Supply, Marketing, Distribution, Transportation & Logistics News & Information
February 2016 Issue


NACS Announces SOI Summit Speakers

February 3, 2016

The NACS State of the Industry Summit has released the first names in its lineup of business experts, demographers and top-performing retailers. The SOI Summit...


Diesel Technology Forum: Clean Diesel Buses to Power Maryland’s Transit Future

February 3, 2016

The Maryland Transit Administration is now in line to receive almost $100 million to invest in 172 advanced clean diesel buses after receiving approval by the...

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    Vendor View: OBC’s for Carriers—Cut the Cord!

    February 3, 2016

    Kirby Smith, GM Sales, Intellifuel Systems, Inc. My attitude about technology has changed dramatically in the last few years, and while it has stirred occasional anxiety, it is dominantly for the better. I recall a time in the mid-eighties as a fledgling headhunter fighting writer’s cramp keeping my Rolodex and Plan-A-Date current. In 1987, my ...

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    Vendor View: Environmental and Consumer Safety at the Station

    February 3, 2016

    By Ed Kammerer, OPW According to the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), the number of fires and explosions—which the NFPA classifies in three ways: structure, vehicle and outside/other (garbage/rubbish/vegetation)—at retail service stations in the United States have been on a significantly steady decline since 1980, to the point that there are now less than 5,000 ...

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    EMV Costs, and Perhaps a Benefit or Two (Updated)

    January 27, 2016

    By: Maura Keller (updated by Keith Reid) Editor’s Note: This article originally ran in the FMN Fall 2015 print magazine. It has been updated slightly to reflect the passage of the Oct. 1, 2015, deadline. The content is still relevant for the many companies that have not updated their systems to be EMV compliant.   ...

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    Vendor View: The State of Downstream MLPs and M&A Activity in 2016

    January 27, 2016

    Kevin Henrick, Associate, Corner Capital Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs) have been around for decades. However, in 2008, the IRS ruled that certain downstream energy assets, such as wholesale fuel sales to end users (dealers) and real estate associated with downstream assets, would qualify for MLP treatment. This served as a catalyst to spur investment and ...

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    Massachusetts Leads the Nation in Energy Efficiency

    January 20, 2016

    By Ed Burke, Dennis K Burke Inc. For the fifth straight year, Massachusetts was named the national leader in energy efficiency, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy in its ninth annual state scorecard. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker praised the state’s number one ranking, saying “Being recognized for the fifth year by ACEEE ...

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Weekly Energy Market Situation, Feb. 1 2016

February 1, 2016

Oil Supplies Continue to Grow 1. Crude oil futures have gained 25% from recent lows 2. Crude oil stocks achieve new record 3. Refinery utilization is falling...

From right, Spc. Richard Inyi, a San Diego native and petroleum supplier with 62nd Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade, observes Pfc. Addison Cook, a Berryville, Ark., native, and Pfc. Matthew Newman, a Brooklyn, N.Y., native, both cable system installer/maintainers, of 50th Signal Battalion, 35th Signal Brigade, out of Fort Bragg, N.C., fill up fuel cans for their generators at the National Police Training Academy, Paynesville, Liberia, during Operation United Assistance, Dec. 15, 2014. Inyi made sure the Soldiers received the correct amount of fuel as part of his job supporting the Joint Forces Command – United Assistance. Operation United Assistance is a Department of Defense operation in Liberia to provide logistics, training and engineering support to U.S. Agency for International Development-led efforts to contain the Ebola virus outbreak in western Africa.

API Launches Veterans Energy Pipeline—Tool to Connect Veterans with Job Opportunities in the Oil and Gas Industry

February 3, 2016

Today, U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Member Joe Manchin (D-WV) joined the American Petroleum Institute (API) to officially launch the Veterans...

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With Or Without Pipelines, Canadian Oil Production Will Continue To Grow

February 3, 2016

While the debate rages on regarding the Energy East project, the Montreal Economic Institute points out that even in a scenario in which absolutely no new...


Diesel Technology Forum: Pro Football’s Main Event Kicks-Off With Clean Diesel Technology And Renewable Fuel

February 3, 2016

The widely attended fan festivals and transportation to this week’s championship football game in San Francisco are the latest in a long line of entities...

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PBF Energy Provides Update on Delaware City Refinery Operations

February 3, 2016

PBF Energy Inc. announced that its Delaware City Refinery experienced a plant-wide, unplanned shutdown on January 24, 2016, due to a loss of power during a...


Ken Doyle Named SEPA Chief Operating Officer

February 3, 2016

Kenneth A. (Ken) Doyle, an association executive with more than four decades of experience, this month stepped into the role of Executive Vice President and...