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    Three cheers for forecourt retailers: Tracy West, retail commentator

    2020-11-23T15:54:00Z

    Three cheers for the forecourt retailers who have really gone out of their way to help customers during the lockdowns. Of course, many are simply doing the things that they’ve always done but have found a whole new audience thanks to more people shopping locally.

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    Service Centre: Jac Roper on taxing times and contingency plans for Brexit

    2020-11-09T12:51:00Z

    We had a great puzzle over this one. As it concerns VAT it didn’t take much to confuse me – I am an admitted numpty when it comes to sums and I’ve been labelling it that Very Awful Tax for yonks.

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    Shop Talk: Good customer service is even more crucial now

    2020-10-30T12:45:00Z

    I believe that customer service is one of the most important parts of retailing. Of course, availability and price are vital too, but customer service is the one thing that really leaves an impression on me.

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    Money Talk: EG and BP news awash in Covid tsunami

    2020-10-30T12:17:00Z

    It really, really would be great to be able to look at business and finance events other than the obvious one that’s dominated the year. Take for example the recent announcement that the founders and joint CEO’s of EG Group (the Issa brothers) have just bought Asda from Walmart.

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    Service Centre: Jac Roper celebrates 25 years helping you out

    2020-10-05T15:08:00Z

    Jac Roper on a rusty pump issue; password problems and cowboy rating firms

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    PRA safety warning over EV charger plan

    2020-10-05T14:33:00Z

    As pressure grows to ban sales of new internal combustion engine and hybrid cars by 2030, the PRA has injected a note of realism about EV chargers on forecourts. 

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    Service Centre: Jac Roper on drive-offs, delivery problems; and crowdfunding success

    2020-08-10T16:23:00Z

    We, the retailers, are stuck in the middle as police would not take any action and at the same time we cannot get anywhere with DVLA to obtain the car owners’ details. But there is a middle way which has proven very effective in the past.

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    Service Centre: Jac Roper talks to retailers about their recent trading experiences

    2020-06-08T08:08:00Z

    Things are finally looking up… When I first spoke to Hassan Mohammed a month ago, at peak Covid-19 pandemic, he told me: “Things are hard at the moment because while fuel sales have taken a nosedive, shop sales have gone up between 30-50% at both sites (Limes Service Station in ...

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    Fuelling the front-line services

    2020-05-12T00:00:00Z

    Petrol filling stations up and down the country have helped to keep the nation’s emergency services working during the coronavirus lockdown, despite facing some major challenges. Keeping sites open has been vital to provide the fuel for emergency service staff to get to work, and to maintain deliveries to hospitals, ...

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    Stephen Marcos Jones: director general, UKPIA

    2020-05-12T00:00:00Z

    As nations have been forced into lockdown due to Covid-19, we have seen the mightiest of governments, central banks and corporate titans laid low by a virus approximately 0.125 microns in diameter something so small as to be dwarfed by a red blood cell. While the virus is invisible, the ...

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    Tracy West: retail commentator

    2020-05-12T00:00:00Z

    New Kantar data shows that grocery sales were £524m higher in April 2020 than they were in April 2019, as British consumers adapted to life under lockdown. But the number of trips to supermarkets during that time hit a record low of 14 (compared to 17 when it’s business as ...

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    Service Centre: Jac Roper relates readers’ Coronavirus lockdown experiences

    2020-05-12T00:00:00Z

    Turned upside down by Covid-19 Tom Dant, managing director of Lincolnshire-based Gill Marsh Forecourts, sent in the observation that everybody is finding that times are strange. He says: "For us our best- performing site is now our worst- performing site, and our worst site is now the best!" Fuel sales ...

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    Merril Boulton: editor

    2020-05-12T00:00:00Z

    These strange and tragic times have sadly continued during a month that has seen oil prices fall to a negative position (see Argus Media column page 8) and the PRA’s chairman Brian Madderson face down "sickening" charges of profiteering levelled at fuel retailers (see News page 5). On the ...

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    Our ’Legal Doctor’ Robert Botkai reports on the ’new normal’

    2020-05-12T00:00:00Z

    For those who don’t already know me, I am a partner at Winckworth Sherwood solicitors. I head up the Commercial Real Estate and Licensing Team. My own practice areas are acquisitions and disposals of commercial premises and alcohol licensing. I have a special interest in petrol stations having secured one ...

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    Ray Blake: PRA technical director

    2020-05-12T00:00:00Z

    The Petrol Retailers Association and Car Wash Association teams are now ensconced in their own homes but continuing to represent and advise their members. Members can now access the ’Coronavirus’ section on our website, which is continuously updated to reflect the latest advice on the operation of all aspects of ...

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    Chris Judge: analysis editor, Argus Media

    2020-05-12T00:00:00Z

    Chaotic oil markets continued through April culminating in US benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) managing the unthinkable, dipping briefly into negative territory. Oil producers announced output cuts but failed to rebalance the supply/demand equation sufficiently to stem the losses in the market initiated by the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. ...

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    Highs and lows of NPD

    2020-04-07T00:00:00Z

    I love trying a new product so was particularly pleased with my latest haul although as with everything in life, some things were better than others. I have written quite a lot about protein bars so thought I had better start trying them. Then I spied two new bars: ...

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    Protection is on hand

    2020-04-07T00:00:00Z

    In just one week, more than 1,000 forecourts globally have taken up Devon-based GripHero’s offer of providing free hand-protection dispensers to protect their customers from the transmission of coronavirus at the fuel pump. GripHero is a hand-protection dispenser which sits on top of each hand pump on the forecourt, so ...

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    Essential services

    2020-04-07T00:00:00Z

    Extraordinary times we’re living in, with the whole world adjusting to much-changed circumstances, and not much of a clue as to when things will return to anything that resembles ’normal’. For the forecourt sector it’s been a period of peaks and troughs as the panic-buying hordes loaded their cars with ...

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    Essential service in virus panic

    2020-04-07T00:00:00Z

    Fuel retailers have been identified by the government as one of the keys to keeping emergency personnel mobile, and making the transportation of vital supplies possible, during the coronavirus lockdown. But while the fuel retailing industry has been working flat out to ensure it can operate safely for customers and ...