All Columnists articles – Page 13

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    James Lowman: ACS chief executive

    2016-07-17T00:00:00Z

    Over recent years, the forecourt and convenience sectors have been merging closer together, with more stores now considering themselves to be ’convenience plus fuel’ rather than primarily traditional fuel retailers. This has led to the emergence of hundreds of fantastic new store formats that often lead the rest of the ...

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    Shop Talk - Tracy West

    2016-06-01T00:00:00Z

    I love a limited edition and they always catch my eye in the shops. But I have to wonder how you retailers make room for them. If they’re small and a real impulse buy, then they might fit by the till, but if they aren’t you’ve got to find space ...

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    David Charman - chairman CWA

    2016-06-01T00:00:00Z

    Over the past decade, the Car Wash Association has made huge inroads into regulating the hand washes that continue to blight our environment, fail to contribute to the country and bring car washing into disrepute. While there have been some success stories, generally the lack of regulatory pressure has allowed ...

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    Brian Madderson - chairman PRA

    2016-06-01T00:00:00Z

    As I travel around the UK meeting and talking to independent forecourt retailers, I have been struck by their enthusiasm to embrace the shopping revolution which has seen increasing demand for ’top-up’ visits to good, local convenience stores. Fortunately this enthusiasm has been matched by symbol groups willing to improve ...

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    Merril Boulton: Let’s focus on the certainties

    2016-06-01T00:00:00Z

    The EU referendum vote looms large this month, and despite all the talk, nobody seems any the wiser about the outcome. Even the forecourt sector seems to be as evenly divided and undecided on the matter as the rest of the nation (see News Extra page 10). But one thing ...

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    Shop Talk - Tracy West

    2016-05-04T00:00:00Z

    The days of heading to the supermarket are over for some Brits, as they trade trolleys for home delivery. That was the opening sentence on a press release from Mintel about its online shopping report. The press release went on to say that online tills are ringing loudly with ...

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    Peter Harding - retail consultant

    2016-05-04T00:00:00Z

    We all understand standards within the technological arena change, sometimes so quickly that it is difficult to keep pace. This is a pre-warning that things may again be set to change. We are all familiar with WiFi and indeed our working and home lives may depend on the technology ...

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    Chris Hunt - UKPIA director general

    2016-05-04T00:00:00Z

    The competitiveness of oil refining and other energy intensive industries is under threat. The current crisis facing UK steelmaking is symptomatic of a much wider malaise, mirrored across the whole major industrial manufacturing infrastructure. In exploring the challenges facing oil refining and wider industry in the UK, UKPIA has produced ...

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    Merril Boulton: Booker begins to deliver

    2016-05-04T00:00:00Z

    When Booker acquired Musgrave Retail Partners GB last summer, it said it had a track record of turning around ’challenged businesses’. Its extremely accomplished CEO Charles Wilson said Booker, Londis and Budgens were joining forces to help independent retailers prosper. Well the deal announced with MFG last month (see ...

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    Merril Boulton: Search starts here for this year’s best retailers

    2016-04-07T00:00:00Z

    So oil prices are slowly rising again currency fluctuations and an anticipated production freeze contributing to the joyfully complex formula that dictates what motorists pay at the pump. Like sailing away from a sunny holiday destination, we seem to be leaving the £1-a-litre prices behind shame, I quite liked matching ...

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    James Lowman - ACS chief executive

    2016-04-07T00:00:00Z

    The March 2016 Budget is likely to be remembered by the general public for what ended up not happening, notably the review of benefits to the disabled. It may also be remembered for the announcement of the levy on companies selling sugary drinks. I may be a cynic, but ...

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    Shop Talk - Tracy West

    2016-03-04T00:00:00Z

    I love chocolate as much as the next person actually probably more so, and my absolute favourite is Cadbury Dairy Milk. However, I am not a big fan of what they are doing to it ie launching more and more obscure varieties. They must have done their research but even ...

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    David Charman - chairman CWA

    2016-03-04T00:00:00Z

    The 2016 rates valuation is something the whole industry is worried about, but not, it seems, the hand car washers. Yet again so many of them will not be listed or if they are, no proper investigation will have taken place to ensure that they pay their correct rates. It’s ...

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    Brian Madderson - chairman PRA

    2016-03-04T00:00:00Z

    I would not place a bet on the next movement of Brent Crude having listened to many hours of detailed presentations from some of the most experienced analysts in the industry during International Petroleum Week there are just too many variables. What is irrefutable is that OECD stocks have risen ...

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    Merril Boulton:Top 50 - a decade on

    2016-03-04T00:00:00Z

    Another successful Top 50 Indies dinner took place last month, and as we reach a milestone 10 years of the report, I thought it would be interesting to look back at the launch of the listing, which was first published in 2006. As you can imagine, it makes for ...

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    Shop Talk - Tracy West

    2016-02-01T00:00:00Z

    Our esteemed editor Merril Boulton loves a Sherbet Lemon and Bassett’s are her favourite, so she was delighted with the news that brand owner Mondelez is promoting ’adult candy’ via a major relaunch. She’s hoping her favourites will then be more widely available. Whenever I see them in a shop, ...

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    Peter Harding - retail consultant

    2016-02-01T00:00:00Z

    This year will see many changes in the provision of point-of-sale systems in the UK. Torex/Micros/Oracle seems to have passed the mantle for sales to other parties and several have taken partnerships with Oracle for the supply of systems at various different levels. But a word of caution when seeking ...

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    Merril Boulton: MRH - from bust to boom

    2016-02-01T00:00:00Z

    Big news that the owners of MRH have sold the business to US private equity company Lone Star (see News page 4). While details about the deal were scarce as we went to press, it’s an amazing story for the owners, particularly Graham Peacock and Susan Tobell, who were ...

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    Shop Talk - Tracy West

    2016-01-12T00:00:00Z

    Happy New Year to you all. Can you believe that we’ve already had 15 years of the 21st century? Every time I think of the 21st century, I’m transported back to my school days when we all imagined that by now, some of us would be living on the moon. ...

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    Merril Boulton: Ignorance is key for Fair Fuel campaign

    2016-01-12T00:00:00Z

    Happy New Year to you all. Made me smile to see the supermarkets getting a slating over their pricing strategies for a change, instead of always the traditional fuel retailing fraternity. As we kicked off 2016, the RAC’s first report of the year slammed the big four supermarkets’ fuel ...