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June 2017 Issue

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Policy Brief: Trump Pulls the Plug on Paris

By Keith Reid   On June 1, President Donald Trump announced that America was going to pull out of the Paris climate accord, which had been agreed to by the Obama administration at the COP 21 meeting in 2015. The announcement was not particularly surprising given Trump’s campaign statements, which have been reinforced by his ...

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New Market Disruption in Retail Gas Stations

June 14, 2017 • App Homepage, Featured Articles, Retail Operations, Wholesale OperationsComments Off on New Market Disruption in Retail Gas Stations

By Doug Haugh   Market disruption seldom originates from obvious origins, which is one of the reasons it is so, well, disruptive. It seems pretty clear that if electric vehicles (EVs) replace gas and diesel in substantial numbers, we will need far fewer...

U.S. Diesel Market Shows Resilience in 2016 as Passenger Vehicle Registrations Increase by Over 280,000

June 5, 2017 • App Homepage, Featured ArticlesComments Off on U.S. Diesel Market Shows Resilience in 2016 as Passenger Vehicle Registrations Increase by Over 280,000

The U.S. added more than 280,000 new clean diesel passenger vehicles across the country last year, with Texas, California and Florida having the highest numbers of diesel vehicles, according to a Diesel Technology Forum analysis of the latest vehicles in...

Developing Outstanding Fuel Management

May 31, 2017 • App Homepage, Featured Articles, Fuels & SupplyComments Off on Developing Outstanding Fuel Management

By Joe Petrowski   For a retailer to maximize fuel income and traffic for inside sales, it is vital to have both a great procurement team and a street pricing team working in a collaborative and coordinated fashion.   For procurement, the essential...

Vendor View: Addressing Corrosion and Microbial Growth in Today’s Fuel Environment

May 22, 2017 • App Homepage, Featured Articles, Fleet Operations, Retail Operations, Wholesale OperationsComments Off on Vendor View: Addressing Corrosion and Microbial Growth in Today’s Fuel Environment

Photo: A corroded flapper valve from a diesel tank, next to another flapper valve from the gasoline tank at the same site.   By Brad Hoffman, Tanknology, Inc.   The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began to phase in...

U.S. Consumers Positive About Energy Industry, but Sentiment Erodes Between Generations

May 12, 2017 • App Homepage, Featured Articles, Fuels & SupplyComments Off on U.S. Consumers Positive About Energy Industry, but Sentiment Erodes Between Generations

Americans value oil and gas for important reasons, but those motivations do not necessarily translate into support for the industry’s future. Eighty percent of consumers responding to a recent nationwide poll conducted by EY agree that the oil and gas...

Phishing: The Biggest Cyber Threat Today

May 8, 2017 • App Homepage, Business Management, Featured ArticlesComments Off on Phishing: The Biggest Cyber Threat Today

By Bill Boeck, Lockton   A strong argument can be made that phishing1 (including its variants, clone phishing,2 spear phishing,3 whaling4 and smishing5) is the most important cyber threat facing companies and individuals today. Phishing allows...

Vendor View: Do You Know the ABCs of the EPA 2018 UST Regulation Deadline?

May 1, 2017 • App Homepage, Featured Articles, Retail Operations, Terminals and Storage, Wholesale OperationsComments Off on Vendor View: Do You Know the ABCs of the EPA 2018 UST Regulation Deadline?

By Peter J. Cochefski   It was 1988 when the world of retail fueling in the United States changed forever—and for the better. That’s when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)—in response to the shocking revelation that thousands of...

Allstate/USA TODAY Small Business Barometer Uncovers Surging Optimism and Innovation on Main Street

April 26, 2017 • App Homepage, Business Management, Featured ArticlesComments Off on Allstate/USA TODAY Small Business Barometer Uncovers Surging Optimism and Innovation on Main Street

In a revealing analysis of America’s small business environment, the second annual Allstate/USA TODAY Small Business Barometer  finds increasing optimism and innovation among small business owners, despite the rising cost of doing business. Nine in...

Vendor View: Bugs Cause Fuel System Damage, Part Two

April 17, 2017 • App Homepage, Featured Articles, Fleet Operations, Retail Operations, Terminals and Storage, Wholesale OperationsComments Off on Vendor View: Bugs Cause Fuel System Damage, Part Two

Frederick J. Passman, Ph.D., Biodeterioration Control Associates, Inc.   My last article discussed the opportunity costs caused by dispenser flow-rate reduction. I’ll open today’s article with a few photos that I’ve selected from my collection...