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BI-LO Adds New Ways To Earn Fuel Savings

Introduction of item-based bonus rewards bring value to grocery shopping. On the heels of a Wall Street Journal report that prices at U.S. gasoline pumps have climbed for 32 consecutive days to a four-month high, BI-LO announced it has expanded its popular fuelperks! program to now include hundreds of additional fuelperks! bonus rewards grocery items

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Shell Expands WINsday Promotion

Program to provide additional savings to Fuel Rewards Network cardholders when new driver Joey Logano wins. It’s a good year for “22.” Shell is bringing back its popular WINsday promotion for the third consecutive year to save Shell $aver Cardholders money on their fuel purchases. Every time 22-year-old Joey Logano, driver of the No. 22

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Gilbarco, PayPal Simplify Pump Payments

More c-stores will now be able to offer mobile and digital payments. Gilbarco Veeder-Root is working with PayPal on digital payment and other mobile solutions to be offered to Gilbarco customers worldwide. The initial effort will launch the PayPal payment capability to retailers with Passport point-of-sale. Future developments will bring PayPal solutions to Gilbarco’s growing

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NACS Announces The Fuels Institute

The Fuels Institute is an independent think tank founded and managed by NACS. NACS this morning announced the formation of The Fuels Institute, a non-profit, research-oriented think tank dedicated to evaluating the market issues related to consumer vehicles and the fuels that power them. “Our industry sells 80% of the fuel purchased in the country,”

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Alon Brands Gives Away $10,000 In Free Gas

More free gas giveaways and prizes to come throughout 2013. Alon Brands, a supplier and marketer of branded fuels in the Southwest, and one of its Oklahoma-based distributors, WR Hess, announced that a lucky Marlow resident and Hop & Sack customer has won $10,000 in free gas from a recent text promotion. Company leaders presented

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Gas Prices Weigh Heavily on Consumers’ Minds

 Some 65% of customers say they select a location based on the price sign at the store. Gas prices play a significant role in how consumers feel about the economy overall, according to the results from the new 2013 NACS Consumer Fuels Report.  Nearly nine of 10 consumers (88%) surveyed in the national poll of

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Safeway, ExxonMobil Partner For New Fuel Rewards Program

“By teaming up with ExxonMobil, we’re able to thank our customers with a loyalty program that makes two frequent and critical purchases lead to real savings,” says Safeway spokesperson. Safeway Inc. and ExxonMobil have teamed up to provide Safeway shoppers a new way to save at the pump. Safeway shoppers and ExxonMobil customers can now

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Mark Oil Moves To KSS Fuels PriceNet Cloud

Rapid implementation and low cost of ownership the silver lining to new cloud-based solution. Mark Oil has selected KSS Fuels’ PriceNet Cloud to support fuel pricing across its network of 17 retail locations. In addition to the benefits to its fuel pricing process, Mark Oil was attracted by the speed, ease of implementation and low

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CITGO-Venezuela Launches Eighth Annual Heating Oil Program

Program has benefited more than 1.7 million people since its inception. The eighth edition of the CITGO-Venezuela Heating Oil Program will launch for the 2012-2013 season at the Night of Peace Shelter in Windsor Mill, Md., this coming Thursday, Jan. 31. The charitable program, which has benefitted more than 1.7 million people since its inception,

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Cenex Tanks of Thanks Program Rewards Good Deeds

More than $130,000 in free fuel awarded to people who are making a difference in their communities. Cenex—the CHS Energy brand—has announced that the Tanks of Thanks program rewarded more than 2,600 people with nearly $132,000 in free fuel in 2012. This month kicks off the second year of the program, which recognizes and rewards

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VP Racing Partners With Western States Petroleum

“The program will serve to ramp up an already-strong relationship in which we’ve come to value Western States’ dedicated staff as they guide retail customers in race fuel selection,” says VP Racing president. VP Racing Fuels, Inc. has introduced Western States Petroleum (WSP) as the latest addition to the roster of partners in its retail

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Pike Research Forecasts Rise in Natural Gas Vehicles

Nearly one million natural gas trucks and buses will be sold from 2012 to 2019. Because trucks and buses use significant amounts of fuel and tend to emit high levels of greenhouse gases (GHGs), diesel and natural gas (NG) vehicles are increasingly attractive options in these commercial markets. At the same time, the rebounding construction

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BP Banned From New Federal Contracts

EPA suspends BP and its affiliates due to 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill, following plea agreement. The U.S. government has banned BP Plc from taking new federal contracts over its “lack of business integrity” in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Reuters reported. The suspension, announced by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), follows BP’s Nov. 15

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VeriFone Initiates Play at the Pump Lottery

First U.S. lottery ticket receipt printed at gas dispenser in Greater Minneapolis area in November. VeriFone Systems Inc. has announced the first U.S. lottery ticket sale at the fuel pump was printed at a Greater Minneapolis area convenience store and gas station in November. Lottery sales at the pump and other self-service locations represent a

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Jones & Frank Markets Vendgogh’s Gas Island Vending

Strategic partnership helps bring cold drinks to gas-only customers.   Vendgogh, the provider of Gas Island Vending Solutions has entered into a strategic partnership with Jones & Frank (J&F). J&F is a solution integrator to convenience stores in 16 states along the entire Eastern seaboard, and a Gilbarco distributor, which plans to market, install and

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Renewable Fuel Standard To Cost Chain Restaurants Billions

National Council of Chain Restaurants urges RFS repeal. The National Council of Chain Restaurants (NCCR) has released a new, comprehensive report on the impact of federal ethanol policies, specifically the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), on the chain restaurant industry, commodity prices and the food supply chain. The 32-page report, which can

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Stripes Partners with Apache Corp.

Natural gas fueling to be available at west Texas locations. Stripes LLC, a subsidiary of Susser Holdings Corp., is partnering with Apache Corporation to add natural gas fueling dispensers at selected Stripes convenience store locations. Initially, compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling capability will be available at two Stripes locations in the Midland, Texas area. “Adding

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McShan Florist Gains CNG Dispenser

 Wayne Technology helps site owners take advantage of fleet fuel savings. Wayne has announced the first installation of its CNG (compressed natural gas) dispenser with in-dispenser payment capabilities (i.e. pay-at-the-pump). The Austin, Texas-manufactured dispenser is installed at a McShan florist site in Dallas, Texas, which is a CNG Texas brand fueling station. In addition to

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NCCR Speaks Out On EPA’s RFS Waiver Decision

NCCR executive director notes RFS is a flawed law that unfairly distorts the market at the expense of  chain restaurants, consumers and everyone else involved in the food supply chain. The National Council of Chain Restaurants (NCCR) expressed its disappointment over Environmental Protection Agency’s decision not to grant a waiver of the Renewable Fuel Standard

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Chevron And Safeway Craft An Ideal Partnership

In any loyalty program, simplicity is crucial to customer adoption. Chevron and the Vons division of Safeway Inc. have partnered to offer a joint Reward Points loyalty program. Customers who earn gas rewards by shopping with their VonsClub Card at Vons stores or a ValuePlus Card at Pavilions stores now can spend their rewards of

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U.S. To Achieve Record Oil Production

Energy Department forecasts U.S. production of crude and other liquid hydrocarbons, including biofuels, will average 11.4 million barrels per day next year. According to the Associated Press, U.S. oil output is surging so fast that the U.S. could soon overtake Saudi Arabia as the world’s biggest producer. Driven by high prices and new drilling methods,

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Casey's, Hy-Vee Join Forces For Fuel Savings Program

With the typical household spending nearly $350 per month on gas, Casey’s and Hy-Vee team to offer some price relief.   Casey’s General Stores has partnered with Hy-Vee Inc. to launch a program that will allow customers to save $2 or more per gallon on gasoline purchases at all Hy-Vee and Casey’s stores. The new

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Chevron, Safeway Team For Fuel Rewards Program

Customers can now make shopping for groceries count at the pump. Chevron and Safeway Inc. have partnered to offer a joint Reward Points loyalty program. Customers who earn Gas Rewards by shopping with their VonsClub Card at Vons stores and their ValuePlus Card at Pavilions stores will now be able to use their Rewards for

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Controlling Fuel Volatility

With gasoline prices again soaring, convenience store and petroleum retailers are investing in software solutions that can help them manage the business more effectively. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Convenience store operators are feeling the pinch from skyrocketing gas prices, which makes fuel inventory controls even more critical in helping retailers reduce costs and bolster

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Wholesale Gasoline Costs Slide as Supply Tightness Eases

Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Wholesale gasoline costs were lower in most metropolitan markets across the U.S. coming into the final full week of October, pressured by rebuilding gasoline supply as refinery processing ramps up after a series of unexpected outages had propelled gasoline costs sharply higher. The total domestic gasoline inventory

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