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The latest news on the fuel and oil supply industry.

5 Ways a Fleet Card Program Can Improve Efficiency in 2023


As we approach the end of 2022, are you looking for some innovative ways to welcome the new year with better productivity and optimized operations? In today’s rush, rush, rush world, any convenience or advantage we can find to make the path a little smoother and more efficient is a welcome one. In a nutshell, that’s what a fleet card program can do for you. If you are managing over-the-road drivers, fleets of work trucks, or even equipment, then you may need to explore the benefits of a fleet card program. Maybe you already have a fuel fleet card program. If so, you should regularly compare the costs and benefits of your program to others available to make sure you are getting the best deal.

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Cold Weather Alert for Diesel Fleets in Central & South Texas

Cold Weather Alert

Here are a few quick tips on combating the potential impacts cold weather has on your diesel fleet.

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South Texas Diesel Supply Shortage Update


How Will ‘Diesel Shortages’ Affect South Texas Diesel Fuel Buyers?

There has been a lot of buzz lately about a “Diesel Shortage” but what does that really mean? Below are a few quick details you should know along with tips for diesel buyers to make sure they have enough fuel to keep their equipment and fleets going.

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What to Look for in a Fuels and Lubricants Supplier in Texas

Onsite Fueling

As a Texas business owner or company decision maker, it’s your job to seek out partnerships with vendors that give you a competitive advantage. After all, if you are pledging to use a product or buy supplies from a vendor, you expect to get value beyond just a fair price in return. The bottom line is making sure your operations, and more importantly, your profit and loss statement stay healthy by finding partners you can count on to provide necessary supplies when and where you need it.

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4 Benefits of Jobsite Fueling


What if you were costing your company extra money every day and you didn’t even know it?

That’s what happens when you don’t take all the necessary and available steps to keep your company competitive. When we talk about taking advantage of short-cuts to benefit the bottom line, we aren’t talking about shoddy work or substandard materials. We are talking about making positive choices, like jobsite fueling, that result in monetary and budgetary savings. There are several ways jobsite fueling can have a positive impact on your bottom line; some are more obvious than others. One of the most important ways job site fueling can have an impact on your day-to-day business is sourcing your fuel from a well-known and reliable partner. Let’s take a look at 4 ways jobsite fueling can give your company a competitive edge.

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Best Commercial Fueling Options For Your Business

Commercial Fueling Options

Most truckers know what a commercial fuel stop looks like. Some commercial truck stops offer one side for regular passenger vehicles and one side for commercial trucks and other larger vehicles, such as RVs.

You’ll find fueling stops that cater only to one or the other - most drivers of large commercial vehicles prefer to avoid passenger vehicles at their fueling stops. The aim of most businesses is to get fueled and get the driver back on the road to deliver or pick up whatever is needed to get the job done.

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How to Improve Efficiency in the New Year

Bear Oil Truck

Most people start out a new year with all kinds of goals and resolutions meant to improve on the past year’s performance. And sadly, most people abandon their good intentions pretty quickly once they realize the hard work involved.

But what if you could improve your productivity and efficiency in the new year without too much heavy lifting? Of course, there’s always room for improvement in any business - and in many cases it’s just learning to work smarter, not harder, that gives you the leg up over your competition.

When your business involves purchasing fuel and fuel products, there are proven methods to make it fairly simple and hassle free. Let’s look at some of those options.

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Preparing Diesel Fleets For Cold Weather


In Texas, we aren’t used to getting the type of winter temps that our more northern neighbors deal with every year. That said, February 2021 proved that we aren’t immune to extended periods of freezing weather. And we learned that temperatures like that can wreak havoc on just about everything they touch - including our diesel engines. You’ve already put time and money into your diesel engine, so taking the necessary steps to prepare for winter is an investment you should be willing to make. 

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Preserve Equipment with Lubricants

Preserve Equipment with Lubricants

When we buy a vehicle or invest in equipment, the goal is to reach maximum engine performance for the longest amount of time possible.  This can only be accomplished when the proper use of oils, greases, fuels and other fluids are maintained on a regular basis.  There is so much that is happening under the hood and it all starts with lubrication.

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Proudly Distributing Shell and Chevron Products

Proudly Distributing Shell and Chevron Products

When it comes to operating your fleet vehicles, don’t leave your engine maintenance to chance.  Depend on Shell and Chevron lubricants to help you achieve maximum engine potential. We stand by our mission statement and that is “to exceed expectations while providing quality and safety in service and products.” Bear Oil Company’s lubricant product line is top-notch, with Shell and Chevron topping the list.  Just at the turn of the 19th century, Shell and Chevron got its start in the oil and gas industry and are still making daily discoveries in energy and petrochemicals. We are going to take a look at their rich history and explore how these products keep our customers moving.

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Fleet Fuel Management - Making It Work For You

Semi Trucks Refueling

Operating a business with fleet vehicles comes with its many challenges. Understanding your business fueling goals and choosing the right management system will optimize your fuel consumption and simplify your accounting procedures.

What if you could fuel your fleet, monitor your fuel inventory and access your billing, all with one system? Here, we will detail the benefits of using our fleet fuel management system and how you can improve your daily operations.

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Cummins and Power Service - Two Names You Can Trust


One hundred years and counting, Cummins has long since been legendary with its diesel engine manufacturing. It is no mistake that Cummins would endorse Power Service and add their diesel fuel additives to their broad portfolio of power solutions. Power Service, a third-generation veteran and family-owned company, shares the same mission as Cummins, and that is to provide the most technologically advanced products and services that power the future and improve people’s lives.  

Cummins’ commitment to developing not only engine design, but the turbochargers, fuel system, and after treatment systems, perfectly match the defining qualities of Power Service’s esteemed product line of diesel fuel additives. You can’t have peak performance with your diesel engine unless it is maintained with the proper products. These year-round enhancers are a game-changer in the fleet industry.

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Additives or No Additives This Summer - That is the Question…

Additives or No Additives This Summer  - That is the Question…

It is true that using fuel additives in the winter months is a more common practice to reduce fuel system problems, but is it becoming more popular for fleets to use year-round additives? The answer to this question is arguable by some. We will investigate the benefits of using fuel additives and what makes them popular so that you can make the right decisions for your fleet.

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Bear Oil Company – “Your local lubricant and fuel supplier”

Bear Oil Company – “Your local lubricant and fuel supplier”

Serving Central and South Texas for over 80 years

There are many variables that play a part in maximizing efficiency, longevity and productivity from your automobile and construction equipment. The correct lubricant happens to be at the top of that list. It accomplishes this by creating a film of protection between internal parts, reducing friction and wear. The end result is prolonged equipment life and reduced costs to your company.

You already deal with the grueling summer heat and the unforgiving roadways and job sites that are a way of life in South Texas. Let Bear Oil Company make your life easier by helping you match the right lubricant to your equipment.

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Finding a Match Between You and Your Wholesale Fuel Supplier

Are you in the market for a new wholesale fuel supplier? Choosing one poses many questions, but if you follow these suggestions, you and your company will be sure to make the right choice.

In these uncertain times, trucking companies and companies with small fleets have been a life force for many businesses that have depended on delivery of services and products. Without them we wouldn’t have had groceries or other needed supplies during this Covid 19 pandemic. Today and everyday, we depend on truckers to be on the roads taking care of these necessary deliveries. From large trucking companies to the small family owned fleets, fuel supply should not be an added worry.

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Three Reasons Why A Fleet Card Is Better Than A Gas Card

Three Reasons Why A Fleet Card Is Better Than A Gas Card

As a decision maker who deals with employees who require your money to do their job, you need to find ways to ensure that when your financial resources are in an employee’s hands, you maintain control over how those resources are used.

When you have drivers and other employees who need fuel, you have several choices. You can let the employees’ expense those costs out of their own pockets and then reimburse them later upon receipt. Or you can hand over a credit card or a fuel card and trust that employees won’t take advantage by spending your money on unapproved items. Another choice is to enroll your business in a trusted, reputable company that issues fleet cards.

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Tips To Reduce Diesel Fuel Related Engine Problems

Tips To Reduce Fuel Related

Let’s face it – a malfunctioning diesel engine is not only a waste of time, it can be expensive to repair and have impacts on your financial bottom line. When your diesel equipment breaks down, you lose valuable time on the job. And diesel repairs can be complicated and costly.

Diesel engines are not like other engines. For example, they require special care in intense weather conditions. Although diesel engines can last longer than gasoline engines, their fuel pumps are intricate and expensive. Engines that are powered by gasoline, which is detergent-like, need care more often since the gasoline washes away oil from engine components, but engines powered by the light oil in diesel continually lubricates important parts. Power Service diesel fuel additive can help.

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CFN Fee Assessment

Our fleet card partner, The Commercial Fueling Network (CFN) has been assessing remote transaction fees for each transaction conducted at locations other than those owned by Bear Oil Company.  The transaction fee supports fraud monitoring and protection, CFN network enhancements and your on-line access.  

In the past Bear Oil Company has absorbed these transaction fees, but now must pass along a portion of the fees, due to the increased costs associated with fraud protection and card controls.

Beginning May 1, 2020 we will pass along a 50 cent fee for each remote transaction. Those would include fuel card transactions that are processed anywhere other than Bear Oil in San Antonio and the Bear Oil site in Schertz, off FM 3009.

Should you have questions please contact your account manager.   

Thank you, we appreciate your business. 

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Compare More Than Price For Fleet Fueling and Industrial Lubricants

We know that when you are looking to purchase something, price is going to be a factor. But for most people, price is only one part of a much bigger picture. Let’s look at an analogy. You are planning to buy some new tires. For most people, there could be a lot riding on those tires, including your own safety and others in the vehicle. Another thing to consider is how many miles you will get before they need replacing. You most likely will consider several factors besides price when deciding what type of tires you want and who to purchase them from.

When you make decisions for your business, you probably utilize the same amount of care and research. Looking at the cost is important. When you look at Return on Investment (ROI), however, there are many factors that enter into your consideration. At Bear Oil, we’re proud to say that as far as cost is concerned, we are extremely competitive. But, in addition to being competitive on cost, we offer much more that we think puts us into a superior category to be your “partner on the road.”

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Fleet Managers’ Top Fuel Savings Tips for 2020

Whether managing on-road or-off road equipment fleets, every fleet manager should be looking for the most effective way to reduce fuel costs. And while there’s no way for fleet managers to directly control the cost of the fuel market, there are likely techniques, actionable behaviors and even tools to help optimize every driver or equipment operator’s fuel efficiency. At Bear Oil Company, we are here to help reduce your fuel expenses with quality affordable delivered fuel and lubricants.

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