QR code made significant shift towards transparent and efficient distribution model
The QR code fuel system introduction made a significant shift towards a more transparent and efficient distribution model, said Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) Chairman and Managing Director Mohamed Uvais at the APIIT Sri Lanka’s MBA Diary program last week.
Sri Lanka has ushered in a new era of efficient fuel distribution with the successful implementation of QR codes, a groundbreaking innovation that has overcome challenges through a remarkable public-private partnership. A key personality behind the introduction of this system he said that the success story of QR codes in Sri Lanka’s petroleum sector is a testament to the power of collaboration between the public and private sectors.
A public-private partnership was formed, with key stakeholders including the Sri Lankan government, top IT companies like MIT and Virtusa, and telecommunications giant Dialog.
This collaboration led to the creation of the National Fuel Pass, powered by QR codes, which allowed consumers to access their fuel quota and make purchases at fuel stations across the nation.
While there were challenges in educating fuel station staff about the QR code system, youth clubs and volunteers were mobilized to provide on-site training. A policy mandating 95% QR code utilization helped drive acceptance and adoption.
As a result, the QR code system achieved over 80% utilization, significantly enhancing transparency and efficiency in fuel distribution. The success of this public-private partnership not only resolved fuel distribution issues but also showcased the importance of effective leadership, perseverance, and collaboration in tackling complex challenges.
Earlier this year, Sri Lanka grappled with severe fuel shortages, fuel queues, and public discontent. In response, under this revolutionary system, all 1,200 petrol stations in Sri Lanka were organized into four distribution batches, allowing for precise control and allocation of fuel resources.
Petrol stations deposit funds for their allocated loads, but the distribution process is managed centrally by the CPC’s Chairman’s office. QR codes played a pivotal role in verifying transactions and ensuring accurate deliveries, guaranteeing equitable access to fuel while preventing hoarding and shortages.
Uvais explained, “We needed a system that would break down the bottlenecks in our distribution network, ensure that every region has access to fuel, and prevent any unfair practices. The QR code system achieves just that.”
Under this system, petrol stations deposit money for their allocated loads, but the distribution process is entirely managed by the Chairman’s office at CPC. QR codes are used to verify the authenticity of transactions and the accuracy of deliveries. This approach guarantees that every petrol shed receives its fair share of fuel, minimizing the risk of shortages and long queues. (TP)
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