How to develop an On-Demand Gas Delivery app like WeFuel and get good funding for your gas delivery business?
We are living in times that are dependent on immediate. Yes, if you don’t do it now, you don’t do it at all. People are constantly on the rush, and you need to match your pace to make sure you don’t miss out on your chance.
The on-demand economy is surging, and the reason is “now”. They are accommodating to the convenience and immediate needs expressed by the users, and that too seamlessly.
Currently, the on-demand space has attracted close to $57.6Bn in spending and has a good 22.4Mn customers who are ready to keep returning to the comfort offered by the businesses. The biggest category for on-demand happens to be marketplaces (approx. 16Mn customers) closely followed by transportation (7.3Mn customers). HBR
The on-demand segment has entered the gas delivery segment as well. Apps like WeFuel were developed so that it becomes easier to deliver on-demand gas to the parked vehicles. In case you are running out of fuel or need an instant refueling while on the go, this app will come to your rescue.
- The on-demand gas delivery app WeFuel is operational in Mountain View, Palo Alto, Los Alto, and Menlo Park.
- Apart from the fuel cost, the app will charge a certain amount as delivery fee
- The app also offers a subscription model to those who frequently require on-demand gas delivery
However, WeFuel is not the only app that works in this segment.
In 2019, Bolster, another app that was built to deliver fuel to the cars directly, raised $56Mn. The company is planning to redefine the way people consume fuel. The delivery executive directly goes to the car to deliver the fuel. They have over tens of thousands of customers across 20 locations.
Yoshi another app also received handsome funding from GM and Exxon, a good $13.7Mn.
When planning an app for on-demand fuel delivery, you should plan the must-have features for the app.
The Essential Features
#1 Choose your Location
As the on-demand gas delivery works for those who need gas while on-the-go or have run an empty somewhere in the middle of their journey, integrating maps into your app is essential. It will help pin the location where you want the gas delivered. By switching on the maps, the delivery executive can easily find the location and deliver the gas on-time.
The location feature will also allow the user, who needs the gas, to enter the details so that the executive knows where to deliver the gas.
Integrating maps will also allow the user to be able to track the delivery of the gas in real-time, thus making it more engaging and immediate for the user. The user will know if the gas delivery person has left the station or not.
#2 Schedule the Fuel Pickup
The request for fuel should be made easy and hassle-free. It is important for you to be able to select the location, add the fuel details that you need and select the time you need it (in case it is an advance need). You can even select the quantity and type using the app.
The app should allow users to select if they want a one-time fuel issue or if they are interested in a subscription for the particular fuel. This feature will help users who require a certain quantity every week or have to fill the fuel every second day to be able to get it done without having to pay for it every time they fill the fuel.
The on-demand subscription will allow your user to automate the fuel filling process, thus making sure that the users don’t need to remember the fuel schedule.
The subscription is a great way to get the fuel filled if you will be using the same pickup spot every single time.
#3 In-app Support
In case the user gets stuck or requires immediate support with regards to the app features, then the in-app support is of great use. This will help them know what is delaying the delivery or resolve any sort of queries the user may have.
The in-app chat is useful in case of a subscription, as it will help the users connect with the support team to plan the delivery schedule. The delivery people can also reach out to the customers with the in-app support, as it allows the user to tell the executives where they are located and other details needed for immediate delivery.
#4 Integrating Payment Methods
The payment method integration is an important consideration when developing your mobile app. You need to make sure that you make payment as convenient and hassle-free as possible for the users. That’s precisely why you should include all the possible methods like wallets, cards and even cash. As a result of the convenience you offer through the payment integration, the users would be able to make the payments immediately. Make sure the payment methods you are integrating pass through a safe and secure gateway, so that the data exchanged remains safe and no one can use it.
Currently, there are three major players in this segment including WeFuel. Fild and Booster have received a good boost from investors and are able to improve their offering as a result.
However, features are not the only things that will maximize your funds. You need to plan for the typical solution that will cater to the user’s needs.
Solutions you Offer
Observing and identifying a problem can help you get the best solution for the niche. If you take Bolster as an example, you will see that the app decided to offer on-demand solutions to the cars wherever they are parked. So basically, when the users select their location, the app will send their vehicle with the fuel to be delivered at the parked spot. In the case of an empty tank, the user does not have to hassle around looking for ways in which they can get the car to a fuel tank. This makes their life easy. As more users started coming onto the app because of their convenience, they charmed the investors, which is why they got a good amount in fundraising. They delivered a solution that was apt to the users.
Research and Refine
Even if you are delivering a clone to the market, you ought to make it more impressive than the original to be able to get the requisite funding. For instance, Yoshi, Bolster, Fild, WeFuel are all technically the same. Either they are catering to a different market, or they are offering a solution that is catering to a particular niche. You will need to research the industry, identify the gaps that exist in the on-demand fuel delivery solutions already available in the market, and accordingly refine the existing app solution to match the new needs.
If you research and refine your solution, you will get more investors and your chances at good funding go high.
You obviously need to have a good pitch in place, which will tell the investors about your plans post-funding, and how you aim to use it.
How Coruscate Helps?
Coruscate offers on-demand gas delivery solutions akin to WeFuel and Fild. We have been studying this segment for a while and have understood how it works and why the companies are able to flourish.
We bring to table our experience in the on-demand segment and expertise in the gas delivery segment.
- With every solution, we combine in-depth research with our team’s understanding of the company’s idea and competitive insights. we analyze every aspect in the industry before offering a competitive solution
- We understand the technology and know-how to choose the best stack for your needs. We have defined methodology and processes, which helps us choose the development method, the technology stack, and even the techniques to improve your business idea
- We validate your idea and show you how much you will be able to gain with the idea. We discuss the opportunities and possibilities before moving ahead with the idea
- Our team keeps abreast with the latest trends and current technologies, offering you innovative solutions
The on-demand app solution segment is seeing a boost owing to the many opportunities created by the users. There is a huge demand and the supply is yet to match pace with the demand. Companies are in the expansion stage while a few others are starting out in this segment.
If you have an on-demand gas delivery app idea, then connect with us. We will partner with you for a successful app solution with our expertise. Connect with us via email or phone.