ALEXANDRIA, Va., 2016-Jan-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — The convenience and fuel retailing industry sells 80% of the fuels purchased in the United States at approximately 128,000 convenience stores—that’s about 40 million fill-ups a day. As the voice of the industry in the fuels arena, NACS created the Fuels Resource Center to encompass research, news and data for the novice consumer to the knowledgeable retailer on all things fuels—from gasoline and diesel to alternative fuels.
“This online research communicates our industry’s expertise, historical insights, analyses and news within the U.S. convenience and fuels retailing landscape. The continually updated Fuels Resource Center is a go-to site for retailers, the media and consumers,” said Jeff Lenard, NACS vice president of strategic industry initiatives. “Since the first filling station opened to consumers in the early 1900s, to today’s growth in alternatives such as electric and hydrogen, our industry has been on the forefront of retail fueling innovations and information. The Fuels Resource Center houses all of this knowledge in a one-stop, easy-to-use online hub.”
The Fuels Resource Center is designed to help educate the NACS audience and general public on retail fueling by serving as the go-to resource for fuels-related information, which is categorized into four areas:
- Basics: General and historical information on retail fueling
- Petroleum: The scoop on the leading energy source for today’s vehicles
- Alternative Fuels: What’s new and what’s on the horizon in renewable fuels
- Operations: Trending topics and regulatory information for convenience store operators
The Center also incorporates research and analysis from the Fuels Institute, which was founded by NACS in 2013 as a venue for all transportation industry stakeholders to come together and share ideas without a pre-determined agenda or outcome.
“Together, NACS and the work of the Fuels Institute is enhancing the education, awareness and regulatory issues that impact retailing fueling operations,” said John Eichberger, executive director of the Fuels Institute. “By bringing all our of research and knowledge into one centralized online location, we will continue amplifying the important role convenience stores have in the current retail fueling space and innovations being developed throughout the entire transportation market.”
As the Fuels Resource Center continues to evolve, NACS will bring fuels information to its audience with easy to find, engaging and approachable content. Be on the lookout for the 2016 NACS Consumer Fuels Report, launching in early March.
Founded in 1961 as the National Association of Convenience Stores, NACS (nacsonline.com) is the international association for convenience and fuel retailing. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 152,700 stores across the country, posted $696.1 billion in total sales in 2014, of which $482.6 billion were motor fuels sales. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,600 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.