Opinion on Convenience Stores, Neighborhood Stores and Gas Stations in Europe

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BP: going green with targetneutral

BP has introduced 'targetneutral', a CO2 emission reduction scheme in the UK by launching a website where drivers can calculate their CO2 emissions and make financial contributions towards renewable energy and carbon reduction projects. In contrast to the recent troubles in its US upstream business, targetneutral marks a demonstrable stride forward in BP's efforts to prove its green credentials.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Aug 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

Shell: chip and PIN reintroduced

Shell has reintroduced the chip and PIN transaction system to its UK forecourts following a four-month suspension due to instances of fraud. While Shell's move should help rebuild confidence in the new technology, increased global compliance and improved transaction security will still be crucial in determining the overall acceptance and eventual success of chip and PIN.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Sep 2006
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CommentWire

UK payments: cheques checking out

UK retailers are increasingly abandoning cheques in favor of card-based payments, with health and beauty retailer Boots becoming the latest in a series of firms to begin banishing cheques. Supermarkets Tesco and Asda have already begun restricting cheque transactions, while Shell no longer accepts them at its UK forecourts. This clearly signals the decline of cheques as a major payment mechanism.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Sep 2006
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CommentWire

Subway: seeking forecourt partners

US sandwich retailer Subway has announced plans to enter into a trial joint venture with UK supermarket Tesco to open concessions in Tesco Express stores, and is also seeking partners on UK forecourts. Interest in a relationship with Subway is likely to be high among fuel retailers, both because of the sandwich retailer's established brand and the growing demand for healthier on-the-go snacks.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Sep 2006
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CommentWire

French loyalty cards: S'Miles better for Shell

Groupe Caisse d'Epargne has joined Shell in S'Miles, a major syndicated retail loyalty card scheme in France. The French retail bank will represent a welcome addition to the scheme for Shell, increasing the number of card touch points for its customers in a market where an independent loyalty card may not be the best route for the fuel retailer.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Sep 2006
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CommentWire

PKN Orlen: braving the Baltics

PKN Orlen has begun outlining its retail intentions for the Baltic region as it moves closer to the official acquisition of Lithuanian refinery Mazeikiu Nafta. While this deal gives PKN access to much-needed upstream assets, its lack of retail presence means it will have a lot of work do to if it intends to grow organically in markets where the likes of Lukoil and Statoil are firmly established.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Oct 2006
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Esso and Tesco take over former dealer site

Tesco has agreed to take over the shop contract on a former Esso dealer site while BP has recently announced that it will be offering its dealers the BP Connect brand as a franchise option. These events serve to emphasise that independents, which have suffered due to the inability to offer attractive fuel prices, are now under further competitive pressure to provide an attractive shop offering.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Nov 2006
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Lukoil: moving forward in non-fuel sales

Russian fuel retailer Lukoil has announced an eight-year plan to increase its focus on shop sales at its service stations, while its Baltic subsidiary has launched a new loyalty program. Both events serve to demonstrate Lukoil's new customer-centric aspirations, and suggest that we may see these aspirations being fulfilled in a rather innovative way.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Nov 2006
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Card payment terminals integral to driving forecourt efficiency

The number of forecourt retailing sites across Europe has been decreasing steadily in recent years, leaving the remaining forecourts catering to more motorists per station. Forecourt retailers not only need to consider extra retail services to increase turnover and gain market share, they must also effectively utilize payment transaction tools to drive efficiency.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Dec 2006
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MOL/Agip: forecourts to profit from poor health

Changes in legislation regarding the sale of over-the-counter medicines in Hungary have led two of the country's fuel retailers to announce plans to begin selling non-prescription drugs. With the Hungarian over-the-counter medicines market forecast to see an average annual increase of 5% between 2005 and 2009, Agip and MOL are certain to experience healthy profits from this venture.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Dec 2006

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