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December 7, 2012
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  • Companies using propane autogas share their success stories
    Companies such as Denison Landscaping, Dallas Rain King, Lake Michigan Mailers and Lewis Pest Control serve different market segments but share the same success after converting their fleets to run on propane autogas. These companies boast of improved efficiency, reduced costs and reduced greenhouse gas emissions because of the fuel. "We looked at vehicle, conversion and fuel costs, and the range and infrastructure necessary to support [different choices]. The only one that answered all those questions as a 'yes' was propane," said Lake Michigan Mailers President David Rhoa. Business Fleet magazine (11/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Intelligence 
  • Expert: Consider new approach to improve business, augment sales
    Propane retailers should try out a new approach in doing business to improve their operations and augment sales, writes Inergy founding partner Carl Hughes. Aside from making an honest assessment of their business' current status, Hughes advises business owners to focus on pursuing opportunities instead of solving problems. Business owners should also take risks, such as considering the possibility of merging with other retailers in their areas if they want their business to grow, Hughes adds. (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Appliance center in Okla. opens outdoor-kitchen store
    Metro Appliances & More, a store in Tulsa, Okla., has opened a new store dedicated to outdoor living in a bid to tap into the growing market of outdoor living spaces. "People used to just want a propane grill outside, but now their patio is an extension of their home," said Mark McCoy, manager of the new store, Metro Outdoor Living. Tulsa World (Okla.) (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Storm recovery could spark boom in construction jobs in Northeast
    Infrastructure repairs, along with home building and repair, could generate about 30,000 construction jobs by 2014, with most of them in the Northeast, said Bernard Baumohl, chief global economist at The Economic Outlook Group. The number of jobs depends on the availability of funds that local governments can spend on repairs to damage caused by superstorm Sandy. Reuters (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Buzz 
  • Utah retailer celebrates 20 years of service
    Basin Propane Systems has been successfully doing business in Utah's Uintah Basin for 20 years despite the challenging geographical characteristics of the area. The lack of a rail transport system in the region also posed a challenge to the firm, but with business owner Scott Sowards' strategy and management, the company has been able to stay in the game for two decades. (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Research & Development 
  Safety & Training 
  • Industry should evaluate whether English-only warnings are enough
    Propane marketers and distributors should evaluate whether English-only warnings are enough to communicate safety concerns to customers, writes industry expert John McCoy. "This guidance on warnings to non-English-speaking populations is evolving rapidly as our population grows increasingly diverse. It applies to manufacturers, distributors and retailers alike. It is an area of the law that needs continuous monitoring by our industry to allow us to adapt to our changing customer base," he writes. (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Expert makes case for more experimental spills in North America
    An industry expert made the case for more offshore experimental spills in the U.S. and Canada. "If we want to refine our spill response, we have to get out and practice. Experimental spills are the way to do that," said Steve Potter, a principal with SL Ross Environmental Research. SL Ross operates a lab for spill-related research, but permits should be awarded for experimental spills, Potter said. Oil & Gas Journal (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PERC News 
  • Free Severe Weather Guides Available
    A number of handy guides are available for customers as they deal with the aftermath of severe weather events. These briefs provide a Q&A checklist of how to respond to floods, power outages, winter storms, thunderstorms and other events. Visit Weather Events page at the Use Propane website from the Propane Education & Research Council. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Third Thursday Webinar to Cover Generators
    Generator sales have grown with the widespread power outages caused by superstorm Sandy and other recent storms. The Third Thursday webinar this month will focus on propane-fueled generators and feature manufacturer Generac Power Systems. The one-hour webinar sponsored by the Propane Education & Research Council will run Dec. 20 beginning at 11 a.m. Eastern time. Register today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Leadership & Management 
  • Good bosses don't waste time on distractions
    Bosses need to make sure they don't waste time chasing after stuff that's cool but unimportant, getting sucked into projects with no clear endpoint, or overreacting to minor, one-off problems, writes Terry Starbucker. "It's all a matter of leadership perspective -- that ability to take a step back, and 'see' the bigger picture," he writes. (12/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to mix business and pleasure at the holidays
    This holiday season, set yourself the goal of acting like a rock star at all the personal and professional gatherings you attend, advises Baron Christopher Hanson. That means turning up with a bottle of something special, smiling, speaking positively and earning yourself a reputation for working holiday-season miracles when things go wrong. "Rock stars acquire and install solutions quickly and quietly," Hanson writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it."
--Charles Buxton,
British brewer, philanthropist, writer and legislator

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