Tag Archives: Uber

Updates: Self-Service At United; Corporate Travel In Academia; Seat Swap Flop; Advito-Cisco

Sometimes the things we write about peter out. Sometimes more developments happen, but they don’t warrant an entirely new article. In other cases, something unexpected or counterintuitive is noteworthy in its continuance. Hence, the Updates post. Click to jump to United’s self-service portal enhancements, the next step for an emerging college-level corporate travel education program, Advito’s expanding collaboration… Read More »

Self-Driving Cars: Time To Update Risk Policies

[UPDATE, March 28, 2017: Uber restarted self-driving car operations in Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Tempe, Ariz., according to published reports. An Uber official told Reuters that the company completed an investigation into the Arizona crash and cleared the autonomous driving technology.] [UPDATE, March 27, 2017: After a self-driving Uber car crashed in Arizona a few days ago, the… Read More »

Dav El BostonCoach, EmpireCLS Jump Into Ground Technology Fray

[UPDATE, Jan. 27, 2017: Dav El BostonCoach parent Marcou Transportation Group acquired GroundLink and LimoAnywhere. “These companies provide us the opportunity to directly compete” with Uber, Lyft and other so-called transportation network companies, according to a statement from Marcou CEO Scott Solombrino. He noted that implementing auto-dispatch and “geospatial pricing” capabilities will help Marcou offer “the industry’s first… Read More »

Ground Transportation’s Battle For Convenience

Uber and Lyft mastered the technology to make the on-demand car experience simple and nearly immediate. Traditional black car operators are trying to do the same. But their world is a complicated patchwork of platforms, patents and partnerships. No initiative has unified the industry, and more pop up all the time. Sorting out on-demand capabilities means aggregating supply… Read More »

Willing To Negotiate, Lyft Cultivates Friendly Image

On-demand ground transportation company Lyft is gaining momentum in corporate travel and is open to negotiated benefits based on volume. Sources said the company is proving easier to work with than bigger rival Uber. Uber declined to comment on whether it works with negotiated benefits. Its website indicates it does not offer corporate discounts. “We’re taking a different… Read More »

2015 On The Company Dime

As they work for advantage, clients, suppliers and those in between keep business travel management interesting. Changes to underlying and consumer-facing technology make it a dynamic business function. The personal and geopolitical elements of business travel offer points of note from the micro to macro levels. As one of our featured practitioners noted, this job is about economics, geography, psychology and then some. And so last… Read More »

Ground Transport Focuses On Uber, But Not As One

At a limo conference in Atlantic City last fall, a couple of entrepreneurs announced the ground transport platform to compete with Uber. Seconds later, a black car exec whispered, “We’re building one, too.” This week it was déjà vu as The Company Dime looked into announcements about two other similar initiatives. Evidence of a third turned up, then a fourth. Shouldn’t the car… Read More »

Accenture Plans To Endorse Uber For Employees

Atlanta – Consulting giant Accenture appears ready to urge limo-loving employees to use Uber. It would not be the first big company to approve the red-hot service, which remains questionable from a risk management perspective. “We basically treat Uber like a taxi,” said Accenture global travel program manager Lisa Keller during last week’s Association of Corporate Travel Executives conference. “You are more than welcome to use… Read More »

Concur’s TripLink Adds Airbnb

[UPDATE: July 16, 2017: Airbnb and Concur announced that “in the coming months,” business travelers would “be able to search and book Airbnb rentals” in Concur Travel, with itineraries and e-receipts “automatically” synchronizing to Concur Expense.] Concur announced that integration allowing users to book Airbnb through its TripLink “open booking” approach is live. The pair already had enabled… Read More »