All Columnists articles – Page 4

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    Tracy West: retail commentator

    2019-09-09T00:00:00Z

    We all like trying something new and in the past few weeks I’ve tried quite a few new products. I started with two new Kit Kats: Green Tea Matcha (inspired by Japan) and Kit Kat made with Ruby Cocoa Beans. Sorry, but I have to say I won’t be buying ...

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    Brian Madderson: chairman, PRA

    2019-09-09T00:00:00Z

    After nine years of fuel duty freezes, this regressive tax is still netting the Exchequer some £28bn every year. Once double taxation is factored in, with added VAT at 20% yielding an estimated further £7bn, the overall total of £35bn comfortably places fuel as the fifth largest tax receipt for ...

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    Merril Boulton: editor

    2019-09-09T00:00:00Z

    The silence has been deafening! Has nobody noticed the fuel prices on Applegreen’s Welcome Break estate? I guess the national press are rather busy with all the current shenanigans at Westminster Towers they usually enjoy making big headlines around fuel pricing. Under the Fuelgood branding from its Irish operation Applegreen ...

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    Chris Judge: analysis editor, Argus Media

    2019-09-09T00:00:00Z

    The fragility of the global economy in the light of the trade war between the US and China continues to weigh on oil markets, keeping benchmark Brent crude oil futures bobbing around the $60/bl mark. UK motorists felt none of the benefits of the lower bulk prices with prices ...

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    Alexander Russell: consultant, Car Wash Association (CWA)

    2019-09-09T00:00:00Z

    The Car Wash Association’s (CWA’s) lobbying work to expose criminal activity and widespread regulatory non-compliance on hand car washes faces new challenges following the change of government in July. New appointments have been made in all the key ministries relating to the CWA’s work. Regulatory activity needs to be kick-started ...

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    Stephen Marcos Jones: director general, UKPIA

    2019-08-06T00:00:00Z

    In June the UK became the first major economy to pass legislation requiring net-zero emissions by 2050. With a flick of his pen, interim-Energy and Clean Growth Minister, Chris Skidmore, upgraded the legally-binding target in the Climate Change Acat from an 80% reduction of emissions to 100%. With 38% of ...

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    Tracy West: retail commentator

    2019-08-06T00:00:00Z

    Who doesn’t love chocolate? Obviously that’s a rhetorical question, as for me anyone who doesn’t seems a little bit weird. In the past my favourite has always been Cadbury Dairy Milk (CDM) but since the Americans got their hands on it, I think it’s changed. Now the Americans do ...

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    Ray Blake: PRA technical director

    2019-08-06T00:00:00Z

    I have just returned from a road trip across Europe in a 52-year old classic car. During the trip we filled the car with petrol 14 times in five different countries France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Italy. Immediately before heading off, I was notified that the guidance from the ...

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    Chris Judge: analysis editor, Argus Media

    2019-08-06T00:00:00Z

    International oil markets proved remarkably unconcerned about the escalation of the crisis in the vitally strategic Straits of Hormuz, the choke point in the Mideast Gulf for around a fifth of the world’s oil supply. Oil traders were more concerned about the slowdown in the global economy and increasing ...

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    Tracy West: retail commentator

    2019-07-09T00:00:00Z

    This may sound sad but one of the things I like to do when I am travelling abroad is look out for food and drink that I’ve not seen before. I had a whale of a time doing this on my recent trip to the US. We did a lot ...

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    Kevin Eastwood: executive director, BOSS

    2019-07-09T00:00:00Z

    When the new Prime Minister takes office this month, one of my first tasks will be to bring to his attention the proactive approach that fuel retailers have taken to reduce pressure on police resources. For more than 25 years we’ve been working closely with fuel retailers, police, government ...

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    Chris Judge: analysis editor, Argus Media

    2019-07-09T00:00:00Z

    Simmering tensions between Iran and the US over attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf came to the boil with the downing of a US drone on 20 June, helping to reverse losses for international oil markets at the end of May and in early June. Fuel prices at ...

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    James Lowman: chief executive, ACS

    2019-07-09T00:00:00Z

    As avid readers of Forecourt Trader you will, I’m sure, be aware of new fuel labelling regulations coming into force in the not-so-distant future. Just in case you haven’t, here’s the key information: there are new regulations being introduced which legally require additional labelling on fuel dispensers and nozzles in ...

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    Tracy West: retail commentator

    2019-06-07T00:00:00Z

    Mr West and I have just completed a road trip across part of the US. He drove more than 3,000 miles in 11 days across Arizona, Colarado, Nevada, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming. It was great fun but also a little hairy as we encountered much more snow than we ...

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    Brian Madderson: PRA chairman

    2019-06-07T00:00:00Z

    FairFuel UK together with the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Fuel has been lobbying the Treasury to support their proposals for PumpWatch a voluntary code to be adopted by industry, which is designed to bring greater transparency and fairness to pump pricing. No details have been seen at this stage ...

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    Chris Judge: analysis editor, Argus Media

    2019-06-07T00:00:00Z

    International crude oil markets slumped on May 31 after US President Trump proposed tariffs on all goods from Mexico "until the illegal immigration problem is remedied". The falls were triggered by the increasing threat of global recession and subsequent effect on oil demand. Global equity markets were already falling ...

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    Alexander Russell: consultant, Car Wash Association (CWA)

    2019-06-07T00:00:00Z

    The government’s response to modern slavery in the UK has been woefully lacklustre, despite a recent hard-hitting investigation by Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) into hand car washes (HCWs) which acknowledged the sheer scale of the problem and the lack of enforcement of existing regulations that might help prevent it. ...

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    Stephen Marcos Jones: director general, UKPIA

    2019-05-06T00:00:00Z

    Hardly a day goes by without a newspaper headline telling us about the next big thing in the world of transport. Artificial Intelligence. Driverless cars. Real-time data sharing with other road users. Deliveries bringing fuel direct to your home or business. Low-carbon fuels, both liquid and non-liquid, hydrocarbon and non-hydrocarbon. ...

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    Tracy West: retail commentator

    2019-05-06T00:00:00Z

    I’m as happy to do my bit for the planet as the next person, however I do feel that some companies are rushing through changes without properly researching them first. Take McDonald’s. I love a McDonald’s milkshakemmmm. But, when I had one the other day, imagine my displeasure when the ...

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    Ray Blake: PRA technical director

    2019-05-06T00:00:00Z

    When talking to forecourt operators on the ’Roadside Fuel Recovery Standard’ (RFRS) stand at The Forecourt Show a couple of weeks ago, there was one fact they all found most surprising. It was that despite the customer who had mis-fuelled paying for the remediation service, they were legally responsible to ...