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

TMC Apps: ‘Table Stakes’ For Clients

When asked what mobile apps they suggest company travelers use, travel managers invariably name apps from their risk management and tech providers. They also name their TMC, if it offers one. A TMC app’s standard feature is itinerary management, also core to popular apps like TripCase, TripIt and WorldMate. TMC apps grab information on bookings made by a travel agent or through a corporate booking tool, and update when there are changes. Another common feature…

NetJets Adds Corporate Travel Functions To In-House Logistics System

Most companies don’t have a homegrown business travel booking system, but NetJets Aviation is a bit unique. Its business is scheduling travel and moving people around. The company in the mid-1990s spent $20 million to build proprietary logistics software to handle requests from clients. NetJets then layered on corporate travel components for its own pilots and flight…

Microsoft Tests Expense App

[UPDATE, Feb. 24, 2016: Microsoft discontinued this project.] [UPDATE, April 10: Concur press statement added.] Microsoft is testing an expense app for iPhones that apparently integrates with Concur. “Nobody likes filing expense reports,” Microsoft wrote on Facebook, mimicking the raison d’être for expense providers like Concur and Expensify. “Each of us has a powerful computer…

Performance Issues Still Frustrating Concur Users

Concur claimed it resolved last week’s intermittent online booking outages about 88 hours after they began popping up. But some users this week reported ongoing issues and many expressed deep frustration about the whole episode. For travel agency resellers, booking tool downtime can hurt productivity, profitability and client goodwill. Making matters worse, the insufficient service came in the midst of another winter testing the industry’s…

Travel Management Pros Sort Of Like The Social Enterprise

Social media can help with travel management, but so far it’s not for everybody. According to Carlson Wagonlit Travel research released last week, using enterprise social networking to promote travel program compliance remains an “untapped” opportunity. Slightly more than one-third of 1,113 travel, meetings and events professionals surveyed last fall indicated that further promoting travel policy through…

Automation Breathes New Life Into Traveler Incentive Programs

Well before gamification became a corporate travel buzzword, companies had straightforward ways to reward travelers for booking cheaper flights. Traveler incentive programs that share savings with those who book coach airfare when business class is acceptable are challenging but not uncommon. Now, a variation on the concept appeals to companies without robust travel-management programs and policies. Point-of-sale price benchmarks guide…

Point-Of-Sale Benchmarks Add To Visual Guilt

[UPDATE, March 8, 2017: Concur decided to “phase out” the Price to Beat feature, according to Rocketrip. The two companies announced an expanded partnership. More info here.] More than a decade ago, U.S. businesses started saving significant money due to what travel professionals called visual guilt. Mainstream by 2006, the notion is that when travelers…

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