Your vision is the most important thing

POMP is an on-demand fuel delivery service

Please introduce yourself and your startup POMP to our readers!
My name is Hugo Domic CEO and founder of POMP. POMP is an on-demand fuel delivery service. We created a compact mobile fuel station that enables us to access our customer everywhere and operate in dense urban areas. Our clients can order fuel through our app or our web-based service. With POMP our clients can skip an often painful, time consuming, largely felt as bad experience: having to do detours, wait and refuel themselves in fuel stations. The reflex is to think that such a service comes at a premium price, which is not the case. Only the service is premium, our clients are charged a price that is indexed on the prices of the fuel station of the delivery zone.

How did you get the idea to POMP?
I rented a car and needed to return it with a full tank. I was on my way to the agency and realized that there were no fuel station around… I thought to myself that it would be so great if I could just order fuel, as we do in an increasing number of service today like meals, goods and other services.

How difficult was the start and what challenges you had to overcome?
There was a lot of work to be done at the start on the legal and technical aspects of POMP
At first we had to answer the question that almost everyone is asking when they first hear about POMP: Is it legal? So the first big task was to get an extensive legal overview of our activity. When the legal aspect of POMP was confirmed (We are regulated by the ADR which is a UN / European treaty that governs the transportation of dangerous goods), we started our R&D to effectively conceive and then build our mobile fuel stations. We found great industrial partners that have been in the fuel storage and distribution business for decades and helped us create what we wanted, a state of the art regulation compliant mobile fuel station.

Who is your target audience?
Our audience is divided in two. On one hand, fleet based companies like rent-a-car companies and logistic services. For these companies refueling is a recurrent mandatory task that is both time and money consuming. POMP delivers them fuel but also big productivity gains, time and money are saved and resources can be allocated to their core businesses. On the second hand, we are targeting the consumer business. To do so, we offer companies to give their employees access to the service as a perk: Instead of loosing time in the morning or evening while commuting to work they can have their car filled while stationed at the company’s parking lot.

What is the USP of your startup?
With POMP the fuel station (finally) comes to you.

Can you describe a typical workday of you?
A typical workday is split between operational overview, clients meeting, product development , neither ever stops. You can plan your days and weeks as much as you want you always have to be ready to squeeze more in a day and have to possess an acute sense of agenda flexibility.

Where do you see yourself and your startup POMP in five years?
We want POMP to be the European leader and reference for integrated energy distribution and vehicles services. We are already developing new energies mobile stations and we are including various car services such as tires pressure check, wiper exchange and Ad Blue. We are also opening a second country, Germany, the same year the service was launched in France. Finally, we already started working with OEMs to integrate POMP in the connected car ecosystem to simply allow drivers to order fuel from their vehicles’ interface.

What 3 tips would you give other Start-up founders on the way?
1) Everything Takes Longer than you plan
2) Everything happens faster than you expect
3) Your vision is the most important thing

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Thank you Hugo Domic for the Interview

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Sabine Elsässer

Sabine Elsässer is founder and chief editor of the StartupValleyNews Magazine. She started her career at several international direct sale companys. Since 2007 she works main time as a journalist. While that time she learned more about the Startup Scene, what made her start her own Startup Magazine the StartupValleyNews.

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