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Payment plan unveiled

Forecourt equipment manufacturer Gilbarco Veeder-Root says it is now offering one of the industry's lowest cost payment plans.

Peter Harding - Retail technology consultant

Something that has been on my mind for some time, and is a fascinating new technology, is 3D printing. Yes, the ability to print items in 3D ie solid. This technology allows users to print a solid object from a CAD drawing. What? I hear you say. The ability to print an object is not only possible, but it's a reality. Printers have been available for some time, but let's not get carried away as the size and type of item that can be printed is limited. But the rate of growth and advancement is amazing.

Golden opportunity - Boost your chances of success at this year's Forecourt Trader awards with our advice and top tips on how to enter

A golden moment to treasure? It could be yours this year if you enter our awards and see how you measure up against other service stations in the race for the industry's gold standard the Forecourt Trader of the Year Award. It will be presented at a glittering ceremony at the London Hilton Hotel, Park Lane on Thursday, September 19, along with many other awards recognising high standards of operation in the fuel retailing sector.

Pumps: Cash converters

Consumers are used to putting cash in a machine whether it's when they're paying for parking, buying a ticket at the train station or settling the basket shop at a self-service checkout in the supermarket. So the arrival of cash acceptance on the forecourt was probably only a matter of time. Northern Ireland-based Lissan Coal Company's (LCC) new GO-branded site in the centre of Belfast has become the first petrol station in Europe to install dispensers with an integrated bank note acceptor. The unmanned site, which opened in March this year, is now seeing 40% of motorists paying with cash, with the method of payment proving particularly popular with taxi drivers and motorists trying to manage their spending.

Can you bank on it?

Money really does make the world of retailing go round. And it's controlled by the banks along with other financial institutions that are all clever enough to make finance such a complicated subject that none of us, not even 'them', fully understand it on all levels (including Gordon Brown, when he was Chancellor, goes the charge).

Hot, Quick and Tasty is definitely the way to go

The market for 'quick, hot meals' is currently worth £350m in the UK but is set to grow to over £500m in the next 10 years, according to Nielsen data. These products which can be prepared in less than five minutes and eaten hot are currently consumed by 60% of UK households.

Let rip into these

Nestlé is extending its Rowntree's Randoms with the launch of Rip'ems. These comprise eight peelable strings in four fruity flavours: apple, blackcurrant, orange and pineapple.

All wrapped up

Cuisine de France has added new sweet and savoury lines to its range. Its new pre-filled breakfast baps are available in both bacon and sausage variants. Frozen in oven-proof film, they can be defrosted overnight in the fridge, then baked for 10 minutes and displayed in a hot cabinet for up to two hours.

Magnum in choc form

Ice cream giants Magnum, Cornetto and Mini Milk are now available in chocolate form thanks to a licensing deal between Unilever UK and Kinnerton.

Hudson's is top dog

Country Choice says its new Hudson's hot dog offer gives retailers the chance to expand their food-to-go ranges with a concept that requires minimal counter space and offers a profit margin of 40%-plus. The eight-and-a-half inch hot dogs, which are steam-cooked for a better taste, contain 87% pork and are supplied with a quality pre-sliced, fully baked demi baguette.

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Weekly retail fuel prices: 25 May 2020
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East Midlands111.76123.12106.54
North East110.34125.25104.79
North West111.33119.82106.56
Northern Ireland108.52111.40102.55
South East113.2059.90124.27108.35
South West111.83124.12106.47
West Midlands112.13125.12106.81
Yorkshire & Humber111.6957.70121.80105.92

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