Petrol firm offers efficient service through e-card
by MTHULISI SIBANDA
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – ENGEN, the leading petroleum brands and convenience marketers, is enabling commercial customers in Africa cashless fuel payments through its 1-Card offering.
Officials said the card offered a reliable and safe service.
“We wanted to give our loyal customers the convenience of cashless payments, eliminating the need for drivers in their fleet to carry money and allowing them to have better control over their fuel expenditure through our reporting system,” says Drikus Kotze, General Manager of Engen’s International Business Division.
“The 1-Card ensures a safe and convenient way for fleet managers to control their fuel spend in the countries in which we operate.”
Administered by Engen, the 1-Card is said to cost a fraction of
bank-issued petrol cards and has no transactional fees or monthly
administration charges to our customers.
The system uses an advanced technology platform which is able to
accommodate offline functioning.
The chip technology on the 1-Card ensures that all of the information needed at point of sale is stored on the card, necessary in areas where connectivity is unstable at times.
This information is relayed to Engen’s servers at least once a day.
Additionally, each card is issued with a unique PIN number and a vehicle identification tag which is affixed to the fleet vehicles windscreen and scanned during the transaction.
Each tag is specific to the card and cannot be used without scanning the tag.
Besides the savings when compared to banking products, Kotze says that companies using the system can claim savings from the reduction in fraud.
“The PIN and chip technology which we use together with the vehicle identification tag renders the 1-Card useless if it falls into the wrong hands,” adds Kotze.
“There is no fail-safe method of preventing fuel theft, but these features give our customer’s unprecedented piece of mind.”
The 1-Card offering is available at Engen sites in a number of countries within which Engen operates.
These include Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Mauritius, Mozambique, Reunion, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
– CAJ News
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