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BCD Travel Revs Up New Service For Unmanaged Business Travel Clients

BCD Travel launched a no-fee, easy onboarding business travel service in Germany and shared plans to expand it to additional markets next year. The company put one of its top executives, global CFO Cees Batenburg, in charge of the initiative as executive lead. The new service uses a brand from an indirectly related acquisition several…

Reporter’s Notebook: GBTA Convention Spotlights Efforts To Digitize And Centralize Payment

San Diego — “The pandemic has had a huge impact across the payments space,” according to Visa Business Solutions senior director Ryan Grabau. “People want to be more digital, for sustainability or because everyone is working remotely. They want to pay contactless. Organizations want more control in managing expenditures and cash flow.” Grabau spoke here…

Amex Versus Everybody

If you tuned in to an American Express Company investor call six years ago, you heard about a vintage brand dramatically cutting costs to help profits. Now, strong growth with younger generations and a significant lead over competitors in the small and medium-sized enterprise card market have Amex predicting double-digit revenue growth for the foreseeable…

JPMorgan Chase To Buy Frosch

JPMorgan Chase agreed to acquire Frosch, a large travel agency with a mix of corporate business, independent contractors and technology, according to a Wednesday report in The Beat.  Frosch officials declined to comment on the report, which cited an internal memo, but redirected an inquiry to a spokesperson for JPMorgan Chase. The official had not…

Now Focused On Expense, SalesTrip Sticks With Salesforce Play

Sales trips may not really be happening yet, but SalesTrip is still kicking. Like some other business travel startups, it refocused on expense management after the pandemic smashed travel bookings. Unlike some others that were acquired, it shrank and kept at it.  The formerly 24-person company is so much slimmer that a request last month…

Business Travel Finds Its Way Into Bank Competition With Financial Tech Firms

U.S. Bancorp’s acquisition of expense management software builder and travel agency TravelBank culminates a series of investments to build integrated business software and services, accelerate midmarket demand for banking and payments, and fend off financial technology firms. Banks traditionally picked up small business clients through lending and banking, but a digital revolution has changed that,…

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