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The NACS Retail Fuels Report, now in its 13th year, explains market conditions that affect gas prices — and what to watch for in 2014.

 

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Download the summary version of the 2014 NACS Retail Fuels Report here. This 60-page summary version has some of the backgrounders and other information. The complete report is only available online.

INTRODUCTION
These resources help facilitate an open discussion about the issues impacting supply, distribution and the future of fuels.

 

CONSUMER RESEARCH
NACS conducts monthly consumer surveys to learn how consumers shop for fuel what affects their buying decisions and what it means in a broader economic context.

PRICES
Over the course of a year, fuels prices – and store profits – can wildly vary, which a number of factors contributing to these variations.

 

RETAIL OPERATIONS
Convenience stores sell 80% of the gasoline in the United States. Here’s how they operate.

FUELS
Gasoline remains the dominant fuel but new fuels are now gaining traction in the marketplace.

 

STATISTICS AND HISTORICAL CONTEXT
How gas is sold has evolved a great deal in the past century. Here are significant milestones and the latest data that define fueling today.

TOOLS FOR RETAILERS
NACS has a number of resources to help explain issues related to fuels retailing.

 
MULTI-MEDIA RESOURCES
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 U.S. Gasoline Infrastructure

 

When events like hurricanes or refinery breakdowns occur in one region, there is a ripple effect throughout the rest of the country. See how supply and distribution flows in your region.

 

 

 Pipelines 101

 

The vast majority of the fuels distributed in the United State travels via pipelines. These interactive widgets show how the network of pipelines moves product. (Graphics provided courtesy of the American Petroleum Institute and Association of Oil Pipe Lines):

Pipeline Transport
A complex network of 200,000 miles of pipelines delivers crude oil from offshore platforms through to refineries and terminals and ultimately the end user, whether manufacturers, airports, the corner store or your home.

Petroleum Products Batching
Dozens of different fuels travel through the same pipelines in a process known as "batching."

 
 

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 GRAPHICS

 


Where Does Your Fill-Up Go?

Two-thirds of the price of gas in 2013 was the cost of crude oil.


Gasoline Taxes by State

Combined state and federal gasoline taxes range from a low of 30.8 cents per gallon in Alaska to 70.9 cents per gallon in California. Click here for complete information, including current rates and explanations for gas and diesel fuel taxes.

Boutique Fuel Requirements in the United States
There are 15 unique fuels required across the United States, which complicates the efficient distribution of gasoline to consumers.