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Who are today’s most “competitive” fuel retailers? The obvious answer is: the ones that get the most customers. What makes a customer choose them? That answer is less obvious. Selling more gallons and c-store items in today’s market environment is only becoming more difficult. The typical U.S. fuel retailer has...
Corporate Social Responsibility Program, In-Kind Giving
It’s no secret that corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs are good for business as well as the community. They improve employee engagement, increase customer loyalty and elevate corporate brands. But while most companies build their CSR programs around monetary donations and employee volunteerism, there is another form of giving...
This might sound a bit strange, but being a mom enhances my view on cybersecurity. Over the past 14 years, I have worked with engineering firms to bring digital solutions to critical infrastructure sectors to market, such as Energy, Oil and Gas, and Healthcare. The transition to digital solutions...
How Will Retirement Change Now That Women Are Taking Charge? Four Key Ideas That Will Transform Retirement For Everyone
In the 1960s and 70s, working girls came out in force. They began careers in greater numbers than ever before, breaking through stereotypes and barriers to become an essential part of the economy. They changed how workers looked, thought and acted.  We were two of them. Now, we are all...
Esg Finance: An Enterprise-Wide Checklist
In the past decade, Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) finance has grown tremendously and is no longer just a passing option for industries looking to redirect capital. While they might not seem to offer obvious opportunities to the petroleum energy market, ESG programs and products are quickly becoming an expectation...
3D CAD
As remote working and online learning became the norm, the coronavirus pandemic exposed a growing gap in our nation’s digital divide, the gulf between those who have ready access to computers and the internet and those who do not. Without access to computers or reliable Wi-Fi, students in low-income communities...
Distilled Spirits
Distillers in Texas continue to experience rapid growth, as evidenced by a recently released study by The University of Texas at San Antonio Institute for Economic Development, highlighting the economic impact on the state. For example, in 2008, only six distilleries reported production in Texas. By 2017, that number...
Checking in With the Permian Strategic Partnership
I recently had the opportunity of catching up with Tracee Bently, CEO of the Permian Strategic Partnership (PSP). If you will recall, Tracee was on the cover of the March/April issue of SHALE Magazine. (The issue is still available on our website.) In it, David Blackmon did an excellent...
Can hydrogen and renewable natural gas displace shale?
Today, corporate and state decarbonization announcements are progressing into actual strategic plans, often calling for increased production of hydrogen and renewable natural gas (RNG—cleaned methane from a landfill or anaerobic digester). These gases can use existing infrastructure while producing low-to-negative carbon emissions, making them an attractive lever for decarbonization....
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Working in the restaurant industry, I’m constantly evaluating all aspects that go into creating a satisfactory dining experience. Whether you’re in the mood for a quick delivery on Friday night, a dine-in brunch on Saturday afternoon, or takeout on Sunday, there are several factors that can make each dining...