In trucking, there are two key ways to save money on diesel fuel: “cost-plus” and “retail-minus.” Which approach will save your company more money? The answer depends on market conditions and what parts of the country your fleet serves.
With the retail-minus pricing structure, drivers pay the posted pump price at a fuel stop. That retail price includes the cost of the fuel, taxes and a retail margin covering all expenses of doing business. The “minus” is the negotiated rebate that your fuel card provider pays you later on gallons you purchase.