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January 2017 Issue

NRF

Retailers Say U.S. Supreme Court Should Rule in Favor of Free Speech on Credit Card Fees

January 10, 2017

The National Retail Federation (NRF) called on the U.S. Supreme Court to allow merchants to freely and accurately show customers the added costs that come with...

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NATSO Tells DOT That Expanding Commercial Services at Rest Areas Hurts Business

January 9, 2017

Expanding commercial services at rest areas, including vending, threatens consumers, small business and localities by undercutting the highway-based businesses...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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,” ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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Weekly Energy Market Situation, January 9, 2017

January 9, 2017

Markets Focus Again on OPEC Deal Output cuts may bring supply back only to pre-agreement levels Skeptical view of member compliance Thirteen million barrels...

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Weekly Price Review (Jan. 9-13)

January 16, 2017

By Dr. Nancy Yamaguchi Oil prices opened at a very strong $53.75 on Monday last week, but this was followed by a sharp downward correction. WTI prices shed...

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DOT Releases Beyond Traffic 2045 Final Report on Future of Transportation

January 9, 2017

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx released the final Beyond Traffic 2045 report highlighting transportation challenges the United States will face...

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EIA: U.S. Gasoline Prices in 2016 Were the Lowest since 2004

January 9, 2017

Principal contributor: Matthew French     Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Update U.S. regular retail gasoline...

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Valvoline™ Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire Time-It Lube, Expanding Its Quick Lube Presence in East Texas and Marking Its Entry into...

January 9, 2017

Valvoline Inc. announced that its subsidiary, Valvoline LLC, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the business assets related to 28 quick lube stores...

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Consumers Optimistically Enter 2017 Despite Rising Gas Prices

January 11, 2017

Consumer optimism remains strong at the start of 2017 despite a continued rise in gasoline prices. For the third month in a row, a majority of consumers (57%)...