February 13, 2015
Paying for your fuel is about to get faster and easier with a market-first partnership between Shell and PayPal in the UK. They have announced an innovative new service that plans to let customers pay for their fuel using just their mobile without leaving their car. Shell has partnered with PayPal with plans to become the first fuel retailer in the UK to offer a mobile payments solution at pumps nationwide. Mobile payments at Shell is scheduled to be available later this year through apps on the Android and iOS stores.
This service plans to offer a new level of choice and convenience to customers: from busy parents who want the ease of remaining by their vehicle with their children, to those in a rush who want to fuel up and pay as quickly as possible. With the vast majority of Shell’s 1000 service stations planning to offer the technology, customers across the country should have the option of using this innovative, fast and secure new service.
Consumers will be able to use the service through either the Shell Motorist App or the PayPal App in a few easy steps. After driving into the forecourt, the customer simply selects the corresponding pump on the app. The app then authenticates the transaction and the customer can then fill up and go. When refueling is complete a receipt is automatically sent through to the phone, letting the consumer drive away, safe in the knowledge that the transaction was a success.
Following a successful trial in 2013, Shell will be piloting the service for invited Shell Drivers’ Club customers in April, with plans to roll it out nationwide later in 2015. PayPal has been pioneering the future of money for years. Shell joins a growing list of over 8,000 UK shops and restaurants where customers can use their mobile phone to pay. PayPal processed $46 billion in mobile payments last year and has 19 million active accounts in the UK itself.
Rob Harper, Director, Mobile Commerce at PayPal UK said in an official press release: Today we’re announcing a UK first – we’ve created a simple and secure way to use your mobile phone to pay at the pump nationwide. At PayPal, we’ve always believed people will use their mobile phones to pay if there’s a clear benefit. With today’s announcement, we’re offering drivers a faster way to fill up their car and pay, and get back on the road.