Shell Lubricants and Pitstop partner to bring ‘Zero Contact’ Doorstep Vehicle Servicing and Safe Mobility to Indian consumers
Jun 09, 2020
Initiative to enable safe mobility experience for consumers and generate employment opportunities for mechanics affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
National - Shell Lubricants, the global leader in finished lubricants has partnered with Pitstop, a Bengaluru-based start-up, to enable zero-contact doorstep servicing of vehicles for consumers, who at this time are looking for convenient, safe and trustworthy services, which minimise contact with others.
The initiative comes as a nimble solution to help consumers and mechanics alike. It aims to tackle the growing need for safety and mobility as the nation-wide lockdown eases, minimizing exposure for both consumers and mechanics. It also aims to generate additional business opportunity for the mechanic community whose livelihood has been affected over the past couple of months, in the wake of COVID-19.
The initiative will create a unique ecosystem comprising of 500 operational vans for doorstep services and will generate employment for mechanics across 20 cities including Delhi-NCR, Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune and Hyderabad. All the mechanics will be trained to follow relevant safety protocols, including the use of PPE and ensuring that everything is sanitized.
Consumers are increasingly seeking convenience and professional handling of their vehicles in a more sanitized environment. They are hesitant to venture out due to a fear of lack of sanitization and cleanliness. They are looking for options which give them peace of mind, convenience and trust. Independent garage owners, on the other hand, are also apprehensive about their safety and are facing a challenge in terms of consumer inflow. Enrolling as a partner of Shell Pitstop network provides them easy access to consumers, assures steady business, and allows access of training to work in a safe manner.
How will this work?
- Consumers can book the service listed in the Pitstop app & choose a time slot for which a doorstep team will be assigned to them.
- The team of mechanics will perform the car inspection, oil change and complete the service using all safety guidelines and sanitise the car.
- Payment will be facilitated online.
Raman Ojha, Country Head, Shell Lubricants India, said, “The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a fundamental shift in our lives. Consumers are looking for different options to meet their emerging needs driven by social distancing norms. At Shell India, we wanted to provide a trustworthy and convenient solution for their mobility needs. At the same time, we also wanted to ensure both safety as well as steady business opportunities for our mechanic partners, an intrinsic part of our community. The Shell-Pitstop partnership will create a new ecosystem through which consumers will be able to avail Safe Zero-Contact Doorstep services for their cars via an app-based platform and mechanic partners will get access to jobs and training through it”.
Mihir Mohan, Founder & CEO of Pitstop further added, “We are delighted to have Shell as our lubricant partner as we strive to serve customers across India during these tough times. Our partnership will help us serve people at large during this pandemic. COVID-19 has changed the services industry worldwide. The consumer is demanding and receiving services at home, and this trend is observing unprecedented growth. We are receiving a huge demand for doorstep car services and with our vans, we bring the garage to your doorstep, at your convenience. We are humbled to serve the society in these special times and are committed to providing quality service. We feel great synergies with Shell in delivering the best car and service maintenance experience across the country.”
The partnership will provide sanitized, zero contact and affordable car service pan-India. To know further, please visit https://www.getpitstop.com/.
Notes to Editors
Shell is one of the most diversified international energy company in India with over 8500 employees and presence across upstream, integrated gas, downstream, renewable energy, and deep capabilities in R&D, digitalization and business operations. With a retail presence across six states – Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Assam Shell is expanding its network of fuel stations across the country. It has the entire Lubricants end-to-end value chain in India, from conceptualization and development, to production and distribution. This includes a world class lubricant oil blending plant with a capacity of more than 115 million litres, a distributor network of more than 185 and over 60,000 retailers across the country. The company also fully owns and operates an LNG re-gasification terminal at Hazira. Through its subsidiary, BG Exploration and Production India Limited, Shell holds a 30% interest in, and is joint operator of the Panna - Mukta oil and gas fields. With a focus on digitization and future ready sustainable solutions, the company is nurturing a vibrant ecosystem in India to accelerate energy innovations with Shell E4 for start-ups, Shell Eco-marathon and investments in new energy companies like Husk Power and Cleantech Solar. Shell also remains committed to making positive contributions to the communities in which it operates through programmes like NXplorers, Access to Energy and Road Safety across India. Follow @shell_India @makethefuture @shell_ecomar to know how it is redefining the energy space.
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Launched in 2015 by Mihir Mohan, Pitstop is India's most trusted doorstep car service, repair and maintenance provider. With its wide network of 200+ garages, 80+ vans, and a doorstep inspection and service model in 8 cities – Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Hyderabad, Noida, Gurgaon and Faridabad, Pitstop offers a complete value chain solution for car owners. The company has delivered over 100,000 car services pan-India.
With trained technicians, quality spare parts, automated processes, and a real-time update on the car condition and status, Pitstop aims to disrupt the $ 6 billion car service and repair industry in India with its omnichannel strategy to make car care a convenient and transparent process. Pitstop aims to expand its services’ network to 15 cities within this year.
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