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Looking ahead

January 1, 2003 - By

The promise of new technology that could double propane use in the average home remains an elusive tease for propane marketers with visions of fuel cells selling off the shelves the local Home Depot or Sears. read more

Riding technology’s new wave

January 1, 2003 - By

Running out of fuel can bring catastrophe to critical accounts, especially those that use large volume of propane for commercial purposes. Keeping these key clients content often involves considerable outlays of time and money, especially in the form of extra delivery runs to make sure the supply never gets too low. read more

Big Brother calling

January 1, 2003 - By

Propane marketers consistently cite their frustration with overly invasivefederal bureaucracy as a top concern and a primary reason for getting outof an otherwise rewarding business. read more

The integrity of safety

January 1, 2003 - By

Without integrity, any safety success is just a flash in the pan. read more

Pricing: Balance on the fulcrum

January 1, 2003 - By

To prepare for this article on pricing, I surveyed a region in the country -- similar to the market most of you live in -- that is healthy, both in terms of the retail market environment and the general economy. This multi-county region is comprised of the expected mix of retail propane marketers: 10 independently owned propane distributors, four multi-state marketers and two cooperatives. read more

Pipeline regulations to tighten more

January 1, 2003 - By

Pipeline regulation will get somewhat more stringent over the next fouryears. Congress has approved the Pipeline Infrastructure Protection toEnhance Security & Safety Act of 2002, which both provides more oversightpower and more research on further safety through 2006. read more

New rules for secured transactions

January 1, 2003 - By

An important portion of the uniform commercial code (the “UCC”) hasundergone sweeping revisions and has been adopted with some variationsas law in virtually all states. read more

When Johnny comes marching home

January 1, 2003 - By

Given the current world situation, more and more military service personnel are leaving their jobs to serve our country. All employers need to be aware that they are subject to the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act. read more