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Grocery branding beats the 'oil' shops
07 August, 2006

Shoppers in grocery-branded forecourt stores - such as Budgens and Sainsbury's Local - spend 75% more than in oil company-branded stores, according to shopper research specialist HIM in its latest Convenience Tracking Programme report.

Fuel prices: August 1, 2006
08 August, 2006

In brief
07 August, 2006

Texaco Limited has changed its corporate name to Chevron Limited, in a move to present a more unified presence across the world. The company says the change will not affect its business operations in the UK. Texaco-branded service stations and fuel products and the Havoline lubricants brands will remain the same.

Squeezy Street
07 August, 2006

Why is Shell doing it? It's the question on the lips of certain dealers having to operate within the vicinity of a cluster of Shell co-owned sites that, for some time, have been displaying fuel prices totally out of sync with other local forecourts. In these areas, while many forecourts are struggling to keep prices below the £1 per litre mark, Shell's poll signs have been conspicuous at 95.9ppl.

Shop Doctor: St Michaels Garage, Swanage, Dorset
07 August, 2006

There are three forecourts with shops within five miles on the A351, from Corfe Castle to Swanage. There are two Texacos and sandwiched in between, at the village of Harmans Cross, a BP/Londis Express.

Database: Where angels fear to tread
07 August, 2006

It seems that hardly a day goes by without another move by the major oil companies to leave behind their traditional role of forecourt retailing, with or without divesting themselves of some real estate at the same time. While in some quarters this is seen as an extremely good thing, and creates opportunities for enterprising retailers to expand their operations, as accountants and business advisors we sometimes have to play 'party pooper' and remind potential operators of a few of the harsh realities and risks involved in sudden changes to their business. So here, in no particular order, are a few things to consider when that 'once in a lifetime offer' arrives in the post.

Service Centre with Jac Roper
07 August, 2006

Roger Westrope rang after he read our last issue. Roger, who runs North Street Garage at Haverhill in Suffolk, rightly guessed that the anonymous computer company that had caused an anonymous retailer such grief was YP Electronics. However, things are getting better, he promises.

BP first with Pegasus
07 August, 2006

BP is trialling the UK's first Ceccato Pegasus car wash at a flagship site in Oxford.

Viable tank gauge
07 August, 2006

A wireless tank gauging system has been launched by Gilbarco Veeder-Root. The TLS-RF wireless communication system allows fuel retailers to install automatic tank monitoring in situations where it would previously have been too costly or impractical to fit the necessary wiring.

The three-in-one bin
07 August, 2006

A new three-in-one forecourt bin has been launched by Glasdon UK.

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?