For fleet managers looking at cardlock fuel cards, you will likely come across Pacific Pride (PacPride) and Commercial Fueling Network (CFN). These are two of the largest cardlock fuel networks in the country, with locations available in 43 states and Canada. But what makes these two networks different? And more importantly, what does that mean for your fleet?
Why fuel cards?
Fuel cards can make managing your fleet’s fueling easy and help to keep your prices at the pump low. To start, using a fuel card means purchasing fuel at wholesale prices. This means increased savings to help lower operating costs. Along with savings, fuel cards allow you to manage who is buying fuel in your fleet, limit what fuel products can be purchased, provide added fraud prevention, and control what sites you fuel at. These controls give you the power to track where your money is going when refueling your fleet. Both Pacific Pride and CFN offer easy-to-use management tools to track your fuel usage to keep your fleet running as smoothly as possible.
CFN vs PacPride
Both CFN and PacPride are similar in that they offer the ability to track all fuel purchases, limit which fuel types can be bought, and offer thousands of cardlock sites to fuel at. However, the big differences come with where you can fuel. Pacific Pride is not available in Louisiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Maine. CFN is not available in Delaware, Maryland, Maine, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and South Dakota. Be sure that the fuel network you choose fits with the states that you operate in. For more information, look at the full lists of sites for CFN here and for PacPride here.
Along with this, CFN cards can only be used at CFN sites and PacPride cards can only be used at PacPride sites. However, you can sign up for both cards to ensure the ability to fuel anywhere, no matter the network.
Another option is the Fuelman network. While PacPride and CFN are cardlock networks, Fuelman is a retail network. So, this means a Fuelman cardholder can fuel at one of the many participating retail brands. This can help make finding a location to fuel easy, as you do not have to look for cardlock sites on your routes. Instead, pull into any Chevron, Sinclair, Wawa, etc., and fuel up with the same cardlock advantages of CFN and PacPride.