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Wednesday, July 26, 2017           
Retail vs. Our Fuel Management

If you are a business currently using or considering a fuel management solution incumbent on retail fueling locations, then be aware of the potential hazards.  In these environments, your fuel purchasing program is compromised by the following factors:

  • Inability to restrict product grades at the dispenser
    • Drivers are able purchase mid-grade or premium, which can increase your per gallon cost by as much as $.30 alone!  Detection is only after the fact at time of billing.
  • Transactions involve c-store clerks who disregard your fuel purchasing policies
    • Store owners and clerks care more about making money than enforcing your fuel purchasing policies.  They have no risk, and often facilitate abuse for their own personal gain.
  • Ability for clerks to add non-fuel items to the transactionNon-Fuel Items
    • C-stores are laden with temptation for drivers who abuse your fuel purchasing rules by adding beer, cigarettes, snacks, soda, gloves and much more to your fuel bill.
  • Ability for clerks to disguise non-fuel items as fuel
    • One of the most insidious abuses of a fuel management program is when clerks convert non-fuel items into fuel.  The only possible detection is through detailed MPG analysis.
  • Increased labor expense and lost productivity due to congested facility and waiting in line to pay
    • Retail stores often add between 10 to 20 minutes to the fueling event over a Pacific Pride Commercial Fueling location.
  • Insufficient information reporting necessary to detect abuse
    • Many retail fueling options fail to report time, date, gallons, product grade, price per gallon, odometer reading, or tax breakout’s, all of which is critical to managing a fleet.
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