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March

ACS calls for help with fighting fund
09 March, 2006

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has warned that independent fuel retailers will need to raise their game to survive as it launches a fighting fund to stave off the march of the supermarkets.

Women's work
09 March, 2006

The internet may have killed off teen title Smash Hits but other sectors of the fiercely competitive magazine market are still going strong. The latest ABC circulation figures, for July to December 2005, showed women's weeklies riding high with sales up 7.4%. Big winners in terms of sales included Reveal with a 42% increase; OK! with sales up 23.5%; and Closer, whose sales overtook Heat for the first time.

More to see at IFFE
09 March, 2006

Such is the importance of the forecourt retailing industry, that IFFE is now an annual event. For 2006 it runs for four days -- from Sunday March 19 to Wednesday March 22 -- giving forecourt operators ample opportunity to visit. And you really should visit as the NEC will be jam-packed with companies offering products and services specifically for your businesses. All the big names will be there from across the entire forecourt industry -- including Air Serv, CPL Petroleum, David Franklin, Gilbarco Veeder-Root, Graphite (UK), Liquid Cargo Management, PetroTechnik, Tokheim, Torex Retail, TQIPS and VBi. IFFE is also happy to welcome back exhibitors from years gone by including Atlantis International, Euro Fresheners, Linpac Environmental, and Pumptronics. And new exhibitors include AGE CCTV, API Security, Fexco, the UK arm of Western Union, ATM company Infocash and cleaning company, Johnson Diversey.

exhibitor profiles: IFFE 2006
09 March, 2006

Air Serv

At your convenience
09 March, 2006

Running alongside IFFE 2006, the Convenience Retailing Show gives forecourt operators the chance to discover the latest product innovations for the whole convenience market.

exhibitor profiles: CRS 2006
09 March, 2006

AA Publishing

The big chill
09 March, 2006

Attracting higher spending top-up shoppers should be a key aim for forecourt retailers, according to the Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD), and chilled and fresh is the category that's most likely to draw them to your store. Indeed, 37% of consumers have said that stocking up on fresh foods was the main reason they shopped in between their main grocery shopping trips - second only to replacing things they'd run out of.

Ready, steady Show
01 March, 2006

this year's International Forecourt & Fuel Equipment (IFFE) show will see no less than six oil companies presenting their different retailer offers. BP will be promoting its new Connect Franchise deal by running a real Wild Bean Café in the Networking Lounge. Howard Nunn, BP's franchise development manager, says: "We are hoping to meet both existing fuel retailers and investors looking to purchase a petrol filling station to convert into a BP Connect."

Peacock heads the Top 50 Indies listing
09 March, 2006

Graham Peacock, managing director of the Malthurst Group, heads the first listing of the Top 50 independent fuel retailers, which has been launched this month in a commemorative supplement enclosed with this issue of Forecourt Trader. A Top Indies Dinner is also being held at the Crowne Plaza, NEC, Birmingham, on Monday, March 20th, during the IFFE and CRS shows.

Price cuts from fuel website
09 March, 2006

A website that claims it can get drivers discounts on fuel has more than 200,000 motorists registered already.

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?