When Jeff Bezos started Amazon.com in 1994, books and music were the most traded commodities on the internet. There was grave disengagement between the seller and the consumer of the products as the system wasn’t an organised e-commerce platform like we know it today. This disconnect wasn’t seen as an irregularity by the general masses, but Bezos recognised the need of the hour. He identified the demand for a common online marketplace to trade these commodities by eliminating the hassles associated with the previous system. That was how Amazon realised its humble beginnings in Bezos’s garage with a handful of employees. Ideas that endeavour to add efficiency and convenience to human life make for breakthrough revolutions in any field.
The world runs on energy. The availability of clean energy sources like CNG, biogas, electricity etc. is not widespread. Even though fossil fuel consumption has an adverse impact on the environment, the transition to cleaner fuel is a tread on a slow path because our current infrastructure is not conducive to total fossil-fuel elimination. In this scenario, we must prioritise judicious use of the fuels we have at hand.
The current scenario of fuel procurement and consumption in India is unorganised. If we look at it closely, we will see hassles that plague all large and small scale consumers of fuel. Large scale consumption involves procuring fuel in bulk for generator sets, heavy machinery, industries and construction. Consumers face loss of time, money and manpower trying to arrange this fuel from petrol depots because there is no single, organised service catering to their needs. The tools of procurement are improper and have harmful implications like adulteration, pilferage and environmental degradation .
Small scale consumers of fuel are people who only purchase small, fixed amounts of fuel for private vehicles. They have to tackle the inconvenience of queuing at petrol pumps or waiting to pay for fuel at the counter. The checking and rechecking of the dispensing unit to make sure that the fuel given to them is the correct amount is another headache.
At the end of the day, fuel is available but the means to get it to the user is not economic, convenient or environmentally friendly. The country’s economic growth is hindered as small and big businesses suffer from the aforementioned problems of the fuel industry. For the common man, time, energy and money are wasted and everybody views fuel procurement as a pain without a cure.
Now imagine there is a one-stop shop for all our energy needs. An e-commerce platform that catered to our requirements no matter what they were. Any consumer desiring any given quantity of fuel at doorstep for their bulk needs or any small-ticket customer who wanted unproblematic self-pickup at the depot could cut out on all the hassles by availing a service with a single click on the phone. A platform that connects the supplier and user of fuel through cutting-edge tools that are handcrafted and tested for extreme efficiency!
For both doorstep delivery and self-pickup, the buyer would have a list of providers to pick from once they go on the application. The quality of fuel procured would be top-class and each unit of fuel would be accounted for by the provider. The service would be environmentally friendly as it would eliminate the problems of dead-mileage, spillage and exhaust from adulterated fuel. The customer would not have to spend additional money and manpower on top of the cost of the fuel and conveyance. All purchases would be available to look at on the application dashboard so that the buyer has a crystal clear idea of his fuel consumption. The plethora of benefits that such a service will afford us is innumerable.
This e-commerce application with its simplified interface will let the user get the job done without going through hoops. The phone screen will veil a well-structured, technologically advanced system that connects fuel suppliers to end buyers on a single platform irrespective of the buyers needs. This will revolutionise the fuel market in ways never thought of before and offer relief to everyone who values their time, money and peace of mind.