All Columnists articles – Page 12

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    Brian Madderson: chairman PRA

    2016-12-01T00:00:00Z

    For several months, the PRA has been lobbying ministers to introduce a fuel duty cut with 3ppl recommended for both grades. The Chancellor invited PRA earlier this month to meet senior officials at HM Treasury and HM Revenue Customs to present their case. A fuel duty cut ...

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    Merril Boulton: editor

    2016-12-01T00:00:00Z

    It’s not so long ago that you would have recoiled to think that supermarkets and independent retailers could work together on any kind of project, the former having kicked the ’proverbials’ out of the latters’ livelihoods for many years. Now we have two Top 50 groups Rontec and MFG (see ...

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    Shop Talk: Tracy West

    2016-11-04T00:00:00Z

    The time when we used to say to each other ’There are only so many shopping days until Christmas’ are rather redundant as shopping is more or less a 24/7 activity thanks to the internet. There’s no doubt that the internet, as well as all of the discounters, are taking ...

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    Chris Hunt: UKPIA director general

    2016-11-04T00:00:00Z

    As we move toward Autumn, Brexit and its implications are becoming a reality, at least in terms of the ’pre-fight build-up’. Our Prime Minister, Theresa May, has insisted "Brexit means Brexit" and "the decision of the British public will be respected". It is only over the short time since ...

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    Peter Harding: business development director HTEC

    2016-11-04T00:00:00Z

    This past couple of months have seen a new iPhone (the 7), new IOS 10 and not much else. IOS 10 is said to provide much better connection (untested by me) for home connectable appliances there is even a home app button on the main screen. With regards to ...

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    Merril Boulton: What a shocker

    2016-11-04T00:00:00Z

    Well that was a bit of a shocker the government consulting on plans to force larger service stations, supermarket forecourts and motorway service areas to provide hydrogen refuelling facilities and charging points for electric vehicles (see News Extra on page 10). The measures are included in a consultation document for ...

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    Shop Talk: Tracy West

    2016-10-10T00:00:00Z

    I have a confession I love Nutella. I have to avoid buying it because I can eat so much of it. A while back I bought the teensiest of jars the glass one with the white lid and sat and ate it all with a teaspoon. Then, feeling more than ...

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    Merril Boulton: Wow what a night!

    2016-10-10T00:00:00Z

    Wow what a night! Many congratulations to Patrick Sewell and his team at Sewell on the go South Cave for becoming our latest Forecourt Trader of the Year winner. It’s a second time around for him he last won in 2009. There was generally a very high standard of ...

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    Kevin Eastwood: BOSS executive director

    2016-10-10T00:00:00Z

    Technology plays a big part in our campaign to reduce forecourt crime by speeding up communications and the processing of large amounts of information. More efficient ways of working are absolutely necessary when you consider that approximately 900,000 times a year drivers either drive-off from a forecourt without paying for ...

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    Shop Talk: Tracy West

    2016-09-08T00:00:00Z

    I hope you’ve had a good summer and your fair share of the gorgeous weather. I was down on the Kent coast the other evening and popped into a convenience store for a cold drink. The drinks were cold so that was good but what caught my eye ...

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    David Charman: chairman CWA

    2016-09-08T00:00:00Z

    Most people would agree that the changing face of UK car washing over the past decade or so has been caused by the influx of migrants from the EU the best estimates put the figure at 2.2 million. First the Polish came over, but recently it has been other ...

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    Brian Madderson: chairman PRA

    2016-09-08T00:00:00Z

    Post-Brexit there’s been understandable concern that the predicted drop in the value of sterling versus the US dollar would immediately force Platts’ wholesale costs upwards. While there has been devaluation of sterling, the pessimists in the City predicting lows of $1.20 or even $1.10 have so far proved well wide ...

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    Merril Boulton: Maintaining standards

    2016-09-08T00:00:00Z

    I hope you’ve all had a good summer - yes it eventually arrived, encouraging people to get out and about and make the most of the warm temperatures by driving to the beach, shopping for barbecues, or generally travelling around the country as they took in the sights on their ...

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    Shop Talk: Tracy West

    2016-08-25T00:00:00Z

    A colleague asked me the other day if I was some sort of brand ambassador for Coke. His reasoning was my knowledge of the brand and the different sub-brands. Unfortunately, I’m not, but I’m a massive Diet Coke fan and drink far too much of the lovely bubbly stuff. As ...

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    Chris Hunt: UKPIA director general

    2016-08-25T00:00:00Z

    The implications and effects of the nation’s decision to leave the European Union will take some time to unravel, and for the UK’s negotiations over ’Brexit’ to begin. At this stage, attempting to predict a future relationship model among the five or so potential ones generally being presented by ...

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    Peter Harding: business development director Htec

    2016-08-25T00:00:00Z

    This month I’d like to cover self checkouts. There are basically three types. Card only, as the name suggests, is a unit that only accepts debit and credit cards. These units can be pole-mounted or shelf-mounted. They’re a much lower cost unit than a traditional self checkout as seen in ...

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    Merril Boulton: Duty-bound

    2016-08-25T00:00:00Z

    Something of a blow for those pursuing the case for duty deferment, is last month’s overturning of a landmark tax verdict that could have brought a significant cashflow boost to many retailers (see News page 4, and News Extra, page 10). It was just a year ago that Brobot ...

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    Shop Talk: Tracy West

    2016-07-17T00:00:00Z

    I have a confession. Despite being a middle-aged woman, I really like McCoy’s. I know they’re principally aimed at men but just as I love action films made for men, so do I like McCoy’s. It’s the flavours they’re so strong. No subtle ’hints of’, just full-on flavour. That said, ...

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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 ...