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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 ...

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    Chris Hunt - UKPIA director general

    2016-05-04T00:00:00Z

    The competitiveness of oil refining and other energy intensive industries is under threat. The current crisis facing UK steelmaking is symptomatic of a much wider malaise, mirrored across the whole major industrial manufacturing infrastructure. In exploring the challenges facing oil refining and wider industry in the UK, UKPIA has produced ...

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    Merril Boulton: Booker begins to deliver

    2016-05-04T00:00:00Z

    When Booker acquired Musgrave Retail Partners GB last summer, it said it had a track record of turning around ’challenged businesses’. Its extremely accomplished CEO Charles Wilson said Booker, Londis and Budgens were joining forces to help independent retailers prosper. Well the deal announced with MFG last month (see ...

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    When staff are a liability

    2016-04-07T00:00:00Z

    In the recent case of Mohamud v WM Morrison Supermarkets plc, the Supreme Court ruled that WM Morrison was vicariously liable, as an employer, for an unprovoked attack carried out by one of its forecourt staff on a customer. This case raises important points and considerations for all petrol filling ...

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    Merril Boulton: Search starts here for this year’s best retailers

    2016-04-07T00:00:00Z

    So oil prices are slowly rising again currency fluctuations and an anticipated production freeze contributing to the joyfully complex formula that dictates what motorists pay at the pump. Like sailing away from a sunny holiday destination, we seem to be leaving the £1-a-litre prices behind shame, I quite liked matching ...

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    James Lowman - ACS chief executive

    2016-04-07T00:00:00Z

    The March 2016 Budget is likely to be remembered by the general public for what ended up not happening, notably the review of benefits to the disabled. It may also be remembered for the announcement of the levy on companies selling sugary drinks. I may be a cynic, but ...

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    Shop Talk - Tracy West

    2016-03-04T00:00:00Z

    I love chocolate as much as the next person actually probably more so, and my absolute favourite is Cadbury Dairy Milk. However, I am not a big fan of what they are doing to it ie launching more and more obscure varieties. They must have done their research but even ...

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    Top of the class

    2016-03-04T00:00:00Z

    Despite a surge of more than 300 in the total number of sites run by the Top 50 in last year’s report, the independent sector’s appetite for growth showed no sign of slackening with an even greater increase over the most recent 12 months. After reaching 1,762 last year, ...