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03 October, 2005
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BIG OIL ASSOCIATES has reached an agreement with Gulf Retail to provide BigOil products and services to Gulf-branded retailers. Keith Jewers, retail director at Gulf, said: “As part of our commitment to an open relationship with our dealers, we are very pleased to be using the services of BigOil. We have developed an innovative supply agreement offering for the independent market, who can have added confidence in their deal knowing that it is based upon data supplied by BigOil.net.
NEW RESEARCH FROM THE CREDIT CARD AWARDS and market research company ICM reveals that one in five credit cardholders view customer loyalty/reward schemes such as Nectar as the most useful add-on feature that credit card companies offer.CAMELOT IS TO IMPROVE its training programme for National Lottery retailers to make the course more interactive and fun, while providing them with the necessary know-how and skills training to help maximise ticket sales. Once fully rolled out, around 7,000 retailers a year – almost twice the current number – will benefit from the additional training, which will be held at Camelot’s five regional centres, plus several new venues across the country, making it easier for retailers to attend. THE NATIONAL FEDERATION OF RETAIL NEWSAGENTS’ long-fought campaign for extending the claim credit on magazines has been recognised across the industry and retailers can now receive a minimum of 17 days to claim credit for magazine returns.