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U.S. convenience store count drops

There are 153,237 convenience stores operating in the United States, a 1.1% decline from last year’s record of 154,958 stores, according to the 2019 NACS/Nielsen Convenience Industry Store Count. The count is based on stores as of December 31, 2018. The decrease in stores was fueled by a 2,198-store decline in single-store operators, which still…
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Aral envisions the gas station of the future

German fuel retailer Aral has published a new report by the DLR Institute of Transport Research predicting mobility trends in the urban area. It has also created its concept of a city filling station for 2040. The need for mobility will grow, according to the study. On the roads alone, experts estimate that the number…
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Trends within North American underground tank market

Tom Tietjen, VP of Fuel Markets, ZCL | Xerxes, and writing consultant Ann K. Ryan, Keen Consultants US, describe changes in the fuel storage market, the risks of corrosion with new fuels, new forms of monitoring and the growth of fiberglass in their piece for PetrolPlaza. Since the early 1980s, fiberglass underground storage tanks (USTs)…
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Gazprom Neft reveals concept of robotic fuel station

The fuel filling process was automated with the help of a robot manipulator and implemented for the first time in Russia without the participation of personnel. The robot manipulator is currently being tested for further implementation at airport fuel stations. Gazpromneft-Aero and the Digital Innovations Center of Gazprom Neft in cooperation with the Central Research…
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