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June 25, 2015 - 02:30 PM ET

Commerce platform Deem updated its mobile app, enabling optical character recognition to populate receipt data into an expense report, the company announced Thursday. Deem employees will verify the receipt data's accuracy. Deem also will automatically integrate transaction data from corporate and personal cards into expense reports this year. Concur announced plans for a similar function in April.

June 25, 2015 - 12:30 PM ET

Following the death of American Express president Ed Gilligan last month, CEO Kenneth Chenault announced organizational changes on Wednesday that go into effect immediately. Among them, 30-year Amex vet Steve Squeri has become American Express Co. vice chairman, and global banking and global network business president Paul Fabara will be elected an officer. Amex announced no new hires.

June 09, 2015 - 12:15 PM ET

Expense management provider Certify launched new functionality on Tuesday that automatically calculates the complex U.S. General Services Administration's per-diem rates. Those rates represent the maximum allowances for federal employees and contractors and are based on dates, destinations, meal combinations, incidental expenses, travel days and other considerations.

June 08, 2015 - 11:35 AM ET

Hogg Robinson Group and Visa launched a central travel account lodge card solution in France, Italy, Russia, Turkey, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden, HRG announced Monday, citing client demand. The partnership allows clients to combine the CTA with Visa commercial card programs and integrate it with expense management and accounting processes.

June 05, 2015 - 02:40 PM ET

American Express and hotel solutions firm HRS partnered to provide European clients in 20 European countries an integrated virtual credit card solution, the companies announced Tuesday. The service enables clients to create a vPayment account to automatically generate a single-use virtual card number with a specific amount, expiration date and merchant for hotel stays. It’s available in Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and the eight European countries where vPayment already was available.

June 05, 2015 - 01:00 PM ET

Coupa launched an optional feature within its app on Thursday that uses a smartphone’s GPS to track expenses. SmarterTrip allows Coupa to monitor a traveler’s mileage and create an expense item. It also recognizes a traveler’s location and, if it doesn’t detect a corporate card purchase, prompts the user to record a business expense. “Coupa wants people to be aware of their spending as it happens. This helps folks keep a better tab on what they’re expensing every day to make sure they’re staying in line with corporate policies,” a spokesperson told BTN in an email. This feature follows Coupa's March launch of voice capture for receipts. 

June 03, 2015 - 12:50 PM ET

U.S. Bank updated its Access Online mobile app to allow corporate clients to request and receive virtual cards from their Android and iOS smartphones, the bank announced Wednesday. The app launched in October as an extension of the bank’s data management and reporting tool of the same name.

June 01, 2015 - 04:30 PM ET

Google will make Android Pay available for use with American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa corporate cards “later in the year," a Google spokesperson confirmed to BTN. The mobile-payment platform is compatible with AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon, as well as nine banks, including Bank of America, Chase, Citi and U.S. Bank. It can work at any of the 700,000 near-field communication terminals in the United States, but Google has signed on just 20 retailers and 20 Android applications. It will add more “every day,” according to Google’s blog. To use Android Pay, users unlock their phones and tap them on the terminals. Once Android Pay launches, Google Wallet, which additionally requires a user to open an app and enter a pin code, will relaunch as a peer-to-peer payment app. Google Wallet is the only mobile wallet compatible with corporate cards, though Bank of America in May said it could enable Apple Pay for corporate card clients as early as this year.

May 22, 2015 - 01:30 PM ET

Bank of America Merrill Lynch could enable Apple Pay for corporate card clients as early as this year, global card and comprehensive payables for global transaction services head Kevin Phalen said at BTN’s Tech Talk conference in Chicago. “We expect later this year, from a corporate commercial perspective, that the applications will be embedded for us to provide [the product] on behalf of our clients,” he said. Payment company leaders initially said security and data issues could lead to a two- to three-year waiting period for the technology.

May 06, 2015 - 11:55 AM ET

AirPlus International customers during the first quarter spent 8 percent more on business travel year over year, according to a report released Tuesday by parent company Lufthansa. Clients' air travel spend rose 7.5 percent, "with companies booking 7.3 percent more business flights," according to the report. Lufthansa for the first quarter reported €16 million (US$18 million) in AirPlus earnings before interest and tax,up 50 percent year over year due to international business travel growth and "positive exchange-rate effects."

May 06, 2015 - 11:45 AM ET

Expense management firm Serko Incharge released a version of its mobile application that uses optical character recognition to capture mobile receipts and automatically matches them to card charges, the company announced Wednesday. Serko acquired Incharge in January 2014.

April 28, 2015 - 12:15 PM ET

Corporate payments provider Wex has expanded its virtual payments offering to 11 currencies for European customers, according to the company. Issuance and settlement had been available only in euros, U.S. dollars and British pounds, but Wex added the currencies of Australia, Denmark, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, South Africa, Sweden and Switzerland. Wex Europe managing director Myles Stephenson said the ability to pay with a local currency "eliminates the risks of currency fluctuation, improves reconciliation in local currencies to ensure no variances and makes any card network charges fully transparent."