For the last twenty-five years, Hector Antopia has tirelessly worked as a Hazmat Driver for Bear Oil Company. The humble man began his career when he was hired on the spot to haul fuel for the company.
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Fuel is key for any business that operates fleets of equipment. From a waste company with hundreds of trucks to a trucking fleet with only a handful. Fuel means power, and it’s a necessity. Fuel often makes up over 10% of a company’s total budget. But few fleet managers or owners know the details behind their fleet’s usage. And with high prices and economic uncertainty, it’s important to find ways to save on cost.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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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.”
Fleet managers of large or small, commercial or private fleets, are tasked with finding the most efficient and cost-effective ways to fuel their company vehicles. This can quickly become a challenge without the right tools and processes in place. There is a lot to track, record and report when managing your fleet fueling operations.
It is imperative that fleet managers have the most effective tools at their disposal. Let us help you take control of your fleet fueling costs.
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The next freeze is just around the corner, and with that comes many challenges. If you are a homeowner, you may find yourself wrapping pipes to keep them from freezing or adding a winterizing fertilizer to your lawn to protect it from freezing temperatures and to help ensure that your yard comes back lush and green in the Spring.
Likewise, your fleet needs winterization. The harmful effects of freezing temperatures and harsher weather brought on during the winter months on your vehicle and equipment’s fuel systems can stop you dead in your tracks and halt productivity, so it is essential to optimize your fuel management and winterize your fleet with fuel additives.
Fuel costs are an unfortunate necessity of doing business for most businesses today. Fleet managers are well aware that fuel expenses can account for some of the biggest expenses in the budget. The pressure is always on to reduce expenses and find fuel costs savings that will add profit to the company’s bottom line. That’s where on-site fueling service comes into play!
The financial cost of fuel, the time it takes to fill tanks, and resources used to fill up company vehicles and equipment are often bettered leveraged through convenient, on-site fueling services.
Fleet Managers are tasked with answering a tough question. Is on-site fueling service worth it for my company? There are many variables to take into consideration. Deciding on whether to invest in on-site fueling can be dependent on company size, current company fueling needs, projected fueling needs, current company equipment and infrastructure just to name a few.
On-site fueling and service is an investment. Cost of equipment, tank installation, along with continued ongoing maintenance and monitoring needs to be accounted for when deciding if and when to invest. The return on the investment will be actualized with a reduction in fuel costs. The savings can be significant if done correctly.
Online account management of your company’s fuel purchases allows you to optimize fuel usage, increase accountability and maximize cost savings for your business. Online account management puts you in the driver’s seat with the ability to track fuel purchases at your finger tips.
We all know fuel and lubricants don’t just magically appear to your business or job-site when it’s time to refill - but we can come pretty close. Fuel delivery is becoming more and more popular, and for good reason too. No matter the size of your commercial tanks, fuel delivery can ensure that you never run out. But the benefits don’t stop there - fuel delivery is made to take all of the worries off of your plate, allowing you to focus on your core business. Sounds amazing, doesn’t it? Let’s dive a little deeper.
Bear Oil delivers all equipment and tanks necessary to be more efficient with an on-site fueling tank and more accurate with a 24-hour tank monitoring system.
Safety first start with accurate information. State and Federal law require that employers obtain Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for the fuels, lubricants and other chemicals to provide employees with information on potential hazards, general properties information and recommended procedures for handling and storage.
MSDS also provide instructional information to health care personnel in the event of an accident or mishandling.
In January 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) introduced new emissions standards requiring medium- and heavy-duty vehicles to significantly reduce engine emissions.
Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) is a non-hazardous chemical solution containing urea and deionized water, and is used to break down dangerous NOx emissions into nitrogen and water.
It’s simple. If we win the support and confidence of our customers, then it follows that we will win national industry awards. Bear Oil Company has won the prestigious “Distribution Supplier of The Year” award from Kalmar RT Center (KRTC), an international manufacturer of leading edge specialized material handling and rough terrain container handling equipment.