Operations

Hedging Today: What has Changed

Price volatility has always an issue with fuel, though starting in the mid-2000s and extending up to the last couple of years there was extraordinary volatility to go along with what had become ever-increasing prices.

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To hedge or not to hedge

We, or more specifically I, take a look at hedging in this issue of the magazine. I’ll never admit to being a true expert on such subjects—I often say that if I were I would be enjoying a cocktail on my private yacht somewhere off a tropical island instead of editing a trade magazine.

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Green Marketing, Industry Experience Drives Genesee Fuel & Heating Company

By Nicholas Upton Thriving in the heating oil business is a tough job these days, but when you’re selling to a market that is incredibly environmentally focused, it can be even tougher. Yet Steven T. Clark at Genesee Fuel & Heating Company in Seattle is thriving through smart marketing, innovation and growing through close industry involvement. The company has a ...

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Call it a Wrap!

By now, I know most of you have noticed that several oil, mechanical companies and even Dunkin Donut’s have been wrapping their vehicles with some pretty fancy and eye catching advertising designs.

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APP-Propriate

Our industry workforce has long been what many deem as “traditional.” Relationships between employees and employers have been (and remain in some cases) decades long, built on one-on-one associations grounded in trust, respect, family ties and the like.  I know dozens of people that have not only been in the fuel business for 40+ years, but half of them have ...

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Speaking Up for the Industry

By Stephen Bennett When proposed legislation could help or hurt fuel oil marketers, the industry needs to make itself heard. How does it do that? Chris Herb, for one, calls his “go-to people.” The president of the Connecticut Energy Marketers Association, based in Cromwell, said, “They’re extremely engaged. They want to be involved and they are actively looking to [participate], ...

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Going Greener with Soy-Based Lubricants

Fuel oil marketers and dealers who already market Bioheat® blends can extend their “green” franchise by adding soy-based lubricants and cleaners to their lineup of deliverables (if they distribute lubricants), as well as using them in their own maintenance operations, manufacturers of the products and a former fleet manager said.

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