Supply, Marketing, Distribution, Transportation & Logistics News & Information
January 2015 Issue


Lower 48 Oil Production Outlook Stable despite Expected Near-Term Reduction in Rig Count

January 26, 2015

Lower 48 Oil Production Outlook Stable despite Expected Near-Term Reduction in Rig Count Principal contributors: Troy Cook, Jack Perrin Source: U.S. Energy...


New Study Reports No Risk of Lung Cancer from Today’s New-Technology Diesel Engines

January 27, 2015

The non-profit Health Effects Institute today released the results of a comprehensive scientific study that examined the health effects of emissions from...

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    Saudi Arabia: Restraining from Restraint?

    January 27, 2015

    By Nancy Yamaguchi When Saudi Arabia recently announced that it was reducing its official selling price for crude oil to the United States, the market responded immediately. As of the time of this writing in late November 2014, spot crude prices are at their lowest levels in four years (just under $76/b for WTI and ...

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    Vendor View: SMARTLogix’s Dan Warren on Dispatching Best Practices for Marketers

    January 27, 2015

    By Maura Keller Today, petroleum companies of every size are re-ordering their priorities and re-examining their dispatch and delivery processes with a single goal in mind; to streamline the fuel dispatch and delivery experience and gain the competitive advantage. Dispatch technology has also made its impact on how transportation companies operate. From tracking the routes ...

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    This Time it Is Different

    January 21, 2015

    By Ed Burke, Dennis K. Burke Inc. 2014 wrapped up with a bang, as one of the wilder years in the oil markets that we’ve seen in quite some time. Looking back, as the year started we had the polar vortex shooting natural gas to record highs of over $5/mmbtu. Then we saw the international ...

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    Submitted Feature: Retail Fuel Ecosystems—The Forecourt Technology Revolution Is Here

    January 14, 2015

    By: Matteo Ciarapica, Global Solution Marketing Leader, Wayne Fueling Systems We live in the era of technology ecosystems, a term we use to describe the complex system of interdependent components that work together to enable cloud services. Purchase an iPhone®, for example, and you’re connected to the entire Apple ecosystem, including operating systems, apps, Microsoft® ...

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    Why Oil Prices Have Bottomed but Government Ineptitude Has Not

    January 14, 2015

    Here are some factors impacting our energy landscape today: Chinese demand for transportation fuel will add 600,000 barrels per day to world demand as vehicle population in the PRC grows 10% driven by Chinese urbanization and improvements in internal transport. A 25% swing in electric generation from Coal to natural gas and diesel driven by ...

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    Financing When You Want It, for What You Need and at the Right...

    January 7, 2015

    By Corey Henriksen, Acquisition and Refinance Capital, Inc. Obtaining good financing is crucial to any downstream petroleum business, whether retail or wholesale. Done poorly, it will force a company out of business. Done well, it will add big dollars positively to the bottom line. There are good reasons for taking financing very seriously right now ...

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Weekly Energy Market Situation, Jan. 26, 2015

January 26, 2015

More Crude Oil, Less Refining Has Implications for Crack Spreads Crude oil stocks add ten million barrels Refinery usage falls 5.5 percentage points to 85.5...


Cal State L.A. H2 Station Becomes First In CA to Be Certified To Sell Fuel to the Public

January 27, 2015

The Cal State L.A. Hydrogen Research and Fueling Facility has become the first station in California to be certified to sell fuel to the public. The facility...


Synchrony Financial and BP Announce Consumer Credit Program Agreement

January 26, 2015

Synchrony Financial, a premier consumer financial services company with 80 years of retail heritage, today announced a definitive, multi-year agreement with...


API: New Ozone Standards Duplicative and Costly

January 28, 2015

EPA’s new proposal to tighten regulations on ozone would be very costly and would fall on top of current standards that are already improving air...


Trailblazing Cinnabon®, Inc. President To Keynote M-PACT

January 20, 2015

Kat Cole, President of Cinnabon®, Inc., which licenses Cinnabon branded products and operates more than 1,000 franchised locations in 56 countries, will...


Platts Launches Market Data Direct: New Real-Time Global Commodity Prices and Data Service

January 28, 2015

Platts, a leading global energy and commodity information provider and premier source of benchmark price references, has launched a new data-delivery service...