Major Carrier Fuel Discounts

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Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Some guy on Facebook is claiming major carriers are only paying around $1.60 for diesel.

He posted a Qualcomm message as proof.

Anyone know if this is real? I notice he cut off the date.

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Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.
Rob T.'s Comment
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I'm quite skeptical, I hope others that may know chime in.

We don't fuel at truck stops unless absolutely necessary as most trucks make it back to the terminal daily and are filled at our on-site pumps. Last month when diesel locally was around $5.25 a gallon we were told our price was somewhere around $5.02 a gallon to have a full tanker delivered. I'm sure the mega carriers are getting diesel cheaper than us due to the volume they go through but I have a very hard time believing they're paying atleast $3.50 less per gallon. I'd love to hear how big of a discount carriers are getting if anybody knows.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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That’s a huge discount if true.

I know we get a discount, but no idea how much.

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PackRat's Comment
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Maybe a reduction of $1.60 off retail?

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Primes is around $4.28 iat THAT exact location. And we usually get $2 off the pump price. In 2020, we were only paying 56 cents per gallon at Road Ranger in Marshall IL. Every prime lease op ran through there as much as possible.

Now... It is possible this is a lease op at a company where they pay for fuel but are guaranteed a certain amount in exchange for the company keeping the IFTA rebate and fuel surcharge. For example, Hirshbach does something like that... The lease op pays 99 cents per gallon.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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It helps more if I post the pic 😂

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Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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This is the highest in the nation... $6.07 in Oakland California. A few months ago it was up almost $8 per gallon with our discount. Crazy

PJ's Comment
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This topic has always stuck me a little. Yes the mega’s negoiate what their price is with the vendors. As rainy said Prime gets a substantial discount per gallon price. The big 3 truck stops make their money back by charging higher prices to everyone else. Out of the total number of trucks, the mega’s are the smaller group.

Example:

I just ran up to Linden NJ. I bought fuel in Va. Pilot was 5.89 a gallon pump price. AmBest and Circle k were both 5.39 a gallon.

I have my own EFS card and I get discounts at certain places through them. I have almost stopped going to the big truck stops anymore because of this practice.

The original question: Do the mega’s pass on that discount?? Some do and some don’t has been my experience. If a company I interviwed with would not disclose that information it would be a very short interview.

BK's Comment
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What I’d like to know is how trucking companies handle the huge increase in fuel prices. Are they able to add a fuel surcharge to their freight invoices to customers?

And fuel discounts must be important. My company is really putting great emphasis on drivers hitting their planned fuel solutions at the designated truck stop.

PJ's Comment
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Yes they add a fuel surcharge on contract freight. Pricing is a bit complex so I just am giving you the bottom line.

Your company is probably being strict with assigned fuel stops because those are where they are getting their best discount.

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Hours Of Service

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