Commercial payment is a pillar of travel procurement and management. Whether using centralized billing accounts, travel and entertainment corporate cards, hotel billback or newer solutions like virtual cards, it’s all about convenience and data.

Some examples of our coverage
• The emergence and challenges of virtual cards
• The impact of fintechs
• Fraud-fighting features
• What is blockchain and what role might it play?

After Selling, Grasp Technologies Founder Mueller Drops CEO Post

Erik Mueller is no longer CEO of Grasp Technologies, the corporate travel data consolidator and analytics company he founded in 1996. Also a virtual payment provider, Grasp has been under new ownership for about two years. Waverock Software, which acquires, manages and grows enterprise software businesses, in December 2021 announced a “strategic investment” in Grasp. …

Notebook: Buyers Explain Challenges Of Managing Non-Employee Travel

How much to invest in support for recruits, board members, interns, consultants, contractors and other guest travelers can be a tough call, according to speakers at GBTA’s convention last month. BCD Travel and Fox World Travel are among the latest providers to come up with solutions for this headache of the non-profiled. The booking, payment,…

Amex GBT Wins Citi, Develops Its Services For Companies Across The Spectrum

Interviewing American Express Global Business Travel CEO Paul Abbott during a Sept. 7 investor meeting, Citi equities analyst Pete Christiansen referenced a “really good” financial services company that GBT had recently won. Turns out, it’s Citi. Implementation in multiple countries is due by year-end, sources said.  CWT, which declined to comment, has been Citibank’s primary…

Still Nigh: The Death Of Manual Expense Reporting

Expense software developers and corporate travel providers are progressing in their efforts to kill the manual work associated with expense reporting. The application of artificial intelligence appears to be accelerating what has been a slow and painful demise. Emburse on Tuesday announced AI-powered receipt scanning — “the next step in realizing Emburse’s vision of an…

Previously Unnamed Blockskye Client Is PwC

The plan by blockchain company Blockskye to reinvent corporate travel processes is underway at PwC, according to sources. The accounting giant, with plenty of interest in blockchain technology for its own services, was not named in earlier coverage. Its participation has been one of the industry’s worst-kept secrets. PwC moved its travel management business in…

Grasp’s Virtual Payment Solution Strives For Standard Status

More hotel chains are adopting a solution developed by Grasp Technologies and Marriott International for the vexing problem of communicating virtual payment instructions to properties. “Right now, we’ve launched with Marriott, Hilton, IHG and Hyatt,” said Grasp senior sales director for virtual payments Stacey Mack during a webinar last week. “We will bring on more…

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