Concur launches new generation of expense management
Concur launched what it called the "new generation" of travel and expense management, Smart Expense.
It said this enabled business travellers to book their trip and get automatic processing of their expenses.
Two new products from GetThere
GetThere, which provides online corporate travel reservation technology, unveiled two new products.
GetThere2go will be abler to offer business travellers the capability of booking and managing trips wherever they are in the world by replicating their company's website on their mobile phone.
The facility allows them to book flights, add an extra night to their hotel stay or rent a car according to company policy.
GetThere, part of the Sabre group of companies, also said it had launched a partnership with GroundRez enabling users of GetThere to book ground transport in North America and Europe.
KDS teams up with Ariba
Paris-based IT company KDS has teamed up with Ariba, a US company specialising in software for spend management, to provide what it says is the "first truly integrated solution for managing travel spend from end-to-end."
The deal will see KDS's travel booking software integrated with Ariba's travel and expense modules Procure-to-Pay and Invoice Presentment and Payment.
CWT extends optimisation services
Carlson Wagonlit Travel has extended its optimization services to cover ground transport including car rental and rail.
The travel management company said that ground transport was an "increasingly important focus" for corporates and accounted for more than 10% of travel budgets in Europe but was often an “under-addressed area of spend.
Under CWT's optimisation service, its consultants examine a company's ground transport policy and suggest best practice.
It said that ground transport expert Dave Kilduff had joined the agency as managing director of the new service.
Expedia launches consolidated reporting
Expedia Corporate Travel (ECT) launched its new integrated global consolidated reporting capability. This allows travel managers to run customised travel reports which draw in data from across countries.
The reports can produced in the language and currency of choice.
ECT said the reports gave companies "insight into both the financial performance and travel activity within their global travel programme."
Orbitz allies with StarCite
Orbitz Worldwide, an online agency, has joined forces with StarCite, one of the leading meetings management companies, to help its clients plan and organise their meetings.
StarCite will provide a web-based platform for Orbitz clients which will help them bring savings and control to their meetings spend.
Sabre launches new security tracker
Sabre Travel Network has launched a new Traveler Security and Data Suite to enable travel managers to locate quickly travellers worldwide.
Sabre said the new product arose from talks with travel managers and is an easy to use, interactive and web-based product which provides data to allow travel managers to act quickly in case of an emergency.
HRG joins forces with FLO
HRG North America has joined forces with FLO Corporation to provide registered traveller (RT) services for clients in the region.
FLO (fast lane option) helps frequent travellers pass quickly through airport security as well as offering a range of other services including a remote airport baggage check-in now being tested in Boston.
Amex introduces new management reporting facility
American Express Business Travel has introduced a new web-based management information data reporting solution.
American Express Axis@Work collates information from more than 60 global business markets to give buyers to centralised data on their company's business spending.
Amex said it is an enhanced version of its American Express @ Work Reporting.
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