The Blue Cow Software Blog is dedicated to educating and sharing concepts pertaining to fuel oil, propane, and HVAC business management with industry professionals. Posts may include but are not limited to latest news, trends, and recommendations. Stay tuned as the blog posts are updated frequently.

How to Use Analytics to Move Your Business Forward

By Nick Quaratiello Blue Cow Software “You can’t tell where you are going unless you know where you have been.” The source of this quote has been lost to time, but the advice remains as appropriate as ever. In order to create a workable plan for the future of your...

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Making Better Business Decisions

By Nick Quaratiello Blue Cow Software “Lies, damned lies, and statistics” is a phrase whose origin is lost in history. But statistics are very much applicable in today’s modern business world. With success or failure riding on making the best choices on a range of...

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Going Paperless

Reducing the amount of paper used in your office is an environmentally responsible step to take. But moving toward a truly paperless office environment has benefits for your business as well as for Mother Nature.

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Survey Says…

By Nick Quaratiello Blue Cow Software For the past 26 years, the accounting firm of Gray, Gray & Gray has conducted an annual survey of the energy industry. Every year the results provide a look into the “best practices” of fuel oil and propane companies, as well as...

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Avoiding Disaster is No Laughing Matter

By Mark Nardone Blue Cow Software It has been a busy month for disasters. Television coverage of the devastating floods inundating the Carolinas can’t begin to tell the full story of the calamity that has befallen that region. At the same time, just a few miles from...

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Trends in Dispatch Management

By Mark Nardone Blue Cow Software Trucks on the road and technicians in the field, either making a fuel delivery or service call, are only assets when they are active and busy. Idle vehicles and people cost you money. Which is why the “art & science” practiced by...

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5 Lessons We Can Learn from Amazon

By Mark Nardone Blue Cow Software A century ago, virtually every home in America included at least one item purchased from Sears, Roebuck & Co., often ordered from the company’s iconic catalog. Today, Sears is teetering on the edge of insolvency, having been replaced...

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Data Security Steps You Need to Take

By Mark Nardone Blue Cow Software Do you remember how you felt the last time your mobile phone lost its signal as you passed through a “dead zone” in cell coverage? It was a lonely, lost sensation. Now transfer that to the specter of losing the “signal” to all of your...

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Oil and Gas Prices Heading in Different Directions?

By Mark Nardone Blue Cow Software Product pricing is never an easy task. Setting the right selling price for fuel oil or propane is dependent on multiple factors, ranging from supplier prices, to target margin, to competitive circumstances. In order to make longer...

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