Category Archives: Budgets

As Acquis Consulting-Backed Startup Takes On Rocketrip, Pros Remain Divided On Rewards

By | July 17, 2018

Tripkicks is a new tech company focused on helping companies spend less on business travel through employee incentives. Its approach is similar to that of Rocketrip, which helped popularize the notion of behavioral change based on shared savings. Tripkicks’ largest investor is Acquis Consulting, which also is a strategic partner helping with implementation. Tripkicks CEO Jeff Berk is… Read More »

New Southwest Revenue Management Tactics Put Upward Pressure On Fares

By | July 5, 2018

Southwest Airlines is using new revenue management tools in a fight against lower-cost competition. For travel buyers, the impact could be fewer low airfares from Southwest and, in turn, its big three U.S. rivals. Already there are signs pointing to fare hikes during the second half of this year. Fuel prices are up, prompting some airlines to slow capacity… Read More »

Anant Kale On The Automation Revolution And Which Jobs Robots Will Take

By | May 1, 2018

Industry dialogue about artificial intelligence and the new services featuring it are all well and good. Seriously, though, what does it mean for my job? AppZen CEO and co-founder Anant Kale doesn’t have all the answers, but offers a compelling case for why, as a general statement, the humans will be alright. Gartner predicts that artificial intelligence will… Read More »

Predictive Analytics: Not Just For The Point Of Sale

By | April 24, 2018

Used mostly for policy and preferred supplier modeling or to sense travelers’ wants and needs when they make bookings, predictive tech in travel management holds a lot more promise. Potential use cases for predictive analytics range from the practical to the big picture. Wouldn’t it be good to know if an employee is burned out and about to… Read More »

Steve Reynolds On The Myth Of The Traveler Satisfaction Silver Bullet

By | April 4, 2018

During decent economic conditions, traveler satisfaction is big in travel management circles. Everyone wants happy, healthy and productive employees, and many see that translating to improved corporate performance. Tripbam founder and CEO Steve Reynolds takes a contrarian view. He argues that it’s impossible to measure the return from giving travelers what they want. And once they start getting… Read More »

Scott Gillespie On Predicting The Value In Travel

By | January 11, 2018

Today’s advisor is industry veteran Scott Gillespie, managing director of tClara. Scott’s guidepost tackles what travel program managers should try to predict — and what to skip. Predictive analytics is a shiny new toy that has caught the travel industry’s eye. It sounds useful — check. It sounds cool — check. It scores points in management-speak bingo contests… Read More »

The Year In Research: Academics Consider Business Travel Well-Being, Perks And Productivity

By | January 3, 2018

Not just topics for industry conferences, business traveler well-being and productivity also are among the issues examined last year by academic researchers. One study produced more evidence that frequent business travel was detrimental. Two others sought to help companies optimize ways to smooth it over: flying private and getting upgrades. Let’s start with the bad news — another… Read More »