page contents

Comment

Doubling Our Footprint Size!! We Want YOU

Petroleum Service Department Dispatcher-

Job Duties:

· Performs daily routing of field service work orders using established workforce management system.

· Provides coordination of schedules and directs work of Dispatchers in absence of Manager; works closely with Manager to administer the Dispatch function.

· Manages technician routes using established workforce management system to ensure customer commitments are met (i.e. install and service calls)

· Interprets data from the established workforce management system to identify current and potential scheduling problems.

· Tracks network trouble and repair. Provides telephone assistance and support to Technicians during troubleshooting and repair.

· Makes suggestions and recommendations to Supervisors and Manager in an effort to continually improve customer service operations.

· Maintain and manage a positive work environment by interacting in a professional and polite manner with guests, team members, and park management.

· Participates in feedback sessions with management to improve service level performance at customer sites, including high incidence.

· Utilize systems to assign work, reassign work or balance work ensuring technicians are busy at all times.

· May recommend to management improvements in procedures to improve customer service.

· Addresses any customer issues and/or provides resolution to problems that are within the scope of work or will, otherwise, engage management for help

· Confirm all dispatched calls are complete/incomplete via workforce management system prior to submittal to accounts receivable.

· Work closely with accounts receivable.

· Work closely with parts department for inventory management, vehicle inventory restock and material orders.

Job Requirements:

· Extensive product knowledge or the ability to obtain product knowledge.

· Demonstrated ability to make decisions, learn quickly, think rationally and exercising good judgment. Work effectively in a diverse team environment.

· Excellent computer skills; able to navigate multiple programs and windows at once. Comfortable in multi-screen environment.

· Outstanding communication skills; strong ability to communicate effectively and professionally via e-mail, telephone and SMS.

· Solid ability to pay close attention to every detail.

· Good knowledge of basic computer programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and data entry

· Very good verbal and written communication skills, capable of operating common office equipment, and computer-literacy should include basic keyboard data entry

· Solid ability to be results-oriented- taking initiative to make things happen, accepts accountability and has a “can do” attitude. MUST BE MOTIVATED.

· Solid ability to work in a team environment along with the ability to work independently with minimal supervision.

· Solid ability to exercise good judgment and discretion in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions.

· High School Diploma or GED required. Two (2) year degree or three (3) years’ experience preferred.

Comment

Comment

Control Every Ounce

“Graco has developed an innovative approach to managing every drop of fluid in a shop, and we've enhanced the experience with our new authorization cards,” said Joshua Holmstadt, Graco’s Lubrication Equipment Division Global Product Manager. “With the Pulse FC system, once a card is programmed with the correct fluid and amount, it can be handed to any technician to complete the dispense when needed, ensuring #accuracy.”

“#Fluid control is very important in a shop like this,” said Joe P., service manager at Main Motor in Anoka, MN. With an average vehicle taking about six quarts of oil, Main Motor is dispensing over 150,000 quarts of oil a year. “In the past, month after month we were seeing a $600 loss, an $800 loss… Fluid wasn’t getting billed out like it should. Now with the Pulse FC system, the parts department bills out how many quarts of oil they need. I don’t have a loss anymore.”

The Pulse FC system utilizes the new robust and ergonomically-enhanced SD Series™ preset meters with maximum flow of eight or 18 gpm. With a simple Pulse FC system starter kit, users can easily convert their SD preset meters to Pulse FC and gain additional control of their fluids. The Pulse FC system’s software allows for simple reporting, arming users with the analysis needed to make more informed decisions about scheduling, inventory, pricing and more. This provides transparency from the service bay to the back office, allowing decision makers to know what’s happening.

Pulse fluid management applications extend beyond the automobile industry. #Opportunities abound for other #industries including #mining, #fleet #services, #trucking, #heavy #construction, #oil and more. For more information or to contact a Graco distributor, visit www.gracopulse.com.

ABOUT GRACO

Graco Inc. supplies technology and expertise for the management of fluids and coatings in both industrial and commercial applications. It designs, manufactures and markets systems and equipment to move, measure, control, dispense, and spray fluid and powder materials. A recognized leader in its specialties, Minneapolis-based Graco serves customers around the world in the manufacturing, processing, construction and maintenance industries. For additional information about @GracoInc., please visit us at www.graco.com or on Twitter @GracoInc.

Comment

Comment

OPW Introduces The "14" Nozzle For Cleaner Diesel & Gasoline Fueling Experiences

OPW, a @Dover company and a global leader in #fluid-handling# solutions, is proud to introduce the all-new 14 Series family of diesel- and gasoline-dispensing nozzles, engineered to deliver a cleaner fueling experience. The new OPW 14 Series family of nozzles feature patented diesel-capture spout technology for diesel nozzles and, for conventional gasoline fueling nozzles, free-draining, true dripless-spout technology.

OPW CARB-Certified 14E ECO Dripless Gasoline Nozzle

This 14E CARB ECO (Enhanced Conventional) self-service  nozzle is cULus-listed and features patented free-draining dripless-spout technology. The 14E is designed with an interlock to meet CARB requirements for dripless nozzles. This makes it the first CARB-approved conventional nozzle and the only true third-party-approved dripless conventional nozzle in the industry. The 14E dripless nozzle is also the most environmentally friendly conventional nozzle on the market. Other dripless nozzles simply capture fuel in the spout after fueling. This captured fuel is then allowed to evaporate and enter the air as Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) – or, more simply, air pollution. The 14E’s free-draining dripless spout ensures all fuel ends up in the vehicle and not on the ground or in the air. Click here to view the CARB Executive Order.

OPW 14C Diesel Capture Technology Nozzle

Safe, durable and easy to use, the 14C is cULus-listed for use with diesel fuels. Special features include a patented #Environmental #Drip #Guard and integral #Diesel #Capture Chamber. The diesel-capture chamber allows for a cleaner nozzle handle by retrieving any diesel fuel that is still in the spout after fueling has been completed.

“The 14 Series represents one of the most unique cleaner-fueling innovations introduced since the invention of the automatic shutoff nozzle,” added Kammerer. “This series is truly defining what’s next for the future of fueling.”

 

Comment

Comment

Employment

Employment Situation Summary

Transmission of material in this news release is embargoed until	      USDL-19-0731
8:30 a.m. (EDT) Friday, May 3, 2019

Technical information: 
 Household data:	(202) 691-6378  *  cpsinfo@bls.gov  *  www.bls.gov/cps
 Establishment data:	(202) 691-6555  *  cesinfo@bls.gov  *  www.bls.gov/ces

Media contact:	        (202) 691-5902  *  PressOffice@bls.gov

	
                 THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION -- APRIL 2019


Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 263,000 in April, and the
unemployment rate declined to 3.6 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor
Statistics reported today. Notable job gains occurred in professional
and business services, construction, health care, and social assistance.

This news release presents statistics from two monthly surveys. The
household survey measures labor force status, including unemployment,
by demographic characteristics. The establishment survey measures nonfarm
employment, hours, and earnings by industry. For more information about
the concepts and statistical methodology used in these two surveys, see
the Technical Note.

Household Survey Data

The unemployment rate declined by 0.2 percentage point to 3.6 percent in
April, the lowest rate since December 1969. Over the month, the number
of unemployed persons decreased by 387,000 to 5.8 million. (See table
A-1.)

Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates declined in April
for adult men (3.4 percent), adult women (3.1 percent), Whites (3.1
percent), Asians (2.2 percent), and Hispanics (4.2 percent). The jobless
rates for teenagers (13.0 percent) and Blacks (6.7 percent) showed little
or no change. (See tables A-1, A-2, and A-3.)

Among the unemployed, the number of job losers and persons who completed
temporary jobs declined by 186,000 over the month to 2.7 million. (See
table A-11.)

In April, the number of persons unemployed less than 5 weeks declined by
222,000 to 1.9 million. The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless
for 27 weeks or more) was little changed at 1.2 million in April and
accounted for 21.1 percent of the unemployed. (See table A-12.)

The labor force participation rate declined by 0.2 percentage point to
62.8 percent in April but was unchanged from a year earlier. The employment-
population ratio was unchanged at 60.6 percent in April and has been either
60.6 percent or 60.7 percent since October 2018. (See table A-1.)

The number of persons employed part time for economic reasons (sometimes
referred to as involuntary part-time workers) was little changed at 4.7
million in April. These individuals, who would have preferred full-time
employment, were working part time because their hours had been reduced or
because they were unable to find full-time jobs. (See table A-8.)

In April, 1.4 million persons were marginally attached to the labor force,
little different from a year earlier. (Data are not seasonally adjusted.)
These individuals were not in the labor force, wanted and were available for
work, and had looked for a job sometime in the prior 12 months. They were
not counted as unemployed because they had not searched for work in the 4
weeks preceding the survey. (See table A-16.)

Among the marginally attached, there were 454,000 discouraged workers in
April, about unchanged from a year earlier. (Data are not seasonally adjusted.)
Discouraged workers are persons not currently looking for work because they
believe no jobs are available for them. The remaining 963,000 persons
marginally attached to the labor force in April had not searched for work for
reasons such as school attendance or family responsibilities. (See table A-16.)

Establishment Survey Data

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 263,000 in April, compared with
an average monthly gain of 213,000 over the prior 12 months. In April, notable
jobs gains occurred in professional and business services, construction,
health care, and social assistance. (See table B-1.)

Professional and business services added 76,000 jobs in April. Within the
industry, employment gains occurred in administrative and support services
(+53,000) and in computer systems design and related services (+14,000). Over
the past 12 months, professional and business services has added 535,000 jobs.

In April, construction employment rose by 33,000, with gains in nonresidential
specialty trade contractors (+22,000) and in heavy and civil engineering
construction (+10,000). Construction has added 256,000 jobs over the past 12
months.
 
Employment in health care grew by 27,000 in April and 404,000 over the past
12 months. In April, job growth occurred in ambulatory health care services
(+17,000), hospitals (+8,000), and community care facilities for the elderly
(+7,000).

Social assistance added 26,000 jobs over the month, with all of the gain in
individual and family services.

Financial activities employment continued to trend up in April (+12,000). The
industry has added 110,000 jobs over the past 12 months, with almost three-
fourths of the growth in real estate and rental and leasing. 

Manufacturing employment changed little for the third month in a row (+4,000
in April). In the 12 months prior to February, the industry had added an
average of 22,000 jobs per month. 

Employment in retail trade changed little in April (-12,000). Job losses
occurred in general merchandise stores (-9,000), while motor vehicle and
parts dealers added 8,000 jobs.

Employment in other major industries, including mining, wholesale trade,
transportation and warehousing, information, leisure and hospitality, and
government, showed little change over the month.

In April, average hourly earnings for all employees on private nonfarm
payrolls rose by 6 cents to $27.77. Over the year, average hourly earnings
have increased by 3.2 percent. Average hourly earnings of private-sector
production and nonsupervisory employees increased by 7 cents to $23.31 in
April. (See tables B-3 and B-8.)

The average workweek for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls decreased
by 0.1 hour to 34.4 hours in April. In manufacturing, both the workweek and
overtime were unchanged (40.7 hours and 3.4 hours, respectively). The average
workweek for production and nonsupervisory employees on private nonfarm
payrolls held at 33.7 hours. (See tables B-2 and B-7.)

The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for February was revised up
from +33,000 to +56,000, and the change for March was revised down from
+196,000 to +189,000. With these revisions, employment gains in February and
March combined were 16,000 more than previously reported. (Monthly revisions
result from additional reports received from businesses and government agencies
since the last published estimates and from the recalculation of seasonal
factors.) After revisions, job gains have averaged 169,000 per month over the
last 3 months.

Comment

Comment

Predictive Maintenance Platform Focuses on Uptime for Industrial and Ag Fleets

MANN+HUMMEL partners with Sierra Wireless to provide real-time reporting to reduce equipment damage and repair costs.

MANN HUMMEL has selected Sierra Wireless’ Smart SIMs and AirVantage® #IoT Platform to connect and manage global deployments of Senzit, the company’s new predictive maintenance platform developed to increase uptime for industrial and agricultural fleets.

The buildup of dust in a vehicle engine’s air filter can cause massive damage and lead to expensive repairs or replacements. With the cost of an engine replacement often exceeding $100,000 for industrial and agricultural vehicles, monitoring air filters and engine health is critical to operations.

MANN+HUMMEL’s Senzit solution uses IoT connectivity services from Sierra Wireless to ensure fleet managers have full visibility into their fleet’s dust load, engine hours and equipment location. With Senzit’s real-time monitoring capabilities, #fleet managers can schedule #maintenance only when vehicles require it, avoid unnecessary downtime due to engine damage and accurately track a vehicle’s operating hours and location – all through a #mobile #app and web portal.

“Our customers rely on #Senzit to provide up-to-date, accurate information about their vehicle’s dust load and remaining filter lifetime,” said Charles Vaillant, chief technology officer, MANN+HUMMEL. “By working with Sierra Wireless to add IoT connectivity to our solution, we’re helping fleet managers #reduce #downtime and save as much as $4,200 per machine, per year.”

To connect and manage their solution, MANN+HUMMEL chose Sierra Wireless’ Smart SIMs and AirVantage IoT Platform. The Smart SIM’s global coverage and remote operator provisioning capabilities allow MANN+HUMMEL to quickly and easily deploy their predictive maintenance platform worldwide, without changing the device’s SIM card. With intelligent network selection and resilience to #outages, Smart SIMs ensure that Senzit stays online and fleet operators stay connected.

“MANN+HUMMEL needed an IoT partner that could help them integrate, scale and #manage #reliable global connectivity,” said Marc Overton, senior vice president and GM of IoT Services, Sierra Wireless. “Our solution connects their devices in the field and delivers actionable insights to a cloud platform, ensuring that @MANN+HUMMEL can offer a responsive, easy-to-use predictive maintenance platform to improve their customers’ bottom lines.”

http://greentransitnews.com/2019/01/new-predictive-maintenance-platform-promises-to-increase-uptime-for-industrial-and-agricultural-fleets/

Comment

Comment

Refrigeration Preventative Maintenance Program

Website+-+HVACR.jpg

Refrigeration preventative maintenance contract

Let's prevent it rather than watching the problem eat your bottom line!

The majority of operational sub-par conditions that can plague your refrigeration system will result in your system working harder, which will likely hasten repairs and drive up electricity costs. An ignored problem can result in a costly breakdown when you can least afford it.

Worse yet, the consequences of an unchecked problem could be a complete system failure!

A failed health inspection!

Or worse a diner getting sick on food not properly refrigerated!

Doesn’t it make sense to make it a priority to completing HVAC & refrigeration preventative maintenance!

It is vital to have a reputable refrigeration service company, such as Superior Equipment Company perform your HVAC & Refrigeration preventative maintenance.  We guarantee you the comfort level that the maintenance work is being executed properly and that any potential problems are being detected and addressed. Also, it will allow you to devote your time to what you do best.

To learn more about how SECO’s preventative maintenance contract could benefit your business, contact Angie, Brenda or Michelle at 314.644.6000 or email us at service@secofuel.com

Comment

Comment

USED Bucket Trucks & Construction Trucks for sale

Please look at at the descriptions below

DODGE RAM 2500 2012 3C7WD4AT5CG303552 . 103,593 1 - $10,125.00

CHEVY K3500HD 2008 1GBJK34K58E122786 101,699 3 - $22,000.00
1 Ton Chevy
Gas motor
Construction Bed
4x4
101699 miles
Good Condition

DODGE RAM 2500 2012 3C7WD4AT7CG303553 . 118,415 56 - $10,875.00

DODGE RAM 5500 2012 3C7WDMBL0CG159889 . 191,849 49 - $30,000.00
• ENGN: 6.7 L Turbo Diesel
• VIN#: 3C7WDMBL0CG159889
• BED SIZE: 11' (L) x 7'5" (W) without the rear platform included
13' (L) x 7'5" (W) with the rear platform included
• THE BED IS A "FIBER BODY"
• BOOM INFO: VERSALIFT
- MODEL#- T300I
- SERIAL#- AM9419
- PLATFORM
CAPACITY- 350LBS
- HEIGHT- 33FT

- New Tires

DODGE RAM 5500 2013 3C7WRMALXDG595718 214,398 53 - $28,000.00
• ENGN: 6.7 L Turbo Diesel
• VIN#: 3C7WRMALXDG595718
• BED SIZE: 9' (L) x 7'10" (W) without the rear platform included
12'3" (L) x 7'10" (W) with the rear platform included
• THE BED IS A STANDARD ALTEC METAL BED.
• BOOM INFO: NOTE- THERE IS NO DATA PLATE, IT IS MISSING
- POSSIBLE SERIAL NUMBER THAT WAS STMAPED INTO THE BOOM FRAME WHERE THE PLATE USED TO BE- 0613DE15532
- MODEL#- UNKNOWN
- PLATFORM
CAPACITY- APROX. 400LBS
- HEIGHT- APROX. 37.5 FT

- New Tires

IMG_0172.jpg
IMG_0173.jpg
IMG_0175.jpg
IMG_0176.jpg
IMG_0179.jpg
IMG_0181.jpg
IMG_0182.jpg

Comment

Comment

SECO: Texas Relief

SECO's Lead Technician Dennis H. went down to Texas to help re-build the devastated communities in which Harvey destroyed. 

Roof patch

Roof patch

IMG_0901.jpg
IMG_0904.jpg
IMG_0907.jpg
Getting the proper PPE on to spray foam

Getting the proper PPE on to spray foam

IMG_0911.jpg

Comment

Comment

#T. Boone #Pickens An Open Letter to Governers

PickensPlan.jpg

I have always been for an all-the-above approach to this nation's energy policy, but that doesn't mean we need to jam a square peg in a round hole. #Solar, #wind, #electric and #natural #gas all have their place, but it must be in accordance with an appropriate application. President Obama tried to grease that square peg into a round hole, choosing energy favorites with a hefty $2.7 billion, supplied by Volkswagen. Now, there is an opportunity for the states to correct that mistake and implement a more effective energy plan.

As you likely know, #Volkswagen was caught cheating on its emissions tests, resulting in vehicles on the road that far exceed federal #NOx emissions standards. The German car manufacturer was sued by the Obama EPA and settled for $16 billion with $2.7 billion going to the states, primarily for the creation of medium and heavy-duty vehicle grants to mitigate the #NOx.

Each state will receive an allotment of the $2.7 billion, and the Governor of each state must appoint a department to create a plan for spending the funds that follows the terms of the settlement. However, favoritism is standing in the way of a cost-effective, energy-efficient, market-driven plan.

While all alternative fuel types are eligible for grants of 25 percent of the vehicle cost, guess which technology was granted special treatment to receive 75 percent of the vehicle cost? You guessed it: electric vehicles (EVs). Some argue that they are cleaner because they have zero emissions. Well, they have zero tailpipe emissions, but plenty emissions are produced at the generation facility that creates the electricity. Keep in mind that many are still fired by coal and very few are utilizing even a small amount of solar or wind. In fact, when you look at the NOx emissions produced to create the electricity to power an EV compared to the tailpipe emissions of a near-zero natural gas vehicle (NGV), the NGV is at least equal and likely cleaner. For example, the South Coast Air Quality Management District of California views the new #near-zero natural gas engines to be #zero-emission equivalent based on the district's mix of electric generation supplying their grid - and they have one of the cleanest grids in the country. So, natural gas engines for heavy-duty trucks are far cleaner than diesel engines and as clean as electric vehicles.

While comparable in regard to NOx emissions, NGVs and EVs are miles apart on cost. An #all-electric medium or heavy-duty vehicle can cost twice the amount or more of a similar vehicle powered by a near-zero natural gas engine. As for buses, an EV bus can cost you north of a million dollars.

So you can see, there is no environmental or economic case for favoritism of EVs over other alternative fuel vehicles. In fact, there should be no favoritism at all. I have always been for fair and equitable market competition - government should not reach in and pick the winners and losers. If the idea is to mitigate the most NOx emissions with a set amount of funds, states should be free to accomplish that goal in the most effective way. Now, it's becoming clearer that the focus should be on getting medium and heavy-duty trucks running on natural gas.

 

That's where America's Governors come in. The 75 percent funding level for EVs is a ceiling. Governors can correct Obama's multi-billion dollar give-away to the #EV lobbyists by creating an even playing field for all alternative fuels, by providing grants in the amount of 25 percent of the vehicle cost regardless of whether it runs on #propane, #natural gas or #electricity. Furthermore, providing the lower 25 percent will mean more vehicles get funded and thus more emissions reduced.

 

So the question presents itself: Will you, Governors, continue the Obama give-away or will you put in place a market-driven plan to deploy cleaner and cheaper vehicles on the road?

 

The choice is easy - it's up to each of you to do what's right for our nation.

 

- Boone  

Comment

Comment

Biodiesel Incentive Introduced to Kansas Consumers, Fleets

Kansas fleets and individual motorists driving diesel vehicles can now get up to $2,000 of their annual fuel bill paid, just by using biodiesel blends. The Kansas Soybean Commission is funding the rebates through a Biodiesel Outreach grant, managed by Central Kansas Clean Cities.

Biodiesel is an advanced biofuel made from vegetable oils and fats left over from food production. It can be used in any diesel engine, without modifications, in blends of up to 20 percent (B20).

Under the program, in a calendar year, fleets can receive a $1/gallon rebate for up to 2,000 gallons of any biodiesel blend above 10 percent. Individuals driving diesel trucks or cars can receive the same $1/gallon rebate, up to $200 for the year, for blends above 5 percent. The overall program is capped at $5,000 annually.

"Sometimes the biggest hurdle in adopting a new technology or product, like an alternative fuel, is just trying it for the first time," said Shawn Schmidt, program coordinator for Central Kansas Clean Cities. "An incentive of a dollar per gallon should be enough to convince some drivers and fleets to try biodiesel, and our hope is getting over that initial hurdle will keep them coming back."

"Biodiesel is an American-made fuel that reduces greenhouse gases, increases our energy security and supports our economy," said Dennis Gruenbacher of the Kansas Soybean Commission. "Our hope from this project is that more Kansans will recognize biodiesel blends as a superior American fuel."

Many public and private fleets use diesel buses, trucks, snow plows, off-road equipment and more. But there are also more diesel passenger vehicles available than ever before. Rising to the challenge of building cars with better fuel economy, many auto companies have turned to diesel technology as a highly fuel efficient and clean option. There are about 50 clean diesel car, truck and SUV models available at dealerships nationwide.

Biodiesel blends can be found at several fueling stations throughout the state, including Robson Oil in Abilene, Ks, Loves Travel Store in Dodge City and Ottawa, Ks. Fleets can usually obtain custom blends by working with their fuel supplier, or switching to a new fuel supplier.

Visit the National Biodiesel Board's Guide to Buying Biodiesel or DOE's Alternative Fuel Data Center to find locations. For complete rules and instructions on how to claim a rebate, visit metroenergy.org.

Comment

Comment

ExxonMobil provides relief during Hurricane Harvey

ExxonMobil’s U.S. branded wholesale network, which operates more than 11,000 Exxon and Mobil service stations across the United States, has organized a relief fund to help the millions of Gulf Coast residents impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

The ExxonMobil network has set up a fundraising page through the American Red Cross where branded wholesalers can make their contribution to Harvey relief. The site has already raised more than $140,000 and is targeting an overall goal of $2 million

“With more than 300 branded wholesalers in the U.S., we have a real opportunity to come together and make a positive difference for those in need,” said Craig Hoppen, chair of the ExxonMobil U.S. Branded Wholesale National Council.

The U.S. Branded Wholesale Network is currently working with the company to help meet the consumer demand for fuel and replenish supplies as safely and quickly as possible. As part of this effort, ExxonMobil has given its branded wholesalers in the impacted areas the flexibility to deliver Exxon- or Mobil-branded fuel to stations of other brands that may be out of product, and vice versa.

http://www.petrolplaza.com/news/industry/MiZlbiYyMTc3NCYmMQ==?nl

Comment

Coca-Cola Is Bringing Artificial Intelligence to Vending Machines

Comment

Coca-Cola Is Bringing Artificial Intelligence to Vending Machines

Robots have already started taking over the world of beverages. We've seen artificial intelligence brew beer, come up with artsy-sounding names for craft beers, act as waiters for your beer order, and, lest you thought wine would be safe from the robot takeover, predict wine prices. Soon we may also see artificial intelligence infiltrate the world of soft drinks. In Australia, a team from Coca-Cola Amatil (Coca-Cola's manufacturer in Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Fiji and Samoa), is working on transforming vending machines to operate without anyone having to actually touch them.

According to Journey, Coca-Cola's in-house magazine, the team has updated a machine in the town of Masterton, New Zealand so that, once it is cloud-connected, people can simply order a Coke using their phone. That includes, in theory, anyone in the world, meaning if you're in New York and your friend in New Zealand is having a rough day, you can order that friend a Coke right to where they are (assuming they're near a vending machine). The update also allows Coca-Cola to adjust pricing remotely, offer specials or discounts on products, and send restocking and sales information back to the company automatically.

Customers would also be able to chat with Coca-Cola's bot via Facebook Messenger. That's where the AI will really be apparent to customers. As the Coca-Cola Journey puts it, "Consumers could jump into personalized chats with Coca-Cola, as if they were communicating with a familiar bodega operator...Using data gathered through the consumer's Facebook activity, current location and tone of conversation, the AI bot will adopt a local dialect and attitude tailored to each user."

Perhaps the biggest innovation is that all of this technology is being applied to an existing vending machine. However, in order to apply these features, the upgrade would take about 45 minutes to complete. With over 26,000 machines operating in Coca-Cola Amatil's territory, there's still a lot of human work to be done before everything becomes completely automated.

 

http://www.foodandwine.com/news/coca-cola-ai-vending-machines

Comment

Why You Should Rethink Integrating Your POS and Time Clock

Comment

Why You Should Rethink Integrating Your POS and Time Clock

Sponsored by HotSchedules.

If your time clock is currently integrated into your point of sale (POS) system, it may be time to upgrade your employee management strategies. Though including time clocks in POS systems may make sense on paper, these integrated programs cannot keep up with the increasing demands of today’s restaurant environment.

Time clocks were first included in POS systems because POS was the first type of tracking technology most restaurants employed, says Nathan Pickerill, principal solutions architect at HotSchedules and manager of the Sales Solution Center. Restaurant leaders’ reliance upon them makes sense because they can provide sales versus labor statistics.

But over time, the restaurant world has changed. Laws regarding labor have become stricter, while reliance on technology has influenced business practices. One pitfall, for example, is that POS time clock systems don’t usually give employees and managers records of shift changes, which can be a barrier to legal compliance.

 

“From a compliance standpoint, this is a huge hurdle when dealing with wage and labor grievances from employees,” Pickerill says. “As states’ labor restrictions become more favorable toward employees, there is a responsibility on the part of employers to document any time card transactions that aren't directly controlled by the employees, like adjusting the start or end times of shifts. Many employers use paper forms to track these adjustments, but trying to manage the paper and ensure changes are always tracked is a tenuous situation at best.”

Handling this paperwork and processing manual shift changes can be time consuming, eating up significant parts of managers’ already busy days. Additionally, time clock functionality integrated into POS systems does not necessarily offer much security in the case of data breaches or system crashes, as much of it is not supported by cloud backups.

“It doesn't happen a lot, but when it does it can be devastating to have the POS hard drive crash and not have a backup of the time and sales data from the system,” Pickerill says. “Trying to piece together the clock-ins and clock-outs of every employee for a pay period can be extremely painful and costly, as employers will generally want to err in the favor of the employee. Having the data in the cloud makes things much more reliable.”

Though some POS systems are moving to the cloud, not all are doing so. Using a system that lacks this cloud functionality also makes it more difficult to manage payroll and labor costs from an organizational standpoint because it is harder to review accurate, timely information across a region.

Though at first thought, it may seem counterintuitive to introduce a new system to a restaurant that seems to make practices more complicated, investing in other time clock options can provide managers with a wide array of tools and features that make their lives much easier.

“There are so many solutions out there that offer differing levels of advantages,” Pickerill says. “For instance, time and attendance tools that are integrated with advanced scheduling and labor management systems generally offer better security through geo fencing, biometrics, and schedule enforcement and better compliance alerting and regulations.”

Though some restaurant leaders fear that moving away from a POS integration would change performance measurement practices, having more flexible access to time clock data is critical in today’s business environment. For example, today’s time clocks can help prevent issues with meal and overtime compliance, as well as offer predictive scheduling tools to help reduce these risks before compliance issues occur.

“As the labor laws in more and more states start to become more intense and POS systems aren't able to keep up with the alerts and information that managers need to monitor this compliance, companies are looking for better solutions,” Pickerill says. “Finding time and attendance features that exist within scheduling and labor systems that integrate the compliance features that operators need . to avoid penalties, the security features to prevent time theft, and the operational sales and reporting features needed in a near real-time environment is the Holy Grail for  hospitality companies.”

https://www.qsrmagazine.com/content/why-you-should-rethink-integrating-your-pos-and-time-clock?utm_campaign=20170829&utm_medium=email&utm_source=jolt&microsite=535826

 

Comment

Comment

Iowa plant manager wants to convert food waste into fuel

 

MUSCATINE, Iowa — An eastern Iowa city is working to become the first in the state to convert food waste from restaurants, groceries and homes into renewable fuel for vehicles.

Muscatine Water Pollution Control Director Jon Koch has been working to implement a system in the city since 2012, the Muscatine Journal reported .

Koch said many locations in Europe, California and New York have switched to compressed natural gas to help with full landfills and high gas prices. About 40 percent of food in the U.S. goes to a landfill.

“Heinz estimates it puts about 10 to 15 tons of waste a day into the landfill, and that’s mostly packaged material,” Koch said. “But all that ketchup and material is perfect to make gas in our digesters.”

The Water Pollution Control Plant installed waste digesters in 2010. The digesters already produce methane gas which could be turned into clean-burning fuel, Koch said.

“Methane gas is 20 times more damaging as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide,” Koch said. “So by capturing that methane and using it for something good, we’re actually helping to reduce greenhouse gases, as well.”

A new machine would be used to separate packaging materials from food. The organic material would then be converted into gas which could be used to fuel public transportation buses, semi-trucks and police cars.

Koch hopes construction on the machine will begin within the next year. The plant has spent about $200,000 on the project so far and estimates the total cost could reach as much as $3 million.

“Right now, everybody pays more for gas than we do, but I’m not confident that’s going to last,” he said.

Copyright, Telegraph Herald. This story cannot be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without prior authorization from the TH.

http://www.telegraphherald.com/ap/state/article_1382f057-3c46-5e26-bf07-3c3ec1d727d0.html?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Issue:%202017-08-21%20Utility%20Dive%20Newsletter%20%5Bissue:11678%5D&utm_term=Utility%20Dive

Comment

Hardware Report: Fuel Dispensers

Comment

Hardware Report: Fuel Dispensers

Service & Replacement Parts are Important Considerations

If some or all of your fleet’s fueling needs are being met on-site at company facilities, it’s likely you’ve had to specify fuel dispensing systems.  “Fleets should work with a manufacturer that offers a wide range of dispensers with features and options designed specifically to meet their unique needs,” says Kevin DeVinney, director of dispensers and fleet systems at Gilbarco Veeder-Root. “For example, many fleets have a variety of vehicle sizes, which can lead to the need for high-flow, super-high-flow, and ultra-high-flow rate models. Satellite dispensers should also be considered to allow simultaneous fueling of saddle tanks.”

When evaluating fuel dispensers, fleets should consider fuel compatibility, suction pump or remote dispenser configuration, flow rate, nozzle and hose orientation, mechanical or electronic registration, and interfaces to fuel control systems, says Kent Robinson, product manager of fleet products at Wayne Fueling Systems. “Although standard dispensers are compatible with gasoline and diesel products, E85 and diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) require special fluid-handling components because of their corrosive properties,” he adds.

Gasboy commercial fueling pumps and dispensers include the Atlas product line. All Atlas models have options for front- or side-loaded nozzles and are compatible with Gasboy Fleet Management Systems to help track and manage fuel use. “When choosing a fueling system,” Gilbarco’s DeVinney explains, “it’s important to think ahead to upgrades and to be consistent with equipment layout, future fuel capability, and wiring needs.”

 

Wayne Fueling Systems provides fleet fueling dispensers in two product lines: Reliance mechanical registration and Select electronic registration fleet dispensers. The Reliance Series is rated up to 22 gpm in single- and dual-hose models. Traditional side-mounted nozzles are available as well as a lane-oriented nozzle option for mounting the dispenser in front of an aboveground storage tank. 

 

The Wayne Select dispenser product line is offered in various flow rates, including models up to 60 gpm. Superhigh and ultra-high-capacity models are offered in master and satellite models with master and satellite hoses for fueling vehicles with saddle tanks. All Select dispensers have single- and dual-hose models; side- and lane-facing nozzle configurations are available. Select fleet fuel dispensers with fuel control systems integrated directly into the dispenser to simplify installation are also offered. With this system, each dispenser terminal has an IP address and a PC-based controller so it can communicate across an existing local area network.

Ward provides fuel management solutions for site wide control and automated fuel access for fleets of any size. The company’s W4 fuel control terminal is a stand-alone solution that interfaces with dispensing systems for any fuel type.

Bennett 3000 Series commercial fleet fueling systems are available in high- or low-frame models with up to two hoses per side. Standard flow rate models are from 15-24 gpm, and models with flow rates of up to 60 gpm are available for high speed diesel truck fueling. The company also offers the Bennett 100 and 200 BlueFueler Series DEF dispensers designed for use with barrels, totes, and aboveground and underground storage systems.

Benecor manufactures DEF dispensing and storage systems designed to fit on a standard fleet fueling island. According to the company, the plug and pump setup has a DEF nozzle, a 25-ft. hose, and a pre-wired and pre-piped enclosure. A cold weather package is optional.

The QuikQ Fuel Purchase System manages fuel transactions through real-time direct carrier to truck stop connectivity. QuikQ’s RFID-based fueling system is currently being installed at truck stops nationwide and is being adopted by a growing number of motor carriers.

Fleets have numerous choices in fuel dispensing systems. According to suppliers, however, they should keep in mind that the dispensers are often kept in service for a long time, and they should also consider the availability of service and replacement parts. 

http://fleetowner.com/fuel/hardware-report-fuel-dispensers

Comment

Comment

Sherry Mail Contractors leading consumer of Trillium fuel

#Sheehy Mail Contractors Inc. of Waterloo has become one the leading consumers of compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel at @Trillium @CNG Stations across the country. #Trillium #CNG is one of largest providers of commercial and consumer CNG fuel in the U.S operating over 150 facilities.

CNG fuel is an alternative fuel to standard gasoline and diesel fuels. CNG is made by compressing natural gas to less than 1 percent of its volume at standard atmospheric pressure. CNG is composed mainly of methane and is colorless, odorless, and tasteless.

Currently, 92 percent of ASheehy Mail’s truck fleet operates on CNG fuel since the trucks were first implemented in 2013. Sheehy Mail uses a variety of CNG stations to fuel its trucks in the Trillium CNG fuel network.

One of the primary fueling stations for Sheehy Mail is located in Omaha, Neb. Sheehy Mail has purchased CNG from the Omaha Trillium station since Oct. 4, 2016. Sheehy Mail also visits stations located in Milwaukee and Green Bay.

“Sheehy’s overall experience using CNG has been positive,” John Sheehy, CEO of Sheehy Enterprises, said. “The vehicles perform very well, maintenance issues are not any more difficult than diesel trucks, driver acceptance has been great due to good power and quietness. Fueling CNG trucks is clean and simple,” he added. Due to the overwhelming success of CNG in Sheehy Mail’s fleet, Sheehy Mail and Trillium CNG have been able to create a very positive business relationship.

Trillium CNG is owned and operated by Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores. Trillium CNG has been able to provide fuel for thousands of natural gas vehicles daily, and delivers more than 70 million gallons of CNG per year. Love’s and Trillium own more than 65 public-access CNG facilities.

With large companies like Love’s entering the CNG arena the future of CNG looks bright. “CNG is a natural progression from diesel, the engines run very similar, the infrastructure is getting to where gaps are few and far between,” Sheehy said.

Sheehy Mail Contractors Inc. is a family owned and operated transportation company based in Waterloo. Since 1952, Sheehy Mail has been a premier mail contractor for the U.S Postal Service. Sheehy Mail is a pioneer in the use and implementation of alternative fuels making Sheehy an industry leader in use of alternative fuel to power commercial vehicles.

Trillium CNG is a premier provider of CNG fuel for both commercial and consumer use. Trillium CNG provides fuel for thousands of natural gas vehicles daily and delivers more than 70 million gallons of CNG per year. Combined, Love’s and Trillium own 65 public-access CNG facilities.

In 2013, Sheehy Mail began implementation of CNG fuel in its truck fleet. Sheehy Mail has been recognized nationally for its implementation of CNG fuel in its trucks.

Sheehy Mail is currently working on emission testing and the use of hydrogen to help attain even higher levels of clean operations.

Comment

Comment

Analysis: Is Uber the New C-Store? By Jackson Lewis

CHICAGO -- Back in April, when futurist Oliver Schlake told NACS State of the Industry Summit attendees in Chicago about his vision of the future, in which ride-sharing passengers visit convenience stores in the middle of their trip, I was skeptical.

Uber or Lyft passengers want to reach their destination as fast as possible, right? I for one would not want to stop anywhere until the trip was complete.

Not only was I wrong, but fate proved me wrong at breakneck speed. Lyft announced a partnership with Taco Bell on July 25, not even four months after the SOI Summit. The feature is dubbed Taco Mode, in which late-night bar goers can “ride-thru” a Taco Bell on their way home.

Meanwhile, Uber has partnered with startup Cargo to bring the c-store inside the car, albeit in a minimalist way. Cargo sends ride-share drivers in-car vending machines that the driver can use to sell passengers snacks and other items.

Both of these moves from America’s largest ride-sharing companies are bringing convenience inside the vehicle. Click through for more details on these industry-expanding moves from Uber and Lyft, and what they might mean for the convenience industry moving forward …

Lyft is going all out for Taco Mode, according to Eater. The service includes strobe lights, Taco Mode shirts, a “custom in-car menu” and a free Doritos Loco taco. To top it all off, the driver’s car avatar appears as a taco in the Lyft app.

But it will be some time before Taco Mode is released nationwide. Lyft tested the epitome of the drunk munchies in Orange County July 27-29 and again Aug. 3-5. According to a blog post, Lyft expects the service to roll out nationwide in 2018.

Uber’s partnership with Cargo is a different kind of ride-share innovation. Cargo directly sends drivers the vending machines, which hold everything from energy drinks and snacks to hangover cures and USB cords.

The driver gets 50 cents commission for each item sold, and there’s a good chance that drivers with snacks for sale will receive a good rating from their passengers.

Cargo operates only in New York, Boston and Chicago for now, but it has requests from 49 states and it already has received $1.75 million in seed funding.

These developments are two sides of the same coin: ride-sharing companies getting into the business of convenience.

C-store owners should pay especially close attention to the outcome of Lyft’s Taco Mode. If stopping at a Taco Bell during a Lyft ride is successful, why not offer a stop at a convenience store while they’re at it? Lyft has officially opened the door to the world that Oliver Schlake described at the SOI Summit.

Cargo, on the other hand, seems as if it could steal potential c-store customers. Why would a ride-share passenger want to stop at a c-store if they can buy the same retail items without leaving their car?

While these developments may not have a visible effect on c-stores now, they are part of a larger trend of innovative companies slowly encroaching on convenience petroleum’s territory. How these moves will ultimately affect the industry remains to be seen, but Uber, Lyft and other tech companies are constantly helping to redefine convenience.

http://www.cspdailynews.com/industry-news-analysis/technology/articles/analysis-uber-new-c-store#page=0

Comment

Comment

5 Ways Shell Is Trying to Disrupt Itself - By Samantha Oller

LONDON -- With transportation and fueling infrastructure poised to transform fueling, Royal Dutch Shell could fight the inevitable, or it could join the revolution. It's choosing the latter, Istvan Kapitany, executive vice president of retail, told CSP Fuels.

London-based Royal Dutch Shell has 14,000 branded locations in the United States, operated and/or owned by wholesalers and dealers, making the U.S. its largest branded market, with Brazil as a distant second. Those sites are set to benefit from the learnings of several pilots underway in some of the 80 countries Shell operates in around the world, including everything from alternative fuels to on-demand fueling.

It’s a flurry of experimentation aimed to fill in the contours and detail of the fueling station of the future, where legacy offers such as gasoline join modern conveniences, such as an electric-vehicle (EV) charging station. 

“One thing is absolutely sure: For a matter of time, there will be a co-existence of fossil fuels and renewable energy, because it’s just impossible for a leap from one to another energy source to take place,” said Kapitany. “But you really need to start to make progress; you need to be part of that process.”

Here are five areas where Shell is attempting to disrupt itself ...

Shell has been testing alternative fuels for some time. It opened the first hydrogen fueling sites in the United States several years ago in California. More recently, it partnered with Toyota, manufacturer of the hydrogen-powered Mirai fuel-cell electric vehicle, to open seven more locations. It also has five liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueling stations in the United States.

In Germany, Shell is a partner in the H2 Mobility joint venture, which aims to install around 400 hydrogen refueling sites around the country by 2023.

It is also beginning to test the potential of electric-vehicle fueling. By the end of 2017, Shell plans to have 10 fast-charging stations at its fueling sites in the United Kingdom, and it is planning to test them in the Netherlands, Russia, Norway and Spain, among other countries.

Making these alternative fuels price-competitive with fossil fuels, and the infrastructure and pricing model fully scalable, is key, Kapitany said.

“We try to get into a position where it’s a good value proposition for consumers to buy a fuel-cell car, which is driving them from A to B,” he said. “It would be very difficult to assume that people would switch to something that is significantly more expensive."

Making the fueling transaction faster and easier is a continuing goal for Shell. Its Motorist app allows customers to find the closest Shell station and pay for fuel through their smartphone.

Now Shell is taking the next step and integrating payment from the vehicle itself. In the United Kingdom, it has partnered with Land Rover and Jaguar on the ability to prepay for fuel while staying behind the wheel. Drivers pull up to their local Shell station and use an app on the car’s touchscreen to select the type and quantity of fuel, and pay through PayPal, Apple Pay or Android Pay.

For consumers who want to dictate when and where their car fills up, Shell is piloting Shell TapUp, an on-demand fueling service that debuted in June 2017 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Customers order a fill-up through the Shell TapUp app, requesting the type and amount of fuel and specifying the time and location of delivery. Deliveries take place between 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. Shell charges the average of gasoline prices in the area, with a delivery fee around $5.

TapUp leverages Shell’s mobile technology alongside its foundational capabilities. “We are very, very good in supplying fuels,” Kapitany said. “We developed a safe, secure environment. We certainly have the best people and product. And we have [trust in] the brand.”

Assuming TapUp is a success and Shell can make it scalable, there is no reason it could not work in the United States, he said.

In the United States, retailers such as 7-Eleven have partnered with Amazon to offer pickup lockers for online purchases. Shell is testing a similar model in Europe in which customers can buy items online and pick up in the store.

“We do have different tests running in Germany with Amazon, and we also do programs in Hungary with DHL, where they are using service stations as pickup points,” said Kapitany, noting the results are “very promising.”

 

Offers such as the mobile-payment apps and Shell TapUp could eliminate the need to ever go inside the c-store. Others attempt to forge a better connection with the consumer. For example, in Turkey, Shell is testing a click-and-collect service where customers can preorder food on an app and pick it up at their local Shell station. An employee fills up a customer's car and then retrieves and delivers the order to the customer, who then pays by mobile app.

“One size does not fit all,” said Kapitany. “It’s about providing mobility and providing it in a way they want it. If they want it from a Shell forecourt, they can get it from a forecourt. Or if they want to go into the c-store, we provide them with great convenience stores. But if they want us to deliver … to their homes, we can now do this.”

For more on Shell’s efforts at disruption, watch for the September 2017 issue of CSP magazine.

 

http://www.cspdailynews.com/fuels-news-prices-analysis/fuels-analysis/articles/5-ways-shell-trying-disrupt-itself?utm_source=Marketing%20Cloud&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=CSP_Fuels_08-08-2017&sfmc_s=1871640#page=5

Comment