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Diesel prices fall for the fifth time in seven weeks

By Jeff Berman, Group News Editor
November 06, 2012

The average price per gallon of diesel gasoline fell for the fifth time in the last seven weeks, according to the according to the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA).

With a 2 cent decline, the average price per gallon is $4.01. This comes on the heels of 8.6 cent and 3.4 cent losses, respectively, during the week of October 29 and October 22, and a 5.6 cent gain during the week of October 15 to $4.15 per gallon, which is the highest price since the week of August 18, 2008, when prices were $4.207 per gallon.

In its recently updated short-term energy outlook, the EIA is calling for diesel prices to average $3.96 per gallon in 2012 and $3.73 in 2013, with WTI crude oil expected to hit $95.66 per barrel in 2012 and $92.63 in 2013.

As previously reported, regardless of the fluctuation in diesel prices, shippers are cognizant of the impact diesel prices can have on their bottom line—for better or worse. And they continue to be proactive on that front, too, by taking steps to reduce mileage and transit lengths when possible as well as cut down on empty miles.

And even through shippers want to adjust budgets in order to offset the increased costs higher fuel prices bring, it is not always an easy thing to manage.

The focus from a supply chain management perspective, according to shippers, is more on utilization and efficiency by doing things like driving empty miles out of transportation networks.

A retail shipper recently told LM that his company absorbs the volatility in fuel prices though its fuel surcharge plan rather than hedging or being active with futures contracts due to the fact that it is not free or easy. And while it does reduce volatility, he said it does not always save money for shippers.

“The way we try to mitigate fuel prices is by how we set up our overall network, which is a highly optimized network of distribution centers and stores and fulfillment centers…which allows us to maximize our destiny,” he said.

Oil barrel prices on the New York Mercantile Exchange were at $86.12 at press time. The Associated Press that today’s Presidential Election’s uncertain economy has kept trading muted on financial and commodities markets this week.

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Jeff Berman
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Jeff Berman is Group News Editor for Logistics Management, Modern Materials Handling, and Supply Chain Management Review. Jeff works and lives in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, where he covers all aspects of the supply chain, logistics, freight transportation, and materials handling sectors on a daily basis. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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