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BP: tackling inconsistency across its dealer network

BP is offering a new convenience store fascia to its independent dealers in a bid to develop a consistent brand and shop offer across its entire company-branded retail network in the UK. The new dealer offer, BP Essentials, should help the company raise the profile of its overall convenience retail business while also strengthening its relationship with its dealers.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Aug 2011
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BP: the UK, Germany, and Switzerland go contactless

Oil giant BP is to introduce contactless payment terminals instore at all of its service stations in the UK, Germany, and Switzerland; a total of 3,984 company- and dealer-owned sites. If the roll-out is a success, BP could take measures to lift the current E25 limit imposed on contactless payments, in order to capture a larger proportion of fuel sales, rather than just shop purchases.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Jun 2011
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Carrefour: consolidating its Italian fascias

As part of its strategy to unite its brands across its entire European network and boost flagging sales in Italy, Carrefour plans to reformat all GS and DiperDi stores in Italy to Carrefour Market and Carrefour Express outlets, respectively. The retailer hopes that the outperformance of the convenience sector and its strong brand will help to lead Carrefour Express to success.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Dec 2009
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Chevron: looking to leave the Irish market?

Chevron is believed to be in negotiations with the UK's largest independent fuel retailer, Malthurst Fuels, to sell part of its Texaco branded service station network in Ireland. After reporting a loss in 2008, it is possible that Chevron, along with ExxonMobil, the only other oil major left in the country, could follow Shell and Statoil's decision to exit the Irish market altogether.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Feb 2010
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Contactless payment technology: at service stations in France and Germany

Fuel retailer Orlen has begun rolling out contactless payment terminals at its service stations in Germany, while in France, Carrefour has announced that it will be deploying readers throughout its entire network. Contactless payments offer benefits such as reduced transaction times and higher convenience, which should give these players a significant competitive edge in the long term.

Published By Datamonitor
11 May 2010
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Contaminated fuel: short term publicity blip

Grocers are at the center of the fuel fiasco, which has caused chaos for thousands of drivers after they filled their cars with contaminated fuel. This will not only prove costly in terms of repair bills but could prove damaging to the grocers' brands in the short term. However, the low prices and convenience of the grocer's forecourt will eventually draw customers back.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Mar 2007
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Costco's continued expansion in Australia is good for the company and consumers

Costco has opened another two outlets in the country, which should be to the benefit of consumers seeking alternatives to Coles and Woolworths. With competition leading to lower prices, Costco should be able to differentiate itself based on its bulk offerings and focus on high-quality private labels.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Aug 2011
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Ecotricity attempts to boost electric vehicles by providing "range anxiety" cure

Ecotricity and Welcome Break Services have installed the first electric vehicle charging points at a UK motorway rest stop. Within the next 18 months all 27 Welcome Break service stations will be equipped with both slow and fast chargers, free of use to those who register. The extension of charging points beyond urban areas could propel electric vehicles into the mainstream.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Aug 2011
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ENI Agip: expands Austrian presence with Esso network acquisition

Italian oil major ENI Agip has extended its presence in Austria with the purchase of 171 Esso branded service stations, doubling its market share in the country. The deal represents a further shake up of the Austrian fuel retail market, following German discounter Aldi's announcement that it is to expand its network of service stations selling cut-price fuel to 100 sites.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Jun 2010
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Europe: unmanned service station numbers are set to increase out to 2013

A decline in petrol and diesel sales coupled with a desire to reduce costs is forcing Europe's fuel retailers to convert more service stations into unmanned sites. By 2013, one in 10 service stations across Europe will have no staff at the forecourt, leaving motorists to pay for their fuel using automated payment technology.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Oct 2011

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