Fuel is critical for many mobile businesses. It may represent a significant cost that can be hard to manage. Especially if you own or hire lots of vehicles. This category provides many businesses an opportunity to streamline and save.
There are many different ways to handle this as a business. Do you utilise a fuel card program tailored to your business needs or do you allow staff to claim on a per use basis? Do you use bulk fuel? While there are pros and cons for each, fuel cards provide a simple solution for most businesses.
Hidden fees and charges
Some cards levy administrative charges on top of already excessive card charges. This can negate any discounts provided on fuel.
Surcharges at some operators
Some fuel stations apply a surcharge for using certain fuel cards. While not always large, these surcharges can add up fast.
Opportunistic staff behaviour
Without good controls the opportunity exists for employees to fill up non-work vehicles. Buying of non fuel products such as drinks and groceries on company cards is also a common problem.
Limited time offers
To attract new customers fuel cards often offer discounts off the fuel price for a limited time. While this may be attractive, consider the cost in the longer term. These discounts often revert to zero discount after a limited time. Further, the offer often applies to your local station only.
Kickbacks from operators
For vehicle maintenance, ask whether the charges are passed on at cost. Some of the most popular fuel cards charge full cost to the customer. The card supplier then receives a kickback from the service location.
Choosing a fuel card that provides transparency and no hidden charges. Also consider one with fixed discounts and availability across Australia.
You should consider the following:
Supply Clusters has partnered with Caltex for simple fuel management.
Supply Clusters members receive the following benefits through Caltex:
Caltex customers enjoy:
Choosing the right fuel card can streamline your fuel cost management.
You should choose a provider that offers: