Australia’s largest same day delivery company, Sherpa has announced a deal with EG Australia to provide exclusive fuel discounts to the Sherpa fleet of more than 11,000 drivers across the country.

Active now, before the Federal Government’s halving of fuel excise rates ends on 28 September, the partnership between Sherpa and EG Australia – which operates 534 EG-branded and Caltex Woolworths fuel and convenience sites – offers Sherpa drivers the ability to save up to $9 per fill, which equates to an annual saving of up to $468 per Sherpa based on a once weekly fill, and more than $5 million collectively across the Sherpa fleet.

Sherpa drivers can redeem the discount of between four and six cents per litre by simply showing a personalised barcode within the Sherpa driver app on their smartphones at check-out. Those who also present a valid Woolworths Everyday Rewards voucher will receive a further discount of four cents.

Under the partnership – believed to be a gig economy Australian-first – the discount will be available to all Sherpas once a day on purchases of up to 150 litres, and it will operate according to Sherpa’s tier-based driver loyalty program for its Base Camp, Altitude and Summit drivers.

Sherpa CEO, Duncan Brett said, “We’ve pursued this partnership as a matter of priority for our drivers, who, like many of our business and non-business individual customers, are truly struggling with the rising cost of living. Coupled with Personal Accident Insurance coverage for each Sherpa, which we introduced earlier this year, our discount deal with EG Australia is a statement about how seriously we care about the welfare and prosperity of our drivers.

“Gig economy operators are often in the spotlight for the wrong reasons, but we have a considered strategy for making Sherpa the platform of choice for gig economy workers across Australia and now in parts of New Zealand too.

“Collaborations such as the one we’ve forged with EG Australia demonstrate our commitment to our driver partners. Although they’re technically not employees, they are, without question, of critical value to Sherpa’s operations and therefore, the business decisions we make always take into account the welfare and wellbeing of the Sherpa fleet.”

EG Australia head of business-to-business fuel sales, Poh Lee added, “EG is thrilled to partner with Sherpa to help them maintain and grow their fleet in Australia, especially given the high demand for their services and rising costs for their drivers. We look forward to welcoming and keeping their drivers “on the road”, both from a fuel and convenience perspective.”