All Columnists articles – Page 3

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    Tracy West: retail commentator

    2020-01-13T00:00:00Z

    Did you see the story about people in Newcastle queuing to get their hands on Greggs’ new Vegan Steak Bake? According to The Sun, the first person in the queue waited six hours for the midnight unveiling of the meat- and dairy-free snack. And the first 200 people through ...

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    Editor: Merril Boulton

    2020-01-13T00:00:00Z

    Happy New Year to one and all. Hope everything went well and you all enjoyed a successful festive period on your forecourts. Generally the outlook for the New Year looks pretty good for the forecourt convenience sector (see News Extra, page 10). That’s if you ignore the explosively escalating ...

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    Kevin Eastwood: executive director, BOSS

    2020-01-13T00:00:00Z

    This year BOSS will be celebrating the first decade of BOSS Payment Watch and our research indicates that since it was established, we’ve helped forecourt retailers to prevent and recover £100m of losses from forecourt crime. The first ’no means of payment’ (NMoP) scheme was a real milestone for ...

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    Chris Judge: analysis editor, Argus Media

    2020-01-13T00:00:00Z

    Oil prices gained steadily through December before the assassination of leading Iranian general Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad on January 3 took Ice Brent futures to $69.50/bl for the first time since attacks on Saudi oil infrastructure in September. Prices at the pump reacted to the gains on international markets ...

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    James Lowman: chief executive, ACS

    2020-01-13T00:00:00Z

    The start of the new year is often a time when we reflect on the events of the past 12 months and look ahead to what the next year may hold both in terms of opportunities and challenges. This year will see the new government make its mark not ...

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    Tracy West: retail commentator

    2019-12-16T00:00:00Z

    We all know that we should be doing more to cut down on waste, whether it’s packaging or food, but I fear one organisation has gone too far. BusinessWaste.co.uk reckons it’s time to ban Christmas dinner as it estimates that 150,000 tonnes of it ends up in landfill. Press releases ...

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    Brian Madderson: PRA chairman

    2019-12-16T00:00:00Z

    It is clear that many people around the world are becoming increasingly concerned about the negative impact of Climate Change and that fossil fuels are seen by politicians, medics and environmentalists as a primary cause. Social media has been a powerful tool affecting this rapid change in outlook. Change ...

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    Merril Boulton: editor

    2019-12-16T00:00:00Z

    It promises to be a significantly more memorable festive season than usual what with the election, the political noise and ’who knows what’ will follow. UKPIA director general Stephen Marcos (see news page 3 and Forecourt Trader website) has called this election "one of the most important for generations", and ...

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    Chris Judge: analysis editor, Argus Media

    2019-12-16T00:00:00Z

    International oil markets edged higher in November as winter heating demand kicked in. But crude oil still looked well supplied ahead of an Opec meeting on December 5 in Vienna, when the cartel will consider production levels in concert with key producers such as Russia. Brent crude futures ended ...

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    Alexander Russell: consultant, Car Wash Association (CWA)

    2019-12-16T00:00:00Z

    Dame Sara Thornton, the recently appointed Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, has published her first Strategic Plan 2019-2021. The plan focuses on improving victim care and support, supporting law enforcement and prosecution, concentrating on prevention and getting value from research and innovation. Here are its main points with particular reference to car ...

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    Stephen Marcos Jones: director general, UKPIA

    2019-11-15T00:00:00Z

    New labels were added to your fuel pumps recently, as new rules require each pump to have either an E5 label for petrol or B7 label for diesel. These shorthand labels tell motorists that their petrol has up to 5% ethanol, and diesel up to 7% biodiesel content by ...

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    Tracy West: retail commentator

    2019-11-15T00:00:00Z

    Did any of you catch the story about the reporter from Hull who ate forecourt food for five days? Not only did it appear in the Hull local papers but it was picked up by the national dailies with headlines about how expensive and unhealthy the food was. The ...

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    Merril Boulton: editor

    2019-11-15T00:00:00Z

    So it’s ’Bonjour’ all round as the Total brand returns to the UK, following its deal with Harvest Energy (see News page 4 and Forecourt Trader website). It’s a great move for Harvest Energy in terms of having a recognisable major oil brand to roll out as it further ...

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    Ray Blake: PRA technical director

    2019-11-15T00:00:00Z

    A question I and many other people in the industry are being asked more and more frequently is whether to install electric vehicle (EV) charging points. But I am not qualified to answer whether EV charging is a financially viable option to install on petrol forecourts, and from what I ...

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    Chris Judge: analysis editor, Argus Media

    2019-11-15T00:00:00Z

    Oil prices have stabilised around the $60/bl mark after shrugging off the effects of the drone and cruise missile attacks on Saudi oil facilities on September 14. Brent crude futures ended October at $60.23/bl, registering a negligible drop of $0.50/bl on the month, after briefly topping $62/bl. UK pump ...

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    Tracy West: retail commentator

    2019-10-10T00:00:00Z

    I don’t like the concept of ’schadenfreude’ ie deriving pleasure from someone else’s misfortune, but I must admit that when I heard Sainsbury’s first till-free store trial had not worked, I did smile. At the end of April, to much fanfare, the supermarket giant said its Holborn Circus Local ...

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    Merril Boulton: editor

    2019-10-10T00:00:00Z

    No apologies for devoting half of this issue to the Forecourt Trader Awards! I think the nation’s hard-working forecourt retailers deserve a bit of recognition once in a while don’t you? Because the awards ceremony itself is not just a chance for a great night out - and being ...

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    Kevin Eastwood: executive director, BOSS

    2019-10-10T00:00:00Z

    During the past 12 months forecourt retailers have been taking on more responsibility to help tackle forecourt crime and, in particular, drive-offs. Greater involvement is necessary because police forces need our help. There has been a steady rise in the number of incidents of forecourt crime, as evidenced by ...

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    Chris Judge: analysis editor, Argus Media

    2019-10-10T00:00:00Z

    The drone and cruise missile attacks on Saudi oil facilities on September 14 drove oil prices sharply higher, but the rapid restoration of Saudi exports helped limit the gains. The higher international prices are yet to filter through to the UK forecourt, but prices look destined to rise, particularly ...

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    James Lowman: chief executive, ACS

    2019-10-10T00:00:00Z

    We recently launched our 2019 Forecourt Report, which looks at the latest developments in the sector and how fuel retailers have been responding to these changes. One ongoing development that has been a hot topic among customers and businesses has been electric vehicles. This year’s report has shown that while ...