Over the last few months, Sokolis Group have done several web meeting on fuel management, fuel planning, carbon footprints, fuel hedging and fleet fuel card as part of our fuel consulting. We have had some pitfalls along the way. See, as fuel consultants we do our job very well, but web meetings are something new for the Sokolis Group and we are learning along the way. Here are a few things that we have learned that clients have provided us positive feedback on:
With unsteady fuel prices it’s no wonder that fuel theft is rising and not all of it is from an outside thief. Many of the fuel thefts are in house thru managers, drivers and other company employees. Some of these ways are as simple as taking a few gallons at a time and selling them to a third party, others include drivers making extra stops to have some fuel siphoned and just fill up again on the companys dime a few miles down the road. More sophisticated methods include number crunching inside the office.
What is going on with these roller coaster fuel prices? Doesn’t anyone care that fuel management is difficult enough without all of these crazy swings when doing your fuel planning. The fuel experts (not fuel management experts) say growing world oil use will likely outpace the rate of new supplies in 2010, eroding the huge stockpiles of crude which have mounted around the world since the start of the global economic crisis.
As the President of Sokolis Group a fuel management and fuel consulting firm, I am always asked to advertise in trade magazines, news journals and other publications. Over the years we have tried a little bit of this and a little bit of that and it really hasn’t worked. Most marketing gurus might say you haven’t stuck with something long enough and hey they might be right. The way I look at it, it isn’t their fuel management dollars that I am spending it’s Sokolis Group’s.
Who moved my fuel planning to another calendar? Last Thursday the Department of Energy (DOE) announced that the inventory levels for all products, gas, heating oil (diesel fuel) and crude oil all increased. Crude oil increased 1.8 million barrels for the week. This of course sent the fuel prices down on NYMEX and caused havoc to proper fleet fuel planning for companies taking bulk fuel deliveries.
EPA MOVES ONE STEP CLOSER TO LIKELY REGULATION OF GREENHOUSE GASES
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has sent its final greenhouse gas (GHG) endangerment finding to the White House Office of Management and Budget for a 90-day review and approval. Click here and there more about GHG. The agency’s action follows the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in April 2007 finding that GHGs are pollutants. What would this mean to your fuel management? Good question. Since a company that operates a fleet of trucks emits greenhouse gas it should be a concern. We have talk with government staff about fuel planning and what effects it could have on fleet fuel buying. Most suspect that there could be an additional tax put on fleet fuel, like diesel fuel and gas. This is Cap and Trade that has been talked about in the news.
When it’s cold outside do you dread going to the mailbox to get that energy or heating bill? Here at Sokolis Group we are used to finding fleet fuel discounts and matching clients with compatible fleet fuel cards. So what does a fuel management company do at home to combat the home energy issue, you’re about to find out!
With winter pulling up to the front door in the northern part of the country it brings a time to remind ourselves that the season brings with it special considerations for safety. I know as a fuel management and fuel consulting why don’t you just talk about fuel buying or something. Relax! There is a strong tie into fleet fuel. Here are some tips to consider:
In 1999 a new word was added to the dictionary according to merriam-webster.com that word was ‘blog’. Notably word ‘network’ has been around since the 1530’s. What happens when those two worlds come together? We get even newer words like Facebook, LinkedIn and while Twitter is not a new word, there is a new meaning. All these network applications are here for us to keep up with the ever changing pace of your respective business.
The Sokolis Group fuel management team wants to make sure you are able to get you’re the places you are going this winter. As the temperature begins to dip, it’s time to prepare for the winter months and potentially treacherous cold-weather driving. Ensuring each vehicle in your fleet is prepared for the winter can help you to decrease gas mileage, avoid expensive repairs, keep your vehicles in top operating condition, and even ensure the safety of your drivers. Here are some simple tips on how to winterize your vehicles.