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UK forecourts: increasingly attractive to convenience retailers

In the UK, petrol stations are becoming increasingly attractive to convenience retailers that wish to operate outlets in locations with a high customer throughput. Given the purported financial rewards of combining convenience and fuel retail, convenience retailers without the option of partnering with a fuel retailer may choose to open own-branded service stations at new convenience locations.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Aug 2007
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ExxonMobil: introducing pay at the pump technology

ExxonMobil hopes to install automatic payment technology at the pumps of all of its Esso-branded 'On the Run' petrol stations in the UK by the end of 2007. Given that over a third of forecourt shop visitors in the UK solely buy fuel, it is wise to encourage speedier transactions and visits, especially at the company's busiest sites.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Aug 2007
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Forecourt shops boost revenue, but fuel-only customers must be kept in mind

Fuel retailers' drive into convenience retailing is reaping rewards in many European markets. However, for around 50% of visits to European forecourt sites with shops, motorists leave with fuel but no extra purchases, suggesting that there may now be too many forecourt stores. Investment in shops should thus be made prudently, and convenient payment channels for 'fuel only' shoppers encouraged.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Jun 2007
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Londis: gaining membership loyalty is crucial

Londis' decision to raise the minimum stock order level by 50% has potential risks for the business. It will undoubtedly improve buying efficiencies, but at the risk of losing disgruntled members. Londis may find it more efficient to gain scale economies through the recruitment and expansion of its franchise network.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Jan 2007
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Italian supermarkets may be allowed to sell petrol

In a bid to promote price competition in its fuel retail sector, the Italian government has proposed to make it easier for retailers to open petrol stations and to allow supermarkets to enter the market. Italy already has a high number of petrol stations and network expansion is undesirable. However, assuming only supermarkets exploit this legislative change, lower prices should be achieved.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Jan 2007

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