There is no debating whether or not 2012 was a memorable year. President Obama was reelected. Superstorm Sandy devastated the eastern U.S. and was the second-costliest storm in U.S. history. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the 2010 health care law. And of course, the 2012 Summer Olympics took place in London.
2012 was also a very eventful year for the petroleum and convenience store industry. Gas prices were on the rise making 2012 the costliest year ever at the pump. Social media continued to gain popularity with storeowners. Increased tensions with Syria raised the price of crude oil and Iran threatened to cut off oil imports to France, Spain, Italy and other European countries. Demand for energy rose to dramatic heights in Asian countries. And more stringent environmental regulations were passed.
For more about what took place within the industry during 2012, or for some predictions for 2013, click on the links below:
OPW: What Happened in 2012 and What's on the Horizon
Just like for many people and companies all over the world, last year was also an extremely memorable one for OPW. OPW launched its new Mobile Website, which can be accessed by going to www.opwglobal.com/mobile and has been designed to provide customers with quick access to OPW contact information, technical documents, and more. OPW also celebrated its 15th anniversary in the underground fuel piping business – setting the Gold Standard in providing the world's most reliable fuel piping since 1997. Additionally, OPW also showed its commitment to innovation during 2012, introducing several new products into the marketplace, including:
Looking towards 2013, OPW plans to continue its long-standing tradition of Leading the Way in the petroleum equipment industry, supporting its customers with new innovations and product offerings. In addition, OPW will also be attending numerous key industry trade shows throughout the year, including the 2013 WPMA National Convention & Convenience Store Expo; Southeast Petro-Food Marketing Exposition, Midwest Petroleum and Convenience Tradeshow (M-PACT) and the 2013 PEI at the NACS Show.
What are some of your best memories from 2012, and what predictions do you have for the industry in 2013?
We'd love to hear from you!