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    Mind the gap

    2015-08-06T00:00:00Z

    Over the past few months, as the gap in wholesale prices for diesel and unleaded petrol has narrowed, a debate has raged between motoring organisations and retailers as to whether drivers were paying too much for diesel. While the AA and RAC pointed to the wholesale cost, the dealers explained ...

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    Peter Harding - Retail technology consultant

    2015-08-06T00:00:00Z

    Apple Pay and PayPal are the latest payment methods to reach our retail stores and sites. Available on iPhone 6, Apple Pay enables your mobile phone to be used as a mobile wallet. You simply pass your phone near to the terminal, anything with the ApplePay logo or the currently ...

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    Chris Hunt - UKPIA director general

    2015-08-06T00:00:00Z

    Diesel vehicles have become increasingly popular and now account for over half of new car registrations in the UK. This is in stark contrast to the situation 15 years ago, when petrol vehicles accounted for over 85% of new car registrations. The popularity of diesel vehicles with motorists ...

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    Shop Talk - Tracy West

    2015-07-24T00:00:00Z

    I know it’s really the wrong time of the year to talk about chocolate, but I just had to tell you about my latest find. While shopping in a Carrefour in Calais (what a cosmopolitan lifestyle I lead), I came across a new (nouveau) line from Ferrero. Now, I ...

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    Kevin Eastwood - BOSS executive director

    2015-07-24T00:00:00Z

    Last month there was uproar when Devon and Cornwall Police revealed that taking fuel and driving off without payment would not be investigated and their lack of resources meant they would not deal with it. It’s hard to believe, but some police forces still treat theft of fuel as ...

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    Growth attracts investors

    2015-07-24T00:00:00Z

    Just days after Forecourt trader published its Fuel Market Review 2015, two big deals endorsed the Review’s observation that "all the signs continue to be positive for the retail forecourt sector in the UK". First up was MFG which already had a profile in the City due to the partnership ...

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    James Lowman - ACS Chief executive

    2015-07-24T00:00:00Z

    Business rates are one of the biggest cost burdens on retailers, and while the government’s review of the system is a great opportunity, there will be winners and losers. It’s our job to explain why local shops should be net beneficiaries of the review. How do we think we ...

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    Shop Talk - Tracy West

    2015-06-11T00:00:00Z

    The phrase ’I don’t believe it’ is the title of this month’s column as I am in full-on Victor Meldrew mode. Firstly, I couldn’t believe the story of the chap who went into Greggs (the bakers) to buy a loaf of bread, only to be told they don’t sell bread ...

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    Delivering growth

    2015-06-11T00:00:00Z

    Last month Booker Group plc surprised the industry by announcing a deal with Irish food wholesaler Musgrave Group plc, to buy its British offshoot, Musgrave Retail Partners GB which comprises the Londis and Budgens businesses for £40m. Completion of the acquisition is conditional on the approval of the Competition ...

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    David Charman - chairman CWA

    2015-06-11T00:00:00Z

    Well it’s that time again; time to complete the HMRC rates form showing, in a nutshell, how my business has performed over the past three years. I suspect that for many of us it will reveal just how much our sector has changed. Reliance on fuel profitability has greatly ...

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    Brian Madderson - chairman PRA

    2015-06-11T00:00:00Z

    Farewell coalition and hello majority. Voters chose a Conservative Government producing a raft of new appointments and decisions critical for our industry sector. With the Summer Budget due on July 8,the PRA will be lobbying for a 2ppl duty reduction to be largely funded by the estimated windfall gain ...

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    Merril Boulton: Age of the indie

    2015-06-11T00:00:00Z

    Lots of positive news for the fuel retailing sector this month starting with our latest annual Fuel Market Review, compiled in conjunction with Experian Catalist (page 28). It shows that the number of dealer sites has grown for the second year in a row, there are more vehicles on the ...

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    Shop Talk: Tracy West

    2015-05-13T00:00:00Z

    People say that there’s no such thing as a free lunch but with Walker’s crisps that’s not true. That’s because consumers buying packets of the crisps have a one in six chance of winning a free lunch. Walkers owner PepsiCo says this will enable retailers to ’add some crunch’ to ...

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    Peter Harding - Retail technology consultant

    2015-05-13T00:00:00Z

    Can you remember where you were and what you were doing on Friday April 10, 2015? I can. I had made an appointment to view and potentially order my new Apple watch. Having got to the relevant point in the appointment system, the nice young lady asked me which watch ...

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    Shell sell-off completed

    2015-05-13T00:00:00Z

    Little more than a month after Esso announced it had agreed deals to sell off its remaining 201 company owned sites to independent dealers, another swathe of oil company sites is heading for the independent sector, after Shell concluded deals to sell 185 of its forecourts. As with the Esso ...

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    Chris Hunt - UKPIA director general

    2015-05-13T00:00:00Z

    s we went to press, a safety scheme for road fuel tankers was launched. UKPIA inaugurated a thoroughly revised Safe Loading Pass Scheme (SLPS) on April 30. The scheme aims to ensure that road fuel tankers are safe and meet a number of additional checks and standards. The SLPS was ...

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    Merrril Boulton: Indies in overdrive

    2015-05-13T00:00:00Z

    Yet another month of intense activity in the sector, and I don’t just mean all the trade exhibitions that were held last month including our own very successful Forecourt Show at the NEC. The head offices of MFG and Euro Garages must have been and will continue to be operating ...

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    Tracy West -:Shop Talk

    2015-04-07T00:00:00Z

    By now, you should all be covered up. And by that I mean your cigarettes and baccy, all cosy and snug behind doors or shutters because on April 6, that’s the law! And it’s quite a complicated law with sub-sections on when you can open doors/shutters, who can look, ...

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    MFG unveils new strategy

    2015-04-07T00:00:00Z

    Last month Top 50 Indie MFG announced plans to remove the Murco brand from all of its company-owned sites, and develop it as a brand exclusively for dealers. The decision followed MFG’s acquisition of Murco’s retail business on October 1, 2014, comprising 228 company-owned forecourts, and agreement to supply a ...

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    Kevin Eastwood - BOSS executive director

    2015-04-07T00:00:00Z

    On May 7 the country goes to the polls to elect a new government. One of the first questions I will be asking the new Home Secretary is "What is the justice system going to do to respond better to drive-offs and ’no means of payment’ (NMoP) incidents?" The ...