Forecourt Trader - 30 years at the heart of the fuel retailing community
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Fuel prices: September 28, 2005

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New brand targets independents

A new name has come on the petrol-retailing scene giving white-pole retailers the opportunity to trade with a national brand that isn’t restricted to an oil company contract.

Jet sounds death knell for Smile@

Jet is calling an end to its longstanding Smile@ loyalty promotion at the end of the year.

Card use up in fuel panic

Card payment transaction traffic from forecourts was up by 25% from the the previous week’s traffic during the fuel panic last month, according to figures from communications and processing specialist Transaction Network Services (UK) Ltd.

BP claims four more Partnership sites

BP is taking back four of the 30 former BP/Safeway Partnership sites that Tesco had agreed to buy from Morrisons last month.

Greenergy's new super fuel at Tesco

A new super fuel, Super Unleaded 99 Octane, will be available in 100 Tesco forecourts across London and the South East by mid-November.

London crackdown on forecourt crime

The Metropolitan Police has teamed up with the British Oil Security Syndicate (BOSS) to roll out the Forecourt Watch scheme across eight London boroughs.

Shell raid suspect arrested

A police helicopter tracked a van loaded with stolen cigarettes for 30 miles through Hertfordshire, Essex and East London before officers arrested a man suspected of breaking into a filling station.

Winning Trader

Susie Hawkins, partner in the Gloucestershire-based Simon Smith Group, has been crowned this year’s Forecourt Trader of the Year, at the petrol retailing industry’s most prestigious awards ceremony, held at London’s Hilton Park Lane hotel on September 15. She received her award from Forecourt Trader editor Merril Boulton and the evening’s host, motoring journalist and TV presenter Tiff Needell.

Scratchcard scoop

Lesley Brennan (pictured in the car) picks up a cheque for £10,000 after scooping the top prize in a scratchcard competition at her local Texaco service station, MBE Motor Services in Little Lever. Her cheque was one of 90,000 prizes worth around £5million won by Texaco customers across the country. Brian Robinson, joint owner of MBE Motor Services, said: “We’re a local service station and we try to be involved in the community. That’s why we’re really pleased it was one of our regular customers that came out tops. Sites like ours can’t compete on price with the supermarkets, but being able to make a splash like this can really make a difference to our business.”

Congestion charge sale extended

London’s £8 congestion charge is now being sold through all BP company-owned sites across England – not just at Connect sites, which already sell the congestion charge to 5,000 drivers each week. The scheme is being implemented by The Logic Group, which is responsible for pos solutions for mobile phone top-ups and Nectar cards. The same terminal is used to process top-ups, credit and debit cards, as well as Nectar. The terminal software has been modified to allow operators to enter registration numbers for congestion charging and the software is downloaded and maintained remotely, minimising support costs.

News in brief

BIG OIL ASSOCIATES has reached an agreement with Gulf Retail to provide BigOil products and services to Gulf-branded retailers. Keith Jewers, retail director at Gulf, said: “As part of our commitment to an open relationship with our dealers, we are very pleased to be using the services of BigOil. We have developed an innovative supply agreement offering for the independent market, who can have added confidence in their deal knowing that it is based upon data supplied by

Panic stations

Fuel crisis – what fuel crisis? And lo and behold there was a fuel crisis. It didn’t take long for panic buyers to come out in force, causing huge problems on the forecourts in the week beginning September 14. Nearly a week’s worth of fuel was sold within 24 hours, and card payment transactions were up 25%.

Fairmoor Jet filling station and convenience store, Morpeth, Northumberland

It is often reported that what shoppers want from a convenience store is:
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Forecourt wage average breaks £5 per hour

Each September since 1998, PAYEpeople (part of the EKW Group) has undertaken a major exercise to monitor and report the real level of wages paid on petrol retail sites across the UK.

Service Centre

Pace Petroleum's general manager Brian Handley is now shaping up the company to be competitive in today's market
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Upping the Pace

While the major oil companies continue their gradual retreat from frontline retailing – leaving retailers with fewer supplier options – companies such as Pace Petroleum Ltd are stepping into the breach, bringing new offerings to the dealer market.

Could do better

The teacher’s comment on the end of year report would probably say “forecourts must try harder”, if HIM’s latest Convenience Tracking Programme survey is anything to go by.

Pole position

While there is growing debate among retailers about the display of polesign fuel prices, one man is not waiting around. Tony Barlow of Local Service Stations in Shrewsbury has taken them down – and hasn’t looked back.

Computer logic

Technology develops at such a speed that it’s sometimes hard to keep up, but for a forecourt to operate seamlessly, it has to. A busy site can’t afford for its systems to fail so it needs the best equipment the operator can afford. Likewise operators need to embrace new security functions to counter fraud and the bane of every forecourt trader’s life, the drive-off.

Power play

Every year battery manufacturers seem to launch the ‘longest lasting battery ever’. To the uninitiated this might appear to be just some marketing ploy, but apparently the manufacturers really have to – to keep up with all the high-drain appliances that consumers love. Digital cameras and MP3 players gobble battery power up at such a rate it’s a wonder any cell can keep up. This year’s new battery technology comes via Energizer’s Ultimate Lithium, Duracell’s Ultra M3 and Panasonic’s Digital Xtreme Power.

High spirits

Off licences have been a hot topic lately with the widely publicised changes in licensing laws. But while forecourts are yet to see the full implications of the new regulations, it’s clear that alcohol is an increasingly important part of the shop offer.

Mo'gas: An irreverent view from the network

To SAY SEPTEMBER has been an interesting month is a little bit of an understatement. As I write this article Hurricane Rita is coming onshore. Quite often, when a disaster is anticipated the actual event is thankfully less severe. It’s the ones that aren’t anticipated that seem to be more devastating. Let’s hope that Rita comes into this category and, from a selfish point of view, let’s hope that the refining capacity around Houston remains relatively unscathed. We’ve enough problems with fuel prices without another ratcheting-up of demand on the European scene.

VBi new solution

VBi Retail Solutions has gone into partnership with YesPay, suppliers of electronic funds transfer payment services, to accelerate card payment authorisation.

Top display by Bartuf

In a bid to drive retail sales Welcome Break has awarded retail display solutions company Bartuf Systems a contract to supply a range of display solutions.

Sterling detector

Tellermate has unveiled the PoundMate counterfeit note detector, said to be the first of its kind as it’s able to detect the security thread in sterling notes and decipher the unique magnetic code embedded in the thread.

An eye in the sky

Skyguard is a new personal safety service for lone workers at risk. Ideal for forecourt staff, particularly at night, Skyguard combines a pocket-sized personal safety device, called a Skyminder, with a 24-hour emergency response centre.

Maintenance service overhaul success

Gilbarco Veeder-Root has overhauled its repair and maintenance service and as a result reports a 30% rise in call response rates.

Specials delivery

The McCoy’s Specials premium crisps range has been extended with the launch of two new sharing packs and a vegetarian handypack.

Heinz is hooked on convenience

Heinz says it is continuing ‘to forge ahead in the convenience sector’ with the launch of a number of initiatives.

Cigs still sell well

The UK tobacco market continues to show resilience in the face of increasing pressures – with £1.35m being spent on cigarettes at forecourts.

Savoury choices

Three of Country Choice’s best-selling savoury products are now available in mini versions.

Festive fun for cats and dogs

Nestlé Purina PetCare has launched several new Christmas lines.

Pork Farms hots up

Pork Farms is launching a range of hot pies exclusively for c-stores.

Seasonal snacking

Walkers aims to bring Christmas cheer to retailers with a range of festive crisps and snacks.

Pastries roll out

Ginsters is adding a taste of the Mediterranean to its range with the launch of a new olive oil pastry.

Sprite buzz

Coca-Cola is launching a new energy drink this month. Sprite 3G combines the refreshing lemon-lime flavour of standard Sprite with the three revitalising ingredients of glucose, guarana and caffeine from green coffee beans.

Ribena gets new non-spill cap

GlaxoSmithKline is reinvigorating Ribena with the introduction of a category-first valve cap, and a slimmer, more portable pack for its 330ml range. The new cap features a membrane which means the pack can be tipped upside down without spillage.

Pringles goes ape

The latest on-pack movie promotion from Pringles will feature the new King Kong film and give snackers the chance to win a trip to New Zealand, plus portable DVDs and millions of other prizes.

Dishing out fivers

In a bid to educate consumers about the 100% natural ingredients used in its Birds Eye range, Unilever Ice Cream & Frozen Foods is embarking on a Fight for Real Food campaign.
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Weekly retail fuel prices: 10 June 2019
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East Midlands134.59140.57129.69
North East133.19142.40129.15
North West134.1363.90139.73129.13
Northern Ireland131.34135.32128.05
South East135.2562.40141.74130.52
South West134.5167.90140.57129.57
West Midlands134.34140.64129.70
Yorkshire & Humber133.72140.40129.24

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