Distribution and logistics companies have been warned that they are probably over-spending on diesel and petrol. Steve Clarke, general manager of The Fuelcard People, said: Any company without a fuel card will be losing money, while even those who already have one may be missing benefits.
Anyone who thinks that all fuel cards are the same is wrong and almost certainly over-pays as a consequence. Every day, thousands of distribution company trucks, vans and other vehicles are refuelled at pump prices, although discounts of 10p per litre and more are available. It is financial madness to pay for fuel without enjoying discount pricing.
Steve Clarke pointed out why over-spending happens: When fuel cards were first introduced, discounts were rare. Now, savings of 2p to 3p per litre on national average pump prices, and up to 10p on motorway costs, are typical. Depending upon which card a distribution firm chooses, discounts will apply across a national network of 1,600 or more locations. Too many companies continue to use the non-discount fuel cards they have held for years, rather than reviewing their options and saving money.
He questioned those who fail to shop around. Fuel cards vary, he said, and one type can not suit every need. A distribution company will not have the same specific needs as a haulier, electrical contractor or courier company. Significant per-litre discounts should be just the start of the service, savings and security benefits sought by users.
He issued a challenge to distribution and logistics companies: Call us, on 0871 598 0230, and I bet that we can find you a better package of benefits than you already have. Apart from savings, free credit and ease of VAT recovery, there is so much on offer from dedicated account management and 24/7 account access to detailed, customised reports and state-of-the-art security measures.
The Fuelcard People is one of the few fuel card companies able to offer truly impartial, independent advice, offering a broad choice of cards from leading brands including BP, Esso, Shell, Texaco, Diesel Direct (Keyfuels) and ReD.