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UK to be 'a nation of fuel deserts'
07 November, 2011

Parts of Britain are in danger of becoming 'fuel deserts' as the number of petrol stations hits a new low, new research from Palmer & Harvey has warned.

Greggs tries road service
07 November, 2011

Greggs has agreed a trial with motorway service provider Moto to open bakery shops in motorway service locations.

Welcome pledge
07 November, 2011

DCC Energy has moved swiftly to reassure Total dealers about its commitment to their businesses, and a seamless transition once the acquisition from Rontec is completed.

Shop Doctor: Rock Land Garage Rockhead Street Delabole, Cornwall
07 November, 2011

GENERAL APPEARANCE: Delabole is on the B3314 some two miles west of Camelford (on the A39). The village is famed for its slate quarry (oldest working in England), the first commercial wind farm in the UK and as the birth of the Cornwall Air Ambulance service. I wonder if its Rock Land Garage also has a claim to fame. At the east end of the village the garage is located by the Regent-branded pole.

EKW PAYEPeople Annual Forecourt Wages Report
07 November, 2011

We live in an age where the buzzword is 'austerity'. Many readers of this column may not have seen a pay increase for several years. Indeed some may well have suffered a substantial reduction in their pay over the past few years, as their businesses have struggled to survive. However, annually since 1998 we've crunched the data in order to bring you a unique a snapshot of pay rates in the petrol retailing industry.

Jac Roper investigates a rubbish service; energy drinks code; and electric cars in Paris
07 November, 2011

A rubbish service

07 November, 2011

You will be seeing more and more of this logo in the next 12 months. It indicates the acceptance of contactless payment and will be added to terminals soon. There will be some big advantages to retailers adopting this technology. Speed of payments is key and there will also be some financial benefit as the transactions accepted using contactless may well attract lower acquiring rates. Some good news, but of course the biggest downside is that the transactions will be limited to sub £15; more than this and the card will have to be used as a normal chip and pin transaction. Working out how many transactions you have with cards less than £15 will soon tell you whether there will be a benefit to your site.

Retailers feel pressure of weights & measures law
07 November, 2011

Retailers could find themselves falling foul of weights and measures regulations as the Measuring Instruments Directive (MID) gears up to supersede all National Approvals for pumps.

Join solar scheme to reduce running costs
07 November, 2011

Independent forecourt retailers in parts of the UK are being encouraged to reduce their costs by signing up to a Free SolarPV Electricity scheme which uses their canopies and shop roofs. Due South Energy is looking for suitable sites for its 'RentaRoof' scheme, where solar photo-voltaic panels are installed on roofs, under a 25-year lease.

Wayne promises 'radical' dispenser launch as it benefits from GE resources
07 November, 2011

The launch of a radical new concept for fuel dispensers to standardise across Wayne's global production facilities and markets, can be expected in the autumn of next year, according to the company's global president, Neil Thomas.

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?