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PRA launches fund to fight stock loss

A fighting fund to tackle the industry-wide problem of wetstock losses is being launched by the Petrol Retailers’ Association.
While oil is not running out, the environmental agenda will drive change
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Oil for the next 50 years, says UKPIA

Oil is not running out and – driven by the growth in demand for transportation fuels – will remain the major component of the world energy mix for the next 50 years, according to a new report by the UK Petroleum Industry Association, entitled ‘Future Road Fuels’.

Relationships with police a top priority

Total’s manager of retail direct operations Simon Palmer has become new chairman of the British Oil Security Syndicate (BOSS) and revealed plans to make close partnerships with police forces the cornerstone of his campaign to boost forecourt security.

Chip and pin warning

Small independent retailers risk slipping into the abyss as the chip and pin boom takes shape, warns retail technology expert Vista Retail Support.
DDA's Douglas Campbell welcomes the changes
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UKPIA issues guide to disability rules

A new guide for petrol retailers has been launched to help service station operators understand the implications of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.

Forecourt drinks scam conviction

A 22-year-old employee at a BP service station in Cambridgeshire pleaded guilty to three charges of theft after a shift manager noticed irregularities involving refunds made on cut-price alcohol.
Musgrave executive chairman Eoin McGettigan
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Londis retailers say 'yes' to Musgrave

Londis retailers have voted overwhelmingly in support of a buyout from Budgens owner Musgrave UK

Costcutter renews Nisa deal

Costcutter has signed up to use Nisa-Today’s Central Distribution Service for another 10 years, taking the relationship between the organisations to 27 years.

Potential for continued fuel price volatility, says Briggs

There has been remarkable movement in the crude oil and refined petroleum products market in the past month, according to Darren Briggs, managing director of

News in brief

BOUYANT TRADING IN PETROL has been cited as a key driver of sales growth for Sainsbury’s, according to the supermarket’s trading update for the first quarter of 2004/5.

Stock loss fightback

Wetstock losses. It’s a drum that’s been banged for the past 10 years, and now PRA director Ray Holloway is upping the beat by launching a fighting fund to tackle the problem and put fuel delivery in a respectable, professional place. At the moment it is in a dark, murky hole because no retailer gets to check the quantity of product actually being delivered as a result of an order being placed.

Roughton service station, Roughton, Cromer, Norfolk

GENERAL APPEARANCE: Located on the long and winding main (A140) road between Norwich and the seaside town of Cromer, the bright and colourful Jet branding gives this rural service station a very welcoming appearance.

Money on the shelf

However obvious it may seem, we still need to remind ourselves that stock is money, and that it should be counted and protected as if it were bundles of notes on the shelves rather than ‘just’ packets of cigarettes or bottles of pop or packets of crisps. Two recent experiences have again illustrated how the reality of physical stock can clash with the virtual picture painted by even quite sophisticated stock control systems.

Where is the loyalty?

This question was posed by Asif Kassam, who runs KP Hill Service Station in Manchester, and who was royally ticked off with PayZone because the company had just installed a competing terminal next door to his own.

A cheap shot

Hello, have you got a minute? (Or 20 as it turned out.) Would you like cheaper phone calls? Well, yes, who wouldn’t? The company that phoned Barry Chandler up at his service station in Walthamstow in London’s East End, offered to send him a welcome package introducing him to more economical telecom services.

It's a people business

Often described as ‘your best asset’, staff can also be a pain in neck (or much lower down, as this retailer put it) and not to put too fine a point on it, they can also be crooks. My caller wanted to know what he could do about a youngish lady who not only wasn’t too fussed about showing up on time or showing up “in good shape” but sometimes didn’t show up at all. And when she did, he suspected that she was pinching cigs and other goods. At this point he had no real proof.

Fuel gazing

For those fuel retailers concerned about the future of the petrol retailing business, the new report from the UK Petroleum Industry Association has sought to reassure them that for the next 50 years at least, there’s more than enough oil to go round for all transport energy needs.
Andrew Cox, Texaco's manager of equity distributor sales for Europe
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Regent Street

the sight of the REGENT BRAND may bring back memories to anyone around in the ‘60s. But now, after more than 30 years off the road, the familiar red and blue signage – which was phased out by Texaco in the late ‘60s – is making a comeback.

Lasting impression

Although keeping your site in full working order has to be at the top of your list of priorities, important maintenance is being neglected by many retailers, according to equipment and maintenance companies.

Bagging extra snacks

Never has the snack market been more competitive. Not only do the crisp and salty snack manufacturers have each other to contend with but they also have to tackle competition from other categories. And it’s everywhere – from hunger-busting chocolate bars to filling smoothie drinks; from calorie-counted salads to calorie-laden pies and pasties.

Sweets ahead

All the major manufacturers seem to be turning their attention to the sugar stuff, which is great news for forecourt retailers. This is because, firstly, sugar confectionery gives them a higher profit margin than chocolate, and secondly, many consumers prefer sugar products when they are travelling, especially with kids in the car, as they’re usually far less messy.

Passport gains new access

The Passport point of sale system from Gilbarco Veeder-Root is now compatible with third-party pumps and accepts Conoco and Texaco payment cards.

Fresh coffee on the run

In a bid to tap into the growing out-of-home coffee market, Javastation has introduced a new self-serve bean-to-cup coffee concept.

Wall's unveil eco-friendly freezer

Unilever Ice Cream & Frozen Food has launched a range of eco-friendly fridges as part of its commitment to caring for the environment.

Impulse onslaught

Manor Bakeries is increasing the presence of its Mr Kipling and Cadbury Cakes brands in the impulse snacking cake category with the launch of a range of muffins, flapjacks and brownies.

Hooops of prizes

United Biscuits has introduced a new text and win on-pack promotion for its £63m Hula Hoops brand.

Nestle extends Polo portfolio

Polo mints are now available in a new format following the launch of Polo Strong Mini Mints.

Pringles go global

In a bid to drive sales of its core range, Pringles has launched a new promotional campaign called Taste the World.

Fruitini extesion

Del Monte has introduced a new extension to its Fruitini brand with Fruitini Squeezie.

Ginsters to sponser TV show

As part of its £5 million marketing campaign this year, Ginsters has signed its first-ever TV sponsorship deal.

Dream gets fruity twist for summer

Cadbury Dream, the white chocolate bar from Cadbury Trebor Bassett, is launching a limited edition summer special with Cadbury Dream with real strawberry pieces.

Fruitella additions

Fruittella is continuing its NPD drive with the launch of Fruittella Plus – a fruit chew sweet with calcium and vitamins.

Sula gets indulgent

Food Brokers has launched a range of premium indulgent sugar-free sweets under the Sulá brand.

Rebrand for Sharps

Monkhill Confectionery is relaunching its Sharps toffee range as Sharps of York, with five new products and a six-figure consumer marketing campaign.

Giant proportions for Penn State pretzels

Pretzel manufacturer Union Snack has unveiled a giant version of its Penn State pretzel range.

Slims rollout to BP Connect

Gallaher is rolling out its new Silk Cut Slims brand to BP Connect sites as early indications show that the new cigarette is fulfilling a niche in the tobacco market and broadening the appeal of the Silk Cut parent brand.

Mo'gas: An irreverent view from the network

IT'S MY OWN FAULT REALLY. I mean, it’s not like this is the first time I’ve suffered such a disappointment. After all, I’ve been round the block a few times and really should have known better. Every time good old En-ger-land are in a major football competition it’s the same. I get all excited. Will this be the time when it finally all goes right? The line-up looks good, the planning has all been done, the pundits really believe success is possible. And then what happens? Almost nothing. Barely an achievement worthy of note.

Fuel prices July 2004

Data supplied by Catalist Ltd
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Weekly retail fuel prices: 20 May 2019
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East Midlands135.28141.26129.82
North East134.06140.71129.20
North West134.87139.96129.27
Northern Ireland131.95135.90127.71
South East135.9463.57142.34130.70
South West135.01139.53129.65
West Midlands134.83141.89129.64
Yorkshire & Humber134.1257.70141.27129.10

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