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October

Texaco joins FSB in radio phone-ins
02 October, 2006

Texaco joined forces with the Federation of Small Businesses last month to warn the nation that the local service station is under threat and many communities face losing the last shop in their area.

Combine harvester
02 October, 2006

Harvest Energy has become the latest name to add to the shopping list of fuel suppliers for independent retailers. Formerly known as Futura Petroleum, the company has been in the UK for 12 years and is a big supplier to most of the major multiples, having already built up a 4% share of the motor fuels market, according to the company's head of sales, Simon Davis, who is leading the launch into the independent sector.

Taking the high road
02 October, 2006

Top 50 indies retailer Kenny Webster recently confirmed his company's status as the biggest independent retailer in Scotland following a £3.5m deal to acquire eight former Fuelforce sites it had previously been operating.

All systems go
02 October, 2006

By having the right epos solution in place, you can increase your profits by at least 3% a year. So says Jamie Shipstone, sales and marketing director for YP Electronics. He explains: "By responding to accurate trading records, you will be able to control stock more professionally, save valuable management time, and offer your customers exactly the right range of goods at the right time. Valuable margin is maintained at the point of sale and orders can be compiled in seconds. Retailers can identify shrinkage, pinpoint best sellers, reduce out-of-stocks and analyse promotions, making informed decisions on what they know rather than what they think they know."

Christmas stockings
02 October, 2006

Another year has whizzed by and Christmas will soon be upon us. For forecourt retailers the festive season is an opportunity to end on a high with some bumper sales.

Sparkling opportunity
02 October, 2006

It's been almost a year since the mad rush to convert to the new licensing system. But while all the fuss may have made some retailers wonder if the category was worth the hassle, alcohol remains a big opportunity for forecourts.

Indies struggle in price-war crossfire
02 October, 2006

Independent petrol station bosses in one East Midlands county say they're in danger of going under as the supermarket giants battle it out for the cheapest fuel.

Shifnal becomes fuel desert
02 October, 2006

Garagewatch boss Mark Bradshaw has slammed local planning authorities which allowed the only petrol station in the town where he's based, to be bulldozed for housing.

Gulf brand returns to woo Merseyside
02 October, 2006

Gulf is re-staking its claim on Merseyside with the signing of three significant dealerships previously supplied by Shell and BP.

Drive-offs down says new survey
02 October, 2006

Drive-off rates have dropped significantly, according to exclusive early results from the British Retail Consortium's (BRC) annual Retail Crime Survey, due to be published in full on October 11.

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