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    Merril Boulton: Maintaining standards

    2016-09-08T00:00:00Z

    I hope you’ve all had a good summer - yes it eventually arrived, encouraging people to get out and about and make the most of the warm temperatures by driving to the beach, shopping for barbecues, or generally travelling around the country as they took in the sights on their ...

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    Shop Talk: Tracy West

    2016-08-25T00:00:00Z

    A colleague asked me the other day if I was some sort of brand ambassador for Coke. His reasoning was my knowledge of the brand and the different sub-brands. Unfortunately, I’m not, but I’m a massive Diet Coke fan and drink far too much of the lovely bubbly stuff. As ...

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    The fight goes on

    2016-08-25T00:00:00Z

    HM Revenue Customs (HMRC) has successfully appealed to the Upper Tribunal Chamber (UTC) against the decision in the First Tier Tribunal (FTT) that HMRC’s decision to refuse Brobot Petroleum an excise duty Deferment Account Number was unreasonable. However, Alan Powell, who represented Brobot at the FTT appeal, said ...

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    Chris Hunt: UKPIA director general

    2016-08-25T00:00:00Z

    The implications and effects of the nation’s decision to leave the European Union will take some time to unravel, and for the UK’s negotiations over ’Brexit’ to begin. At this stage, attempting to predict a future relationship model among the five or so potential ones generally being presented by ...

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    Peter Harding: business development director Htec

    2016-08-25T00:00:00Z

    This month I’d like to cover self checkouts. There are basically three types. Card only, as the name suggests, is a unit that only accepts debit and credit cards. These units can be pole-mounted or shelf-mounted. They’re a much lower cost unit than a traditional self checkout as seen in ...

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    Merril Boulton: Duty-bound

    2016-08-25T00:00:00Z

    Something of a blow for those pursuing the case for duty deferment, is last month’s overturning of a landmark tax verdict that could have brought a significant cashflow boost to many retailers (see News page 4, and News Extra, page 10). It was just a year ago that Brobot ...

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    Shop Talk: Tracy West

    2016-07-17T00:00:00Z

    I have a confession. Despite being a middle-aged woman, I really like McCoy’s. I know they’re principally aimed at men but just as I love action films made for men, so do I like McCoy’s. It’s the flavours they’re so strong. No subtle ’hints of’, just full-on flavour. That said, ...

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    Under pressure

    2016-07-17T00:00:00Z

    If the most important factor affecting the forecourt sector is fuel sales, then the 2016 Statistical Report from UKPIA (UK Petroleum Industry Association) contains a heartening message. Total road fuel sales looked to be in a permanent decline after year-on-year falls from their peak in 2007 to 2013, but the ...

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    Merril Boulton - editor: Never a truer phrase

    2016-07-17T00:00:00Z

    Whoever said a week is a long time in politics (prime minister Harold Wilson in 1964 apparently), could not have coined a more apt phrase for what’s happened in the past seven days (writing on July 1). Chaos and skullduggery appears to be the order of the day as the ...

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    Kevin Eastwood: executive director BOSS

    2016-07-17T00:00:00Z

    We now know where we stand with Europe, while the performance of the home nations in the Euro football championship has kept us all on a knife edge. And we’re delighted to have recovered a massive £500,000 for forecourt retailers during the first six months of 2016. This success ...

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    James Lowman: ACS chief executive

    2016-07-17T00:00:00Z

    Over recent years, the forecourt and convenience sectors have been merging closer together, with more stores now considering themselves to be ’convenience plus fuel’ rather than primarily traditional fuel retailers. This has led to the emergence of hundreds of fantastic new store formats that often lead the rest of the ...

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    Shop Talk - Tracy West

    2016-06-01T00:00:00Z

    I love a limited edition and they always catch my eye in the shops. But I have to wonder how you retailers make room for them. If they’re small and a real impulse buy, then they might fit by the till, but if they aren’t you’ve got to find space ...

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    Results of this month’s online poll:

    2016-06-01T00:00:00Z

    With the latest diesel cars requiring Adblue every fifth or sixth visit to a petrol station, do you currently have plans to install the appropriate dispensers? yes 12%no 88% The relevance of this development has not yet made an impact, withthe majority of respondents having no plans to ...

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    Level pegging

    2016-06-01T00:00:00Z

    As Forecourt Trader went to press the nationwide polls showed the two sides were neck and neck and it was too close for either side to be confident of winning the referendum on June 23. As the pressure has mounted supporters of each camp have become increasingly desperate to land ...

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    David Charman - chairman CWA

    2016-06-01T00:00:00Z

    Over the past decade, the Car Wash Association has made huge inroads into regulating the hand washes that continue to blight our environment, fail to contribute to the country and bring car washing into disrepute. While there have been some success stories, generally the lack of regulatory pressure has allowed ...

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    Brian Madderson - chairman PRA

    2016-06-01T00:00:00Z

    As I travel around the UK meeting and talking to independent forecourt retailers, I have been struck by their enthusiasm to embrace the shopping revolution which has seen increasing demand for ’top-up’ visits to good, local convenience stores. Fortunately this enthusiasm has been matched by symbol groups willing to improve ...

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    Merril Boulton: Let’s focus on the certainties

    2016-06-01T00:00:00Z

    The EU referendum vote looms large this month, and despite all the talk, nobody seems any the wiser about the outcome. Even the forecourt sector seems to be as evenly divided and undecided on the matter as the rest of the nation (see News Extra page 10). But one thing ...

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    Shop Talk - Tracy West

    2016-05-04T00:00:00Z

    The days of heading to the supermarket are over for some Brits, as they trade trolleys for home delivery. That was the opening sentence on a press release from Mintel about its online shopping report. The press release went on to say that online tills are ringing loudly with ...

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    Delivering growth

    2016-05-04T00:00:00Z

    The number of Londis and Budgens stores on independent forecourts is set to soar after Top 50 Indie Motor Fuel Group (MFG) signed a new shop supply agreement with Booker Retail Partners (BRP), commencing on July 1. Some 300 of MFG’s network of 374 stations will start to be supplied ...

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    Peter Harding - retail consultant

    2016-05-04T00:00:00Z

    We all understand standards within the technological arena change, sometimes so quickly that it is difficult to keep pace. This is a pre-warning that things may again be set to change. We are all familiar with WiFi and indeed our working and home lives may depend on the technology ...