Gas Station Image courtesy of Themny
It’s fair to say that most small businesses like ourselves are driven by providing great service to each and everyone of our customers, giving that little bit extra, in creating a happy and memorable experience. And so, it’s always a privilege to receive such a great endorsement from our customers every time they recommend us to a friend or colleague.
A friend of mine would like to buy a nice used car shortly. They gave me a list of their requirements, but its all in Japanese and I can’t read it. Please contact him directly to discuss the matter further.
– Excerpt from Mr.R, Tokyo, Japan
Now, being based in Japan, where the culture is on the ritual of gift-giving, we thought of a few ways in which to show our appreciation for such an endorsement, and after some severe head scratching, we settled on the idea of presenting pre-paid petrol (gasoline) cards.
The Gasoline Stand (ガソリンスタンド)
The main petrol stations utilised nationwide in Japan are; Eneos, Esso, Idemitsu, Shell and Cosmo, in order of the number of filling stations currently in use. Each oil company listed have their own card schemes, described below, for use on their own forecourts throughout Japan.
Eneos offer gift cards, which are available for purchase online in denominations of 500, 1,000, 3,000, 5,000 and 10,000 yen.
Esso offer two options, in the form of a debit/credit card and a speedpass, a handy key fob which deducts the amount directly from the users credit card upon touch.
Idemitsu also offer gift cards, available for purchase online or at forecourts in denominations of 500, 1,000, 3,000, 5,000 and 10,000 yen.
Shell don’t offer pre-paid cards at present, instead opting for a debit/credit card by the name of starlex, with associated point schemes.
Cosmo don’t offer a pre-paid card at present, however do offer a wide variety of debit/credit cards with associated point schemes.
(More details can be found by clicking on each image above, Japanese only)