Fleet drivers with a WEX Inc. fuel card will now be able to use their mobile device to pay for fuel at Shell stations, the company has announced.

WEX’s DriverDash mobile payments app is enabling the transactions at about 13,000 Shell stations. WEX struck a similar deal in June 2018 that enabled mobile payments at 11,000 Exxon and Mobil stations.

Mobile payments are more secure than card payments, and they ensure faster payment processing, according to WEX. Fleet managers can also use the technology to better control expenses.

“This evolution in fuel cards will provide fleet customers with a faster, more secure, more intuitive payment experience at Shell branded stations,” said Peggy Watson, senior vice president of product and marketing for WEX.

Drivers who use the WEX app can also accrue points through the Fuel Rewards Pro loyalty program.

WEX, which is based in Portland, Maine, acquired Shell’s commercial card portfolio in 2018.

Source: Automotive Fleet

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Today’s vehicles are computers on wheels, and the data they generate is heralding a new era of fleet efficiencies. But forming best practices for controlling, sharing, and monetizing this data — the right way — will take time and necessitates a collaborative effort among stakeholders.

At the 2019 Fleet Forward Conference, a panel discussion titled, “Data Privacy and Controls: Practical Considerations for Fleets, FMCs, and OEMs” takes the data conversation the next step for fleets.

The seminar will focus on data usage governance and how data will be accessed, obtaining driver consents to use their data, providing OEMs with VIN-specific opt-ins, understanding the OEM’s commitments to data privacy, and more.

The panelists are Arun Rajagopalan, founder and CEO of Motorq; Greg Buckland, CIO, LeasePlan USA; and Mark McClung, connected strategy and business development, Toyota Motor North America. Roger Lanctot, director, automotive connective mobility at Strategy Analytics, will moderate the seminar.

“There have been many theoretical discussions on how stakeholders should access and control data from vehicles,” says Chris Brown, executive editor at Bobit Business Media and conference chair. “This seminar takes the conversation the next step into the real-world scenarios all fleets will face.”

This seminar will convene on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 9:30am. The 2019 Fleet Forward Conference will be held Nov. 11-13 at The Forager in San Jose.

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The national average gasoline price fell 2 cents to $2.71 per gallon, as demand saw a “small dip” during the week ending Aug. 5, according to AAA.

The average price is now 4 cents lower than a month ago and 15 cents cheaper than a year ago. Overall summer demand remains robust, said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson.

“While gas prices continue to drop, the rate at which they are decreasing has slowed,” Casselano said. “On the week, most states saw cheaper pump prices of only a few pennies and motorists can expect this trend to continue into early August.”

Motorists can find gasoline for $2.75 or less at 65% of the stations across the country.

States with the largest monthly decreases include Florida (17 cents), Alaska. (17 cents), Michigan (14 cents), Illinois (13 cents), Delaware (12 cents), California (10 cents), Kentucky (9 cents), Arizona (9 cents), Colorado (9 cents), and Idaho (9 cents).

States with the least expensive markets include Louisiana ($2.33), Mississippi ($2.33), Alabama ($2.35), Arkansas ($2.37), South Carolina ($2.37), Oklahoma ($2.41), Tennessee ($2.43), Texas ($2.44), Missouri ($2.45), and Kansas ($2.46).

Meanwhile, the average price for a gallon of diesel fell two-tenths of a cent to $3.032, which is 19.1 cents lower than a year ago, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

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