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Fast-fit deals enhance ServicePoint benefits for SMEs

SME tyre sales through the fleet service, maintenance and repair portal ServicePoint have risen 105% year on year, helped by recent deals with fast-fit giants.

Launched in 2017 as part of Allstar’s range of solutions, ServicePoint enables managers to directly book services, maintenance, and repair using a large network of suppliers with negotiated discounts, access to technical expertise, price validation technology and all paperwork reduced to a single invoice.

Since the launch of the portal – which is free to use for fleets – tyres has been one of the key focuses for development and already two of the UK’s top three fast-fit companies have signed as suppliers, agreeing to provide tyres to the platform’s users with highly favourable service levels and terms that would otherwise only normally be available to the largest fleets.

Ian Rose, head of networks at Allstar Business Solutions, which delivers ServicePoint using technology from sister company epyx, said: “The tyre deals we have created mean that ServicePoint delivers a high level of convenience and a range of other operational benefits such as minimising vehicle downtime.

“Pricing is, of course, competitive, which is a very real advantage for our customers, especially with tyres forming such a substantial element of the typical fleet maintenance budget.”

Rose added that the number of overall fleet SMR transactions through ServicePoint had doubled year-on-year in 2018 to more than 28,000 with a total spend of £9m. A further increase of more than 50% to 50,000 transactions is expected this year.

“2018 was the first full year of operation for ServicePoint and the figures show there is a very viable market for this product. It has rapidly become one of the UK’s largest fleet initiatives.

“We are looking to follow up the success of these fast-fit deals with a number of other partnership purchasing arrangements and hope to be able to release details of these very soon.”

ServicePoint is an online portal designed to make the management of SMR as easy as possible for businesses that maintain privately-managed company cars and vans. Essentially, it enables them to take control over where they have their vehicles serviced, repaired and maintained, what they pay and the work that is done.

Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.

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