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August 20, 2014 - 09:40 AM ET

Accounting and ERP software provider Sage now integrates with Abukai Expenses, the companies announced. Sage clients can use Abukai to upload PDFs or snap photos of their receipts. Using optical character recognition, Abukai automatically reads such expense data as transaction date, vendor, amount and value-added tax and enters it into expense reports, which feed the Sage One online accounting software. The expense firm in June also partnered with cloud-based ERP system Exact Online.

August 04, 2014 - 09:50 AM ET

Travelport acquired a 49 percent share in Australian travel tech firm Locomote and upped its ownership in eNett International. The former claims to provide "seamless management" of "travel, authorization and procurement processes, including corporate traveler profile management, pre-trip approvals and duty of care capabilities." Locomote already uses Travelport technology for profile management, content aggregation and other functions. Meanwhile, Travelport now owns 73 percent of the eNett payment solutions joint venture (raised from 57 percent). ENett provides virtual account numbers via MasterCard to facilitate payments between travel agencies and suppliers. Partner PSP International holds the remainder. The transaction valued eNett at about $450 million.

July 30, 2014 - 11:35 AM ET

American Express reported a 1 percent decrease in global corporate travel sales versus the prior year-over-year period, to $4.9 billion. The slight decline followed three consecutive quarters of growth. The company also reported a $626 million gain from the closing of its business travel joint venture with investment firm Certares, which helped boost net income for the quarter by 9 percent to $1.5 billion. Total expenses decreased 58 percent to $361 million compared to last year, also attributed to the joint venture. Card-billed business in the Global Commercial Services division rose 7 percent year over year to $47.6 billion. GCS cards in force remained flat at seven million, but average cardholder spending rose 7 percent to $6,781.

July 28, 2014 - 03:15 PM ET

Customers now can use U.S. Bank's virtual card product to purchase air tickets, the bank announced Monday at the Global Business Travel Association's annual conference in Los Angeles. Launched in 2012 and in partnership with global distribution system Sabre and payments technology provider Conferma, U.S. Bank Travel VirtualPay previously could create single-use account numbers only for lodging bookings. U.S. retailer Macy's piloted the service in the United States, according to U.S. Bank. The bank also announced other virtual card enhancements, including the ability to instantly adjust credit limits and reimburse third-party service providers.

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.