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August

Retailer gloom as fuel volumes fall
04 August, 2008

Gloomy predictions of a further cull in the number of forecourts is echoing around petrol retailing network as high fuel prices in particular and the credit crunch in general have hit fuel sales. Paul Sykes, MD of Huddersfield-based Shaws Petroleum Ltd, said the past eight weeks had seen volumes on his

Cloud with a silver lining
04 August, 2008

Well, sorry for the gloomy lead story, but that seems to be the shape of things in many people's eyes. The continuous financial onslaught on the motorist, coupled with the general economic outlook, seems to be catching up with sales at the pump.

Taking stock
04 August, 2008

Record fuel prices have caused plenty of headaches for retailers in recent months, so it's easy for wet stock management to fall down the list of priorities.

withdrawal symptons
04 August, 2008

Hardly a month goes by without there being a story in the news about cash machines. One of the funniest was the one about a German man who was worried about identity fraud - so worried in fact that he wouldn't use an ATM. However the day he decided to use one he got arrested - on suspicion of identity fraud. It seems he spent so long looking for hidden cameras and other evidence that the machine had been tampered with that his behaviour prompted other would-be users to call the police. That, of course, is an amusing tale but all too often the stories are not funny at all as they catalogue ram raids and other attempts to steal cash.

Competition time
04 August, 2008

When it comes to food to go, who do you class as your competition? The Tesco down the road or the Greggs in town? The answer of course is that both of them are your competitors but it doesn't end there. Competition in fact ranges from the packed lunch made at home to the burger picked up from the McDonald's drive thru. It's a worrying thought, but being aware of what the competition is up to can help you build your business. You can 'borrow' ideas or simply adapt your offer to complement theirs.

Co-op signs up for Texaco on 19 sites
04 August, 2008

Chevron is to provide Texaco-branded fuel for 19 members of the Co-operative Retail Trading Group (CRTG), the UK's largest consumer co-operative. Clive Adamson, head of petrol and post offices at the Co-op Group said: "Chevron's Texaco brand is well known on the forecourt and we arepleased to

Tobacco display ban warning
04 August, 2008

UK retailers must take part in the latest tobacco consultation and defend their right to display tobacco or suffer the severe consequences of lost business, Dave Bryans, president of the Canadian Assocation of Convenience Stores, has warned. Canada's most densely populated province - Ontario - 'went dark' in May, as part of a national

Operator hurt in knife attack
04 August, 2008

The owner of a Power-branded filling station ended up in hospital after trying to fight off two knife-wielding robbers last month. The robbers struck at 11.10pm at the Highfields, Leicester, filling station. The owner, who is not being named, managed to hit one of the robbers on the head, but suffered serious cuts to his hand

ACS urges stores to focus on standards
04 August, 2008

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has responded to the government's latest consultation on alcohol policy by urging members to focus on practical measures that drive

in brief
04 August, 2008

Health and safety experts have welcomed a report into the Buncefield disaster, calling for a review of the current planning system for land use around major hazard sites. The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) said it supported, in principle, the findings of 'Recommendations on land use planning and the control of societal risk around major hazard sites' and agrees there is a need for a more cohesive system which takes into account risk to society as a whole.

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?