Productivity

Business travel is all about productivity — whether that relates to its fundamental use for more efficient collaboration, guarding against bureaucracy to ensure seamless collaboration, or generally purchasing the right services at the right prices so trip missions deliver the most value. It also means helping employees avoid getting bogged down in post-trip red tape. The coverage below digs into issues, processes, tools and tricks.

Some examples
• The movement of services to mobile devices and/or chatbots
• Stories about expedited airport screening and business travel’s ROI
• Trends like artificial intelligence and rewards
• The pandemic-era struggle to avoid quarantines

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…

Updates: Air Merger; NYC Room Rates; Hotel Safety

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 these links to jump to updates on airline consolidation, New York lodging rates, hotel safety, GBTA’s risk management…

Podcast 9: Evan Konwiser and Miriam Moscovici

Our ninth podcast episode features a discussion recorded this month with regulars Evan Konwiser of American Express Global Business Travel and Miriam Moscovici from BCD Travel. We spoke with them about the basics of travel management, new technology like virtual reality, risk management, open booking, concerns about online booking tools, Uber, what travel managers are missing and productivity tips.

New Head Of Sabre Corporate Products Enacts Integrated Booking, Mobile And Payment Strategy

Company veteran Yannis Karmis left Sabre in January as the firm reorganized its approach to the corporate market. Led by newcomer Clinton Anderson, the ambitious strategy includes a new path for GetThere but ditches TruTrip. It seeks to solve the tricky issue of out-of-program spend. It aims to deliver heretofore untapped potential in payments and mobile. It’s benefiting from…

NuTravel Mobile Booking Plan Draws Travel Management Company Interest

Three travel management companies this week displayed varying degrees of interest in booking tool provider nuTravel’s plan to integrate with mobile app developers. NuTravel’s first partner, United Kingdom-based Mantic Point, provides apps to corporate agencies including Direct Travel, Executive Travel and FCm Travel Solutions. Officials with Direct Travel and FCm said they were considering the…

New Agency Automation Player Targeting Mid-Office And Point-Of-Sale Advances

There’s a new entrant eyeing a spot in the travel agent technology field. Centered on a rules engine, Fociss Travel System would help corporate travel management companies connect various customer-facing tasks with behind-the-scenes automation. The idea is to make agents more efficient and improve customer service. The first step is a new cloud-based mid-office system “because that’s what so…

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