Advertorial feature from Shell
Philip Williams, head of Shell Commercial Fleet UK, highlights some factors to consider when selecting a fuel card.
In the road transport business, fleet investments and vehicle operating expenses – such as fuel, maintenance and administration – account for the majority of costs. Keeping vehicles and their engines in top condition for as long as possible is therefore very important, as is minimising vehicle fuel consumption and the time required for managing suppliers.
Fuel cards can play a significant role in addressing these challenges – not only in isolation, but also by unlocking access to a host of other products and services designed to work in concert to help reduce operating costs and increase fleet efficiency. Ultimately, the secret to getting the most out of a fuel card is therefore to select a supplier based on both the strength of its card and its associated offerings.
From a fuel card-specific perspective, road transport operators should primarily look for a supplier that not only offers cashless payment for services and fuel on the road, but also generates clear reports that offer transparency in fuel transactions, and has systems to help identify and prevent fraudulent activities.
The euroShell Card, for example, has PIN technology in the UK to help fight fraud. Shell Card Online also allows operators to set up customisable alerts to identify fraudulent activities, provides secure online invoicing, and has a dedicated Fraud Team of security experts.
As far as associated services are concerned, amongst the main offerings to look for are access to high quality fuel. Shell FuelSave Diesel, for example, is designed to help protect against the build-up of deposits that can reduce engine efficiency.
These benefits can only be fully realised when used with the right card. The importance of a robust holistic review of fuel card suppliers prior to selection should therefore not be underestimated.
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