Monday 11 December 2017

Shell to allow customers to pay for petrol on their mobile phone

Matt Warman

The vast majority of Shell’s 1,000 outlets will permit the app’s users to select their chosen petrol pump at each station, allowing customers to then fill up their cars. A receipt will be sent to the phone after fuelling is complete.

After a successful pilot in 2013, the service will be available to Shell Drivers Club members from April and then nationwide later in 2015 through both the PayPal app and the Shell Motorist app.

Michael Hominick, Retail Marketing Manager at Shell UK, claimed “Customers will now have the flexibility and convenience of paying without having to leave their car. Those who want to go in store and pay or purchase other items will still be able to, with the benefit of reduced queues.”

Rob Harper, Director of Mobile Commerce at PayPal UK added that “We’ve always believed people will use their mobile phones to pay if there’s a clear benefit.”

The PayPal app is already accepted in more than 8,000 UK shops and restaurants, and is used through some 19 million active British accounts.

Last year the company, which is being split off from parent company eBay, announced it would allow users to order and pay for food or services ahead and then collect them at a set time.

Takeaways were offered at popular chains including Wagamama, burger chain GBK and Italian restaurant Prezzo.

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