- 09 Nov
Another fuel price war impacts traffic patterns
In Spartanburg, SC, another fuel price war was initiated by a c-store grand opening. Promotional temporary fuel prices for a new QuikTrip caused a race to the fuel price basement. In response to the promotional pricing, the nearby Raceway and Kangaroo lowered their fuel prices, resulting in some of the lowest prices in the country, with unleaded fuel at one point hitting bottom at $2.80 per gallon. That was enough to cause unnatural traffic patterns to the point where state officials needed to be called in to solve the traffic problem.
This price war started over a month ago back in October, and still has a ripple effect in Spartanburg. GasBuddy reports as of today seven c-stores with unleaded fuel priced below $3.00 per gallon, with two stores at $2.83. The remaining 44 c-stores in Spartanburg are priced anywhere from $3.00/gallon to $3.35/gallon.
From a fuel price management perspective, it’s another lesson learned there is no substitute for fuel pricing analysts keeping up with local field market intelligence, and using human insight when setting optimized fuel prices. The retail fuel price market has too many unexpected influences that drive prices out of traditional patterns.