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We understand the power that information can hold for our customers, which is why our experts at SCL work to share the latest in trends, safety and compliance and a number of other topics on our blog. Please explore the latest entries below or search for articles by topic.

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5 Things to Keep in Mind About Price Increases

February 10, 2020

How to Use Spikes as a Cue to Institute Positive Change, Streamlined Practices Price increases are often uncomfortable to discuss, but unfortunately they are an unavoidable part of our business. At SCL, our goal is to help you navigate these occurrences and, if possible, use them as opportunities to strengthen... Read More +

How to Know When Your Drums are Ready for Pickup

January 29, 2020

Environmental and Transportation Regulations Demand Intact, Drip Dry Drums Customers in nearly every industry receive 55-gallon drums of oil, lubricants or chemicals from SCL on a regular basis. From automotive to construction, agriculture to industrial manufacturing plants, 55-gallon drum deliveries are a crucial part of doing business. But what about... Read More +

Is Absorption Rate Really That Important?

January 23, 2020

Here’s Why It Should Be An Indicator, But Not The Indicator Over the past 20 years, the term absorption rate has risen in prominence throughout the automotive industry. With the changing landscape of dealerships – which have gone from primarily focusing on new and pre-owned car sales to now serving... Read More +

Pre-Loading Hard Adds a Win-Win for Dealerships, Customers

December 13, 2019

SCL Now Offering Paint, Fabric, Leather Protection Kits in Bulk Packaging There’s no disputing the value of hard-adds for dealerships. From extended warranties and service agreements, to paint, fabric and leather protection, providing extra value to customers can increase profit and instill much-needed loyalty. They also offer a more level... Read More +

Important USPS Shipping Changes for Oil Analysis

November 21, 2019

SCL Prepaid Labels Align with Security Enhancements In an effort to “increase safety and security of its collection box procedures,” the USPS recently announced packages more than ½ inch thick weighing more than 10 ounces can no longer be dropped in mail collection boxes bearing only stamps. This means customers... Read More +

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Cambios importantes de envío de USPS para análisis de aceite

November 21, 2019
Las etiquetas prepagadas de SCL se alinean con las mejoras de seguridad En un esfuerzo por “aumentar la seguridad de… Read More +

Salute to SCL’s Veterans

November 11, 2019

On this Veterans Day 2019 we pause to thank all our nation’s Veterans and their families. Luis Mejia – Richmond Operations Manager – United States Army Served from 1999-2006 as a 44-B. Welder/ Metal Worker. 2000- Joined B-Co. 426th Forward Support Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell,... Read More +

Are Your Empty Skid Tanks Really Empty?

November 7, 2019

HMR Regulations You Should Know to Avoid Hefty (and Often Imposed) Fines For our customers in construction and agriculture, skid tanks are often used for their convenience in providing on-site fuel that keeps operations running efficiently. Unfortunately, they can also be the source of exorbitant fines due to violations in... Read More +

SCL Partners with BIZOL to Offer Start-Stop Engine Solutions

October 31, 2019

Enhanced Protection Ideal for Urban Traffic, Hybrid Vehicles and Fleets Due to successes in reducing idle time, improving fuel economy and lowering emissions, start-stop engines and hybrid vehicles have continued to increase in popularity among consumers and auto manufacturers at nearly every price point. Despite continuing to gain traction, however,... Read More +

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SCL se Asocia con BIZOL para Ofrecer Soluciones de Parada/Arranque del Motor

October 31, 2019
Protección Mejorada Ideal para Tráfico Urbano, Vehículos Híbridos y Flotas Debido al éxito en la reducción del tiempo de inactividad,… Read More +

Mass California Outage Raises Questions About Emergency Fuel Supply

October 16, 2019

Two SCL Fueling Stations Offer Fully Functioning Backups to Maintain Reliability After nearly 800,000 California businesses and residents experienced up to five days without power due to a voluntary shutdown by Pacific Gas & Electric, utilities have now been almost completely restored throughout the state’s northernmost reaches to the Silicon... Read More +

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El Corte Masivo de California Plantea Preguntas Sobre el Suministro de Combustible de Emergencia

October 16, 2019
Dos Estaciones de Combustible SCL Ofrecen una Reserva Completamente Funcionales para Mantener la Confiabilidad Después de que casi 800,000 empresas… Read More +

Avoid Fines and Ensure Employee Safety This Rainy Season

October 2, 2019

Simple communication and small investments go a long way in preventing accidents  As the East Coast of the United States braces for the start of hurricane season, the fall months in California have traditionally welcomed the beginning of rain. While that can equate to positive news for our agricultural partners,... Read More +

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Evite Multas y Asegure La Seguridad de los Empleados Esta Temporada Lluviosa

October 2, 2019
La comunicación simple y las pequeñas inversiones contribuyen en gran medida a la prevención de accidentes A medida que la… Read More +

New Cardless Swipe Serves as Theft Deterrent at Cardlock Fuel Stations

September 25, 2019

Geolocating App Provides Digital Payment, Receipt Options In response to an increasing number of skimmer fraud instances reported by the California Independent Oil Marketers Association, a new CardlessSwipe option has emerged as an alternative for cardlock fueling stations. The new technology, which uses a geolocating CardlessSwipe app, allows drivers to bypass swiping... Read More +

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El Nuevo Pago sin Tarjeta Sirve como Elemento Antirrobo en las Ubicaciones de Combustible con Cardlock

September 25, 2019
La aplicación de geolocalización proporciona pago digital, opciones de recibos En respuesta al incremento de casos de fraude reportados por… Read More +

How the Saudi Oil Attack Can Affect You and Your Business

September 20, 2019

What You Need to Know to Stay Prepared in the Face of Unpredictibility While questions surrounding weekend drone attacks on a Saudi Arabian oil facility and a nearby oil field continue to arise, there’s one fact that remains relatively unquestioned: the destruction of one of the world’s largest processors of... Read More +

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Cómo Puede fectarle el Ataque Petrolero Saudita a Usted y a su Negocio

September 20, 2019
Lo que Necesita Saber para Mantenerse Preparado ante un Imprevisto Aun cuando siguen surgiendo preguntas sobre los ataques con drones… Read More +

Essential Principles for Automotive Service Providers

September 18, 2019

Attentive, Honest Service Providers Can Mean a Tangible Difference in Your Bottom Line For automotive dealerships and service facilities, the service advisor is truly the face of the company for most customers. They are waiting when cars pull up in the service lane, and, oftentimes, they are the only person... Read More +

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Principios Esenciales para Asesores de Servicios Automotrices

September 18, 2019
Para los concesionarios de automóviles y las instalaciones de servicio, el asesor de mantenimiento es realmente la cara de la empresa para… Read More +

Common Objections to Service Recommendations and How to Overcome Them

September 18, 2019

Why Simply Relaying Information Should No Longer be Status Quo When it comes to dealer or factory recommended maintenance or even necessary repairs, many customers are often resistant to accept advice from automotive service providers. They either don’t have the time to wait, they didn’t budget for the expense, they believe... Read More +

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Objectiones Comunes a las Recomendaciones de Servicio y Cómo Superarias

September 18, 2019
Cuando se trata del mantenimiento recomendado por el distribuidor o la fábrica, o incluso las reparaciones necesarias, muchos clientes a… Read More +

How to Explain Synthetic vs. Conventional Oil to Your Customers So They Understand

September 18, 2019

Educating Customers About Oil Choices Can Build Trust and Loyalty According to a 2018 survey by a leading tire manufacturer, about 1 in 3 customers is not confident enough to select the right oil for their vehicle. A significantly lower percentage than that feel equipped to perform basic car maintenance,... Read More +

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Cómo Explicarle a sus Clientes la Diferencia Entre el Aceite Sintético y el Aceite Convencional

September 18, 2019
Según una encuesta de 2018 realizada por un fabricante líder de neumáticos, aproximadamente 1 de cada 3 clientes no están… Read More +

Double Dip Price Increase on Finished Lubricants

April 29, 2019

Rising Costs of Raw Materials Spur Second Price Increase Last week we published a notification alerting our customers to a pending 6% increase in price based on the rising cost of raw materials. Over the past week, however, most major oil suppliers announced an unexpected additional price increase from 6%... Read More +

Spill Prevention and Secondary Containment

April 16, 2019

New Innovations in Secondary Containment Systems California is tough on waste management, and secondary containment systems are often an essential part of a compliant spill prevention protocol. Title 22, referring to waste generation, is an official code of regulations within the state of California that outlines specific parameters for properly... Read More +

Finished Lubricant Price Increase is on the Horizon

April 10, 2019

Price Increase Scheduled for Finished Lubricants – May 6, 2019 With increases in the cost of raw materials, rising freight costs and overall market fluctuations that affect manufactures, and the processing and delivery of finished products, a 6% finished lubricants price increase will go into effect on May 6th. In... Read More +

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Aumento del Precio del Lubricante Terminado está en el Horizonte

April 10, 2019
Aumento del Precio del Lubricante Terminado Aumento de precios para lubricantes terminados programado – 6 de mayo de 2019 Con… Read More +

Fluid Analysis – The Next Generation of Sample Submission

March 29, 2019

Fluid Analysis – The Next Generation of Sample Submission - Most oil analysis labs do not have your original equipment manufacturer (OEM) information and specific fluid information on file, which can lead to inaccuracy in a customer's overall trending analysis. Fluid analysis data results can become flawed when the appropriate wear limits are not put in place...

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Análisis de Fluidos: La Próxima Generación de Envío deMuestras

March 29, 2019
Análisis De Fluído Cómo los Datos Erróneos Sobre sus Muestras de Líquidos Pueden Costarle Dinero Debido a la falta de… Read More +

Pulling an Oil Sample – Proper Techniques for Maximum Results

March 21, 2019

Pulling an Oil Sample - Proper Techniques for Maximum Results - One of the best ways that you can monitor the health and efficiency of your fleet is to implement regularly scheduled oil analysis as part of your preventative maintenance schedule. Oil analysis gives you a benchmark of the internal conditions within your equipment that you can then monitor over time to make any necessary adjustments...

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Extracción de una Muestra de Aceite: Técnicas Adecuadas para Obtener los Mejores Resultados

March 21, 2019
Extracción de una Muestra de Aceite Al Extraer una Muestra de Aceite, Asegúrese de Utilizar la Técnica Adecuada Una de… Read More +

Oil Sample Turnaround – Why a Rapid Return is Important

March 13, 2019

Oil Sample Turnaround - Why a Rapid Return is Important - Like the blood pumping through our veins, lubricating oil is the lifeblood or plasma within our vehicles and equipment. Without, they would come to a grinding halt - literally. As you can imagine...

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Entrega de Muestras de Aceite: Por Qué es Importante una Devolución Rápida

March 13, 2019
Entrega de Respuesta de Muestras de Aceite Cuanto Más Rápida sea la Devolución, Más Precisos Serán los Resultados Al igual… Read More +

Water in Oil – Keeping Moisture Out of Storage Tanks

March 6, 2019

Oil and Water - Never a Good Combo for Engines or Equipment - With unprecedented moisture levels across the state of California thus far in 2019, it is important to stay on top of safeguarding your lubricant products from rainwater contamination and condensation...

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Agua en el aceite - Manteniendo la Humedad Fuera de los Tanques de almacenamiento

March 6, 2019
Water in Oil Tank Aceite y Agua: Nunca es un Buen Combo para Motores o Equipos Con niveles de humedad… Read More +

Governor Gavin Newsom and California’s Petroleum Industry

January 29, 2019

How Will Gavin Newsom Manage CA’s Energy Sector - On January 7th, 2019, Jerry Brown stepped aside to hand over the reigns to a new governor elect for the state of California – Gavin Newsom. Newsom, a member of the Democratic party, previously served as the lieutenant governor of California under Brown...

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Gobernador Gavin Newsom y la industria petrolera de California

January 29, 2019
Governor Gavin Newsom Climate Agenda ?¿Cómo gestionará Gavin Newsom el sector energético de CA? El 7 de enero de 2019,… Read More +
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