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GREEN BAY, Wis., Dec. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- After weathering 2012, an expensive year for transportation fuel costs, many companies used 2013 to seek new approaches to managing fuel prices. Heading into 2014, companies are looking for even more options, including alternative fuels, new reimbursement methods and unbundling price volatility and variances associated with diesel fuel.
"Although diesel prices are down from their 2012 highs, they are more volatile than ever," said Craig Dickman, CEO of Breakthrough®Fuel. "In 2014, we expect fuel prices to edge downward, but remain a significant factor in the overall cost of transporting products."
For many shippers, up to 40 percent of their freight cost comes from fuel costs. "Stabilizing and managing energy costs will be a prime focus for supply chain professionals," explained Dickman. What should they do?
As for 2014, Dickman says, "Everything we're seeing, and our research is showing, there should be a slight downward trend in fuel prices. But, outside factors can change that overnight. That's why it's important for businesses to understand their costs and develop strategies to manage those costs."
Breakthrough®Fuel, based in Green Bay, Wisconsin, is a supply chain management and transportation energy advisory firm helping shippers understand and manage transportation energy lifecycles and costs. Since 2004, Breakthrough®Fuel has managed more than 1.5 billion gallons of fuel; saving clients $350 million. Breakthrough®Fuel's clients include some of North America's largest companies. The firm has received Unilever's "Winning Through Innovation" award and is a four time recipient of Procter & Gamble's "External Business Partner Excellence Award."
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