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shop talk
30 July, 2012

Have you seen the latest Tesco petrol promotion? It offers a staggering 50p off per litre of petrol. Now that's a serious discount. I know you have to spend quite a lot to get the 10p-off vouchers (which you then can use together to take you to the 50p) but even so. It will most certainly attract shoppers.

Bank Machine selected to revitalise ATMs for Shell UK
30 July, 2012

As part of a long-term ATM services relationship formed earlier this year, Bank Machine will install, own and operate more than 600 free-to-use ATMs at Shell UK company-owned sites by the end of 2012.

PSD Codax to launch new generation of car wash terminals at Automechanika
30 July, 2012

UK-based PSD Codax will be launching its new generation of access control systems for car wash equipment, now featuring both code access and contactless smartcard technology, during Automechanika Frankfurt 2012.

Merril Boulton: Disappointing research
30 July, 2012

Having just spent many days and many thousands of miles driving around the country judging this year's Forecourt Trader of the Year Awards and on many occasions being mightily impressed it's rather disappointing to read aspects of Palmer and Harvey's latest report on the forecourt sector (see News Extra, page 10).

Must try harder
30 July, 2012

Arather gloomy picture of how forecourt shoppers view the nation's forecourts has been revealed in the latest Forecourt Report by leading sector wholesaler Palmer and Harvey. With a focus on 'understanding today and preparing for tomorrow', the over-riding picture revealed in the report is "not an especially positive one", according to Palmer and Harvey's chief executive Chris Etherington.

Shop Doctor: Winchester Murco Service Station
30 July, 2012

Money Talk: Making business bank accounts work for you
30 July, 2012

The banks have taken quite a kicking in the past few years but one has to feel sympathy for the hard-pressed customer-facing staff working in the High Street branches. Their numbers culled annually in the cause of 'efficiency', they've had to take the brunt of customer complaints about policies and practices that were devised by the directors who pocketed annual salaries and bonuses 50, 100, or 500 times their salaries. The people, for example, who had to work weekends when one of the largest banks in the UK effectively 'froze' the accounts of thousands of customers for a week or two because their IT department forgot the basic rules of any upgrade to business-critical systems.

Service Centre: Jac Roper reveals problems with pumps, plus does it pay to put yourself out for customers?
30 July, 2012

Having a breakdown

Beating the drum
30 July, 2012

ConocoPhillips Limited has now officially changed its name to Phillips 66 Limited, following the company's global repositioning of its upstream and downstream operations to create two independently-operated companies, which took place on May 1.

Retailer Profile: Brobot Group
30 July, 2012

It's been more than two decades since the Brobot Group built a site from scratch, but the Top 50 Indie's latest development on a greenfield site in Corby's Southern Gateway is a striking concept and represents a new departure for the retailer.

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?