Global Partners LP is a publicly traded Delaware master limited partnership formed in March 2005. The Company is a midstream logistics and marketing company. It is the distributors of gasoline (including gasoline blendstocks such as ethanol and naphtha), distillates (such as home heating oil, diesel and kerosene), residual oil and renewable fuels to wholesalers, retailers and commercial customers in the New England states and New York. The Company is also engaged in the purchasing, selling and logistics of transporting domestic and Canadian crude oil and other products via rail, establishing a virtual pipeline from the mid-continent region of the United States and Canada to the East and West Coasts for distribution to refiners and other customers. It owns, controls or has access to one of the terminal networks of refined petroleum products and renewable fuels in Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania (collectively, the Northeast). The Company also owns and controls terminals in North Dakota and Oregon that extend its origin-to-destination capabilities. The Company is a multi-brand gasoline distributor and, as of December 31, 2013, had a portfolio of approximately 900 owned, leased and/or supplied gasoline stations primarily in the Northeast. The Company sells its products through three segments: Wholesale, Gasoline Distribution and Station Operations and Commercial. The Wholesale segment is engaged in the logistics of gathering, storage, transportation and marketing of refined petroleum products, renewable fuels, crude oil and propane. In this segment the Company sells unbranded gasoline (including gasoline blendstocks such as ethanol and naphtha) and diesel to unbranded gasoline customers and other resellers of transportation fuels. It sells home heating oil, diesel, kerosene, residual oil and propane to home heating oil retailers and wholesale distributors. It also sells and transport crude oil to refiners. The gasoline Distribution and Station Operations segment had a portfolio of approximately 900 owned, leased and/or supplied gasoline stations primarily in the Northeast. In this segment the Company sells branded and unbranded gasoline to gasoline stations and other sub-jobbers. This segment also includes gasoline, convenience store, car wash and other ancillary sales at the Company's directly operated stores, as well as rental income from dealer leased or commission agent leased gasoline stations. The Commercial segment includes sales and deliveries to end user customers in the public sector and to large commercial and industrial end users of unbranded gasoline, home heating oil, diesel, kerosene, residual oil, renewable fuels and natural gas. In the case of commercial and industrial end user customers, it sells its products primarily either through a competitive bidding process or through contracts of various terms. The Company's Commercial segment also includes sales of custom blended distillates and residual oil delivered by barge or from a terminal dock to ships through its bunkering activity. This segment includes sales and deliveries to end user customers in the public sector and to large commercial and industrial end users of unbranded gasoline, home heating oil, diesel, kerosene, residual oil, renewable fuels and natural gas. The Company's competitors include terminal companies, major integrated oil companies and their marketing affiliates, wholesalers, producers and independent marketers of varying sizes, financial resources and experience.