All Columnists articles – Page 5

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    Chris Judge: analysis editor, Argus Media

    2019-05-06T00:00:00Z

    The US government surprised the oil markets by ending waivers on sanctions against Iran, pushing prices to new 2019 highs and exacerbating a global supply crisis for sour crude oil. Pump prices for petrol were more than 4ppl higher than a year ago and climbing steadily. Benchmark Brent crude ...

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    Tracy West: retail commentator

    2019-04-08T00:00:00Z

    The ’bah humbug’ brigade, typically active at Christmas time, are now out for Easter. Pre-Easter stories in the mainstream media are usually about how over-priced Easter eggs are when you compare their chocolate content to bars that are available all-year-round. In the past there has also been chuntering about packaging ...

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    Merril Boulton: editor

    2019-04-08T00:00:00Z

    Beneath all the excruciating political noise and in spite of it life goes on. And forecourts are in the fortunate position of being an essential part of that daily life. People still need to get to work, they need to refuel, buy breakfast, coffee, lunch, a few groceries and everything ...

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    Kevin Eastwood: executive director - BOSS

    2019-04-08T00:00:00Z

    When it comes to non-payment on forecourts, experience tells us that some motorists do make genuine mistakes and it’s important to respect customers inadvertently caught in a difficult situation. These can be rectified if accurate information is collected by retailers so that repayments can be made within a reasonable timeframe. ...

  • Analysis

    Chris Judge: analysis editor, Argus Media

    2019-04-08T00:00:00Z

    The steady gains for crude oil in 2018 continued through March and UK motorists are now feeling the pinch at the pump, as Opec maintained solid discipline containing output. Benchmark Brent crude oil futures ended March at $68.39/bl, gaining $2.36/bl on the month and are now up by nearly $15/bl ...

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    James Lowman: chief executive, ACS

    2019-04-08T00:00:00Z

    We’ve just launched our 2019 Crime Report, and it’s another shocking insight into the extent and frequency of crime against our sector. Let’s start with the financial impact: crimes committed against the convenience sector cost an estimated £246m over the past year, equivalent to over £5,300 for every store in ...

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    Tracy West: retail commentator

    2019-03-11T00:00:00Z

    If thousands of your customers were asked to rate your store for things like appearance, queuing time, range of products and value for money, how do you think you’d do? Well, Which? has just published a survey where 12,000 consumers had to rate supermarkets across those categories and more. ...

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    Brian Madderson: chairman, PRA

    2019-03-11T00:00:00Z

    There is no doubt that as we head towards Brexit Day on March 29, our politicians and political commentators are ensuring that the outcome continues to be very uncertain. No one can forecast with any real confidence where the country will be in three month’s time. This is much the ...

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    Merril Boulton: editor

    2019-03-11T00:00:00Z

    So it’s already March and at the end of this month, who knows what will have happened re what’s become the dreaded Brexit situation. But one thing is for certain, and that is the success of the Top 50 Indies, which is clear to see in our latest report published ...

  • Analysis

    Chris Judge: analysis editor, Argus Media

    2019-03-11T00:00:00Z

    Oil prices continued to rise as it became clear that the US was not securing a quick win to force President Nicolas Maduro from power in Venezuela, prolonging sanctions on the country’s oil exports. Benchmark Brent crude oil futures ended February at $66.03/bl, gaining $4.14/bl on the month. Diesel ...

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    Alexander Russell: consultant, Car Wash Association (CWA)

    2019-03-11T00:00:00Z

    Continued pressure by the Car Wash Association (CWA), together with support from MPs, was responsible for finally getting the issue of rogue hand car washes (HCWs) onto Parliament’s agenda via the Environmental Audit Committee’s (EAC) June 2018 hearings. It was rewarding that the EAC’s remit, the context in which they ...

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    Stephen Marcos Jones: UKPIA director general

    2019-02-11T00:00:00Z

    It is a new year, but the fuel supply industry faces the same challenges with uncertainty surrounding the UK’s exit from the EU first and foremost a concern on the forecourt and across our sector. While the message coming out of Westminster has often been confused and incohesive, the ...

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    Tracy West: retail commentator

    2019-02-11T00:00:00Z

    I’ve played the National Lottery since it began nearly 25 years ago. Indeed I went to its launch at the Tower of London; I still remember it now. My old news editor remembers it too, because she says that after the first draw I came into work so disappointed because ...

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    Merril Boulton: editor

    2019-02-11T00:00:00Z

    Great to see that Shell is raising the bar on forecourt food with its launch of the Jamie Oliver deli by Shell range. The forecourt sector has been crying out for some ’properly decent’ food on the go, for some time. With the increasingly sophisticated, modern forecourts and services ...

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    Ray Blake: PRA technical director

    2019-02-11T00:00:00Z

    My name is Ray Blake and I am a ’Petrol Head’. My addiction to cars drives my wife mad and I thank her for putting up with my obsession for over four decades. From the moment I was given my first Corgi model car when I was five, a Studerbaker ...

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    Chris Judge: analysis editor, Argus Media

    2019-02-11T00:00:00Z

    UK transport fuels shed around 1ppl in January, but the losses are expected to be short-lived, as international oil markets climbed steadily through the month in response to the US sanctions against oil-rich Venezuela. After shedding more than $30/bl in 2018 to end the year at around $53/bl, benchmark ...

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    Tracy West: retail commentator

    2019-01-11T00:00:00Z

    Happy New Year to you all. I was going to begin the year with a look at trends but, if you were to believe all the hype, the biggest trend of all seems to be veganism. I say this because I was in my local Sainsbury’s right at the ...

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    Merril Boulton: editor

    2019-01-11T00:00:00Z

    Happy New Year to you all let’s hope it’s a good one, as the song goes. As we launch into 2019, things appear pretty positive for the fuel retailing sector, with property prices staying strong despite the big deals done last year (see Focus on Property, p31). Even MFG’s buyout ...

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    Kevin Eastwood: BOSS - executive director

    2019-01-11T00:00:00Z

    During the second half of 2018 we saw a significant rise in incidents of crime on forecourts, and the BOSS Forecourt Crime Index for the third quarter of 2018 revealed a 13% rise in the number of incidents. Rising fuel prices also pushed the cost of crime to retailers up ...

  • Analysis

    Chris Judge: analysis editor - Argus Media

    2019-01-11T00:00:00Z

    Oil prices continued their downward trajectory in December after heavy losses in the last quarter of 2018. Concerns about over-supply were further complicated by an uncertain global economic outlook in response to US trade tariffs on China. These losses were partially reflected on the forecourt, but domestic retail prices ...