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October

Congestion charge sale extended
03 October, 2005

London’s £8 congestion charge is now being sold through all BP company-owned sites across England – not just at Connect sites, which already sell the congestion charge to 5,000 drivers each week. The scheme is being implemented by The Logic Group, which is responsible for pos solutions for mobile phone top-ups and Nectar cards. The same terminal is used to process top-ups, credit and debit cards, as well as Nectar. The terminal software has been modified to allow operators to enter registration numbers for congestion charging and the software is downloaded and maintained remotely, minimising support costs.

News in brief
03 October, 2005

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.

Panic stations
03 October, 2005

Fuel crisis – what fuel crisis? And lo and behold there was a fuel crisis. It didn’t take long for panic buyers to come out in force, causing huge problems on the forecourts in the week beginning September 14. Nearly a week’s worth of fuel was sold within 24 hours, and card payment transactions were up 25%.

Fairmoor Jet filling station and convenience store, Morpeth, Northumberland
03 October, 2005

It is often reported that what shoppers want from a convenience store is:

Forecourt wage average breaks £5 per hour
03 October, 2005

Each September since 1998, PAYEpeople (part of the EKW Group) has undertaken a major exercise to monitor and report the real level of wages paid on petrol retail sites across the UK.

Service Centre
03 October, 2005

FACT-FINDING MISSIONS

Upping the Pace
03 October, 2005

While the major oil companies continue their gradual retreat from frontline retailing – leaving retailers with fewer supplier options – companies such as Pace Petroleum Ltd are stepping into the breach, bringing new offerings to the dealer market.

Could do better
03 October, 2005

The teacher’s comment on the end of year report would probably say “forecourts must try harder”, if HIM’s latest Convenience Tracking Programme survey is anything to go by.

Pole position
03 October, 2005

While there is growing debate among retailers about the display of polesign fuel prices, one man is not waiting around. Tony Barlow of Local Service Stations in Shrewsbury has taken them down – and hasn’t looked back.

Computer logic
03 October, 2005

Technology develops at such a speed that it’s sometimes hard to keep up, but for a forecourt to operate seamlessly, it has to. A busy site can’t afford for its systems to fail so it needs the best equipment the operator can afford. Likewise operators need to embrace new security functions to counter fraud and the bane of every forecourt trader’s life, the drive-off.

When a major car manufacturer like Ford predicts that sales of its electrified cars will outnumber petrol and diesel models by 2022, does that ring alarm bells about the possible speed of change for forecourts?