Gas Customers Face Economic Uncertainty Following Hurricanes

Some 82% of Americans say gas prices are “much higher” (32%) or “somewhat higher” (50%) than prices were 30 days ago. Customers are feeling less optimistic regarding the state of the economy following the historic one-two punch of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, according to the latest NACS Consumer Fuels Survey. With gas prices rising 30

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Whitehead Oil Co. Partners with PDI

Partnership allows Whitehead to monitor and maintain all aspects of its business in one system. Whitehead Oil Co. has selected PDI as its enterprise resource planning (ERP) software provider. The Nebraska-based company licensed several PDI products, including the financial, retail, wholesale and workforce management software solutions. Whitehead Oil will also take advantage of PDI’s hosting

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GasBuddy Asks Gas Stations to Update Information During Irma

Urges Southeast gas stations to update station information to aid customers in Hurricane Irma’s path. During a press conference on Thursday morning, Florida Governor Rick Scott urged state residents to consider using apps and other online resources such as Gas Buddy, among others, to help them find fuel during Hurricane Irma. A Gas Buddy spokesperson

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Shell Begins Expansion in Mexico

New gas station to feature freshly-brewed gourmet coffee, healthy fresh food and free Wi-Fi. Shell has set its sights on growing its fleet of stores in Mexico. On Sept. 5, Shell opened its first service station in Mexico, with more sites planned to start providing Mexican motorists with high-quality Shell fuels and retail services over

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The Week Harvey Ravaged the Gulf Coast Refining Center

Fuel Marketer Intelligence: Supply Chain Dynamics to Retail Fuel Prices. By Brian Milne  “It’s a mess down here,” an exasperated fuel distributor in Houston said a day following Harvey’s second landfall as a tropical storm in Louisiana near the Texas border, as he struggled to find fuel at the rack. “Can’t get any product,” he

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Retailers Weigh in on Ethanol at ACE Conference

Ethanol industry can help c-store retailers add E15 and higher blends. The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) hosted its 30th annual conference in Omaha, Neb. last week, and for the fourth year in a row, the retailer panel was one of the highlights of the event. Charlie Bosselman, owner of Nebraska-based Bosselman Enterprises and Pump

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Gas Prices Down in the East, Up in the West

Eclipse viewers could push gas prices higher along viewing path due to high demand. Gas prices are down in the Midwest, East Coast and the South, but up on the West Coast and in Rockies states. The national average price of gas came in at $2.33 on Aug. 21, just two cents less than last

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Kum & Go Embraces Biodiesel as Sustainability Rises in Importance

A Convenient Sustainability Solution for C-stores  Approximately 90%  of the diesel fuel Kum & Go sells includes biodiesel. As one of the largest chains in the competitive convenience store industry, Kum & Go must stay on top of trends. In recent years, environmental sustainability has emerged as perhaps the biggest trend around. The West Des

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Court Decision A Win for Renewable Fuel Producers

Court rules against EPA. The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) is applauding the Friday, July 28, decision of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia that the Obama Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) erred in its interpretation of its authority to waive biofuel requirements that reduced the 2014-‘16 total Renewable Volume Obligations

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Kum & Go Embraces Biodiesel as Sustainability Rises in Importance

A Convenient Sustainability Solution for C-stores  Approximately 90%  of the diesel fuel Kum & Go sells includes biodiesel. As one of the largest chains in the competitive convenience store industry, Kum & Go must stay on top of trends. In recent years, environmental sustainability has emerged as perhaps the biggest trend around. The West Des

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New Vehicle Technologies Face Uphill Climb

Due to the size of the existing light-duty fleet in the U.S. considerable time is needed for any new technology to reach market saturation. Market saturation of E25 capable vehicles is a long way off. In fact, it would take close to a decade for a new vehicle technology to reach market saturation, according to

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Growth Energy Responds to Hearing on Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act

Bill would let retailers offer E15 without restriction from June 1 to September 15. Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor released the following statement after the legislative hearing on the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act (S. 517) held today by the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. S. 517 was introduced in March and

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Growth Energy Prepares Ad Launch for E15 Fix

The ethanol advocacy group touts legislation that would update laws that currently limit the sale of E15 from June 1 to September 15, often discouraging retailers from offering higher biofuel blends altogether. Growth Energy has announced a seven-figure campaign aimed at promoting legislation that will allow U.S. retailers to offer more biofuel choices to customers

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30th Annual ACE Conference Talks Market

ACE’s 30th annual conference also features a breakout session with Bosselman Enterprises and Husker Ag and how they are growing their volume by supplying ethanol directly to retailers by passing on Renewable Identification Number (RIN) value. Retailers who want to learn the latest ethanol issues can now register for the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE)

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Empire Petroleum Partners Buys Fuel Assets

The Dallas-based supplier to numerous convenience stores expands its southern footprint. The consignment and wholesale assets of Superior Transport Inc.’s (STi) were recently purchased by Empire Petroleum Partners, LLC. Usher Transport, Inc. acquired the transportation division assets. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. Empire Petroleum is a Dallas-based company, which distributes fuel to more than

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ACE, Fuel Retailers Urge EPA For E15 RVP Relief

Extending the RVP waiver to E15 could help remove barriers for retailers. American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) is continuing calls, along with retailers, for the RVP waiver to be extended to E15. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-imposed low Reid vapor pressure (RVP) season has begun, which effectively bans the sale of lower-cost, higher-octane E15 until

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Gas Prices Trend Upward

Ongoing tension in the Middle East along with a switch to summer-blend gasoline are behind the uptick. The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline hit $2.39 on April 10, a six-cent increase from the previous week and 35 cents greater than this time last year, according to AAA. It marks the

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Consumers Remain Optimistic

Economic optimism up 15 points over last year. Consumer sentiment continues to trend toward a positive outlook in April 2017. Economic optimism this month held steady, with 59% of gasoline consumers saying that they feel optimistic about the U.S. economy, according to the latest Consumer Fuels Survey released by NACS. Across all parts of the

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Ethanol Fuels Show Promise

Fuel sales have been the backbone of gas station operations since rumble seats were considered extreme in the 1930s. Today, that fact still remains as 80.1% of convenience stores (123,807) sell motor fuels, according to the “2017 NACS/Nielsen Convenience Industry Store Count Study.” Of course, in some 90 years of fuel trends, one of the

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How To Succeed With Day-Part Fuel Pricing

New research shows 30% of fuel retailers use strategy to hit margin targets. PriceAdvantage, a fuel price management software company and division of Skyline Products, has released a new research report that provides insight into dynamic, day-part fuel pricing. The research report was produced in collaboration with Schneider Electric, Petroleum Pricing Consultants, and Convenience Store

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Sunoco LP Introduces Sunoco Ultratech

New top tier fuel blend to help keep engines clean and running efficiently. Sunoco LP is introducing Sunoco Ultratech, a high detergent fuel blend, starting April 1, 2017 across all grades of gasoline at every Sunoco station across the country. The introduction of Sunoco Ultratech is the company’s latest effort to provide customers with the

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Mexican Fuel Deregulation Causing Ripples

The shakeup in Mexico is related to the election of President Donald Trump and the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement, which is now up in the air. A rise in Mexican gas prices is having a ripple effect on the U.S. side of the border, according to the Texas Food and Fuel

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Trends Watch: Diesel to Continue Climb in 2017

By Jon Scharingson, Renewable Energy Group Inc. You don’t need me to tell you that 2017 comes with uncertainty for people in the fuel business as we wait to see how federal policies shake out. But talk to Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the nonprofit Diesel Technology Forum, and you come away confident that diesel

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Is Domestic Oil Production Set to Rise?

Gas prices fall amid ample supply and decreased driving demand. The average national price of gas has continued to decrease for 21 straight days. AAA reported that the national average price for regular unleaded gasoline is $2.27 per gallon (as of Jan. 30), down four cents compared to last week, and down five cents compared

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BP: ‘Energy Transition Underway’

Global energy demand to increase by around 30% to 2035, driven by increasing prosperity in developing countries, partially offset by rapid gains in energy efficiency. BP released its energy outlook, including on electric cars, which are expected to grow from 1.2 million (2015) to around 100 million in 2035, which is only around 5% of

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