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

Giving it the thumbs up

Here’s the theory: if a customer has forgotten his/her cheque book/cards and promises to come back later, they will do so unfailingly if you have taken their fingerprints. Furthermore, if you take their fingerprints even when the cards are present, they won’t be engaging in fraudulent practice using duff plastic.

Am i breaking the law

Roger Smith, who runs Bapchild Service Centre at Sittingbourne in Kent, got quite wound up when he read the ‘No ID, No Sale’ info packs left by his cigarette merchandiser as part of a campaign to stamp out sales of restricted goods to the under-aged. The fact sheet spells out which goods are restricted and includes the information that the fine for allowing an under 18 to sell petrol was £5,000 and/or six months in prison.

Priced out of market

No petrol retailer will be unfamiliar with price wars. But Allan Broughton, from Fisher’s Motor Centre at Sutton in Ashfield, was totally ticked off when he discovered that his local competitor, a symbol c-store, was selling newspapers for 10p less than cover price.

Advantage point

Competitive market forces have meant that words like rationalisation and reorganisation have become synonymous with the petrol retailing world. Many oil companies have undergone major overhauls – and it’s been no different at Texaco.

Business as usual

Retail systems supplier Arciris has worked hard over the years to establish itself as ‘the dealers’ friend’. Which is why, in the wake of news of a management buyout, it is keen to reassure customers that it intends to stay that way.

Double whammy

With Valentine’s Day safely out of the way and all those red roses and chocolate hearts sold, forecourt retailers can look forward to a double whammy on the confectionery sales front – Mother’s Day on March 21, followed by Easter on April 9-12.

Vertical take off

While news and magazines are a great footfall driver for forecourts, the category is notoriously difficult to manage. Vertical supply agreements mean retailers have little control over what they sell and which wholesaler they source from – not to mention costly carriage charges. But this could all change next year – albeit not before a hard slog by the industry.

Arciris links to Esso terminals

Esso dealers using Iridium point of sale can now access card transaction authorisation capture (CTAC) following a deal between the oil company and Arciris.

Safety pads

An increase in reported fires on forecourts in Europe has sparked the launch of a campaign to make motorists more aware of the hazards during refuelling.

Tobacco product display made easy with HL

In response to the increasingly restrictive laws governing the marketing and display of tobacco products, HL Display has devised a simple merchandising solution that it says maximises the value of the cigarette pack as a tool for brand awareness.

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Weekly retail fuel prices: 21 October 2019
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East Midlands131.4582.90140.26127.28
North East130.33141.51126.31
North West130.8257.70140.42127.09
Northern Ireland129.08132.76125.41
South East132.2771.90140.82127.99
South West131.36137.85127.21
West Midlands131.0761.40139.08127.20
Yorkshire & Humber130.7584.90140.34126.99

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