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July 24, 2014 - 02:40 PM ET

Citi and Concur partnered to provide to mutual clients consolidated data encompassing Citi corporate cards, the Concur expense system and travel management company data. Clients will have access to "a few" sets of complimentary reports, while additional reports can be purchased at a price determined on a "client-to-client" basis, Citi global head of commercial cards Manish Kohli told BTN. Leveraging Concur's TravelTrax reporting tool obtained when it acquired TRX, the system is accessible on the Citi Manager platform. Concur and Citi are running a pilot with two U.S.-based and two Europe-based clients and has made the tool available in all markets in which both companies operate.

July 18, 2014 - 11:45 AM ET

Wells Fargo built an expense reporting tool for its corporate card clients, Wells Fargo vice president and commercial card product manager Michelle Dutcher told BTN. The Commercial Card Expense Reporting service is accessed via Wells Fargo's CEO Mobile application, and allows travelers to upload receipt images via their smartphones. The bank can provide a direct file feed to a company's enterprise resource planning system and allow program managers to download general ledger data files into their accounting systems, according to Dutcher. CEO Mobile is compatible with Android and iOS smartphones and tablets.

July 17, 2014 - 03:00 PM ET

Concur enabled bookings of U.K. taxi provider Addison Lee through its Concur Travel platform, with direct electronic receipt links to expense reports, the companies announced Thursday. The "Direct Connect" service, available as a mobile application in Concur's App Center, ensures travelers use negotiated corporate rates and ensures expense accuracy without the need for paper taxi receipts, which are "often mistakenly or intentionally different from the actual cost," according to the companies.

July 09, 2014 - 11:15 AM ET

Corporate housing supplier Furnished Quarters has added an online payment service, the company announced this week. The company's website now takes payments by PCI-compliant credit cards and electronic checks through a partnership with online payment processor PayLease. Guests can make payments on either a one-time or a recurring basis, according to the company.

June 30, 2014 - 05:05 PM ET

Expense management firm Abukai has partnered with cloud-based ERP system Exact Online, the companies announced on Monday. Receipts uploaded to Abukai by clients of either firm now automatically can feed into Exact Online using optical character recognition. Abukai then "automatically" categorizes expense data based on a client's specifications, according to the company.

June 24, 2014 - 03:45 PM ET

Expense management firm Chrome River announced a partnership with Grasp Technologies to offer customers "enriched" and consolidated travel data. Grasp vice president and chief sales officer Dave Lucas told Business Travel News that the company's Secure Connect system automates data collection from "any source, any format, and brings it together," including agencies, expense systems and corporate cards.

June 19, 2014 - 12:55 PM ET

Amadeus will integrate e-commerce payment management firm CyberSource's fraud prevention solution with its payment platform, Amadeus announced Thursday. Amadeus claimed the new integration with the Visa-owned CyberSource's Decision Manager will help travel organizations, including airlines and travel agencies, accept more "legitimate bookings" while detecting potentially fraudulent transactions and thereby "lowering operational costs." The feature is available in person and across channels including online, mobile and call center.

June 12, 2014 - 02:05 PM ET

Expense reporting firm Chrome River partnered with Western Union Business Solutions to provide customers with cross-border payment processing, the company announced. Customers of both companies now can send and receive international payments, manage foreign currencies, and file expenses and invoices with a "secure, integrated payment processing solution," according to Chrome River.   

June 12, 2014 - 10:05 AM ET

AirPlus International veteran Volker Huber joined HRS as senior vice president of corporate solutions. Also appointed as a member of the Cologne, Germany-based hotel procurement and distribution specialists' executive board, Huber is responsible for the company's global corporate customer business, with a particular focus on international expansion. Huber most recently led international marketing and sales for AirPlus and had overseen the corporate payment provider's development in the Americas.

June 04, 2014 - 02:50 PM ET

Commercial Payments International, a commercial card and payments industry association, has resumed operations after announcing in December 2013 that it would shut down, CPI announced on Wednesday. The association's return is in partnership with EuroFinance, a conference and training firm owned by The Economist Group.

May 27, 2014 - 02:35 PM ET

Grasp Technologies expanded a partnership with India-based software company Blue Star Infotech, the companies announced Tuesday. Blue Star Infotech, part of the Blue Star Group, will refer Grasp travel data management solutions exclusively to its global client base, particularly clients in the Asia/Pacific region, Grasp vice president and chief sales officer Dave Lucas told BTN. Grasp will be able to "bring our solutions and new platforms to market faster" using Blue Star resources around the world, according to Lucas. Blue Star will integrate with some of Grasp's technology—for example, Grasp's Secure Connect solution, which automates data collection from multiple sources—the business intelligence and analytics solutions gained through its acquisition of Activecubes. The companies will examine the potential of jointly building analytics tools for sectors in addition to travel that could result in establishing a separate company, Lucas explained. Grasp could accelerate its total revenue growth by 100 percent by year-end partly due to the partnership, according to Lucas. The companies previously have worked together on deployments.

May 08, 2014 - 03:20 PM ET

BMO in 2015 will begin issuing chip-and-PIN corporate cards upon card renewal and when cards are lost, stolen or otherwise need to be replaced, BMO vice president of North American corporate card products, treasury and payment solutions Steven Pedersen this week told BTN. The bank also plans to have all its ATMs in the United States chip-certified by September 2014. Seventy-five percent of the bank's U.S. ATMs currently are chip-certified, according to Pedersen.