All COVID-19 articles – Page 4

  • Ergonomic Solutions develops low-cost screen for till area
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    Ergonomic Solutions develops low-cost screen for till area

    2020-05-06T00:00:00Z

    While many larger retailers already have many social distancing measures in place for staff and customers, this isn’t necessarily the case with other retail businesses, according to Ian Dewar, group managing director, of technology mounting and mobility solution specialists, Ergonomic Solutions. “Most retailers offering essential items and groceries who have ...

  • ACS gives evidence to two Parliamentary Covid-19 inquiries
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    ACS gives evidence to two Parliamentary Covid-19 inquiries

    2020-05-06T00:00:00Z

    The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has provided evidence to two Parliamentary inquiries which explore the impact of Covid-19 on businesses and the food supply chain, highlighting the vital role that local shops have played in feeding communities. The House of Commons Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s inquiry looks at ...

  • Essar offers NHS staff a 10ppl discount on their fuel
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    Essar offers NHS staff a 10ppl discount on their fuel

    2020-05-06T00:00:00Z

    Essar has joined forces with its retail dealers to give back to the front line NHS staff, by offering them 10ppl discount off their fuel from 7th May. NHS staff can claim their discount when filling up their personal cars at Essar-branded retail forecourts by simply showing their NHS ID ...

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    Boost Drinks sends out care packages to independent retailers

    2020-05-01T00:00:00Z

    Boost Drinks, as a brand that sells only through the independent channel, is sending out packages to nominated independent retailers across the mainland UK and NI, in recognition of their bravery and hard work during the current pandemic. The brand has joined a list of brands and businesses that are ...

  • Road traffic volumes on the rise after 59% drop since start of February
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    Road traffic volumes on the rise after 59% drop since start of February

    2020-04-30T00:00:00Z

    Road traffic volumes have shown a 3% rise in the past week, according to the latest figures released by the Department for Transport, revealed at yesterday’s Government press conference at No 10. Prior to that, traffic volumes had fallen by 59% since the first week of February. The ...

  • 2000 forecourts take up GripHero’s free hand-protection dispenser offer
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    2000 forecourts take up GripHero’s free hand-protection dispenser offer

    2020-04-30T00:00:00Z

    More than 2,000 forecourts across Europe, North America, the Middle East and Australia, have signed up to Devon-based GripHero’s offer of free hand-protection dispensers on the fuel pump in the past month as forecourts globally try to protect the public and staff against the avoidable transmission of Covid-19. ...

  • Sainsbury’s reopens forecourt stores after installing screens
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    Sainsbury’s reopens forecourt stores after installing screens

    2020-04-29T00:00:00Z

    Sainsbury’s has begun reopening its forecourt stores after introducing new safety measures to guard against coronavirus, and says it will have more than 100 in operation by the end of the week. At the start of the coronavirus lockdown the supermarket group closed all its forecourt stores, introducing payment ...

  • Certas Energy sites offer free hot drinks to NHS and emergency workers
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    Certas Energy sites offer free hot drinks to NHS and emergency workers

    2020-04-28T00:00:00Z

    Certas Energy is offering free hot drinks to all NHS and emergency service workers visiting its petrol stations across the country to support the tireless efforts of the UK’s blue light services. Workers can receive their free hot drink by presenting their work ID or Blue Light Card at ...

  • Kay Group praises PRA help to avoid car-wash closure
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    Kay Group praises PRA help to avoid car-wash closure

    2020-04-27T00:00:00Z

    The PRA has been praised by the Blackburn-based Top 50 independent, the Kay Group Ltd, following the enforced closure of one of its car wash operations by the local Environmental Health Officer. Paul Blackmore, The Kay Group’s non-executive chairman, said the company greatly appreciated Brian Madderson’s intervention when it ...

  • ACS issues retailer guidance for staff coronavirus testing
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    ACS issues retailer guidance for staff coronavirus testing

    2020-04-27T00:00:00Z

    The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has developed a template letter that retailers can use to communicate with staff over email, post or display in staff rooms about how to self-refer for coronavirus testing, following the extension of the scheme to include all key workers experiencing symptons. ACS ...

  • Roadchef steps up services to support truckers
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    Roadchef steps up services to support truckers

    2020-04-24T00:00:00Z

    Motorway service area (MSA) operator Roadchef is stepping up its services to ensure that HGV drivers are supported during the Covid-19 crisis. HGV drivers are driving for longer periods of time per day following the Department for Transport’s announcement that it will extend drivers’ daily limit from nine to ...

  • Hoyer fuel tanker drivers trained to support NHS oxygen deliveries
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    Hoyer fuel tanker drivers trained to support NHS oxygen deliveries

    2020-04-23T00:00:00Z

    Drivers employed as part of Hoyer’s UK Petrolog fuel tanker delivery team have received training to deliver medical grade oxygen to NHS hospitals treating patients with Covid-19. The potential deployment comes after the company approached the Government to see how it could both support the national effort to fight ...

  • ACS publishes advice on how to process volunteer transactions
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    ACS publishes advice on how to process volunteer transactions

    2020-04-22T00:00:00Z

    New guidance to help convenience retailers to support customers who are grocery shopping on behalf of others during the COVID-19 outbreak has been published by the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS). It has been developed to advise convenience retailers about best practice on offering and processing “card not present” ...

  • PRA slams ’sickening’ charges of profiteering levelled at fuel retailers
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    PRA slams ’sickening’ charges of profiteering levelled at fuel retailers

    2020-04-21T00:00:00Z

    Branding petrol retailers as “damning and criminal” in these immensely challenging times is “sickening” and “desperate knee-jerk journalism”, stressed PRA chairman Brian Madderson in response to a tweet and subsequent press release from Howard Cox of FairFuelUK. The FairFuelUK media communications claimed that fuel wholesalers and oil companies were ...

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    Paypoint secures partnership with Deliveroo

    2020-04-20T00:00:00Z

    PayPoint has announced a new partnership deal with online food delivery company Deliveroo. The deal means qualifying independent retailers can now apply to access an exclusive proposition, with the ability for those selected to be live on Deliveroo in just a few days according to Paypoint, which says retailers ...

  • Coronavirus: Istobal turns its hand to ’disinfection’
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    Coronavirus: Istobal turns its hand to ’disinfection’

    2020-04-20T00:00:00Z

    Spanish vehicle wash group Istobal, has developed automatic arches for the disinfection of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) of health personnel, security forces and emergencies personnel in addition to arches for the external disinfection of vehicles in order to fight against COVID-19. The company has started the production of this ...

  • Coronavirus: Furlough claims get under way
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    Coronavirus: Furlough claims get under way

    2020-04-20T00:00:00Z

    Forecourt retailers can now begin the process of claiming wages for furloughed staff through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Under the scheme retailers can apply for a grant that covers 80% of their usual monthly wage costs, up to £2,500 a month, plus the associated Employer National Insurance contributions ...

  • Moto keeps all sites open to support HGV drivers
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    Moto keeps all sites open to support HGV drivers

    2020-04-17T00:00:00Z

    Motorway services operator Moto Hospitality has had to furlough nearly three fifths of its workforce due to the coronavirus restrictions, but is keeping all of its 46 sites open in order to support the transport sector. Moto CEO Ken McMeikan told Forecourt Trader: “From the very outset when the ...

  • Forecourt closures reach 100 as coronavirus hits sales and staff
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    Forecourt closures reach 100 as coronavirus hits sales and staff

    2020-04-17T00:00:00Z

    About 100 petrol filling stations across the UK have closed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the PRA has revealed. PRA chairman Brian Madderson said it was hoped that all the closures were temporary, and that the shutdowns had been for a variety of reasons. He said: ...

  • Co-op forecourt boosted by return of retired store manager during pandemic
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    Co-op forecourt boosted by return of retired store manager during pandemic

    2020-04-16T00:00:00Z

    A village petrol station has been boosted by the return to the shopfloor of a former store manager to provide support during the Coronavirus outbreak – just eight weeks after she retired from the role. Iris Naylor had worked at the Central England Co-op food store and petrol filling ...