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July 2017 Issue

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Fuel Marketer Profile: Dennis K. Burke

By Maura Keller   When you start a business from scratch, you are on your own. Your survival in the business world depends solely on your persistence, organization and know-how. Dennis K. Burke, Inc. (“D.K. Burke”) was founded in South Boston in 1961 by Dennis Burke. His brother, Ed Burke, joined him in running the ...

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Vendor View: Cap Your Diesel Fuel Costs for 2018

July 11, 2017 • App Homepage, Featured Articles, Fuel Price News, Fuels & SupplyComments Off on Vendor View: Cap Your Diesel Fuel Costs for 2018

By Darren Dohme   In the last six months, crude oil prices have dropped from over $55 dollars per barrel on January 3, 2017, down to near $42 dollars per barrel on June 21. That’s a 24% drop in the price of oil. Diesel fuel futures have dropped...

National Survey Indicates Six in Ten U.S. Businesses Are Struggling with Working Capital Challenges, a Five-Year High

June 30, 2017 • App Homepage, Business Management, Featured ArticlesComments Off on National Survey Indicates Six in Ten U.S. Businesses Are Struggling with Working Capital Challenges, a Five-Year High

More small and medium-sized U.S. businesses report working capital challenges in the last three months than during any other period in the last five years, according to new results from the second quarter 2017 Private Capital Access (PCA) Index report...

Is Customer Service Hurting or Helping Your Business?

June 26, 2017 • App Homepage, Business Management, Featured ArticlesComments Off on Is Customer Service Hurting or Helping Your Business?

By Ann Pitts   Customer service issues have become a trending topic lately, and it’s generally reported that the level of customer service delivered today is suffering greatly. News media has recently headlined the airline industry, but that’s just...

Policy Brief: Trump Pulls the Plug on Paris

June 20, 2017 • App Homepage, Featured Articles, Fuels & SupplyComments Off on 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...

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...