Advantage Focus Partnership and Rearden Commerce Join Forces to Power Corporate Spend Managementroven web-based solution increases visibility and control across multiple business services to enhance efficiency and cost effectiveness
The Advantage Focus Partnership, one of the business travel divisions of Advantage Travel Centres and the fifth largest travel management organization in the U.K., and Rearden Commerce, a next generation eCommerce platform company, today announced they have entered into a three-year partnership agreement that will result in the delivery of a combined travel, procurement and spend management solution for member agencies in the U.K. The agreement marks the expansion of Rearden Commerce's distribution network in Europe, pairing its next-generation technology with the breadth and reach of the Advantage Focus Partnership consortium.
"We are proud to offer our members access to Rearden Commerce's proven mobile and web-based spend management solutions which serve the needs of both the corporate buyer and business traveler," said Steve Murray, Head of Focus Operations. "Our group purchasing power is once again enabling our members to access and deploy services that improve their operations and impress their clients."
Matt Beck, UK Regional Director, Rearden Commerce, said, "Rearden Commerce is excited to lay the foundation for further expansion into European markets by delivering its next generation online travel booking tool to the Advantage Focus Partnership members. With the customizable platform and mobile application, corporate buyers will be able to expand their focus to include additional services like dining, ground transportation, airport parking and web conferencing while simultaneously capturing all T&E expenses in the Rearden expense solution. At the same time, their users will enjoy an efficient and information-rich experience."
The Rearden Commerce Platform provides individuals with a robust set of features and functionality, comparable to top consumer websites, while providing corporations critical control and end-to-end spend management capabilities. Maximized cost savings, increased adoption, and employee satisfaction are direct results of this user-centric approach. The platform also includes the location-aware Mobile Personal Assistant.
Designed to plug into any corporate booking tool, the Mobile Personal Assistant incorporates corporate policies and preferred vendors and extends the value of the booking tool to any mobile device – via the company's mobile web solution or apps for the iPhone®, Blackberry® and Android® platforms. The Mobile Personal Assistant gives users access to a personalized travel itinerary, real-time travel alerts, dining search and reserving capabilities, flight search, and destination weather information.
Ken McLeod, Corporate Director of Advantage Travel Centres, said: "Signing this agreement enables us to maximise the combined strategy of the Focus Partnership to continue our progression in providing best-in-class technology for our members, specifically in the challenging area of mobile solutions for corporate travelers."
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About Advantage Travel Centres
Advantage Travel Centres was founded more than 30 years ago and is the UK's largest independent travel agency consortium, with more than 800 leisure and corporate outlets throughout the UK with a combined annual group turnover in excess of $4 billion. Each member is a shareholder in Advantage which provides best-in-class negotiated commercial terms, incentives, extensive marketing activity, technology solutions and business support.
The Focus Partnership, with 77 members, is one of three divisions within Advantage Business Travel, with an agreed commitment to preferred suppliers. The Corporate Premium and Corporate Plus divisions allow Advantage to create unique opportunities for varying sizes of members.
Based in London, Advantage Business Travel is the UK's largest independent business travel management organisation with over 200 business travel outlets employing more than 1,500 professional travel consultants across the country. Combined member sales place Advantage in the top 5 business travel management organisations in the UK.
Advantage is also the main shareholder of the Worldwide Independent Travel Network (WIN) which encompasses 6,000 offices in 25 countries. WIN's Hotel Programme offers preferred rates at nearly 20,000 hotels worldwide for the WIN member agencies.