Allstar has ditched its optional two card approach to offering customers access to discounted diesel and instead launched the Allstar One Card.
The fuel card provider, which is part of part of Fleetcor – a global payments company – says it will offer fleets better value, increased convenience and significant cost savings.
The new Allstar One card is embedded with ‘chip and pin’ technology to increase security and reduce the risk of fraud, with additional online authorisation and transaction limit settings available to increase control even further.
It also includes a host of other features that enable businesses and their drivers to pay for not only fuel, but a range of products and services as well. This includes glass repair and replacement, tyre services from ATS Euromaster, AA breakdown and fuel assist, M6toll payment and a recently launched service, maintenance and repair (SMR) offering; a solution that can save businesses up to 20% off their SMR costs against the retail cost of the work.
Customers can also take advantage of Allstar’s Ecopoint scheme, which enables businesses to capture the carbon emissions of their fleets, adding to their ‘green’ credentials.
In addition, customers will be able to utilise Allstar’s Business Mileage Monitor (BMM) service – an automated system to ensure accurate reporting and payment of business and private fuel
Peter Bridgen, Allstar’s managing director, said: “Over the last few years we have invested heavily in our business to bring a host of new products and services to the market that really add value to the service we provide our customers.
“The launch of the Allstar One Card is the pinnacle of this investment, bringing together a number of convenient fleet solutions, additional security features and fuel savings into one.
“It’s a major milestone for our business and an exciting launch as we continue our evolution into becoming a comprehensive mobility solutions provider.”
The new card, which will be gradually rolled out to replace existing Allstar cards provides access to the largest and fuel network in the UK, with nearly 8,000 sites.
Customers also have access to over 1,800 sites where they can purchase discount diesel, typically at two pence per litre cheaper than pump price, which Allstar says can save businesses thousands of pounds each year.
Bridgen said: “The fact that our existing customer base will now be able to benefit from discount diesel on the same card is an immediate advantage of the Allstar One Card that is going to make a significant difference to fuel costs from day one. We also think this will be an extremely attractive proposition to potential customers.”
Bridgen continued: “The launch of the Allstar One card is all about offering our customers more choice, more convenience and further control.
“We know that some just want a simple fuel card, and that’s fine, whilst others are beginning to see the real cost and time saving benefits of using their fuel card for additional services, particularly as this also comes through on one Allstar HMRC approved VAT invoice, which saves costly administration time.
“By having all of these products and services on one card, our customers can easily tailor the services they want to use to meet their business requirements.”
Allstar says it will also work in partnership with customers to ensure its solution is tailored to their needs.
Bridgen concluded: “We are excited about bringing the Allstar One card to market. Unless you are willing to carry multiple cards, or use a credit card type product that can potentially jeopardise your control over what can be purchased, there’s nothing like this on the market.
“The launch of this solution, which will also include adding a new ‘Rental’ service later this year, is just the start though.
“There are more exciting developments in the pipeline as we move the business to becoming a comprehensive mobility solutions provider in 2016 and beyond.”
To read more about the Allstar One Card, see next week’s Fleet News.