RGDATA, the representative association for the owners of independent shops, convenience stores and supermarkets today called on utility companies like ESB and Bord Gais and Local Authorities to properly reimburse retailers for providing pay as you go services in local shops.
Many local shops provide pay as you go bill payment services for utility services and local authorities. This is a very convenient service whereby people can pop into their local shop to pay a bill, pay their parking charges or toll charges. The various utility companies and the local authorities have made major cost savings by outsourcing their payment services to local retailers. However local shops cannot provide these services at a loss. This is why many local shops apply surcharges to cover the cost of providing these services.