Shell's store cards pay for themselves at the pump
While Shell is a British-Dutch multinational, it's no stranger to American customers. Shell has always maintained a healthy presence in the United States, part of it fueled by acquisitions of numerous Texaco and Marathon stations. Those acquisitions, and the brand's reputation for quality, have left Shell in the position of a market leader with over 14,500 retail outlets.
However, consumers aren't the only ones who have benefited from Shell's quality and market position; the company also does a respectable commercial and fleet business, exemplified by Shell fleet cards offerings.
As a nationwide company, Shell is better positioned than most to offer benefits not only to local and regional fleets, but to those that operate from coast to coast as well. Their cards carry a number of benefits, from security and cost controls to savings and rebates on fuel and maintenance costs.
In addition to savings at the pump, Shell customers enjoy additional savings leveraged by fleet reporting tools offered in conjunction with the cards. Reports are available for driver and vehicle activity, business unit and monthly/yearly expense reporting, and summaries of product purchases and activity at service stations.
Shell Fleet Cards, Rewards and Incentives
Shell offers three types of fleet cards that offer business owners the ability to tailor their fuel card to their unique needs. Whether you're local, regional, or operate over long distances or multiple locations, one of Shell's fleet cards will fit your business.
Shell Small Business Card
|Small Business Card Review|
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The Shell Small Business Card is intended for small local fleets. It has no card, monthly, or annual fees, nor any cost for additional cards. Businesses can carry a balance as long as the minimum payment is met, allowing flexibility in payment. It also offers full-time online account management, statements that organize transactions by card ID, and the ability to both monitor and control purchases. The card is accepted at all Shell stations.
Shell Fleet Plus Card
|Fleet Plus Card Review|
|Reviewed by Expert Market:||08/19/2015|
The Shell Fleet Plus Card offers volume-based rebates on a sliding scale starting at 300 gallons per billing cycle (three cents per gallon to six cents per gallon for purchases of 10,000 gallons or more), with rebates capped at $300 per billing cycle. Fuel consumption and purchases can be both controlled and monitored per driver, with additional purchase limitations available by day, time, purchase type, and even fueling locations.
Those controls, plus 24/7 online account management and statements organized by card/driver ID, allow your business to leverage significant savings and even improve operating efficiency.
Shell Fleet Navigator Card
|Fleet Navigator Card Review|
|Reviewed by Expert Market:||08/19/2015|
The Shell Fleet Navigator Card, issued by MasterCard, is a good choice for regional and national fleets. It offers several enhancements over its companions. Reporting, purchase controls and security are all customizable, and customer service is available via real-time customer updates in addition to phone and online support.
While it's accepted at all Shell locations, this card can also be used at nearly 95% of all fuel stations nationwide, and the use of the card can be geofenced to customize your business's own fuel network. It can be used for fuel, maintenance, and incidentals, with the business owner or fleet manager able to set purchasing limits by dollar amount or merchandise type, among other criteria. Fees and rebates vary by fleet size.
Find a Shell Fuel Station
Finding a Shell station can be more of a challenge in some areas than others. There are no stations to speak of in Montana, and distribution in some areas (especially in the Mountain time zone and some of the more sparsely-populated parts of the Midwest and Southwest) can be highly uneven. The station finder/route planner on the Shell website is better than average, both in terms of visualizing data and giving options by which to sort it.
The company also has a free Android/iOS app, though perusing the reviews for both turned up complaints that the station locations listed weren't always accurate. With that said, Shell is one of two companies (the other being Exxon/Mobil) that can boast coverage this extensive.
Shell Gas Card Pros and Cons
It's hard to find much by way of a downside to any of the Shell fleet cards. Each is well-suited to the fleet size at which it's targeted; each offers competititive rates, benefits and features; and each offers access to one of the largest gas station networks in the country. The only potential downside is to businesses operating primarily in the areas lacking coverage, but for most businesses this would not present an issue.
With a few gaps in coverage, Shell stations can be found nationwide in the Continental United States. If your business isn't located, or doing business, largely in those gap areas, Shell's Small Business Card and Fleet Plus Card are well-suited to small, medium, and some larger fleets.
If your business requires fuller coverage, the Fleet Navigator card is worth a closer look. However, between the number of choices your fleet has for the number of available stations, competitive benefits, and competent reporting tools, Shell business and fleet cards deliver better-than-average results.