Forecourt Trader - 30 years at the heart of the fuel retailing community

Fuel for thought

Virtually every business - and that includes petrol retailers - claims back the VAT on the petrol/diesel that it buys for its own consumption. Naturally HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has always assumed that at least some of that fuel is actually used for 'private' mileage.

Service Centre with Jac Roper - Ground zero, where you don't want to be

This story has worrying implications, possibly, for quite a few retailers. So do you know what 'zone' your forecourt is in, water-wise?

A scientist's view of biodiesel

Biodiesel in some form or other is here to stay - if only to reduce the UK's dependency on petroleum - so we might as well take the time to understand the pros and cons of using this fuel and the cautions that apply.

Pump stakes

With all the talk about profits that can be made from the shop side of the business, it could be easy for the forecourt retailer to lose sight of the one thing that sets his operation apart from all the convenience stores in his vicinity. And that of course is the fuel, and the reason why most of his customers set foot on his site in the first place. And that fuel is no good to anyone without the pumps that dispense it. But just how much attention do you pay to your pumps? Are you certain that they are all working properly and that they are not coughing and spluttering and splattering your customers in fuel? And, more importantly, not over-dispensing and giving away your precious profits?

Summer lovin'

It looks like we're in for another hot one as the latest seasonal forecast from the Met Office reveals that this summer is likely to be warmer than normal. Indeed seasonal forecasters say the chances of temperatures similar to those experienced in 2003 and 2006 are around one in eight. Sounds great but retailers need to be ready for it so keeping an eye on the weather forecasts is vital. The BBC website can give you a five-day forecast for your local area - handy for consumers planning picnics and for retailers planning stock levels.

Fluid thinking

When it comes to soft drinks, forecourts are different to every other retail channel. In multiples grocers, multiple convenience stores, independents and symbols, colas reign supreme, outselling every other type of soft drink. But in forecourts it's the functional beverages that do best. Think Red Bull, Lucozade and Relentless to name just three.

Plumb passes BP's test

David Plumb & Co passed a stringent BP health and safety inspection while decommisioning the former Admiral Service Station in Broomfield Road, Chelmsford, Essex.

Shelfmax website

Shelfmax has launched a new website to help c-store retailers gain easier access to its products.

Win with Husky

Anyone buying a Husky chiller during this month or next will be entered into a prize draw where they can win tickets to a top cricket match.

Securing your cash

Tidel's Sentinel BCD cash management system, which was unveiled at IFFE, is being used by Esso. The first UK site to adopt it is Kings Croft, Leatherhead, Surrey.

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Weekly retail fuel prices: 20 January 2020
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East Midlands132.93141.67128.44
North East131.55139.57126.67
North West132.1066.90140.54127.58
Northern Ireland129.82134.61125.46
South East133.80141.93129.03
South West132.9567.90139.13128.12
West Midlands132.7866.57142.07128.26
Yorkshire & Humber131.9963.90141.14127.34

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