• A Bumpy Ride Expected for the Fuels Market

    Convenience Matters Podcast | Mar 20, 2017

    If oil and gas prices are in the news, there's a good chance that Tom Kloza is being quoted. He has covered the downstream oil markets for over 40 years and had been extensively quoted on trends and analysis related to the petroleum industry. On this episode, we talk to Tom about some of the big-picture issues that could affect the market.

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  • Insights from the Consumer Fuels Study

    Convenience Matters Podcast | Feb 27, 2017

    Nearly 40 million Americans fill up every day. How they drive, consider gas prices and determine whether to go inside a c-store to shop has a profound impact on the retail channel that sells 80% of the fuel purchased in the U.S. On this episode, we examine:

    • Consumers at the pump
    • How retailers can change consumer behavior
    • Overall driving habits

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  • The Big Trends from the Auto Show

    Convenience Matters Podcast | Feb 20, 2017

    If you haven't been to a car showroom in a while, you'll be in for a surprise next time you go. Automakers are emphasizing new fuels and power sources, as well as amenities that make your car feel like your living room. We'll take listeners through some major trends on display at the 2017 Washington Auto Show—and discuss what it means to retailers.

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  • How Mexico's Deregulated Fuels Affects the U.S.

    Convenience Matters Podcast | Jan 30, 2017

    Recent challenges with adjusting to a deregulated market in Mexico have led to an unusual sight: Mexicans coming across the border to buy fuel. Recent price increases and shortages are part of the growing pains for the Mexican petroleum market that's in the early stages of adjusting to a deregulated market for the first time in nearly 80 years.

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  • Assessing U.S. Fuel Distribution

    Convenience Matters Podcast | Jan 16, 2017

    This week we examine a Fuels Institute research report that evaluates the U.S. supply chain—how it works and what limitations exist to accommodate diverse fuel specifications and achieve higher biofuels penetration. Understanding the fundamentals of this complex system is essential for anyone considering introducing a new product into the market.

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  • Consumer Sentiment and Gas Prices in 2017

    Convenience Matters Podcast | Jan 9, 2017

    Consumer sentiment about the economy is typically aligned with gas prices—when cost falls, optimism rises. But as 2017 begins, consumer confidence is at a record high—while gas prices are higher than prices a year ago. With fuel cost largely out of the control of retailers, what do recent market developments mean for fuels retailers in 2017?

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  • Assessing Fuel Markets

    Convenience Matters Podcast | Dec 26, 2016

    One thing is certain-fuel retailing isn't easy, and it's getting more complicated with increased competition, de-regulation, volume challenges and ever-diminishing margins around the world. On this episode, hear how the early stages of de-regulation is affecting markets in India, Brazil and Morocco.

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  • EPA and Tank Corrosion

    Convenience Matters Podcast | Dec 05, 2016

    EPA's Office of Underground Storage Tanks ensures that fuel retailers maintain their tank systems to prevent petroleum releases. A 2016 report found that many fuel retailers have experienced excessive corrosion in their systems and many more may not even know they have a problem. On this episode, we speak with EPA about this study.

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  • Store Tours: South America

    Convenience Matters Podcast | Oct 24, 2016

    The fuels and vehicles markets are global in scope, with a number of trends in South America relevant to the U.S.-from how vehicles are fueled, to what fuels are sold, to what consumers do once they're inside a store. And, as expected, some interesting fueling-related issues have emerged.

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  • Ethanol Overview

    Convenience Matters Podcast | Oct 17, 2016

    Ethanol is the fuel that was used in the first automobiles produced in the 1880's. It's continuing to evolve with new blends and feedstocks, and an expanded distribution infrastructure that is efficient at delivering ethanol to markets throughout the U.S. Hear some trends you can expect to see in your tank - and get some in-depth analysis of the market.

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  • Will Fuel Efficiency Standards Survive the Midterm Review?

    Convenience Matters Podcast | Sep 12, 2016

    Automakers and the fuels industry are working to increase fuel efficiency to 54.5 mpg by the year 2025-to comply with CAFE standards that were imposed in 2008. Recognizing potential changes in the marketplace, a midterm review was part of the initial implementation plan. Should these standards be adjusted due to current car sales and fuel consumption?

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  • Will Tesla's Reality Meet Its Dreams?

    Convenience Matters Podcast | Aug 29, 2016

    Tesla has had an amazing year. It has 400,000 pre-orders for its new 3 series, at a time when sales from EV automakers are about 11,500 a year. Plus, its stock is rising, even as it begins to experience growing pains. Will its promise will be greater than its success? How will Tesla affect the future of EV in the U.S.?

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  • AAA Evaluates Fuel Performance

    Convenience Matters Podcast | Aug 15, 2016

    In July 2016, AAA published a report advising drivers to seek out retailers who sell "Top Tier" gasoline. Automakers have been promoting Top Tier gasoline since the early 2000s and have recently boosted their efforts to recruit more retailers to sell it. So, what is Top Tier gasoline and why is it considered better for your engine?

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  • Fueling a Clean Transportation Future

    Convenience Matters Podcast | Aug 08, 2016

    The fuels that power today's vehicles are cleaner and more uniform than ever, but that's not the case further "upstream." Cheap and easily accessed oil reservoirs are drying up, forcing major industry players to extract and refine riskier, costlier and dirtier sources of oil. What we can do to ensure the oil we use doesn't get dirtier?

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  • How Does the Renewable Fuel Standard Affect Me?

    Convenience Matters Podcast | Jul 18, 2016

    The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), has been around for more than a decade. Today, ethanol comprises about 10% of the total fuel sold in the United States, but there are some changes coming that will affect both retailers and their customers.

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  • Gas to Go

    Convenience Matters Podcast | Jul 4, 2016

    A number of emerging companies are seeking to disrupt the retail fueling business by offering gas on demand: click on an app, order your fuel and wait for your fill-up. These companies proclaim "welcome to life without gas stations" and "Never stop for gas again." What are their odds of success in unsettling the 39 million fill-ups across the U.S. each day?

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  • Defining the Future of Fuels

    Convenience Matters Podcast | Jun 6, 2016

    Smartphones have transformed how people communicate and share moments from their lives on social media. They're also transforming how people share things — whether rented homes, goods or even cars. The allure of shared transportation comes down to one central fact: The average vehicle is used about 5%, on average, each day. Will shared travel disrupt the market — and if so, who will lead this change?

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  • Defining the Future of Fuels

    Convenience Matters Podcast | Apr 4, 2016

    From electric charging to ethanol to compressed natural gas and hydrogen, new fueling options continue to gain traction in the marketplace. As these and other new fueling options emerge as viable alternatives to traditional gasoline and diesel fuel, it is critical that policymakers and industry leaders have access to the latest research related to consumer vehicles and the fuels that power them.

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  • Gas Prices: The Questions You Want Answered

    Convenience Matters Podcast | Mar 7, 2016

    Nearly 40 million Americans fill up their gas tanks on a daily basis, oftentimes searching for a good price and convenient location. There is arguably no product that consumers think more about on a daily basis — yet at the same time is so misunderstood. On this episode, we answer some common questions about gas prices.

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  • Is Hydrogen the Next Big Fuel?

    Convenience Matters Podcast | Feb 15, 2016

    Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe. We will never run out of it. But will we run our cars on it? There are a number of high-level initiatives that are seeking to make hydrogen-fueled vehicles a reality.

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  • New Cars and New Fuels

    Convenience Matters Podcast | Feb 1, 2016

    Convenience stores sell 80% of the gas purchased in the country, but what will those vehicles look like in the coming years?

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