Drivers have relied on Commercial Fuel Network, or CFN, since 1988. In the United States, their FleetWide card network comprises 350 companies that among them service 50,000 locations, including 2,500 independently-owned truck stops. CFN is unique in offering access to both retail and card lock filling stations, giving vendors and drivers alike an unprecedented degree of flexibility. After a 2003 merger with FleetCor Technologies, the combined business became the industry's leading fleet card processor, and now operates across the United States and Europe.
|Reviewed by Expert Market:||01/06/2016|
Businesses Served by CFN FleetWide
In theory, a business of practically any size could use CFN FleetWide. In practice, given the way the business's services are structured, it's uniquely suited to larger fleets, especially those that operate over long distances. More than just a fleet fuel card, CFN FleetWide offers benefits to its users that make it equal parts fuel card and fleet management solution.
CFN FleetWide Rates, Rewards and Incentives
Several fuel card companies and cards offer multiple card options alongside extensive reward and incentive programs. Many also offer cards backed by a credit card company (most commonly MasterCard) for use out-of-network. CFN FleetWide doesn't offer those options.
However, let's consider what CFN FleetWide does offer. For starters, there's a very high degree of security. Transactions can be limited by day, week, transaction cost, and gallon limits. Driver IDs can be assigned to individual drivers or on a floating basis. E-receipts allow for verification and tracking of purchases. In the event of unauthorized use, any card can be locked down quickly and easily.
On the fleet manager's side, there is a suite of useful reporting features. These include exception-based reporting by account or by individual card, fuel management, user and account profiles, account management, custom reporting, and detailed transaction histories. All of this is accessible 24/7/365 via a dedicated online portal.
Finding A CFN FleetWide Station
The CFN FleetWide card offers true coast-to-coast coverage in the lower 48 states. In addition to any station with the CFN or Fuelman sign, your card will be valid at Flying J, Love's, Chevron, Texaco, Pilot, and Sinclair locations. Coverage is even available in many locations across the border in Canada, though a couple of provinces (notably Manitoba and New Brunswick) have no coverage.
It should also be noted that some states have geographical gaps in coverage, especially in the more sparsely-populated parts of the Midwest. However, if your route follows the interstates and main highways, this tends not to be a problem.
Drivers have three options to find a station. The FleetWide Site Locator offers web-based access to the dealer network. The company also offers Android and iOS mobile apps. In each case, results can be sorted by a number of search criteria, including location, fuel type, amenities, onsite facilities, and truck-specific services like weigh stations, truck washing and high-speed pumps.
CFN FleetWide Pros and Cons
Unlike its competitors, CFN offers only one card to its customers. The sole card they offer is not backed by a major credit card as is the case with offerings from WEX and other major fuel card providers; if your drivers routinely need to make other non-fuel purchases, they'll need a separate card or expense reports. This also isn't the best solution for small business or local fleet use.
However, given the chance to work as intended - that is, as a fuel and expense management solution for large regional and national fleets - CFN FleetWide does impressively well.
CFN FleetWide Verdict
On the surface, CFN FleetWide offers fewer cards, rewards, and incentives than some of its competitors. However, that's only a small part of a larger picture; the full range of services offered alongside the fuel card portion of CFN FleetWide makes it an invaluable tool for fleet managers seeking to better understand the utilization of their assets and overall fleet performance. With that knowledge in hand, they can better control fuel spending and drive costs down for the business as a whole.