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February

Fuel prices: January 30, 2006
03 February, 2006

Pumping up shop sales
03 February, 2006

Fears that pay-at-pump technology could have a detrimental effect on forecourt shop sales have been dispelled in a new study by shopper research specialist HIM.

Shop Doctor: Local Service Station/Mace, The Mount, Shrewsbury
03 February, 2006

After a great visit to the fine medieval town of Shrewsbury, while heading west towards Welshpool on the A458 I was able to make a stealthcheck on a service station. My target was the Local Service Station and Mace Express at The Mount, which is about a mile from the centre of Shrewsbury.

Database: Winter blues
03 February, 2006

As if the cold, dull days weren’t enough to depress us all, almost every year the winter months tend to bring figures that make grim reading in this industry, and this one is proving to be no exception. Although at the time of writing we are still compiling the final figures for 2005, there is already enough in the way of statistics to suggest that it was a lousy year for petrol retailing. True enough, fuel volumes seemed to have recovered from a poor start and between April and November were much the same as in 2004 – no mean feat considering that many motorists found the steep price rises last year were seriously affecting their spending power. Some commentators even suggested that for the first time since the 1970s fuel prices were actually starting to affect drivers’ car usage habits.

Service Centre: Contract? It's in the post
03 February, 2006

CONTRACT? IT'S IN THE POST

Driven to succeed
03 February, 2006

Nerve and determination. That’s what it takes to invest £1.65 million in a new state-of-the art service station development at the age of 59 – and Mike Dransfield has it in bucket-loads.

Main route to success
03 February, 2006

Teamwork seems to be the name of the game in the main route category, with two married couples extending their partnerships onto the forecourt with great success.

Q&A: Chip & PIN
03 February, 2006

What does the February 14 deadline actually mean?

Secure your future
03 February, 2006

Latest figures released by the British Oil Security Syndicate (BOSS), show that in 2004 forecourts lost £16.3m through drive-offs and a further £5.1m thanks to drivers who claimed they had ‘no means of payment’ for their fuel. Add in robbery, burglary and other thefts and the total losses rise to at least £26m. However, progress is being made. New solutions are constantly being developed and the industry continues to fight back to ensure the crooks don’t win.

Spring into action
03 February, 2006

On Valentine’s Day (February 14), while most romantics prefer to ‘say it with flowers’, chocolate is the second most popular gift. According to Giftrak data, Valentine’s sales increased by 9% in 2005, to reach £342m and average spend per gift was £25.42. For forecourt retailers wanting their piece of the action, convenience is the key as 91% of all Valentine’s Day gifts were bought at the last minute, in the seven days before the event. This means you need big, bold displays in the path from the door to the till or even right next to the till, to jog the consumer’s memory and get them to spend.

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?