All Columnists articles – Page 14

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    Kevin Eastwood - Executive director BOSS

    2016-01-12T00:00:00Z

    The police and other law enforcement bodies face continuing pressure to prioritise resources in the face of austerity measures. BOSS has been working hard to maintain and build on existing relationships to ensure maximum benefit for members, recognising that it’s important to do more than just report a crime. This ...

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    James Lowman - ACS chief executive

    2016-01-12T00:00:00Z

    In the summer of 2015, ACS launched one of its biggest ever campaigns in opposition to changes to Sunday Trading regulations announced by the Chancellor in his July Budget. We lobbied hard to ensure that the issue was front-of-mind for MPs, and as a result of the campaigning work, a ...

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    Brian Madderson - chairman RMIP

    2015-11-30T00:00:00Z

    This has been a turbulent and exciting year for petrol retailers with the independent sector powering ahead to represent nearly 70% of all UK forecourts. The decision by the remaining oil majors to continue divesting their retail assets has enabled a few of the larger independent groups to grow quickly ...

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    Shop Talk - Tracy West

    2015-11-04T00:00:00Z

    he news that Christmas will be cheaper for consumers this year means only one thing to retailers fierce competition. A survey for VoucherCodes.co.uk, done by YouGov, found that average household spending on food, presents and decorations would be £796.05 this year. It sounds a lot but it’s actually 3% down ...

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    Peter Harding - retail consultant

    2015-11-04T00:00:00Z

    The latest Apple event came and went launching the new Iphone 6s, new Apple TV new ios 9 and OSx El Capitan and, of course, the Ipad Pro. Having done some work with CBE on the mobile solution, I was keen to see what the Ipad Pro brought to the ...

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    Chris Hunt - UKPIA director general

    2015-11-04T00:00:00Z

    Petroleum products are an essential energy resource and they will continue to be for years to come. Our sector produces these vital products and confidence in the safety of our operations is paramount. Our industry does involve potential risks that are greater than those in many other sectors and for ...

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    Shop Talk - Tracy West

    2015-09-28T00:00:00Z

    Having spent over two weeks recently with a really annoying cough and cold, I’ve had first-hand contact with the cold and flu remedies category. During my illness I consumed, in no particular order: vitamin C, vitamin D3, Day Nurse, Night Nurse, paracetamol, Sudafed, Covonia lozenges, Jakeman’s throat sweets and liquorice ...

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    Kevin Eastwood - Executive director BOSS

    2015-09-28T00:00:00Z

    At a recent meeting with the Attorney General, the country’s senior law officer, BOSS was praised for the work it does in tackling forecourt crime. It was also welcoming to hear from Home Office Minister for Policing, Mike Penning MP, that he’s grateful for the positive way that BOSS is ...

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    James Lowman - ACS chief executive

    2015-09-28T00:00:00Z

    At the start of September, we launched our fourth annual Local Shop Report and it was great to see so many of you in Manchester to be among the first to get the information. One of the chapters looks at employment in our sector, and this year we reached ...

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    Shop Talk - Tracy West

    2015-09-16T00:00:00Z

    How pro-active are you at providing what your shoppers want? I ask because I spoke to a convenience store retailer recently who told me he had just started stocking low-salt and low-sugar lines. But the interesting bit was that he was not responding to demand, he was trying to create ...

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    David Charman - chairman CWA

    2015-09-16T00:00:00Z

    As the summer months continue with the better weather, the excellent car wash sales of 2015 have continued. I was reminded recently by a personal event that there has been a dramatic increase in some of the costs incurred by our business, such as water and refuse. Water is, ...

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    Brian Madderson - chairman PRA

    2015-09-16T00:00:00Z

    I wrote after the election to Mike Penning MP, newly appointed minister for policing, crime, criminal justice and victims at the Home Office about possible changes to police policy on forecourt crime. He replied (also offering a personal discussion): "First, I can assure you that there has been no ...

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    Shop Talk - Tracy West

    2015-08-06T00:00:00Z

    I’ve always been a bit fascinated by the Graze craze. You know, those boxes of delicious but healthy snacks that get sent direct to consumers’ homes or desks. I’ve often been tempted to fill out a coupon for a free trial but haven’t ever got to round to it, ...

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    Peter Harding - Retail technology consultant

    2015-08-06T00:00:00Z

    Apple Pay and PayPal are the latest payment methods to reach our retail stores and sites. Available on iPhone 6, Apple Pay enables your mobile phone to be used as a mobile wallet. You simply pass your phone near to the terminal, anything with the ApplePay logo or the currently ...

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    Chris Hunt - UKPIA director general

    2015-08-06T00:00:00Z

    Diesel vehicles have become increasingly popular and now account for over half of new car registrations in the UK. This is in stark contrast to the situation 15 years ago, when petrol vehicles accounted for over 85% of new car registrations. The popularity of diesel vehicles with motorists ...

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    Shop Talk - Tracy West

    2015-07-24T00:00:00Z

    I know it’s really the wrong time of the year to talk about chocolate, but I just had to tell you about my latest find. While shopping in a Carrefour in Calais (what a cosmopolitan lifestyle I lead), I came across a new (nouveau) line from Ferrero. Now, I ...

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    Kevin Eastwood - BOSS executive director

    2015-07-24T00:00:00Z

    Last month there was uproar when Devon and Cornwall Police revealed that taking fuel and driving off without payment would not be investigated and their lack of resources meant they would not deal with it. It’s hard to believe, but some police forces still treat theft of fuel as ...

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    James Lowman - ACS Chief executive

    2015-07-24T00:00:00Z

    Business rates are one of the biggest cost burdens on retailers, and while the government’s review of the system is a great opportunity, there will be winners and losers. It’s our job to explain why local shops should be net beneficiaries of the review. How do we think we ...

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    Shop Talk - Tracy West

    2015-06-11T00:00:00Z

    The phrase ’I don’t believe it’ is the title of this month’s column as I am in full-on Victor Meldrew mode. Firstly, I couldn’t believe the story of the chap who went into Greggs (the bakers) to buy a loaf of bread, only to be told they don’t sell bread ...

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    David Charman - chairman CWA

    2015-06-11T00:00:00Z

    Well it’s that time again; time to complete the HMRC rates form showing, in a nutshell, how my business has performed over the past three years. I suspect that for many of us it will reveal just how much our sector has changed. Reliance on fuel profitability has greatly ...