All Columnists articles – Page 7

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    Alexander Russell: consultant, Car Wash Association (CWA)

    2018-09-17T00:00:00Z

    The Car Wash Association has been lobbying the government directly and through media campaigns during the summer months on the subject of non-compliant hand car washes (HCWs). The aim is to motivate the government and its various stakeholder agencies to inform, encourage and where necessary, oblige illegal HCWs to comply ...

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    Stephen Marcos Jones: UKPIA director general

    2018-08-03T00:00:00Z

    Last month, the government published its long-awaited Road to Zero strategy, setting out its proposed approach to reduce emissions from UK road transport. The strategy sets out government’s ambition to see more ultra-low emission cars on UK roads by 2030 at least 50% and as many as 70% of new ...

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    Tracy West: retail commentator

    2018-08-03T00:00:00Z

    I’m sorry but I’m back on the subject of soft drinks again this month. I’ll start with a moan. There’s no Rose’s Lime Cordial available anywhere (unless you want to pay silly money for it on eBay) all due to a factory fire. Of course, accidents happen but ...

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    Merril Boulton: Editor

    2018-08-03T00:00:00Z

    Important to stay braced and focused on the positive when opening the sizeable tome that is the government’s newly published ’Road to Zero’ strategy (see News Extra, page 10). Perhaps read it in small chunks with a nice glass of something so that you don’t blow too many gaskets in ...

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    Ray Blake: PRA technical director

    2018-08-03T00:00:00Z

    A question about EV charging was raised recently at the Petroleum Enforcement Liaison Group (PELG) where I have just been made the first chairman to be appointed from ’industry’ rather than from ’enforcement’. The question was ’Who would enforce EV charging and how would they know if any had been ...

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    Charlotte Blum: analysis editor, Argus Media

    2018-08-03T00:00:00Z

    International oil prices in July fell at the start of the month, but recovered steadily as the effects of increased production from major suppliers were tempered by an uncertain forward supply picture. UK transport fuels edged higher from July and Ice Brent futures ended the month at $74.97/bl after ...

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    Tracy West: retail commentator

    2018-07-06T00:00:00Z

    As a big soft drinks consumer, I’ve found it interesting to see how the Sugar Levy has been put into action in various retail outlets. I only drink diet or zero drinks so the levy doesn’t affect my drinking purchases. However, Mr West won’t touch the artificials and so ...

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    Merril Boulton: editor

    2018-07-06T00:00:00Z

    Just back from an excellent PRA/ACS Forecourt Conference, which both informed and inspired in equal measure. The world is always changing, but there is something about the current pace of change and uncertainty across many aspects of life business, political, technological, environment that would be easy to become quite unsettled ...

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    Kevin Eastwood BOSS - executive director

    2018-07-06T00:00:00Z

    During the FIFA World Cup there were a number of countries who started the competition with low expectations. However, some quiet, careful and thoughtful planning helped them to achieve and make their nations very proud of their performances. The forecourt sector can draw similarities, in particular, when it comes to ...

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    Charlotte Blum: analysis editor, Argus Media

    2018-07-06T00:00:00Z

    Changing expectations of supply amid continued strong demand pushed oil prices first down then up again in June, with Ice Brent futures ending June at $77.85/bl. Opec and its partners have been overachieving their agreed output cuts, and on June 22 agreed to reign in their over-compliance. In effect ...

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    James Lowman: chief executive, ACS

    2018-07-06T00:00:00Z

    In recent weeks, the Centre for Social Justice has published a report called Desperate for a Fix, focusing on tackling retail crime and calling for fresh thinking at a national and local level to find policies that can address the increases in theft and other crime that retailers have experienced ...

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    Tracy West: Retail commentator

    2018-06-07T00:00:00Z

    A recent survey of 1,000 consumers across the UK (undertaken by SOTI who say they are the world’s most trusted provider of mobile and Internet of Things device management systems in the world), found that 80% of people would be ’comfortable’ in a retail setting where only self-checkout tills were ...

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    Brian Madderson: PRA chairman

    2018-06-07T00:00:00Z

    In the real world, the latest UK vehicle statistics from SMMT for January to May 2018 versus the same period last year confirm the collapse of diesel models (-31%), some recovery in petrol +11.3%, the anticipated increase in hybrids +22.6% but a surprising drop in batteryonly electric (BEV) by 4.9%. ...

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    Merril Boulton: editor

    2018-06-07T00:00:00Z

    Quite an eye-opener at last month’s APEA meeting (see News Extra, page 10). Not normally my type of gig, since it’s all very detailed legal and technical stuff relating to the Petroleum Explosives Acts and associated environment legislation. It was all about the fourth edition of the ...

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    Charlotte Blum Analysis editor

    2018-06-07T00:00:00Z

    Geopolitical moves by the US have dominated oil prices, with sanctions on oil producers driving them up further. But Opec is signalling it could increase output, and the danger of a global trade war has just bubbled up again as a threat to demand. UK retail prices in late May ...

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    Alexander Russell: consultant, Car Wash Association (CWA)

    2018-06-07T00:00:00Z

    The Car Wash Association, in conjunction with the Petrol Retailers Association, is continuing to work towards achieving a much greater level of compliance among unregulated hand car washes (HCWs) with employment law, fiscal law, Health Safety regulations and, most recently, in dealing with the environmental hazards of trade ...

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    Stephen Marcos Jones: director general, UKPIA

    2018-05-23T00:00:00Z

    The eighth high-level meeting of the EU Refining Forum was held in April in Brussels. The Refining Forum was first established in 2013 in recognition of the need to address the cumulative impact of policies on the EU refining industry. This important annual meeting brings together representatives from industry, Member ...

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    Tracy West: retail commentator

    2018-05-23T00:00:00Z

    With plastic currently ’pubic enemy number one’ it was interesting to read about eco brand Ecover’s recent pop-up Rubbish Cafe in London. If you wanted to go inside, you had to ’pay’ with recyclable plastic rubbish but once inside, you could savour goodies from a zero-waste menu from eco chef ...

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    Merril Boulton: editor

    2018-05-23T00:00:00Z

    Consolidation continues to be on trend as yet more giants, this time Sainsbury’s and Asda, come together to create a mammoth grocery, general merchandise and clothing retail group with a combined revenue of £51bn. And let’s not forget about the 630 or so service stations they have between them, meaning ...

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    Ray Blake: PRA technical director

    2018-05-23T00:00:00Z

    How communication and technology have changed and keep changing never ceases to astound me. In the field of fuel dispensing into vehicles we first heard the term ’payment app’ about five or six years ago. For the past couple of years, forums in which I participate have been trying to ...