Rearden Commerce to Power Travel Leaders’ Technology SolutionLeading TMC Forms Strategic Alliance with Rearden Commerce to Help Companies Buy Business Services and Manage Expenses Online
Travel Leaders today announced that its flagship technology solution, Compass, will now be powered by Rearden Commerce and its suite of technology offerings. The Compass solution combines best of breed technologies into a customizable travel management platform for the diverse needs of companies of all sizes. Combined with the Rearden Commerce™ Platform, an online and mobile solution that enables companies to buy and manage services online, and ExpenseWire, a Rearden Commerce subsidiary for managing expenses, the integrated Travel Leaders' Compass offering creates a full-service program for a self-service environment. The preferred ExpenseWire partnership will feature greater opportunities for collaboration in expense reconciliation and management reporting.
Additionally, the hundreds of Associate (franchised) Travel Leaders locations that seek to deliver a unique and comprehensive solution for their clients will also have the opportunity to resell the Compass travel management platform with these new combined components.
"As we developed Compass, it was essential for us to select a technology provider that delivers a superior user experience in order to drive end-user adoption and bring the greatest value to our roster of clients and partners. Rearden Commerce was an easy choice – its integrated approach to Web and travel is ahead of its time, and it will rapidly become the industry standard," said David Holyoke, President of Travel Leaders Corporate. "When combined with ExpenseWire we can also offer our clients a streamlined process that enforces corporate T&E policies and delivers valuable information that can be used in supplier negotiations."
The Compass travel solution will now leverage the power of Rearden Commerce to deliver a customizable platform and mobile application that expands spend management beyond traditional travel services to include dining, ground transportation, shipping, airport parking, web-conferencing and entertainment services. This new solution increases visibility and control across several business services to enhance efficiency and cost-effectiveness. Direct from the Compass dashboard, travel managers can tailor their programs based on their company's travel management objectives to easily enforce policies, automate quality control protocols, provide detailed reporting and tracking, and manage negotiated programs.
For employees, Compass provides a convenient location to book and manage the aforementioned services and provides a complete integration to their calendar, Microsoft Outlook, or Lotus Notes. Acting as an intuitive online personal assistant, the underlying platform recognizes the traveler's identity, itinerary details, and physical location, thus providing a more personalized trip-planning experience. The new solution automatically recommends relevant goods and services for purchase, and also updates the employee of any itinerary or meeting changes.
Along with convenience and purchasing power, Travel Leaders Corporate now combines its communication, training and support services directly into the solution to further drive adoption and assist travelers in embracing an automated full-service environment. Program and product enhancements to the user experience can be delivered quickly and efficiently to provide continual significance and value to the traveler&rquo;s workspace.
"Travel Leaders has become one of the largest and most sophisticated travel management companies. We're proud to say that our technology is part of Compass. We are excited for them to roll this out to their existing customers and are confident that the entire offering will present Travel Leaders with a competitive advantage as they continue to build their business," said Patrick Grady, CEO and Founder of Rearden Commerce.
Rearden Commerce and its subsidiary companies continue to be recognized for broadening the scope of traditional travel management. Together with Travel Leaders, they are bringing the industry a new approach to travel management which includes management of broad business services, outstanding levels of customer services to companies with unique requirements, and an integrated approach to travel and expense. The Compass travel solution is available now from Travel Leaders and its Associate network. For additional information visit: www.travelleaders.com
About Travel Leaders
Travel Leaders is transforming travel with a name that boldly embodies our commitment to our vacation and business travel clients via a progressive approach toward each unique travel experience. As one of America's top ten-ranked travel companies, Travel Leaders has assisted millions of travelers through our strong roots – the former Carlson Wagonlit Travel Associates, TraveLeaders and Tzell Travel Group joined together in 2008 to form one of the industry's fastest-growing and robust networks of travel agents. Travel Leaders Franchise Group can trace its beginnings to 1984 as the franchise system "Ask Mr. Foster Travel," which itself was North America's first travel agency chain established in 1888.