LONDON, 17th July 2014 – Concur, leading provider of spend management solutions and services in the world, and premium minicab firm Addison Lee announced a strategic partnership that enables travellers to book Addison Lee taxis through the Concur Travel platform and automatically link an e-receipt to their expense report. With over 120,000 trips booked a day using Concur Travel around the world and Addison Lee’s fleet of 4,500 vehicles and partners in 350 cities, the new solution promises to transform how some of the world’s biggest organisations book and expense ground transportation.
Available as an ‘App for my Business’ from The Concur App Center, the new ‘Direct Connect’ service will provide Concur customers with an effortless way to book ground transportation, with all journeys simply priced – fares and tolls included – no meters and no surprises. The e-receipt service means travellers don’t need to collect a written receipt after the journey and, using Concur on web or mobile, can effortlessly complete and submit an expense report.
Addison Lee’s 17,000 corporate account clients will also be able to benefit from Concur’s world class expense management, by linking their Addison Lee and Concur accounts. This will enable E-receipts to be auto-generated for every Addison Lee booking, for seamless management of expenses via Concur.
In addition to simplifying the travel process for travellers, Concur and Addison Lee’s integration provides finance teams with real-time visibility into ground transportations costs and – crucially – guaranteed VAT reclaim on all eligible receipts. With handwritten taxi receipts the accuracy of the fare is often mistakenly or intentionally different from the actual cost. With this new service accuracy is ensured.
The partnership will also benefit travel managers by boosting policy adherence and ensuring that employees take full advantage of negotiated corporate rates while on a business trip. In addition, by providing seamless access to Addison Lee – and its state of the art GPS tracking and traveller alert systems –the solution will help travel managers meet their duty of care obligations.
Isabel Montesdeoca, enterprise managing director, Concur UK comments: “Our chief focus at Concur is making the lives of business travellers quicker and easier, eliminating the challenging and stressful parts of a business trip and increasing the visibility of spend for the business. In that spirit we are delighted to offer Concur’s customers the chance to book a journey with Addison Lee – a best-in-class car service – through our online booking tool.”
Liam Griffin at Addison Lee comments: “As Addison Lee continues to extend its footprint globally we are committed to finding new and innovative ways to connect with our customers. This latest partnership with Concur will benefit our existing account users and also provide us with direct access to a pool of regular travellers, making it easier for them to use our services.”
The new solution is available to Concur Travel customers today through the company’s online App Store. For more information, visit: The Concur App Centre for Business.