Business Editors/Energy Editors/Software Writers
     HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 24, 2008--FuelQuest, Inc., the leading software and services company for the downstream energy industry, announced today that United Supermarkets has chosen FuelQuest’s Fuel Management Services to streamline and manage its bulk fuel processes. United Supermarkets is a leading regional grocery chain operating 47 stores in 27 cities across north and west Texas.
     â€œHeightened fuel price volatility coupled with the expansion of our retail fuel sites throughout Texas, required us to seek out a strategic fuel sourcing solution to implement best practices across our statewide fuel operations,” said Chris Bridgford, Fuel Director of United Supermarkets. “FuelQuest’s Fuel Management Services enables us to complement our internal talents with FuelQuest’s veteran staff and industry-leading solutions to obtain the optimal supply portfolio at the most competitive prices so we can pass that savings along to our guests.”
     With FuelQuest in place, United Supermarkets will be able to:
     Gain strategic consulting on supply portfolio, contracting and sourcingReduce financial exposure to volatile markets with reduced freight and fuel costsIncrease transparency with fuel purchase, transport and taxesCentralize control and provide real-time visibility into all storesOptimize inventory and dispatch controlAutomate invoice reconciliation.
     â€œWe are proud to add United Supermarkets as a customer, as FuelQuest continues to make deep inroads in the retail sector,” said Ryan Mossman, Vice President & GM Fuel Management for FuelQuest. “The new economic norms created by today’s record fuel prices have intensified the need for the blend of best-in-class technology and downstream supply chain domain expertise that only FuelQuest can provide.”
     About United Supermarkets
     United Supermarkets, LLC, is a Texas-based, family-owned grocery chain with stores in 27 markets across north and west Texas. A self-distributing company with its headquarters and distribution center in Lubbock, United currently operates 47 stores under three distinct formats: United Supermarkets, Market Street and Amigos United.
     About FuelQuest
     FuelQuest provides on-demand, web-based supply chain management and tax automation technologies for suppliers, distributors, buyers, and traders of petroleum products and other energy commodities. FuelQuest solutions deliver operational and financial value to over 750 customers. These customers include leading global oil companies, international retailers, shippers, and government entities. FuelQuest solutions help customers manage the complexity, regulation, and market volatility of billions of gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel annually. ZyTax solutions process tens of billions of dollars of motor fuels excise taxes per year.
     Find out more online at www.fuelquest.com
    FuelQuest, Inc., HoustonDirector – Marketing ProgramsTracy Rummel, 713-222-5723trummel@fuelquest.com
    State Keywords: TexasIndustry Keywords: Energy; Oil/Gas; Other Energy; Technology; Supply Chain Management; Software; Retail; SupermarketSource: FuelQuest, Inc.


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