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December

Gulf sign means fuel is back in West Wales
06 December, 2005

Gulf has returned to West Wales in an impressive way – in conjunction with the area’s largest convenience store. Siop y Frydiau, which translates into Shop by the Falls, on the busy A484 at Cenarth, has been subject to a £500,000 rebuild which included the reintroduction of fuel after an absence of more than 20 years.

High cost of drive-offs
06 December, 2005

Drive-off fuel thieves stole £1.2m worth of petrol in Leicestershire last year, a survey has revealed.

Hazelgrove invests in people
06 December, 2005

Hazlegrove Services in Sparkford, Somerset, has received a coveted Investors in People Award after completing a rigorous assessment process, involving management and staff training and business development.

Turnover doubles with Mace fascia
06 December, 2005

Forecourt owner Nandan Kumar, who has two sites in Peterborough, has doubled the turnover in one of his stores since embracing the new-look Mace Express. Nandan’s success coincides with news from Palmer & Harvey McLane’s symbol division that the number of Mace Express members is up 20% on last year to 200. In addition, 50 outlets have been rebranded with the new-look fascia which was introduced earlier this year.

NEWS IN BRIEF
06 December, 2005

The LP Gas Association has re-launched the Boost LPG website with all the latest news on the alternative fuel. The website is an independent consumer guide to LPG autogas and includes information on the benefits of the fuel, getting an LPG vehicle and filling up both in the UK and abroad. Visit www.boostlpg.com

Fuel prices: November 28, 2005
06 December, 2005

Time for pay at pump
06 December, 2005

There may still be teething problems, but now that the rollout of Chip & PIN is well under way, a seminar last month suggested that it was time for forecourts to fully explore pay-at-pump technology. The question was raised at a ‘Chip & PIN at the Pump’ seminar, organised by payment specialist Trintech. The aim of the event was to bring a number of partners and industry experts together to explore the issues and challenges in deploying Chip & PIN in the forecourt and share their international experiences. The seminar also looked at the latest technology trends and certification requirements. It was attended by more than 40 delegates from across the industry including fuel retailers, pump manufacturers and forecourt system integrators, as well as oil companies and supermarkets such as Shell, Sainsbury, Somerfield and Tesco.

Shop Doctor: BP M&S Simply Food, Hammersmith
06 December, 2005

Can 1 + 1 = 3? Yes, I am certain it can. For example, when two enterprises come together the result may well be greater than the some of the original two parts.

Database: No time for paperwork
06 December, 2005

It is becoming evident that as more retailers find themselves urged into multi-site operation, the one aspect of running these ‘site groups’ that seems to have been neglected is the administration and paperwork. The assumption seems to be that it’ll take care of itself – the sites have modern PC-based pos/bos systems so who needs a bookkeeper?

Pinning down fraud
06 December, 2005

Pinning down fraud

Following a deal agreed with Harvest Energy, do you think it will be good to see the Total brand returning to UK forecourts?