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


Almost All U.S. Gasoline is Blended with 10% Ethanol

May 4, 2016

Principal contributors: EIA Staff   Blends of petroleum-based gasoline with 10% ethanol, commonly referred to as E10, account for more than 95% of the...


Survey Finds Seven in 10 Small Retailers ‘Overwhelmed’ By Government Regulations, Mandates

May 4, 2016

The expanding scope and cost of government regulation are placing new burdens on America’s small businesses, hindering their ability to create jobs and drive...

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    Don’t Leave Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars on the Table Because of Complacency

    May 4, 2016

    By Corey Henriksen  When your lender says he is giving you the best deal he can on your financing, he can always do better—and will—with sufficient motivation. Here is what to do…   Supply the Motivation—Competition is Good Let your lender know that you are going out to the market. Just because you received what ...

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    Return of the Holdco/Opco

    April 26, 2016

    By Joe Petrowski When gasoline marketing started in earnest just after World War II there were basically two models: Major branded integrated oil bought, built and often operated retail locations (or found local dealers to operate the sites), with primarily a service bay ancillary business (lease dealer). Even when the dealer owned and operated the ...

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    Sinclair Turns 100 and Forges Ahead In Its New Century of Operations

    April 26, 2016

    By Keith Reid The dinosaur has long been a cultural icon. It’s been a staple of science fiction entertainment since Arthur Conan Doyle wrote the first dinosaur adventure, The Lost World, in 1912. You had the quirky (and eon blending) 60s TV show the Flintstones, that lovable or hateable (depending on whether you are a ...

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    Marketing Fleet Fueling in the Face of Declining Fuel Prices

    April 20, 2016

    By Shane Dyer As we once again witness a major cyclical decline in fuel prices, the question arises as to what impact it will have on marketing commercial fleet fueling services. The most obvious impact is that lower prices will diminish the psychology of fear that drives fleets to implement a fuel purchasing policy in ...

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    Wholesale Commercial Fuel Opportunities and the Changing U.S. Trucking Market

    April 20, 2016

    By Joe Petrowski Annual on road diesel consumption in the United States is almost 5 billion gallons annually, and is sold primarily through seven major truck stop chains operating 1,550 of the 2,000 total truck stop travel centers. They are: Pilot Flying J       600 Loves                    350 Petro/TA              250 Roady’s                150 Ambest                110 ...

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    Vendor View: The Letters of the Day are E-P-A

    April 13, 2016

    By W. Brian Reynolds When I was growing up, my mother used to tell me to study hard and go to college, or I would end up digging ditches or pumping gas for a living! So, what did I do? I went to college and studied geology so I could dig really nice ditches, and ...

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Weekly Energy Market Situation, May 2, 2016

May 3, 2016

Oil Price Recovery Continues Oil markets take on a bullish tone U.S. crude oil production continues to fall Gasoline demand increases Dry natural gas...

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EIA: Declining Energy Prices Lower the Cost of Living

May 4, 2016

Principal contributor: Janice Lent Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, based on Bureau of Labor Statistics Since June 2014, decreases in crude oil...

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EIA: U.S. Biodiesel and Renewable Diesel Imports Increase 61% In 2015

May 4, 2016

Principal contributor: Sean Hill Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Petroleum Supply Monthly After reaching its highest level to date in 2013,...


RFA Launching Boating Campaign to Combat E10 Concerns

May 4, 2016

As Memorial Day weekend approaches later this month and people start heading out to the beaches and on the water, the Renewable Fuels Association is launching...


Gene Inglesby Appointed to PMOCO Management Committee

May 3, 2016

At the regularly scheduled meeting of the PMAA Executive Committee on Thursday, April 21, 2016, Gene Inglesby was appointed to serve on the Petroleum Marketers...


Sponsored Content: Pinnacle Advisory Council: The Fuel Edition

May 4, 2016

Petroleum Marketer Feedback Improves Fuel Solutions For years, petroleum marketers have relied on Pinnacle solutions to facilitate and inform their fuel...