HALFORDS LAUNCHES CASHLESS PAYMENT CARD TO HELP KEEP FLEETS MOVING

Halfords has introduced a payment card service for fleet customers that allows them to streamline their purchasing functions by reducing unnecessary admin.

The Halfords ‘fleetcard’ enables the employees of participating companies to purchase items from a pre-agreed list of products – resulting in centralised payments that remove the need for businesses to process individual expense claims.

As well as making the billing process more efficient, fleetcard allows business customers to standardise the brand, quality and price of the products purchased by ensuring they all come from the same source.

Halfords fleetcard manager Rob Myers said: “We believe there is real demand for this service – which offers businesses operating a fleet of vehicles the potential to significantly reduce the complexity handling large numbers of individual transactions.

“Not only can fleetcard customers approve items for their employees to purchase from a list over 10,000 product lines but with 465 Halfords stores placing us within 20 minutes for 90% of the UK population we offer unrivalled convenience.”

Fleet card is ideal for small ad hoc purchases like wiper blades and headlight bulbs. However, the accessibility of over 2,000 trained store colleagues capable of fitting these consumable items with no booking or invoice fee is also expected to prove popular.

Card security is protected by up to ten validation fields chosen by the business – for example car registration number, purchase order number etc. – as well as photographic identification. In addition, each customer can place a restriction on the number of items or value of each transaction to further guard against misuse

There are no set-up fees and Halfords has a dedicated fleetcard support team to ensure the needs of individual customers are met, so if you would like to know more email fleetcard@halfords.co.uk

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Media contacts:

Stuart Humphreys, Automotive PR Manager, T: 01527 513410, M: 07738 751930, E: stuart.humphreys@halfords.co.uk

Chloe Stewart, PR Coordinator, T: 01527 513315, E: chloe.stewart@halfords.co.uk

Halfords Group plc

The Group is the UK's leading retailer of automotive, leisure and cycling products and through Halfords Autocentres also one of the UK's leading independent car servicing and repair operator. Halfords customers shop at over 460 stores in the UK and Republic of Ireland and at halfords.com for pick-up at their local store or direct home delivery. Halfords Autocentres operates from around 300 sites nationally and offers motorists dealership-quality MOTs, repairs and car servicing at affordable prices.

The Halfords group strategy is based on three pillars:

·       Supporting Drivers Of Every Car               

·       Inspiring Cyclists Of Every Age

·       Equipping Families For Their Leisure Time

Halfords employs approximately 12,000 colleagues and sells around 10,000 product lines in stores, increasing to around 30,000 lines online. The product offering encompasses significant ranges in car parts, cycling, in-car technology, child seats, roof boxes, outdoor leisure and camping equipment. Halfords own brands include Apollo and Carrera cycles, augmented by exclusive UK distribution rights for the premium-ranged Boardman cycles and accessories. In outdoor leisure, we sell a premium range of camping equipment including brands such as Gelert and Outwell. Halfords offers customers expert advice and a fitting service called "wefit" for car parts, child seats, satellite navigation and in-car entertainment systems, and a "werepair" service for cycles.

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Halfords is the UK's leading retailer of automotive, cycling and leisure products and, through Halfords Autocentres, also one of the UK's leading independent car servicing and repair operators. Halfords customers shop at 465 stores in the UK and ROI and at halfords.com for pick-up at their local store or direct home delivery. Halfords Autocentres operates from around 300 sites nationally and offers motorists dealership-quality MOTs, repairs and car servicing at affordable prices. The Halfords group strategy is based on three pillars: · Supporting Drivers Of Every Car · Inspiring Cyclists Of Every Age · Equipping Families For Their Leisure Time The Getting Into Gear strategy for the Retail business is based on executing in five key areas in order to deliver a significantly-enhanced customer experience: · Service Revolution · The H Factor · Stores Fit to Shop · 21st Century Infrastructure · Click with the Digital Future Halfords employs approximately 12,000 colleagues and sells around 9,000 product lines in store, increasing to around 160,000 Retail products online. The Retail offering encompasses significant ranges in car parts, cycling products, in-car technology, child seats, roof boxes and camping equipment. Halfords’ own cycling brands include Apollo, Carrera and Boardman cycles, augmented by a range of other brands of cycles and accessories, including Kona, Mongoose, Raleigh and Pinarello. In Auto, the Halfords Essentials and Halfords Enhanced ranges are sold alongside brands such as Generic Electric, Bosch, Garmin and TomTom. The Retail Auto offering was recently augmented by the introduction of Car Parts Direct, a service delivering rapid customer access to around 130,000 car parts. In Travel Solutions, Halfords sells a premium range of camping equipment including brands such as Vango and Outwell. Halfords offers customers expert advice and a fitting service for car parts, child seats, satellite navigation and in-car entertainment systems, and a service for cycles.

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