“Time Is Money” for Energy

Given the recent economic turmoil and fragile recovery, the old adage “time is money” has never been more relevant. In the context of the energy business, time is directly related to the rate of change. And, more importantly, an organization’s ability to either proactively address that change or risk competitive disadvantage through delayed reaction. As it relates to customers served by Sokolis Group, the rate of change continues to accelerate. We are seeing greater fuel price volatility, stricter environmental regulations, and increase in fleet fuel price changes year-over-year. So the question I encourage you to ask is whether your business, at a minimum, is prepared to adequately comply with the changing rules, rates and laws within the mandated timeframes, and then, to what degree is your business better instrumented to capitalize on change compared to peers.

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Inventory, Inventory, Inventory!

With head splitting speeds the price for oil this past year has gone from $33 a barrel in early January of 2009 to tipping the $78 mark these few days. Having such a fluctuation in fuel can make any fuel management team dizzy. Many factors had contributed to the ups and downs of the fleet fuel world and a main one was the crude oil inventories. Crude oil saw a minimal decrease in September, while the rest of the year saw supplies increase to 375.83 million barrels at one point.

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Going Green: A Good Resolution

With a struggling economy, holiday season in full swing, fuel management and finding ways to go green may not be on the top of your to do list; but with the new year fast approaching it should be one of your New Year’s Resolutions, for a good fuel management program may help you make your fleet fuel budget. It may seem that implementing ways to go green will be too costly especially in an economy like the one we are currently in. But in reality going green will not only save money but will also help improve our environment and your fuel management.

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Twelve Days of Sokolis Group Christmas

On the eleventh day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Eleven fleet fueling locations
Ten fuel managers in need
Nine alternative fuel products,
Eight fuel buying buyers
Seven fleet fuel auditors
Six fuel dispensing islands,
Five fuel consulting experts,
Four mobile fleet fueling companies,
Three Fuel planning programs,
Two fleet fueling cards,
And a fuel management company for me

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The Tweleve Days of Sokolis Group Christmas

On the tenth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Ten fuel managers in need,
Nine alternative fuel products,
Eight fuel buying buyers
Seven fleet fuel auditors
Six fuel dispensing islands,
Five fuel consulting experts,
Four mobile fleet fueling companies,
Three Fuel planning programs,
Two fleet fueling cards,
And a fuel management company for me

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Maintenance and Fuel, Whats the connection?

“Get your oil changed every 3000 miles” I can hear that clear as day from my late teens, it was my dad, drilling the most basic car maintenance and fuel management routine that a non fuel consulting expert can do. Right? Little did I know there was a lot more I could’ve done and still be doing to expand my fuel mileage out of my midsize SUV, and with prices these days it’ll feel like I have a fuel consulting expert in the passenger seat.

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Santa Does Fuel Management

Ok, not exactly but let me tell you a story. The other day this fuel consultant was asked to be Santa Claus for a family reunion. Without thinking much about that day, I said sure, why not. I thought quickly in my head, I never played Santa Claus and playing in front of 20 kids under the age of 14 years old sounds like fuel, I mean fun. Fleet fuel and fun, you readers know I sometimes get the two confused. Anyway, as the day came closer, I started to think ‘what bigger role could you play but good old Saint Nick’. As one of the leading national fuel consulting companies in the country, I am asked a lot to guest speak and every time it is an honor and pleasure, please keep asking. I reflected, yes talking fleet fueling, fuel management and fleet fuel card planning to hundreds of people is rewarding and hopefully for them educational. What about being Santa and listening to all of their hopes, dreams and things they want. A few wrong words and you could really mess with a kids mind while playing Santa. Maybe I over thought the idea or maybe not (probably over thought it because well that’s Glen Sokolis), I guess we won’t know. As I put the red suit on it was exciting. Not the kind of excitement I get when Sokolis Group signs a new fuel management client but a different kind of excitement.

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