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The “Lifeline of the Gasoline Industry, the Independent Gasoline Dealer.” CLX Edition November2012 Gasoline Retailers Association of Florida 214 Stevenage Drive Longwood, Florida 32779 http://www.flagas.com e mail firstname.lastname@example.org 407-774-9700 SSDA/NCPR-AT Pat Moricca President Member Service Station Dealers of America INDEPENDENT BRANDS VISIT OUR WEB SITE FOR THE LATEST GASOLINE INDUSTRY INFORMATION AND BENEFITS www.flagas.com Gasoline Retailers Association of Florida is a non-profit association representing Independent Gasoline Retailers, Convenience Stores, Gasoline Service Stations, Repair Shops, Tire Retailers, Truck Stops and Associates throughout Florida. Our goal is to improve the interests of these independent businesses and the motoring public. Cooperation with insurance companies provides benefits for our members. These benefits include money-saving programs for AFLAC, group health, workers' compensation, casualty and property and gasoline tank liability insurance. Benefits also include financing to purchase your gasoline station property and much more. The problems facing our industry today affect every dealer, no matter how large or small. And, since no one individual could possibly begin to solve these problems alone, it remains that each should join in a collective effort to protect his/her business investment. Join the Gasoline Retailers Association of Florida and help in the fight to keep the Florida Motor Fuel Marketing Practices Act (Below Cost) law. Make an important investment in your business future for less than $1 a day. HAPPY THANKGIVING 2 Lower Gas Prices Coming for Thanksgiving AAA, Gasbuddy, OPIS predictions range from $3.25 to $3.50 national average Tuesday November 6th is Election Day! st 2012 average wholesale gasoline prices have changed up or down 189 times from 1 of year to date. Oil Will Crash to $50", says one investor It's not often you read predictions of falling oil prices but self-made multi-millionaire trader and investor Vince Stanzione is betting on lower oil prices in the next 5 years and a boom in U.S. oil & gas production that will give the American economy a well-needed boost that could see the country not only being totally energy independent but an actual net exporter by 2020 - too good to be true? A recently issued report by a trading company sheds some light on the perhaps drastic prediction. Stanzione uses his propriety trading system to seek out undervalued and overvalued assets, and right now one of the most overvalued according to his model is Crude and Brent Oil and calls current prices "totally removed from reality," as $50 to $65 seem to be more the normal in the next 5 years as demand declines and new global supply comes on tap. "The U.S. oil and energy boom will create millions of new jobs, help give the country a competitive advantage and eliminate the political risk premium that plays a big factor in current prices," says Stanzione. "A low-cost energy boom is the way the U.S. can cut its current deficit and a more stable oil price will help consumers and businesses plan and prosper." Stanzione points to lower demand and demographic changes towards motoring, more efficient engines, hybrid cars becoming the norm and a big increase in natural gas-powered vehicles; however, he cautions that the merits of electric cars are still questionable. Stanzione warns that this "energy gift" should not be squandered: consumers should not return to the gas-guzzling SUV days, investment must be made in public transport and commercial vehicles moving to natural gas and more efficient engines. 'We Live on a Gasoline Island' With California's closed fuel market, spikes hit independent stations hardest LOS ANGELES -- For nearly two decades, Santosh Arya has pumped some of the San Diego area's cheapest gasoline at his three Homeland Petroleum stations. October, wholesale prices started rising sharply, then shot up 40 cents a gallon overnight. To break even, Arya calculated he would have to sell a gallon of regular at $5.10--almost $1 higher than at nearby Shell and 76 stations. Instead, he shut down and waited for prices to drop. "I've never seen anything like it," Arya, who said he lost $2,000 a day while hanging "out of gas" signs on his pumps, told The Los Angeles Times. He has since reopened his stations in Vista, San Diego and Mira Mesa, but has struggled to keep his prices under $4.50 a gallon. The price runs sparked protests and calls for investigations. But it isn't a conspiracy, its economics. Oil companies, said the report, operate what amounts to a legal oligopoly in California--an arrangement that could contribute to more gasoline price spikes. The state's gasoline market is essentially closed, the report said. Its strict clean-air rules mandate a specially formulated blend used nowhere else. All 14.6 billion gallons of gasoline sold in California last year were made by nine companies that own the state's refineries. Chevron, Tesoro and BP control 54% of the state's refining capacity. "We live on a gasoline island," Gordon Schremp, a fuels analyst at the California Energy Commission, told the Times. "The control refiners have is an artifact of the closed marketplace we've created." The lack of competition is also reflected at the retail level, said the report. About 85% of California's stations sell branded gasoline such as Chevron, Arco, Valero or Mobil. Pump prices at these outlets are directly or indirectly controlled by refiners. In other states, such as Texas, independent, non-branded stations make up as much as 50% of the market, creating more competition. But California's independent stations are the first to suffer when there's a hiccup in the state's fragile supply chain, the report said. In the case of an outage, refiners scramble to supply their own stations first. Independents have to rely on the volatile spot market to fill their underground tanks. California Energy Commission data shows that independent retailers lost an average 10 cents for every gallon sold in the days leading up to the price spike in October. The state's fuel problems are magnified, critics say, because refiners have consolidated over the years, giving fewer players more market power. But the Federal Trade Commission and California's attorney general have investigated this market several times, never finding evidence of collusion or price fixing. Refiners contend that the price of gasoline reflects the higher cost of doing business in California. It costs as much as 15 cents a gallon more to refine the state's clean fuel blend, and green regulations chip away at the bottom line. Fuel taxes, too, are higher than in many other regions. "It's a very difficult, challenging market," Tupper Hull, spokesperson for the Western States Petroleum Association, whose members include most of the region's oil companies and refiners, told the 3 paper. In August, the group released a report predicting that state rules to limit greenhouse gas emissions and push alterative fuels could force as many as eight of California's refineries to close in coming years. As the number of refineries shrinks, the chances that an outage could create disruptive shortages and painful price hikes increases. Southern California Gas Stations Begin to Shut Fuel Pumps LOS ANGELES -- Gasoline station owners in the greater Los Angeles area have begun to shut off fuel pumps due to record high wholesale fuel prices in the area. The cost of replenishing underground tanks has raised an eye-popping $1/gal just in one week. A station buying 8000 gallons can expect to shell out $33,840 (not including tax), up from past week, when the same volume would have cost a measly $25,840 (not including tax). Some station owners, knowing they can't raise prices fast enough, are choosing to sit on the sidelines until the madness is over. The news source reports that's the highest wholesale fuel prices seen since at least November 2007, when Bloomberg began publishing those prices. Supply shortages are cited as the reason for record high California gasoline prices. A gallon of regular gas was $5.69 in Calabasas, while a gallon of super costs $5.89 with cash and $5.99 with credit. Such prices are causing pain at the pump for many drivers. Recent refinery fires in the state and pipeline problems are the culprits behind the high prices that are causing California reserves to hit a 10-year low. Costco Wholesale Corp. is one retailer that has begun shutting fuel pumps. Its outlet in Simi Valley, Calif., ran out of gasoline and was selling premium fuel at the price of regular, Jeff Cole, Costco's vice president of gasoline, told the news outlet. Costco is not alone. Low-P, a Calabasas, California gas station stopping selling unleaded gasoline on Oct. 2 and ran out of high- and medium-octane fuel a few days later the news source reported. "I can get gas, but it's going to cost me $4.90 a gallon, and I can't sell it here for $5," John Ravi, Low-P's station owner, told Bloomberg. "If you come right now, I have some diesel left. That's all. My market is open, but no gas." Sam Krikorian, owner of Quality Auto Repair in North Hollywood, Calif., held a similar sentiment. "We're going to start shutting pumps," he told the news outlet. "Gas is costing me almost $4.75 a gallon with taxes. There's no sense in staying open. The profit margins are so low it's not worth it." Supply shortages in California were likely caused by several factors, including the shutdown of a Chevron Corp. pipeline last month and power failure at ExxonMobil Corp.'s Torrance, Calif., refinery. In response to record high wholesale fuel prices in the Golden State, the California Independent Oil Marketers Association, an independent group that represents wholesale and retail fuel marketers, asked the state yesterday to expedite a waiver that would allow refiners to produce and sell winter-grade fuel, Jay McKeeman, a spokesman for the association, told the news source. "Everybody is concerned about what might happen," he relayed. "The real question is: How long is it going to last and what can the state do?" The proposed Keystone XL pipeline has the potential to shake up prices; all we have to do is approve and start the Keystone XL pipeline project and lessen our dependency on OPEC and the consumer must conserve. Nopetro Opens CNG Facility in Florida The station is part of a planned regional network of CNG locations. TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Nopetro LLC opened its state-of-the-art compressed natural gas (CNG) facility. The station is part of a planned regional network that will make CNG a workable cost-saving option for government and commercial fleets as well as individual CNG vehicle owners. Nopetro’s network of stations will give the private fleets of heavy freight vehicles that move Florida’s consumer goods a practical way to traverse the state and region fueled by CNG. This will produce tremendous cost savings, which will benefit consumers and the area's economy, and as individual stations are built local schools and governments will be able to enjoy significant cost savings that will benefit the taxpayers, said Adam Putnam, the state’s Agriculture and Consumer Affairs commissioner. Putnam praised Nopetro and the Leon County School District for forging a partnership to produce substantial cost savings for public schools while setting a positive, environmentally friendly example for students. “This partnership is exactly what our legislature had in mind when it established natural gas as a key component of the state’s transportation policies,” he said. “A network of natural gas fueling stations in major cities across our state will encourage commercial fleets and individual consumers to make the move into Florida’s energy future.” The Tallahassee facility--the largest and most expansive CNG fueling operation on the East Coast--is the product of an innovative partnership between the public and private sectors. The school district is transforming its entire fleet of diesel- powered school buses to CNG, and other public and private consumers may also fuel their CNG vehicles at the station. A portion of each sale will benefit the school district thanks to the partnership with Nopetro. “This is truly a day worth celebrating [as] a big step forward in the journey toward independence from expensive foreign fuels,” said Jorge Herrera, co-founder and CEO of Nopetro, in a press release. 4 Nopetro identified 18 additional cities it is targeting over the next three years, including Daytona Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Fort Pierce, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Key Largo, Miami, Ocala, Orlando, Pensacola, Sarasota, St. Augustine, Tampa and West Palm Beach in Florida, and Atlanta, Macon and Savannah in Georgia. New “CNG in a Box” Fueling System Makes U.S. Debut Retailers will get the first glimpse at a new compressed natural gas system available for convenience stores. LAS VEGAS – Marketers will get their first glimpse at the NACS Show expo of a new CNG retailing system that will allow them to offer CNG at their stores through simple “plug-and-play” equipment and traditional-looking Wayne dispensers, complete with hoses and credit card reader. The “CNG In A Box” system is being unveiled by General Electric (GE) in partnership with Chesapeake Energy Corp. and should give marketers easy access to the growing CNG light vehicle market — passenger cars, pickups, vans, SUVs and taxicabs, as well as buses, garbage and delivery trucks. NACS Show attendees can catch a glimpse of the system in action in booth 6101. However, retailers who sell gasoline as a loss leader at their stores will need to rethink their marketing strategy when it comes to CNG, says Kent Wilkinson, a top executive with Peake Fuel Solutions, an affiliate of Chesapeake that is helping bring GE’s CNG tech to market. ”In many operations today, a marketer’s retail price is a commodity price and a small portion of his capital costs and he makes his money from in-store sales,” says Wilkinson. “With CNG, it’s the other way around, it’s a high-margin product that you can use to drive people to your store,” he said. Marketers who have hesitated to embrace alternative fuels may find the CNG box concept greatly improves their comfort level. There’s no need for complex spec sheets because almost everything needed is included in the 8.5 ft. by 8.5ft by 20 ft. long box, including the compressor and gas cooler. Only two pieces are shipped separately, the Wayne dispenser and the motor control center. Of course, marketers will need access to a natural gas line, the kind that runs into millions of U.S. homes, in order to retail CNG. Pricewise, the wholesale cost of natural gas runs about 40 cents per-gasoline-gallon-equivalent (gge) and commands a retail price of around $2.09/gge, providing a $1.69 gross margin for utility and operating costs and capital recovery. Retailers will often conclude that 15,000 gge/month is sufficient demand to initiate investment, Wilkinson notes. The market for CNG has been growing steadily, especially with gasoline prices on the increase. Ford, General Motors and Chrysler are all coming out with light-duty pick-up trucks and overall production is expected to be around 4,000-plus vehicles a year per OEM. Currently, there are approximately 1,100 CNG fueling locations in the U.S. serving a total 125,000 to 150,000 vehicles. In a light-duty pick-up market, a customer base of 150 to 200 vehicles would be enough to pay off your investment in terms of cash flow, he says. Obviously cost is a major factor and it will vary, depending on how fancy the marketer wants to get. Generally, a CNG in A Box system will run from $700,000 to $1.2 million, depending, for example, on the dispenser options chosen, or whether a marketer wants a canopy. Local jurisdiction requirements for spacing and public amenities, site conditions, and whether it will be an attended or unattended operation also play a part. Peake is currently installing the equipment at two ground-up sites in Marshall and Cleburne, Texas, and has found that individual conditions can create a 40%-plus spread in installed costs, which is why Peake will work with customers to develop solutions to meet their particular needs, Wilkinson added. GE Capital is offering a financing program for qualified marketers, and is looking at a rate of 2.9% over a fixed 48-month term. Delivery, installation and maintenance can be combined into a single monthly payment, eliminating the cost and time associated with multiple vendors, Peake says. Payments also can be structured according to cash flow, with options such as deferred and stepped payments. “The unit is competitively priced and based on our confidential research, provides as much as 60% more throughput than other similarly priced units,” Wilkinson said. Marathon Petroleum Picks Up Contracts for 1,200 BP Retail Sites Deal for Texas City refinery offers company opportunity to grow retail brand in Southeast FINDLAY, Ohio & HOUSTON -- Marathon Petroleum Corp. (MPC) has signed a definitive agreement to purchase BP's Texas City, Texas, refinery, related pipelines, four terminals and retail marketing contract assignments for approximately 1,200 branded sites for a base price is $598 million, plus inventories estimated at $1.2 billion. The BP Texas City refinery provides products throughout the U.S. Gulf Coast, Midwest and Southeast, as well as into export markets. The light product terminals are in Jacksonville, Fla., Charlotte and Selma, N.C., and Nashville, Tenn. The integrated acquisition also includes assignment of branded-jobber contracts supplying approximately 1,200 BP retail locations, representing approximately 64,000 barrels per day of gasoline sales, in the southeastern United States. The retail locations are primarily in Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee and Alabama. The stations will use the BP trademark during the transition process. "We believe in an integrated business model that allows us to participate in the value chain from crude acquisition to refining and through to retail," MPC president and CEO Gary R. Heminger said during a conference call about the transaction. "This acquisition expands our integrated business and supports our strategy to grow in existing and contiguous markets." 5 The addition of the jobber sites "will provide additional scale to our ongoing strategy to grow the Marathon brand in the Southeast," he said. "This transaction provides a step change in the implementation of our strategy to grow our brand operations in the Southeast. It will nearly double our site count and will position us to expand our relationship with existing Marathon jobbers." Murphy Oil Corp. to Spin Off C-store Business EL DORADO, Ark. -- Murphy Oil Corp. will spin off its downstream division, including its entire retail division, in 2013, the company announced this morning. The downstream company will be a separately traded company called Murphy Oil USA Inc. "Separating these two businesses will allow each to unlock its own potential for growth," said Claiborne Deming, Murphy Oil Corp.'s chairman of the board. "We have built two strong but distinct businesses. Murphy will be a pure-play exploration and production company with strong returns and attractive investment opportunities, while Murphy USA will be a leading retailer with over 1,100 retail gasoline outlets." In addition, Murphy Oil Corp. said splitting into two companies would allow each business to focus on its "strategic priorities with financial targets that best fit its own market and opportunities;" and "allocate resources and deploy capital in a manner consistent with its priorities." "We look forward to these two separate well positioned companies growing and prospering in their respective industries," commented Steven Cossé, Murphy Oil Corp.'s CEO. Also, as part of the transaction, Murphy Oil Corp. authorized a special dividend of $2.50 per share and plans to buy up to $1 billion of the company's shares via a share buyback. The spinoff of Murphy USA is subject to customary conditions, including regulatory approval and confirmation from the Internal Revenue Service that it can be tax-free transaction. South Africa charges oil majors with price-fixing JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's competition watchdog said on Wednesday it had brought charges of price- fixing against the local units of major oil companies including Chevron, BP and Total. The Competition Commission also said in a statement the companies - as well as Shell, Sasol and Engen - had shared detailed information about sales and customers to hinder competition. The suspected collusion ran from the late 1980s to 2005 and included petrol, diesel, illuminating kerosene and other products, the commission said. "Information at this level of detail allowed the oil companies to closely track each other's sales and to align their strategies in the market, eliminating competition between themselves," the commission said. "This also enabled them to divide or allocate markets by deciding not to enter, or compete for, certain geographic markets or customer groupings," it said. The commission said it had asked South Africa's Competition Tribunal, which rules on such cases, to levy a fine equal to 10 percent of company revenue in the preceding financial year. Irving Oil Charged With Gas Price Fixing Company expects to "vigorously" defend itself against charges OTTAWA-- Criminal charges have been laid by the Competition Bureau against Irving Oil and Serge Parent, manager of Irving Oil for the province of Quebec, for fixing the price of retail gasoline in Victoriaville, Thetford Mines and Sherbrooke, Quebec. As a result of the bureau's investigation, first made public in 2008, three charges have been laid against Irving Oil and three against Parent. In a statement to CBC News, Carolyn Van der Veen, spokesperson for Irving Oil, wrote that the charges "are apparently based upon the activities of our former employees who have previously entered guilty pleas." "Our company was not aware of these activities and, when our company became aware of them, we took immediate steps to address the situation, including disciplinary action. Our company believes that we should not be held responsible for the actions of employees who knowingly violated company policy," she added. Van der Veen said the company expects to "vigorously" defend itself against these charges. "These charges highlight our continued and steadfast commitment to combating domestic price-fixing cartels," said John Pecman, Interim Commissioner of Competition. "Canadians are ultimately on the losing end of secret agreements that cheat them out of their money." By using a number of investigative tools, including wiretaps and searches, the bureau found evidence that in certain local Quebec markets gasoline retailers or their representatives, communicated with one another to agree on the price they would charge customers for gasoline. A total of 39 individuals and 15 companies have now been charged with criminal price fixing in this case. To date, 27 individuals and seven companies have pleaded guilty with fines totaling more than $3 million. Of the 27 individuals who have pleaded guilty, six have been sentenced to terms of imprisonment totaling 54 months. Price-fixing conspiracies are difficult to detect and prove, said the bureau. High or identical prices are not in and of themselves evidence of criminal activity. There must be evidence that competitors have made an illegal agreement to set those prices. When there are substantiated allegations of wrongdoing in the marketplace, the bureau will not hesitate to take action, it said. 6 Click here for additional information on past convictions and fines related to this cartel. Irving Oil, Portsmouth, N.H., operates Canada's largest refinery and has nearly 900 gas stations and travel plazas in New England and Eastern Canada. Gasoline Stations Still Wary About E15 Retailers remain reluctant to sell the higher-ethanol blend, despite clearance from the EPA and some states to stock it. ROCKFORD, Ill. – The availability of E15 is off to a slow start, and some retailers say it will stay that way, even though ethanol groups are pushing for wider usage, the Wall Street Journal reports. The blend is available at eight stations in Kansas and Iowa, while Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota have said it could be sold there as well. However, many gasoline stations are adopting a wait-and-see attitude, expressing concerns over the effect E15 would have on older cars. “"Right now I don't think it opens up that large of a market share,” said R.J. Rymas, director of fuels for the Road Ranger chain. “I have not seen anybody in any market that I operate in that is planning on doing it.” With the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) only approving E15 for vehicles with a model year of 2001 and later, retailers are worried about consumers accidentally using the wrong fuel. “All of a sudden now you are putting a product in the ground that may or may not work in some of your consumers' vehicles,” said Bill Walljasper, CFO of Casey’s General Stores. Casey’s will not be offering the fuel anytime soon. Even some automakers have not embraced E15 for post-2001 models, although Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co. have said the fuel could be used for model year 2013 vehicles. Not all retailers are against the fuel. Scott Zaremba’s Zarco 66 stations in Kansas were the first in the United States to sell E15. “We have a little bit more control over our destiny” by having another blend not as tied to oil refiners, he said. In August, the U.S. Appeals Court for the District of Columbia Circuit dismissed the challenges brought forth by trade associations representing automakers, refiners and other industries on the EPA’s E15 waiver, saying that the groups did not have a legal right to challenge the EPA decision. ND tribe to get control of land for oil refinery NEW TOWN, N.D. — North Dakota's Three Affiliated Tribes will be getting control of land for construction of a proposed new oil refinery, U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Wednesday. Salazar's decision, announced during a news conference at the tribe's headquarters in New Town, means the tribe may begin construction of the $400 million refinery next spring, tribal Chairman Tex Hall said. "It's the biggest economic project in the history of our tribe," Hall told The Associated Press. "We're really excited about this finally coming to fruition." The tribe wants to use 469 acres of land near Makoti to build the refinery and produce feed for the tribe's buffalo herd. Makoti is a community near the northeastern corner of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, about 30 miles southwest of Minot. Tribal officials asked the U.S. Interior Department nine years ago to put the land into trust; a process by which the agency will own the land and the tribe will control and manage it. Salazar said Wednesday the agency had accepted the application and intended to put the land into trust. As planned, the refinery will process about 20,000 barrels of oil daily into diesel fuel, gasoline, jet fuel, propane and naptha, Hall said. Propane is used for heating and cooking. Naptha is a solvent. There is voracious demand for diesel fuel in western North Dakota's oil-producing region. Hall said the tribe's refinery should have a supply advantage because transportation costs of the refined diesel fuel will be lower, and the state's normal tax of 23 cents a gallon will not apply, because the fuel is being produced on tribal land. In a statement, Salazar said the refinery would employ about 140 people. If constructed, it would be the first refinery built in the United States in more than 30 years, the interior secretary said. "We are supporting infrastructure that will help bring American oil and gas to market while promoting tribal economic development and self-determination regarding land and resource use," Salazar said. Minimum Wage Hikes Coming Five of the 10 states with automatic minimum-wage hikes have announced 2013 wage rates PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Ten states have laws that require a mandatory bump in minimum wage rates, tied to inflation. Thus far, five of those states have announced their new wage rates that will begin Jan. 1, 2013, the National Restaurant Association reports. Florida’s minimum wage will jump 12 cents to $7.79, up from the current $7.67. In Montana, the minimum wage increases 15 cents to $7.80, up from $7.65. Ohio’s minimum wage rises 15 cents to $7.85, up from $7.70, while Oregon’s starting wage goes up 15 cents from $8.80 to $8.95. Washington state pushes up its minimum wage 15 cents, too, from $9.04 to $9.19. All new wages will start Jan. 1, 2013. Meanwhile, Rhode Island passed a law that will increase the state’s starting wage 35 cents from $7.40 to $7.75, set to begin January 1, 2013. The other five states—Vermont, Nevada, Missouri, Colorado and Arizona—haven’t announced 7 any changes to the minimum wage. Nevada generally makes wage adjustments in July, and did not raise its minimum ages this year. Colorado will hold a hearing Nov. 1 on bumping up the starting wage 14 cents, from $7.64 to $7.78. Paid Sick Leave: Coming to a Town Near You Over the past couple of years, paid leave initiatives, laws and measures have popped up in cities across the nation, including Seattle, Orlando, Philadelphia, Miami, Denver, New York, San Francisco and Washington. Statewide mandates have been proposed in California and Connecticut. Most of these proposed and enacted mandates would require that not only full-time employees be offered paid time off, but also part-time and temporary or seasonal employees, leaving many small businesses operating on narrow margins -- including convenience stores -- hit the hardest by these often arbitrary and onerous mandates. In today's economy, c-store operators and other retailers face greater challenges launching their business and making payroll than ever before. C-store owners face difficulty securing business loans, difficult regulatory conditions and a highly competitive business climate. On top of these already tough conditions, anti-business activist groups are waging a national campaign to add paid leave to every business owner's operating costs. What they fail to recognize or even care about is, should they succeed, less jobs will be created and more people will end up unemployed in the push to implement their idealistic agendas. Because the convenience store and retail industry in general relies on scheduled shift labor, paid leave regulations are particularly costly for these businesses. If an employee is sick, or just decides to take a day off to take a family member to the doctor or recover from a long weekend, the employer will have to pay for the labor twice, once for the sick employee and once for the employee who covers the shift. If the owner can't find an employee to cover the shift, it costs the owner revenues as the ability to serve customers is diminished. Ultimately, these additional costs may be passed on to the consumer. With many of the products offered by c-stores already heavily taxed, it is even more difficult to recoup new government mandates through pricing adjustments. If the price of gasoline and other competitive items go up, convenience stores will be put at a significant disadvantage against big-box grocery and retail outlets that offer gasoline or tobacco products and are in a better position to cover impacted shifts. In order to maintain a healthy profit per employee (PPE) margin, c-store operators are left with few other options except to raise prices. When their PPE hits zero or dips into the red, the result may be business closures and lost jobs. Florida considers to redesign new license plates Officials in Florida say they're ready to redesign its license plates. 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"November 2012 Newsletter - Angelfire"