ground transportation

Complexity In Ground Transport Gives Rise To Outsourced Management

Longtime ground transportation tech integrator Groundspan recently created a side business out of helping clients source suppliers and keep them honest. It’s no wonder there may be a need; the ground transport category is more complicated than ever. Pricing, alone, makes buyers dizzy. Speakers during a panel discussion at the Global Business Travel Association convention…

Preparing For A Sale That Can’t Come Soon Enough For Its Key Owner, Addison Lee Makes Client-Facing Changes

Corporate buyers who use Addison Lee are getting nervous. One of the largest chauffeured car companies in the United States has made a number of changes to improve its competitiveness and attract investors. The U.K.-based transport firm’s majority owner, Carlyle, is looking to sell. Addison Lee has a lot of debt coming due soon. Among…

Op Ed: Igor Marchal On The Future Of Car Rental Distribution

Car rental companies can’t sufficiently differentiate their products or provide a modern shopping experience within the current distribution framework. That’s according to travel industry veteran Igor Marchal of Klomat Consulting. Drawing on his experiences at CWT, Expedia and Europcar, Marchal explains the constraints currently hindering the car rental industry and suggests a course of action….

Op Ed: Louise Miller On Innovation In Ground Transportation

Ground transportation used to be a relatively straightforward part of travel management. No longer. Louise Miller of Areka Consulting gives an overview of what’s changing and how companies should address the challenges. Now is the time to really think about ground transportation and make some decisions. More progress occurred in the past 12 months than most…

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…

What Are The Negotiated Benefits Of Working With Lyft Or Uber?

Since before Lyft and Uber created programs for business, travel purchasing pros have been approaching them about volume-based benefits. Hard-dollar encouragement would help Uber and Lyft attract more managed corporate clients, especially those that effectively direct employees to one or the other. For now, though, the ride-hailing business programs barely register.  Lyft in its pre-IPO…

Connected Car Rental Fleets Go Mainstream

Connected vehicles are entering the fast lane of car rental. Familiar to corporate fleet managers, the concept uses telematics for two-way communications between vehicles and operations management. It underpins many of the new services coming to an evolving ground transport sector. Connected fleets promise speedier vehicle pick-up and return. Geofenced vehicles immediately communicate fuel level,…

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