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Coronavirus Wreaks Havoc

The dire risk to public health posed by the coronavirus pandemic is forcing changes in workplace policies, including in the offices of fuel marketers. And to try to limit its spread, organizers of industry expos, conventions and conferences have announced postponements. The National Propane Gas Association canceled an upcoming conference and expo. Further details on those changes appear below. Meanwhile, ...

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How to Hedge for Next Season

If you’re like a lot of oil companies out there, you’ve spent the past three months watching oil prices plummet while wondering whether you should be hedging now in anticipation of your cap or fixed price offerings, writes Richard Larkin. You may even have entertained just buying some product at a fixed price from your wholesaler since prices look so ...

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Obituary: John S. Rider

John S. Rider, who worked at Agway Energy Products, Webber Energy Fuels, and Dead River Co., and had been a member of the Better Home Heat Council of New Hampshire, died on Feb. 14 at his home in Swanzey, New Hampshire. He was 70. He had multiple myeloma, according to an obituary published online. John S. Rider worked for a ...

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The Yeti House

Last July my brother drove from South Carolina to visit us. He spent five days on his trip, stopping along the way to visit friends. When he arrived, I helped him unpack his car and I saw that he had a Yeti cooler in the back of his vehicle. He drained out a little bit of water, but for the ...

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Biofuel Diary

Friday the 13th of December 2019 Levi Bourne was driving home after a long day, typical in the fuel business for that time of the year. Here’s his account of what happened that day: My radio cut out and the Bluetooth from my cell phone took over to let me know my girlfriend Cassie was calling. I had received a ...

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Disappearing Acts

David Copperfield is a popular magician who makes things disappear. At certain moments, when I have been surprised to hear that certain longstanding companies that I’m familiar with have disappeared, I can’t help but think of David Copperfield’s special abilities. But Copperfield seemingly makes things disappear without a trace. When a fuel marketer acquires another fuel marketer, the name of ...

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Dispatch from Canada

On September 7, 2019, Hurricane Dorian completed its devastating track with a direct landfall on Nova Scotia. Michael Freill reports on the repercussions: Dorian essentially devastated the Bahamas before skirting the United States on its way for a direct landfall just east of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Fortunately, the Category 2 storm was downgraded to a post-tropical storm when it made ...

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Marci Gagnon: The Benefits of Integrated Payments

Once a company gets to a certain size, they begin to look at software options to assist in route management and back office operations. Also likely is that the chosen software provider has its own payment option or partnerships with a variety of other entities to support payment processing, including payment processors, payment gateways and other payment solution providers. Using ...

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Berkeley Bans Natural Gas

Will other cities follow? It wasn’t that many years ago that natural gas was being trumpeted as “the bridge fuel” to a cleaner energy future. Natural gas was said to be much cleaner-burning than any other fossil fuels, and replacing coal-fired electric generation with cleaner-burning natural gas was going to significantly reduce carbon emissions as we transitioned to new green ...

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Recovering from a Mistake

Mistakes happen. All of us make them, in both our personal and professional lives. The trick, after making one, is to keep it in perspective, counsels Columnist Charles Bursey, Sr. At work, we are often required to make decisions or accomplish something important. At times we fail to deliver the results expected. In fact, there are times when we simply ...

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