Patriot Industry News – How Will Trump’s Tax Cuts Impact You?

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Does Trump’s Tax Plan Mean Higher Costs for C-Stores?

President Trump has announced one of the largest tax cuts in history. The changes will impact most Patriot Capital newsletter image 1American businesses, including convenience stores.

The planned reduction of taxes proposed for “for corporations, small businesses and partnerships of all sizes” is the headline story. At the same time, the maximum personal income tax rate is proposed to be 35 percent and the number of personal tax rates would drop from seven tiers to three (35 percent, 25 percent, 10 percent).

Considerations for your business include:

  • lower tax rates mean higher after tax costs for equipment due to lower depreciation
  • if the Border Adjustment Tax comes into effect, higher prices for imported components and equipment
  • uncertainty around the fate of Section 179
  • acceleration of interest rate increase

For more on how the new tax proposal could affect your business, read the entire article here.

Three Factors to Consider When Purchasing Convenience Store Equipment

Chris Santy, President of Patriot Capital, shares some key points that need to be considered when deciding whether to invest in equipment upgrades in this article.

When making any investment decision, the first consideration always should be the return on your investment (ROI), Santy’s article discusses three important ROI concerns to consider:

  • What is the cost of the equipment or investment?
  • What will the equipment earn?
  • What could happen to make the return on investment different than expected?

Patriot Capital offers a variety of equipment financing options for C-stores, fuel marketers and jobbers. To get a quick quote, or find an advisor near you, visit the Patriot Capital website or call (877) 527-0383.

NACS Survey Reveals What Fuel Prices Would Trigger Driving Changes

Fuel customers will change their driving habits to decrease their fuel consumption once gas prices reach Patriot Capital newsletter image 2$3.37 per gallon, according to a new NACS Consumer Fuels Survey. The price would have to hit $4.43 before consumers will drastically decrease their driving.

The price of gas also affects how consumers think about broader economic issues. Other issues the survey explored include expectations on future fuel prices, generational differences in consumer attitudes, and consumer perceptions on the reasons for fuel price increases – the good news is they don’t tend to blame the fuel retailer.

Visit the NACS Fuel Resources Center to review a variety of 2017 C-store consumer opinion surveys.

Dirty Pumps, Restrooms Cited Among ‘Four Sins of Fuel Retail’

Filthy gas pumps, malfunctioning card readers, unwelcoming stores, and dirty restrooms are cited as the Patriot Capital newsletter image 3top “Four Sins of Fuel Retail” in a recent editorial by industry strategist Norman Turiano.

Cleanliness at the pumps tops the list. Turiano points out that female consumers are especially reluctant to touch a visibly dirty pump, and this can drive away business.

Dirty restrooms make customers question overall cleanliness, and particularly. wonder about the healthiness of on-site prepared food. Does your site have the right focus on the ‘Four Sins’?

Read the entire article in CSP Daily.

Consumer Optimism Remains High Despite Fuel Price Increases

Consumer optimism is at an all-time high despite rising gas prices, according to a NACS National Patriot Capital newsletter image 4Consumer Fuel Survey.  NACS reports that 61 percent of consumers feel optimistic about the economy, the highest number in the 4-year history of the monthly survey.

Drivers remain optimistic despite the fact that a majority of gasoline consumers expect prices to increase in the next month. Slightly more than half of all Americans report they expect prices to be “much higher” or “somewhat higher”, while only 9 percent expect prices to drop.

Traditionally, rising prices result in decreased consumer optimist. Four years ago, when 85 percent of Americans said that gas prices had increased, 41 percent were optimistic. However, gas prices were more than $1 per gallon higher in 2013 than they are today.


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Phase Separation and What it Means for You


Detect_Phase_SeparationWith over 90% of U.S. gas stations blending gasoline with ethanol, an important thing to consider when maintaining fuel tanks at your station is Phase Separation.  Phase Separation occurs when ethanol absorbs water and separates from the gasoline , sinking to the bottom of the tank.  Due to its lighter density, it can remain undetected by a traditional water float and may end up being pumped directly into customers’ vehicles, which can lead to damages you will be held liable for.  If left unaddressed for too long, the costs and consequences of Phase Separation could lead to serious damage to your reputation and business.

The best way to prevent these issues from arising is constant, diligent tank monitoring which will allow for early detection.  Veeder-Root offers the Phase-Two Separation Float, which replaces a traditional gasoline float kit and detects both water and phase separation in your tanks.

For more information on Phase Separation, read this article on Veeder-Root’s Fueling Solutions blog here.


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Universal Spill Containers: Now in Carbon and Stainless Steel

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Universal has announced that a number of their spill containers will now be available in 70C Universal Manholeboth stainless and E-coated carbon steel.  This new feature will be available for the 70C and 72 Series spill containers and the 71SC below grade containers.  In addition, the 70CD container (with drain valve) will be available in stainless steel.  Proven to last longer than buckets made of poly material, the steel buckets are also repairable without removing the spill container.

See the following links for more information:



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2017 Make Your Station Safe Again Trade Show

Trade Show 2And when we say “OUR SHOW”, we do mean YOURS and ours because we wouldn’t have it without you, PERIOD!

YOU are THE reason it is not only successful but why we have more vendors than space that want to be part of our show. Vendor after vendor stated there is no other show they go to where they have the opportunity to speak with not just owners, administrators and end users but the volume of installers and technicians who actually work hands-on with their products!

We also realize that many of you attend the show for the certification seminars. An email has gone out to all those who registered through the website with a list of all those from your organization we scanned as they entered the seminars. It is very important you double check this and report any discrepancies immediately to as the vendors use the list we provide them to issue the certifications. (If your organization had people attend as “walk-ins”, they may not have been properly associated back to your customer account in our system).

While our scanning efforts at the show have greatly improved from previous shows (and this has been our best scanning effort to date), we do miss people for a variety of reasons. We apologize for this and Trade Show 3will continue to make the process better and easier.

We welcome any feedback you would like to provide about all aspects of the show. Again, you can send any feedback to

This show has already provided us with some insight to improvements we can make for the next show. We saw a complete turnover in the personnel manning our registration booth at this show as well as those scanning at the seminars. While we had fears that our people would be overwhelmed having never worked these areas of the show previously, they did a great job keeping lines and wait times down. This is a testament to customers, vendors and Kennedy personnel all offering input to make improvements over the years that allowed a whole new JWK team to staff 2017 registrations at the show without creating more problems or work for anyone!

Trade Show 4We mailed out more than twice as many pre-registered badges for the 2017 show than we did in 2015, had nearly as many people register online as attended the 2015 show and only a handful who had badges mailed to them came to the booth for their duplicate. We can’t stress enough how thankful we are that you have worked with us over the years to make the show better as we have tweaked the process where not only have we both come to expect it but you have expressed gratitude that we have taken these steps to make attending the Kennedy show a welcomed break to your daily grind, giving you the opportunity to speak with hundreds of others in our industry, gain more knowledge, become (re)certified in systems and enjoy the day!

Don’t forget, if you had people attending seminars for certifications, and you registered through the website, you will be receiving an email with a list of all those who registered through the site along with their seminar attendance records.  Again, be sure to double-check this list and report any discrepancies immediately to as the vendors use the list we provide them to issue the certifications.  (If your organization had people attend as “walk-ins”, they may not have been properly associated back to your customer account in our system).


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Omntec Delivery Defender Lite Operation

Have a look at this video from Omntec, where NE District Manager Bob Hyatt demonstrates the practical benefits of their new Delivery Defender Lite (DDL) remote overfill alarm:

The DDL is universal, and can connect to just about any industry standard automatic tank gauge (ATG).  During operation, its sunlight-visible LED indicators let the driver and site know that it’s working, as well as letting them know which tank is currently being fueled to prevent drop errors.  The DDL can service up to five tanks, depending on the version (DDL1-DDL5), and also has a wireless option.  Click here to view a PDF with more information.

For more information or to order, please call us at 1-800-451-4021.


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2017 JWK Make Your Station Safe Again Trade Show

March 29 & 30, 2017 – Crowne Plaza Hotel, Warwick , RI

2006 Trade ShowFor two decades, the John W Kennedy Company Trade Show has grown with show attendance exceeding 500 professionals from around the industry and more vendors than we have room to display. Counting registered attendees, vendor representatives and Kennedy staff, that’s seven to eight hundred industry-related people in all.

It has become a must-see in the industry and it is one of our defining events, highlighting the dynamic capabilities of the employees from inception to execution. From the show theme to most of the design, printing and building of everything you see for and at the show, it puts on display the same dynamics we put to work for both our customers and vendors on a daily basis. And we truly appreciate that both look forward to attending each show.

Click here to register for Make Your Station Safe Again Trade Show

Aside from seeing the latest and greatest products, installation and maintenance techniques, it’s the biggest opportunity for the vendors who make the products and you, the professionals who install and maintain those products to have direct access to one another away from the trenches in a more relaxed atmosphere. This is the single biggest reason we have the show and why more prefer attending our show over the other “national” shows.

2009 Trade ShowAnother big show feature are the seminars vendors offer. This year, 6 different vendor certification and informational seminars will be offered throughout the day on March 29th. This is a free event but you must register to attend the show and seminars. That’s because we make these nifty badges with unique barcodes used to track show and seminar attendance. Vendors offering certification seminars require proof of attendance and scanning a barcode is quick and easy proof.

We do take show walk-ins the day of the show but suggest registering early if you want to attend the seminars as they all fill to capacity well before the show.

Click here to see the seminar list, show layout and to register

Of course that’s not all. It can’t be all business all the time. We have giveaways with plenty of food, drinkBiancoMartinis and other edible treats available throughout the show. We even show you where all this good stuff is directly on the show layout!

If you are still with us at 4:30PM on March 29th, we invite you to stay just a little bit longer. Topping off the day, we have a cocktail reception with h’orderves, more food and live music performed by the Bianco Martinis.

And once again, the show returns to the Crowne Plaza Hotel directly off of 95 in Warwick, RI. We hope you can join us.

See you at the show!!


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Take Advantage of JWK WEB Specials Today!!!!

Piusi WEB Specials


From now until the end of April, our WEB Specials will feature various Gasoila sealant and chemical Gasoila_AP02products, as well as a pair of new 12v pump packages from Piusi.  If you place an order for one of the Piusi pump packages, the F00372510 or the F00378510, at any time prior to 1:00 PM (Eastern Time), it will ship direct to your location from the manufacturer on the same day, regardless of the quantity in our own stock.  Orders received after 1:00 PM will ship the next business day.

Be sure to call us if you have any questions at 1-800-238-1225.





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JWK Trade Show – March 29 & 30, 2017 – SAVE THE DATE!!

Yes, it is that time once again when the John W. Kennedy Company presents our biennial trade show featuring over 40 manufacturers and representatives displaying the latest and greatest products and service to

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Show starts Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 9AM until 4:30PM with 6 different certification and informational seminars provided by 6 different vendors. We invite you to join us for our cocktail reception immediately following the show’s conclusion on March 29th with entertainment provided by The Bianco Martinis.










And if you can’t make it on March 29th, we invite you to attend our half day on March 30th from 9AM to Noon!

Here is a complete list of seminars being held on March 29th:


8:00AM – 9:00AM:

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OPW FlexWorks Piping Certification Training Seminar
OPW Best Practices and Contractor Installation Training teaches how to properly install OPW FlexWorks Piping and covers the following topics in depth:

  • FlexWorks Component and System Overview
  • Safety Requirements and Protocol
  • Proper Handling and Storage of Materials
  • Double Wall Delivery Piping
  • Double Wall Pipe Fittings
  • Pipe and Sump Entry Fittings
  • Testing and Maintenance Criteria
  • Contractor Training Requirements
  • Successful Completion of Training Carries 2-Year Certification


9:15AM – 10:15AM:

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Bravo Repair Fitting Certification
Entry Fitting Certification with cover:

  • How new regulations affect secondary containment
  • Bravo FRP retrofit certification training
  • Compliance with double wall monitored sumps.


10:30AM – 11:30AM:






APT Piping Certification Seminar
Piping Certification seminar.
VERY IMPORTANT!! In order to receive your certification for this seminar, you will be required to take an online test with Franklin Fueling. If you do not already have one, you MUST create an FFS PRO University account with Franklin Fueling PRIOR to the show using a unique email address for each tech attending. To do so, please follow the guidelines in this document, CREATE AN FFS PRO UNIVERSITY ACCOUNT


11:45AM – 12:45PM:

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Diversified Products Repair Fitting Certification
Repair fitting certification.


1:00PM – 2:00PM:

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CSI Tank Installation Re-Certification Seminar
Tank Installation Re-Certification


2:30PM – 3:30PM:





Gilbarco EMV
Gilbarco EMV informational seminar

Registration for the show and seminars IS REQUIRED!

We plan to open online registration in the coming days. Please watch this space for further notice!


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FFS PRO: University Tech Updates – Rigid Entry Boot Installation



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APT Rigid Entry Boot



Franklin Fueling has released an update on the installation of APT rigid entry boots through FFS PRO: University.  Specifically, the Shared Learning resource reminds installers that there is no need to use any sealants on the APT boots during installation, and contains several other useful reminders and warnings.  In addition, the full installation guide for the rigid entry boots has been made available.






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