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January 2017 Issue

EIA: Crude Oil Prices Expected to Increase Slightly through 2017 and 2018

January 16, 2017

Principal contributor: Matthew French   Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Short-Term Energy Outlook, January 2017 Note: Confidence...

API: Energy Confirmation Hearings Should Focus on Reinforcing America’s Energy Renaissance

January 16, 2017

American Petroleum Institute (API) Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Director Marty Durbin told reporters in a press conference that Senators...

  • A Review of the Fuels Institute Report: Assessment of the U.S. Fuel Distribution...

    January 18, 2017

    By Keith Reid   Since its inception in 2013, the Fuels Institute has followed an aggressive research agenda. The topics have been varied and explored new ground, ranging from Shared Travel: Revolution or Evolution? to GHG Emissions from Light Duty Vehicles Powered by Natural Gas. This is in line with its charter as a think ...

  • Six Best Practices for Use of Cruise Control in Commercial Transportation

    January 11, 2017

    By Michael Davis   In commercial motor vehicle fleets, single vehicle run-off-the-road crashes and overturn crashes continue to challenge safety professionals and risk managers. Rollovers and run-off-the-road events account for a small number of all crashes, but contribute to disproportionate costs for property damage and driver injuries. Fatigue is frequently cited in many accident investigation ...

  • Vendor View: Self-Driving Vehicles—Fueling Revolution or Evolution?

    January 4, 2017

    “Fueled for Thought” by Joe O’Brien, Source North America Corporation   Since a self-driving tractor-trailer successfully completed a 120-mile interstate trip in October, speculation about the mainstream rollout of autonomous vehicles has kicked into high gear. The truck, introduced by Uber’s self-driving vehicle operation, Otto, hauled 2,000 cases of beer from Fort Collins, Colorado, to ...

  • Vendor View: Nostalgia for Analog versus the Need for Digital Solutions

    December 21, 2016

    By Bill Stomp, Digital Dispatcher   Based on the number of deservedly positive reviews for David Sax’s new book, The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter, including this write-up in the New York Times, one would think we should welcome this wave of vengeance; that we should celebrate this resurgence of “real things,” ...

  • Wells Fargo Survey: Small Business Optimism at Highest Point in Eight Years

    December 21, 2016

    Small business owners are the most optimistic they have been since January 2008, according to the latest Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index, conducted November 11 – 17.   In the quarterly small business survey, which measures the optimism of small business owners, the overall Index score increased significantly to 80 in November, up 12 points ...

  • Today’s Dispenser Marketing

    December 14, 2016

    By Maura Keller   Ask yourself: What attracts you to your favorite retail store? Is it the choice of products? The level of customer service? Or the functionality of the space? As customer experience becomes more closely tied to purchasing decisions, more and more fuel marketers are focusing on improving the forecourt experience for customers ...

Weekly Energy Market Situation, January 17, 2017

January 18, 2017

U.S. Supply Bearish, Overseas Expectations Bullish U.S. adds 13.4 million barrels to total product stocks U.S. ULSD demand grows with higher HDDs Propane...

EIA Gasoline and Diesel Retail Prices Update (January 16)

January 18, 2017

Analysis by Dr. Nancy Yamaguchi   The Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its weekly data on diesel and gasoline retail prices for the week...

RFA: UN Data Demonstrates Increased Corn, Ethanol Production Not Causing Food Price Rise

January 16, 2017

By Rachel Gantz   The United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced Thursday that prices of major global food commodities declined...

NBB Show: Automakers Fuel the U.S. Market with More Biodiesel-Capable Diesel Vehicle Models

January 18, 2017

U.S. auto manufacturers have introduced a record number of new biodiesel-capable diesel vehicle options for consumers as the push for increased fuel...

NRF Foundation Launches RISE Up—Education and Credentialing Program to Help People Secure Jobs in Retail

January 16, 2017

The NRF Foundation announced that it has brought together dozens of retailers and non-profits to launch RISE Up (Retail Industry Skills & Education), a...

Biodiesel Industry Honors Year of Achievements, Industry Growth

January 18, 2017

The biodiesel industry saw record market growth in 2016, and this year’s National Biodiesel Board (NBB) industry awards highlight champions who have had a...