All Columnists articles – Page 10

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    Charlotte Blum: analysis editor, Argus Media

    2017-09-15T00:00:00Z

    Hurricane Harvey may have poured out its record-breaking deluge 7,500km from here, but it will dominate fuel prices in the UK this month. Harvey, which hit the US Gulf coast on August 25 and caused major flooding after turning into a tropical rain storm, fully or partially closed refineries ...

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    Shop Talk: Tracy West

    2017-08-03T00:00:00Z

    How times change. When I was growing up, you only got one type of milk and that came from a cow. Today you can get goats’ milk, almond milk, cashew milk, soya milk you name it and it seems you can milk it. My local Sainsbury’s now has a ...

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    Chris Hunt: UKPIA director general

    2017-08-03T00:00:00Z

    Since I last wrote this column, the UK’s General Election was held and the Queen’s Speech, on June 21, set out the government’s programme for the period between 2017 and 2019 and certainly life hasn’t got any less complex! Firstly, it was announced that Parliament will now sit for ...

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    Merril Boulton: editor

    2017-08-03T00:00:00Z

    Calm down everyone I think! From the alarming headlines that preceded the government’s announcement last month on tackling air pollution to the more considered comment released by UKPIA’s director general, Chris Hunt (see News Extra on page 10), there were was a lot of shock and bewilderment in between. ...

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    Ray Blake: technical manager PRA

    2017-08-03T00:00:00Z

    The latest Petroleum Regulations came into force from October 1, 2014 and allowed for a transitional period of three years for the Petroleum Licences that were in force at the time, to be converted by the Petroleum Enforcing Authorities (PEAs) into Petroleum Storage Certificates (PSCs). The three years have nearly ...

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    Merril Boulton: editor

    2017-07-10T00:00:00Z

    The drive towards a growing UK car parc of electric vehicles is gathering momentum by the day, particularly with last month’s Queen’s Speech in which the government reinforced its determination to develop the electric and hydrogen-powered vehicle sector (see News Extra, page 10). But also with the regular announcements ...

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    Charlotte Blum: analysis editor, Argus Media

    2017-07-10T00:00:00Z

    Crude futures prices fell below $45/bl at one point in June for the first time since November, as demand growth has been slow. UK retail prices are following with their usual lag. In a sign that rebalancing the market is proving harder than first thought, Opec members are starting to ...

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    James Lowman: ACS chief executive

    2017-07-10T00:00:00Z

    After such an unexpected (for most) General Election result, it’s no surprise that Theresa May followed up with a scaled-down Queen’s Speech. But within the speech, there was still one important piece of legislation mentioned that will have direct implications for the forecourt sector. That was the Automated and ...

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    Tracy West: Shop Talk

    2017-06-09T00:00:00Z

    Most independent businesses trade on their personal service knowing their regular customers, chatting to them and generally keeping them happy. But what about recommendations? This is something I think more independents should do more of. Book shops (I know there are very few left, unfortunately) often have recommendations from ...

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    David Charman: chairman CWA

    2017-06-09T00:00:00Z

    Our industry is facing cost increases on an unprecedented scale. Firstly, the living wage increase has impacted us all. And this challenge, I believe, is by far and away the biggest we will face in the coming years. But hot on its heels is the huge business rates increase that ...

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    Brian Madderson: chairman PRA

    2017-06-09T00:00:00Z

    As I write this, if the pollsters are correct, the ’blues’ will continue to form the government. Mrs May has run her campaign on the mantra of ’strong and stable’ leadership but, when back in office, will she take the opportunity to change her Cabinet? We have already had rapid ...

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    Merril Boulton: editor

    2017-06-09T00:00:00Z

    There’s been a lot of worrying stuff in the news recently and I’m not talking about the campaign for the General Election, which will be done and dusted by the time anyone reads this. Whatever your persuasion we will, of course, have to make the best of the outcome, but ...

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    Charlotte Blum: analysis editor, Argus Media

    2017-06-09T00:00:00Z

    On May 26, Opec and 10 non-Opec countries decided to extend their production restraint for a further nine months to the end of March 2018. But the battle between producers wanting to increase prices and those fighting for market share continues, and weak prices and large swings betray the market’s ...

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    Tracy West: Shop Talk

    2017-05-15T00:00:00Z

    At first glance, I thought the news that most people thought the forthcoming sugar tax on soft drinks also applied to sweets, chocolate, biscuits and cakes was quite shocking. What is more, the Nielsen survey from which the news originated found that 28% of people didn’t think it applied to ...

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    Chris Hunt: UKPIA director general

    2017-05-15T00:00:00Z

    Well, here we go again! The Prime Minister has fired the starting gun for a General Election, the sound of which has startled many people. It would seem that we have had an overabundance of politics over the past 18 months, what with the Labour party trying to sort itself ...

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    Merril Boulton: editor

    2017-05-15T00:00:00Z

    It was something of a welcome relief for many that the government’s draft Air Quality Plan (see News Extra, page 10) seemed to have taken the heat out of the intense focus on ’dastardly diesel’ vehicles and their drivers. With threats of financial penalties and the suggestion that the use ...

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    Ray Blake: technical manager PRA

    2017-05-15T00:00:00Z

    Before joining the Petrol Retailers Association, I spent 35 years ensuring the safety of petrol filling stations within London. During this time, I also implemented and managed 10 Primary Authority Partnerships (PAPs) that had influence over 25% of UK petrol filling stations. Having done this, I knew the benefit of ...

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    Charlotte Blum: analysis editor, Argus Media

    2017-05-15T00:00:00Z

    The international crude and petrol markets that underlie fuel prices in UK forecourts are tightening for separate reasons, keeping prices at the pump well supported. Crude production cuts by Opec members and other producers are starting to achieve what they set out to do, namely rebalance the market by ...

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    Tracy West: Shop Talk

    2017-04-10T00:00:00Z

    Everyone knows cigarettes are expensive but I was shocked when I recently bought 20 Embassy for Mr West. They cost £9.99. Wow! And those 20 won’t even last him one day. Looking at the ugly packaging, I can see why the tobacco manufacturers were battling so hard to maintain ...

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    Merril Boulton: editor

    2017-04-10T00:00:00Z

    Welcome to our new-look Forecourt Trader. Yes, we’ve had a bit of a refresh, but it’s still the same great mix of news, views and retail insight that, according to our latest research, makes Forecourt Trader still your number one trade mag. New additions to look out for include a ...