Forecourt Trader - 30 years at the heart of the fuel retailing community
DDA's Douglas Campbell warns of chip and pin failure
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Chip & pin hassle for the disabled

Ignorance about accepting credit and debit card payments from disabled drivers has caused confusion and distress on forecourts as crucial information from the Chip and Pin Programme has failed to reach relevant staff on the shop floor.

High fees may lead to alcohol re-think

Forecourts may have to re-think whether stocking alcohol or offering late night refreshment is viable following the announcement of costs for licences that are higher than previously proposed.

BP boosts supply chain with exel

BP Retail has appointed supply chain management company Exel to manage the 24 hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week distribution of frozen, chilled and ambient goods to more than 340 BP forecourts in the UK for the next three years.

Total and ESA re-sign

Total UK is to continue its mystery shopping campaign with ESA for the eighth consecutive year.

Radical update for Smile promotion

Jet’s five-year-old Smile promotion is being radically updated to take into account new developments in pos technology and to improve the offer to customers.
UK fuel prices were the lowest in Europe in 2004
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2004 fuel margins top 5ppl in Europe

The average fuel margin across Europe last year was just over five pence per litre, according to Wood Mackenzie, one of Europe’s leading energy information companies specialising in downstream oil markets.

Lew seeks 'oldies' to help out

He’s probably Britain’s oldest workaholic! At the age of 80, Lew Branston is still expanding his hugely successful forecourt – and he wants a posse of ‘Dad’s Army’ labourers to help him.

Spar brand grows Scottish presence

The number of Spar-branded forecourt shops in Scotland has risen by 50% to 39 sites in the past year.

News in brief

TOREX RETAIL has acquired Flexiline Forecourt Services Ltd in a deal worth £2.1m. Flexiline specialises in the installation and servicing of forecourt equipment and will become part of Torex’s expanding petroleum and convenience division. Rob Loosemore, executive chairman of Torex, said: “The acquisition will add depth to our service offering in the retail petroleum sector. Over the next few years there will be increased development and refurbishment activity on forecourts with the introduction of new fuels, environmental protection legislation and the addition of outdoor payment terminals. We will now be better placed to take advantage of this.”

Staying power

Forecourt retailers with non-affiliated stores such as Forecourt Trader of the Year winners Peter and Pat Bellini, will be among those leading the convenience retailing market for the next few years, according to new research from the food and grocery think-tank, IGD.

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Weekly retail fuel prices: 23 March 2020
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East Midlands123.11133.47120.13
North East121.10133.70118.76
North West121.7164.40131.91118.92
Northern Ireland118.34126.40116.15
South East124.2564.90135.17121.48
South West122.8655.90131.66119.83
West Midlands122.86134.51120.07
Yorkshire & Humber122.1363.90133.53119.07

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