Set up after privatisation in 1993, ATOC brings together all train companies to preserve and enhance the benefits for passengers of Britain’s national rail network.
More details at http://www.atoc.org/
The British Parking Association (BPA) is a non for profit membership association representing over 700 organisations from across the entire parking and traffic management sector, including local authorities, manufacturers, car park operators, health authorities, universities, airports, railways, shopping centres, bailiffs, construction companies, learning providers and consultants. The BPA also manages the Approved Operator Scheme, for those managing parking on private land and the Safer Parking Scheme.
More details at http://www.britishparking.co.uk/
The Endless Shelf Platform is committed to helping merchants and retailers sell their products and services to customers through the adoption of interactive digital displays coupled with mobile payment solutions, thus creating more sales opportunities though a virtual ‘endless shelf’. In effect, converting a ‘point of interest’ into a ‘point of sale’.
Addressing such issues of inventory holding, extended shopping hours, ultimate consumer choice and ease of payment, the Endless Shelf Platform offers the opportunity for those companies involved in display or mobile payment technology and consultancy services to allow retailers, other interested parties to realize the opportunities, and reduce the risks, of today’s shift to digital display and mobile payment technology.
From identifying best practice and uncovering new technologies through to standardization and value-chain offerings, the Endless Shelf Platform brings together stakeholders from across a variety of industries to inject meaningful debate and to accelerate adoption of the virtual so-called ‘endless shelf’ solutions that will drive retailing forward, both now and in the future.
More details at www.endlessshelf.org
The European Parking Association (EPA) is the umbrella organisation of European parking associations.The national member associations represent the parking profession consisting of private companies and public bodies running, operating and managing on- and off-street parking structures and services as well as the supplying industry that offers all related products and services concerned with parking.
The EPA aims to facilitate the cooperation between the professional parking organisations of different European countries, the exchange and mutual support of professional experience among members and may exert influence on measures and resolutions of the European Commission and other relevant international bodies relating to parking and urban mobility.
GlobalPlatform identifies, develops and publishes specifications which facilitate the secure and interoperable deployment and management of multiple embedded applications on secure chip technology. Its proven technical specifications are regarded as the international industry standard for building a trusted end-to-end solution which serves multiple actors and supports several business models.
The freely available specifications provide the foundation for market convergence and innovative new cross-sector partnerships. The technology has been adopted globally across finance, mobile/telecom, government, healthcare, retail and transit sectors.
GlobalPlatform is a member driven association with cross-industry representation from all world continents. Its members contribute to technical committees and market-led task forces.
More details at www.globalplatform.org
Mobey Forum is the bank-led not-for-profit global leader in driving a sustainable and prosperous mobile financial services ecosystem. Established in 2000, it brings together leading financial institutions, mobile handset manufacturers, payment processors and vendors, committed to accelerating the mass-market deployment of user-friendly mobile financial services by promoting open and secure technology standards.
More details at http://mobeyforum.org
The SmartCard Networking Forum (SCNF) is a non-profit organisation providing a premium events network, online resource and user forum for Local Authorities choosing multi-application smart card schemes to improve service delivery, adding value by bringing together the smartest users and the most innovative providers.
- Research smart card requirements
- Understand the benefits to citizens
- Identify total costs and savings
- Design, set up and run a local scheme.
- Learn from live projects
- Enable best practice procurement
With the support of leading experts from the commercial sector, we share knowledge, enthusiasm and experience through the Forum’s Members Directory, information-packed presentations, regular events, FAQs, useful links and workshops.
More details at http://www.scnf.org.uk/
SIMalliance (Security, Identity, Mobility) is the global, non-profit industry association which simplifies secure element (SE) implementation to drive the creation, deployment and management of secure mobile services. The organisation promotes the essential role of the secure element (SE) in delivering secure mobile applications and services across all devices that can access wireless networks. By identifying and addressing SE-related technical issues, and both clarifying and recommending existing technical standards relevant to SE implementation, the SIMalliance aims to promote an open SE ecosystem to facilitate and accelerate delivery of secure mobile applications globally.
SIMalliance members represent approx 90% of the global SIM card market and work with all global MNOs. As such, the SIMalliance’s membership is responsible for delivering the most widely distributed secure application delivery platform in the world (UICC/SIM/USIM).
SIMalliance members are Eastcompeace, Fundamenture, Gemalto, Giesecke & Devrient, Incard, Kona I, Morpho, Oberthur Technologies, VALID, Watchdata and Wuhan Tianyu. SIMalliance Strategic Partners are Comprion, Linxens and Movenda.
More details at www.simalliance.org
The Smart Payment Association (SPA) addresses the challenges of the evolving payment ecosystem, offering leadership and expert guidance to help its members and their financial institution customers realize the opportunities of smart, secure and personalized payment systems & services both now and for the future.
The SPA works in partnership with global standards bodies, its own vendor community, and an expanding ecosystem of established and emerging brands offering an ever-growing portfolio of advisory and support services including the market’s most accurate barometer of payment trends based on actual manufacturer sales data and an eye-growing library of expert technical resources and thought leadership collaterals
The SPA is the EPC-CSG (SEPA) Card Representative and Vendor Sector Spokeperson, Chair of the EPC-CSG Task Force to specify the SEPA functional and security requirements for emergent & remote payments (Internet + Mobile), Convenor of the new EPC-CSG Expert Team on Card Innovative Payments, Member of the Preparatory Committee of the SEPA Security Certification Management Body.
The SPA is an EMVCo Technical Associate and Board Advisor representing the Card Sector.
More details at www.smartpaymentassociation.com