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‘Scrappy’ Business Travel Entrepreneurs At DVI And Roadmap Join Emburse For Acceleration

Spend management company Emburse, parent of Chrome River and Certify, last month acquired data analytics firm Data Visualization Intelligence and last week bought app maker Roadmap. At a time when corporate travel remains mostly dormant, the forward-looking stories of these deals mirror classic business tales of challenge and opportunity. “These are two companies that built…

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Certify, Serko Affected As Amtrak Ends Travelfusion Deal

Amtrak turns 50 years old on May 1. Unless it patches up a relationship with content aggregator Travelfusion, it will be celebrating without connections to various corporate travel points of sale. According to Travelfusion CEO Moshe Rafiah, the rail operator a few months ago informed his company that it wanted to end its agreement to…

Politics Over Profits: Expensify’s Barrett Again Takes His Message Straight To Users

Expensify CEO David Barrett sent some customers into a frenzy with commentary about politics that was at once remarkable and in character. His message, posted Thursday to his company website and sent to all users of its expense management products, said, “Protect democracy, vote for Biden.” If the ensuing tweetstorm is to be believed, Expensify…

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TMC In Québec Plans Q1 Launch For Travel Management Communications Platform

Montréal-based travel management company Encore Travel last year created a spinoff tech firm to take on the many challenges of internal travel program communications. With millions of dollars invested, its new portal and related services have three customers as part of a soft launch. Seven more lined up to begin implementation by year-end. The TMC…

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Business Traveler Use Of E-Scooters Raises Risk Management Questions

Electric scooters had something of a corporate travel coming out party at the GBTA convention last summer in San Diego. They seemed to be everywhere. More than a few delegates said they tried one for the first time. At least a couple admitted to causing a mishap or getting caught up in one. As scooter…

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Taxi Tech Company With Pre-Smartphone Heritage Takes On Lyft And Uber

There was a time when a big portion of ground transportation spending was invisible to corporate travel buyers. Lyft and Uber are helping with that, but they’re not the only options. A service provider to taxis and black cars, Curb Mobility started a business program last fall and now claims a few dozen clients including…

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A Few Minutes With GoldSpring Consulting, Episode 2

Thanks for your interest in our new audio series in which we interview the industry veterans at GoldSpring Consulting about developments in travel management. In this second installment, recorded March 18, 2019, GoldSpring partner Will Tate talks to The Company Dime’s Jay Campbell about Southwest Airlines’ upcoming requirements for using credit cards online, supplier promotions…