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4 Different Ways To Fuel Your Fleet: Which Is Right For You?

Wednesday, July 17th, 2019
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You have many options when buying bulk fuel for your fleet. Even if you have an established process for purchasing fuel, it is good to know what all of those options are. They include mobile and retail fueling, as well as other choices.

Mobile fleet fueling

This service is convenient for many businesses in a variety of industries. It saves your employees time by taking care of the refueling process on a job site. The delivery service will come to you and refill your tanks before or after the workday.

It may be costlier for some companies to using mobile fueling. But, the money you save from paying employees to take care of this job can offset the costs. Keep in mind that you might need to order fuel more often based on your job site needs.

Retail fueling

This may seem like the easiest method of refueling your fleet, and for some businesses it is. Going to the truck stop is familiar and may be convenient if your fleet works locally. Your drivers just need a company credit card or a fleet fueling card to get their fuel. One advantage of this method is that you will not have to deal with buying, renting, or maintaining fuel storage tanks. The downside is that you will end up spending more at the pump.

Fueling up with cardlocks

Cardlocks are another easy method for fueling your fleet. These are truck stops that don’t typically have employees. They are built for large commercial vehicles and often have cheaper prices than normal retail stations. The issue with this method is that cardlocks are not as common as retail locations, so there may not be any close enough to your area.

Buying wholesale (bulk) fuel

Bulk fueling for your fleet is not as simple as driving to a station, but it is often the most cost-effective method. The costs involved when working with a bulk fuel supplier may seem high at first, but over time, you will save money. If you do not have fuel storage tanks already, some companies can provide them for you for a cost. Also, you will need to keep up with maintenance.

The advantages of working with a fuel supplier outweigh any negatives. You will be able to have a steady supply of fuel for day-to-day activities as well as an emergency supply. Your fleet drivers will not have to deal with refueling offsite unless they need to. If you choose to work with a supplier, ask about other services like tank monitoring, fixed contracts, market updates, and fast delivery.

Choosing the best option for your fleet

Whether you are choosing a new option for fuel delivery or considering switching how you work with your supplier, the decision may not be easy. There are many factors you will need to consider. Cost, convenience, and operational processes are some of the most important. Here are some tips that can help you make your choice.

  1. Compare your current and potential costs. This review should include all of the costs associated with running your business, not just fuel prices.
  2. Think about how a change would affect your operations and employees.
  3. It may not seem important, but when you sign a contract, it should be with a supplier you can work with. Customer service, expertise, and availability are all important.
  4. See if delivery and other services can be customized to your exact needs.
  5. Ensure the fuel you will be purchasing is high-quality.

Are you looking for help with fleet fueling?

The professionals at Kendrick Oil Company are available to help you with all of your wholesale fuel needs. We offer bulk gasoline, diesel, and heating fuels throughout Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, and Louisiana. Check out our Products and Services to see how we can help fuel your fleet the right way. You can reach us at (800) 299-3991 or Contact Us by Email to learn more.