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25 October, 2016

Costcutter unveils new look for brand and shops

Costcutter Supermarkets Group has launched a brand transformation called Shopper First, which it describes as “the most important announcement in our 30-year history”.

The rapid increase in the price of fuel at the pumps should deter the Chancellor from increasing duty in his Autumn statement next month, according to the RAC.

MP visits HKS forecourt

21 October, 2016

MP for Sherwood Mark Spencer has visited a Londis convenience store and forecourt in his constituency operated by Top 50 Indie HKS Retail.

Top 50 Indie Sewell on the go and Safer Roads Humber have joined forces to run the Safer on the go campaign, which includes hints and tips on driving safely and efficiently this winter.



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Location: This site is on the busy A607, also known as Leicester's Golden Mile.
Forecourt: This is a very impressive looking site. It is clearly signed from the busy main road with the BP sign as well as Spar, Costa Express and Subway branding plus the fuel prices, which were very competitive.

A question of integration and co-operation: This one was a really very different case for me involving as it does, some fast-moving technology and two big organisations. Imran Khan runs St Giles Filling Station with a Costcutter convenience store in Durham.

Sometimes it comes as a bit of a shock to end up discussing something as basic as stocktaking with a retailer. We all tend to assume that the principles of stock management including knowing how much stock is really there are so fundamental to any sort of retail activity as to be beyond the need for explicit discussion. Yet it happens typically when we've just produced a set of accounts using the first real stock figures after months (sometimes many months) of book or system stock values.

Day in the Life: Ray Blake

10 October, 2016

Since leaving my 35-year career in the enforcement of petroleum legislation, just over a year ago, I don't have a typical day and I'm very happy with this situation. Gone are the frustrating car journeys into and around London, and not having the daily commute alone has given me an extra 10 hours a week and has certainly removed a large element of stress.

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