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, partly fueled by its acquisition of numerous Texaco and Marathon stations. Those acquisitions, plus the brand's reputation for quality, have made Shell a market leader with over 14,500 retail outlets in the US.
But consumers aren't the only ones to benefit from Shell's market position. The company also provides quality services for businesses that run commercial fleets - namely fleet cards. In this article, we're going to review Shell's fleet cards in detail.
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Businesses Served by Shell Fleet Cards
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.
Shell's 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 fleet card customers can use the fleet reporting tools that come with the cards to leverage more savings, and even improve operating efficiency. Shell can provide reporting on:
- Driver and vehicle activity
- Business unit and monthly/yearly expenses
- Product purchases and activity at service stations
Shell Fleet Cards, Rewards and Incentives
Shell provides three types of fleet cards, giving business owners and fleet managers a good variety that they can choose from based on their unique needs. Whether you're local, regional, or operate over long distances or multiple locations, one of Shell's fleet cards will likely be a good fit for your business.
Shell's fleet cards are:
Shell Small Business Card
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The Shell Small Business Card is intended for small, local fleets. It comes with no card charges, no monthly or annual fees, and no cost for additional cards. Plus, holders can get 15% off Jiffy Lube oil changes and preventative services (at participating stations, that is).
The Shell Small Business Card also offers full-time online account management - including reports on all fueling activity (including breakdowns by driver), and the ability to set restrictions on what can be bought, where, and when. And you can manage all this from the palm of your hand using the Shell Card Online app.
With these purchase controls plus driver IDs, detailed purchase records, and the ability to cancel lost or stolen cards immediately yourself, you know security's at the forefront.
This card is accepted at all Shell stations, as well as participating Jiffy Lube stations.
Shell Fleet Plus Card
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If you buy 300 gallons (or more) of fuel in a billing cycle, the Shell Fleet Plus Card can help you to save on those costs with volume-based rebates. These rebates start at 3¢ per gallon, rising to 6¢ per gallon (when you buy 10,000 gallons or more). Your savings may not be unlimited, though - diesel rebates are capped at $300 per billing cycle.
Like the Small Business Card, the Shell Fleet Plus Card comes with no monthly fees, no annual fees, and no card fees, and can be used to get 15% off Jiffy Lube services at participating locations.
You'll also have all the 24/7 online monitoring and security features of the Small Business Card, as well as more detailed reporting and itemized breakdowns, including mileage analysis, fuel grades and prices, non-fuel purchases, and more.
Shell Fleet Navigator Card
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The Shell Fleet Navigator Card is a good choice for larger regional and national fleets. It lays claim to a few handy features that its two cousins don't. For example, the reporting and security functions this program comes with are all customizable, and customer service is available via real-time customer updates.
Plus, while it's accepted at all Shell locations, this card can also be used at over 95% of all fuel stations nationwide, and the use of the card can be geofenced (that is to say, you can set virtual borders around the area your fleet operates in), letting you customize your business's own fuel network.
As well as all the features you'd expect - including purchase controls and fueling activity reports - this card also offers rebates on your fuel costs. These rebates vary by fleet size, up to a maximum saving of 5¢ per gallon.
Just like Shell's other cards, you can use the Fleet Navigator Card to get discounts at participating Jiffy Lube locations. Unlike Shell's other cards, though, this one does come with associated fees.
Finding 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. With that being said, Shell's coverage is far more extensive than many other fleet card providers.
The station finder and route planner on the Shell website is better than average, both in terms of visualizing the location data clearly, and giving you the option to filter your search by fuel types, services, amenities, and opening hours (no one wants to pull up to a closed station).
The company also has a free Android/iOS app that can be used to find stations, though some reviews complain that the station locations listed aren't always accurate.
Shell Fleet Card Pros and Cons
✓ Shell offers three fleet cards aimed at various-sized businesses, so you can stick with Shell as you scale from a small, to a mid, to a large-sized fleet.
✓ These cards are accepted at all 14,500+ Shell stations across the US.
✓ The Fleet Navigator Card is also accepted at over 95% of fueling stations across the country - that's amazing coverage!
✓ Shell's fleet cards come with access to online, real-time monitoring, reporting and purchase control settings that can be accessed on the go.
✓ The Fleet Plus Card and the Fleet Navigator Card both offer rebates on the fuel you buy with them.
✓ All three fleet cards can also get you discounts on oil changes and preventative services at participating Jiffy Lube locations.
✓ The Small Business Card and the Fleet Plus Card come with no card fees, monthly fees, or annual fees.
✓ Shell offers 24/7 US-based customer support to all of its business customers.
✓ Shell offers an easy-to-use, intuitive online station locator, and an app version.
✘ Some parts of the US lack coverage - we'd advise businesses to check how many stations are in their area before committing to one of these card programs.
✘ The Shell Small Business Card doesn't offer any rebates on the fuel bought with it
✘ You'll need to be buying a minimum of 300 gallons per billing cycle to get rebates, and rebates are capped at $300.
It's our belief that Shell's fleet cards are a fantastic option for business fleets, beating out several competitors in terms of coverage especially. Each card is well-suited to the fleet size at which it's targeted; each offers competitive benefits and competent reporting, control and security features; and each offers access to one of the largest gas station networks in the country.
Of course, if your business operates, or does a lot of business in, the areas where Shell coverage is a little lacking, it might be worth looking for another supplier - or opting for the Fleet Navigator Card, which is accepted at 95% of US stations.
Shell's Small Business Card and Fleet Plus Card are well-suited to small, medium, and some larger fleets. If your business operates all over and needs even more extensive coverage, the Fleet Navigator Card is worth a closer look.
If you're still not sure which fleet card supplier is right for you, don't worry - we're here to help. Tell us about your business using the form at the top of this page, and you'll receive custom quotes from trusted fleet card suppliers. This process is fast and free.