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Making a point

Esso UK is expecting a boost in fuel volumes following the launch of its Nectar loyalty programme on June 1. Patrick Rutherford, the company's retail sales manager, said the full effect of the launch wouldn't be immediate, but would follow key developments already in the pipeline for the Nectar programme, to be introduced in 2020: "We believe this will be the leading loyalty programme in the fuel space, and we think it will drive volume for the Esso brand and for our dealers and branded wholesalers," he said.

Displays that pay

If you're looking to make changes to your forecourt perhaps by investing in new equipment or are considering a move to a different fuel brand, then a trip to The Forecourt Show 2019 is a must.

Refined opportunity

A year after leaving the retail helm at Certas Energy, Ramsay MacDonald is back in the saddle, refreshed and rejuvenated, and greatly enthused about his new role at Essar Oil (UK) as head of retail.

Raising the bar

Last year as she took over the reins as Shell's UK retail general manager, Bernie Williamson said she was on a mission to improve the quality perception of food on the forecourt. She's a woman of her word roll forward to 2019 and the new Jamie Oliver deli by Shell range has just rolled out across more than 500 Shell forecourts.

All change in loyalty swap

A mixed reaction from dealers followed last month's announcement about a major shake-up in the loyalty programmes operated by Esso and BP. It was all change as Esso announced it was moving from Tesco Clubcard to Nectar and simultaneously BP confirmed it was dropping Nectar in favour of a new, yet-to-be-disclosed offer.

Shaping Gulf to rival the best

Six months into the job and Richard Billington, the new retail director of Certas Energy UK, is ready to talk about his ambitious goals for the Gulf brand, and the processes he is putting in place to achieve them.

Greenergy opts for app

Greenergy, the UK's largest supplier of road fuels, is the first company to incorporate EdgePetrol's technology into a branded retail package; it will offer EdgePetrol's app as part of its UK retail brand offering. The app enables petrol retailers to see all their key metrics live in one place, allowing them to make quicker decisions to increase their fuel volumes and shop sales.

Yara expands its Air1 AdBlue capacity in the UK

Yara UK has expanded its Air1 AdBlue plant capacity to meet increasing demand. Up until now, Yara had Air1 AdBlue storage capacity of eight million litres at terminals located at Immingham and Dagenham.

Changing direction

There are 37.9 million licensed vehicles on our roads (DfT figures to end of March 2018), comprising 31.3m cars, 3.9m LGVs, 1.2m motorbikes, 500,000 HGVs and 900,000 'other' vehicles. Of the cars, 52% are petrol and 45% diesel. However, when you take into account the LGVs, HGVs and buses, diesel currently accounts for over 65% of total road fuel sales. APEA's Statistical Review 2018 reveals that in 2017 diesel demand grew by around 1% (reaching 29.7bn litres) while petrol demand remained virtually flat compared to 2016 (16.1bn litres). And, demand for diesel cars in 2017 dropped by more than 17%, while demand for petrol cars was up 2.7%. Of newly registered cars last year, 53.3% were petrol and 42% diesel, with the balance made up of LPG, other gas and electric vehicles (EVs).

Making the future

Shell plans to add a further 10,000 service stations globally to its current tally of 45,000 sites by 2025, according to István Kapitány, Shell's executive vice president of global retail. The ambitious plan includes building its customer base to 40 million a day and, in most of the countries it operates, for 80-90% of the population to be living within 10-15 minutes of a Shell service station. The plan also includes building 5,000 fully fledged convenience stores around the world.

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Weekly retail fuel prices: 8 July 2019
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East131.8257.70138.44127.82
East Midlands131.33138.41127.59
London131.11140.01128.34
North East129.55137.90126.73
North West130.5757.70136.49127.08
Northern Ireland128.66138.90125.50
Scotland130.72134.34127.37
South East131.9757.90137.52128.38
South West131.2957.90137.34127.49
Wales130.27135.78126.66
West Midlands131.04138.64127.72
Yorkshire & Humber130.4384.90137.01127.30

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As ESSO and BP join Shell and Gulf in launching new loyalty programmes this year, are such schemes a key tool for businesses today?