All Columnists articles – Page 11

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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 ...

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    Kevin Eastwood: Executive director, BOSS

    2017-04-10T00:00:00Z

    Any losses from forecourt crime are unacceptable. We fully understand the pressure this type of crime places on retailers, police and government agencies but by developing new and improved ways of working between police and retailers we will reduce losses and increase recovery rates. With Payment Watch we know ...

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    Charlotte Blum: analysis editor, Argus Media

    2017-04-10T00:00:00Z

    Global crude oil prices are driving fuel prices at the pump, and all eyes are on Opec’s attempts to raise them. There are early signs that production cuts are beginning to bite, but producers are facing an uphill struggle. Opec and 11 non-Opec oil producers that have joined forces ...

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    James Lowman: chief executive, ACS

    2017-04-10T00:00:00Z

    Since the publication of the revised business rate valuations late last year, a range of business groups including ACS have been campaigning to ensure that those hardest hit by the revaluation will be given appropriate relief, and that beyond the revaluation, the rating system will be reviewed so that everyone ...

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    Tracy West: Shop Talk

    2017-03-01T00:00:00Z

    Sunday March 26 is Mother’s Day or Mothering Sunday. I always take my mum out for Sunday lunch but many families celebrate by eating in, together at home. According to market research firm Mintel, in-home food and drink accounts for 14% of Mother’s Day spending. You can imagine that ...

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    David Charman: chairman CWA

    2017-03-01T00:00:00Z

    Our industry has once again moved into a whole new era, with Tesco taking ownership of Booker and its forecourt brands and the demonisation of diesel as a road fuel. I’m not sure if I would be delighted or worried if I were a Booker-supplied brand. Will the buying ...

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    Brian Madderson: chairman PRA

    2017-03-01T00:00:00Z

    The anti-diesel bandwagon is rolling. It was tax incentives in 2001 that encouraged both private drivers and businesses to buy diesel engine cars. The justification related to climate change and lower carbon dioxide emissions. The issues of toxic nitrogen oxide and higher levels of particulate matter were known but downplayed. ...

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    Merril Boulton: editor

    2017-03-01T00:00:00Z

    The frustration is palpable as the realisation of the impact of changes to business rates being implemented in April is realised in companies big and small across the nation. Media headlines have yelled at every opportunity about the smaller retailers that appear to be being taxed out of business. ...

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    Tracy West: Shop Talk

    2017-02-01T00:00:00Z

    I’ve written about this before and I’m sure I’ll write about it again. It’s to do with today’s all-singing, all-dancing service stations. It’s not a complaint: I love them. I wish I had more near where I live or at least one decent one near where I live. The ...

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    Chris Hunt: UKPIA director general

    2017-02-01T00:00:00Z

    ’May you live in interesting times’ is actually purported to be a Chinese curse 2016 was certainly interesting for society in general and our industry in particular. Whether it was cursed remains to be seen. Brexit, both in the run up and subsequent period, following the surprise referendum result, ...

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    Peter Harding: business development director Htec

    2017-02-01T00:00:00Z

    Just take a look at any magazine or web page and ask yourself what do you see: home automation. There are many, many devices to control home peripherals as well as home applications such as cameras and recording devices, smoke and humidity detectors. But what’s new in the forecourt retail ...

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    Merril Boulton: editor

    2017-02-01T00:00:00Z

    The momentum around automotive fuels, and what kind of motor vehicles we’ll be driving in the future seems to be really building into something more tangible than previously seen. Last month came the news that a global initiative to drive use of hydrogen (see News page 4), had been agreed ...

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    Shop Talk: Tracy West

    2017-01-09T00:00:00Z

    Happy New Year to you all. Let’s hope it’s going to be a good one. After all the surprises of 2016, you can’t help but wonder what’s in store and I’m going to take that quite literally and have a look at the new products we might get to see ...

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    Merril Boulton: editor

    2017-01-09T00:00:00Z

    Happy New Year to you all I hope trading was bouyant over the festive season. But while I had intended to continue in positive fashion, I am sorry to hear that it wasn’t a very good start to the New Year for Top 50 Indie, High Noon Stores, which went ...

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    Kevin Eastwood: executive director BOSS

    2017-01-09T00:00:00Z

    Police forces across the country are under pressure and forecourt retailers have a responsibility to help the police to use their limited resources effectively. We know that it’s important for forecourt retailers to do more than just report a crime. Unfortunately, some retailers report issues that are not crimes ...

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    James Lowman: ACS chief executive

    2017-01-09T00:00:00Z

    As we build up to the new financial year starting in April when businesses in England and Wales will start paying rates based on the latest revaluation, there’s been a lot in the papers about business rates. While a lot of the media coverage talks about the pounds and pence ...

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    Shop Talk: Tracy West

    2016-12-01T00:00:00Z

    I must say that I’m feeling a little bit smug and that’s because all of my Christmas shopping is virtually done. I start early to avoid the crowds and the rush. I don’t mind a bit of atmosphere in shops but don’t like to see people fighting over the ...

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    David Charman: chairman CWA

    2016-12-01T00:00:00Z

    When I look back over the past 20 years trading as a convenience petrol retailer, the change has been enormous. At the start when the oil company logo was above the door, we were viewed with the suspicion that everything we sold would somehow be smeared with oil or smell ...