All Columnists articles – Page 17

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    Kevin Eastwood - BOSS executive director

    2014-07-12T00:00:00Z

    It’s hard to believe but some police forces still treat theft of fuel as a civil offence. Revised Home Office guidance for Making Off Without Payment, issued in April, makes it clear that where an incident is intentional then a crime has been committed. At the British Oil Security Syndicate ...

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    James Lowman - chairman ACS

    2014-07-12T00:00:00Z

    We’ve just released the results of an ambitious new project to find out what retailers, councillors and the general public think about the services on their high street. The report, called the Community Barometer, shows what people want in their local area and what they think government priorities should be ...

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    Shop Talk with Tracy West

    2014-06-09T00:00:00Z

    If I were a cynic, I might say that Tesco’s decision to ban sweets from the checkouts of its Express and Metro stores was a PR ploy to overshadow its recent financial failures or win back people who believe it to be the ’big, bad wolf’ of retailing. And ...

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    David Charman: chairman CWA

    2014-06-09T00:00:00Z

    What an amazing country we live in: floods and gale force winds at Christmas and then hot sun and cold spells when spring arrives. This time the weather suits the wash industry to a tee. For about a week, southern England and the Midlands found a thick coating of ...

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    Brian Madderson: chairman PRA

    2014-06-09T00:00:00Z

    On May 14, the Prime Minister said that a Scottish ’no’ vote would open the way for the transfer of more powers to Edinburgh. The PRA has been adapting quickly to the new challenges that have arisen through the substantial powers that have already been devolved to the Scottish Parliament, ...

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    Merril Boulton: Best result since England won the World Cup

    2014-06-09T00:00:00Z

    Apart from it being really rather pleasing to get the words ’England won the World Cup’ on the cover in the very month that the global football carnival kicks off, the latest industry figures show there are other things to be excited about (see Fuel Market Review, page 26). ...

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    Shop Talk with Tracy West

    2014-05-08T00:00:00Z

    No-one puts a gun to your head when you enter a convenience store or supermarket and makes you buy certain items. But you’d think that was the case if you read the latest findings from Which?. The consumer group sent people into four big supermarket chains wearing special headsets ...

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    Peter Harding - Retail technology consultant

    2014-05-08T00:00:00Z

    An interesting topic in retail every now and then is that of electronic shelf-edge labels (ESEL). These have been around for many, years but as yet no one in the UK has deployed them in any quantity. Historically the ESEL has been expensive and semi manual in so much as ...

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    Chris Hunt: UKPIA director general

    2014-05-08T00:00:00Z

    As I write this column, our downstream oil industry in the UK is on the threshold of a new relationship with government, one which we sincerely hope heralds meaningful change. On April 9, the Department of Energy and Climate Change published its review into the refining and fuel import ...

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    Merril Boulton: Refining future supply

    2014-05-08T00:00:00Z

    So last month the Government finally produced its report on the refining and fuel import sectors in the UK (it was due early January) and there seems to have been a collective gasp of disappointment (News Extra page 10). Chris Hunt, UKPIA director general (see column page 7) felt it ...

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    Shop Talk with Tracy West

    2014-04-03T00:00:00Z

    Three cheers for David Charman, whose Parkfoot Garage in West Malling, Kent, scooped the Convenience Retailer of the Year award last month. I don’t live too far away from this site so managed to take a look recently, and it really is very impressive. Where I live, the forecourts aren’t ...

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    Merril Boulton Editor: Flushed with success

    2014-04-03T00:00:00Z

    First let me congratulate the team at Bodmin Moor Services in Cornwall, part of the Chartman Group, for their admirable accomplishment in winning this year’s award for the UK’s Best Forecourt Loo (see news story on page 4). What they have achieved is no mean feat firstly to keep ...

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    Kevin Eastwood: BOSS executive director

    2014-04-03T00:00:00Z

    There are one million reasons why BOSS has had a significant impact on forecourt crime over the past three years. This month BOSS recoveries for No Means of Payment (NMoP) cases reached a staggering £1m as a direct result of the BOSS Payment Watch scheme. Payment Watch is underpinned ...

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    James Lowman: ACS chief executive

    2014-04-03T00:00:00Z

    We have had a run of major announcements affecting retail from George Osborne in his Budgets and Autumn Financial Statements, so by his standards the latest one was a low key affair. The compelling statistics were there: the economy is back in growth (2.4%) and the number of people unemployed ...

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    Tracy West: Shop Talk

    2014-03-06T00:00:00Z

    If you’re not already selling e-cigarettes, you really should be. That’s because a hot-off-the-press report from Mintel says the market has achieved a stunning 340% growth over the past year, from an estimated £44m in 2012 to an estimated £193m last year. Wow is all I can say and get ...

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    David Charman: chairman CWA

    2014-03-06T00:00:00Z

    What a start to the car washing year rain, rain and more rain. The only consolation we can take from this is that there will be no water shortages around the corner. Famous last words? It is surprising how many people are prepared to clean their cars when the ...

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    Brian Madderson: chairman PRA

    2014-03-06T00:00:00Z

    After four years at the helm of the Petrol Retailers Association, it is good to be able to pen a more positive note at the start of 2014. Retailers may have forgotten that despite PRA’s late intervention, cutting back the overall liability by around 14% for forecourt properties in ...

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    Merril Boulton: Esso opportunity

    2014-03-06T00:00:00Z

    So the final tranche of Esso’s company- owned network is now the focus of ambitious forecourt entrepreneurs as the official push to sell the southern block of 200 sites gets under way. Whether they’re new to the industry or established fuel retailers hoping to expand their networks, they will all ...

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    Shop Talk with Tracy West

    2014-02-11T00:00:00Z

    What have Quaker Oat So Simple breakfast biscuits, Maltesers Merryteaser, Mars Minis, Persil Small Mighty and Tropicana Trop 50 all got in common? They’re all winners of 2014 Product of the Year you know, you’ve probably seen those red and white ’Voted Product of the Year’ stamps ...

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    Peter Harding - Retail technology consultant

    2014-02-11T00:00:00Z

    Many rumours abounded in 2013 about technology and what it could do for us. This year the push seems to be on three key technology areas and I bring a few to the fore in this article. The main emphasis falls into the following areas: mobile, wearable technology and 3D ...