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.

Source: Fleet Forward

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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.

Source: Automotive Fleet

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Welcome to the July Product Rundown! Here you’ll find the latest updates and tech improvements we’ve been working on right here at LeasePlan. If you’d like to know more about any of the products or services you see here, feel free to reach out to your account manager to get started today.

How well are you communicating with your drivers?

Let’s face it – sometimes communicating with all of your drivers can be a challenge. Chances are, if you feel like you could be doing more, you probably can. Did you know there is more than one way to communicate with your fleet using LeasePlan services? Opt into any one at any time. Reach out to your account manager for more information.

MyLeasePlan

Let’s start with the MyLeasePlan app. It already offers personal mileage reporting, vehicle maintenance records and a fuel locator – and there’s so much more coming. You can even allow your drivers to accept your company policy and help enforce compliance through the app.

Elle

Enrolling in Elle is a great way to let your drivers do the talking – especially when it comes to the simple things. While drivers would once dial up their fleet managers to ask day-to-day questions, all of those inquiries can now be directed toward Elle first. If she can’t answer it, she’ll learn how. She even absorbs your policy information, making it a one-stop shop for any policy-related questions your drivers may have while on the road. Think of Elle as a fleet manager’s first line of support – she’s not just the driver’s virtual assistant, she’s everybody’s virtual assistant.

OneScore

Tell your drivers how they’re doing, incentivize them, show them where they can improve – all without lifting a finger. Not only does OneScore do all this and more for your drivers, the aggregate data allows you to see your driver performance from a bird’s eye view. So you can better spot the areas that need the most attention to proactively manage your fleet.

To learn more about how to enhance your driver communications setup, reach out to your account manager today.

You, too, can help teach Elle

When you communicate with Elle, she learns and communicates back. She’s able to ingest policy data, fuel card information and more, just to make life a bit easier for you and your drivers. The only way she gets better, though, is by doing more. So, talk to Elle! More talking means more listening – which means more talking (and problem solving!) for fleet’s first virtual assistant.

Go ahead, put her to the test! You can start with things like:

  • What is my fuel card pin?
  • Can my spouse drive my car?
  • Will my company pay for my car wash?

Click here to check out Elle’s full capabilities.