Climbing the fuel pricing maturity curve: A guide to improving your fuel pricing strategy

In the competitive world of fuel retail — efficiency and agility in pricing are crucial for success. The fuel pricing maturity curve, developed by Kalibrate, provides a roadmap for fuel retailers to optimize their pricing strategies and operations.
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Navigating the fuel pricing maturity curve is a journey of continuous improvement. Each stage builds on the previous one, enhancing the robustness, efficiency, and strategic impact of your fuel pricing operations.

By following this roadmap, fuel pricing teams can make confident decisions quickly, reduce risks, and ultimately drive better outcomes for their business.

Whether you are just starting or are already at an advanced stage, there is always room for improvement and optimization.

Explore the stages of the maturity curve:

  • Initial stage: Laying the foundation

At the Initial stage, fuel pricing is often viewed as a routine task rather than a strategic initiative. Prices are typically generated manually using spreadsheets, with cost and competitor data inconsistently applied. Errors and inaccuracies in data are common, and performance is evaluated by comparing current volume and margin achievements to the previous year.

  • Defined stage: Strategic initiation

Fuel retailers in the Defined stage recognize pricing as a strategic initiative but still rely heavily on manual processes. Advanced spreadsheet formulas are used, but data inconsistencies persist, and spot checks are not always regular. Prices are typically sent to POS systems automatically, and performance is reviewed monthly or quarterly.

  • Repeatable stage: Establishing consistency

In the Repeatable stage, fuel retailers have established clear strategies and tools for consistent pricing implementation. Prices are generated using well-defined rules with few exceptions, and data quality is good with regular spot checks. Performance is tracked and analyzed monthly, and pricing discussions include other senior team members.

  • Managed stage: Leveraging advanced tools

At the Managed stage, fuel retailers apply advanced pricing strategies, often utilizing AI. Multiple data sources are integrated, and prices are automatically sent to POS systems. Performance is measured using a comprehensive set of KPIs, and insights are shared across departments to refine pricing strategies.

  • Optimized stage: Achieving excellence

Fuel retailers in the Optimized stage use sophisticated AI to generate prices aligned with well-defined constraints. Data is automatically fed into the system daily, ensuring high quality and consistency. Over 80% of prices are accepted without manual review, and a broad set of KPIs is tracked weekly to drive continuous improvement.

Use the interactive fuel pricing maturity curve tool to find out where you currently sit on the maturity curve and get tailored next steps to help improve your fuel pricing processes.

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