When attending to 2012 London Business Travel show, we made a contact with Re:Locate Magazine. It is a magazine for HR professionals and relocation specialists in the UK and internationally, covering domestic and international relocation topics, such as property and legal matters to international assignments, recruitment and immigration, etc.
They liked what Cabforce.com can do for relocation professionals. Just like assistants and travel managers, HR professionals often spend time arranging transportations, and especially in unfamiliar cities where they don’t know the local taxi companies, this can be very time consuming.
As Cabforce.com provides a one stop solution with its certified service provider network across Europe, easy booking and payment process, and standardised electronic receipts for expense management, the nice people at Re:locate asked us to enter the competition for Technological Innovation in Relocation.
Estonian Air is the first airline to provide public access on their website to Cabforce.com, the European online booking service for taxis, executive cars and minibuses. Estonian Air passengers can now make the bookings at the same time as their flight tickets.
The Cabforce.com online booking service delivers a fully-inclusive fixed price, which is paid on a secure site with a credit card. By making an advance booking, the passenger no longer needs to negotiate with local drivers about routes, prices and payment methods at the travel destination. The most common causes of confusion due to culture and language barriers can now be avoided.
“Partnership with Cabforce.com gives our customers a convenient access to transfer services via Estonian Air’s homepage. The service is currently available in Tallinn and at eight Estonian Air flight destinations in Europe: Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, London, Brussels and Paris. More destinations will be added in the future” said Enn Lamp, the Head of Sales and Distribution Department.
“We are happy to be the first airline in the world to provide public access to the Cabforce.com service for all our passengers. It is ideal for business travelers who wish to pre-pay the transfers between the airport and hotel with their company credit card for easy expense management.” added Lamp.
The Estonian Air partnership marks a new territory claim for Cabforce.com, which is expected to grow in the future with similar partnerships. “Co-operation with the Estonian national airline is a prime example of how a taxi service can be added to a partner’s service portfolio, without the need for them to invest in any supply network building and facilitation technology” says Tommi Holmgren, CEO and Co-founder of Cabforce.com.
For further information on Estonian Air:
Ilona Eskelinen, PR Director
AS Estonian Air Lennujaama tee 13
11101 Tallinn, Estonia Phone: +372 6401 178
Making the payment with a credit card on our secure site spares the traveller of price, route and payment method hassles with the local drivers – which can be more than irksome in an unfamiliar city, especially when there are language and cultural barrier to cross.
One would also really hope the European taxis with credit card signs on their windows would actually accept the cards, but the reality has shown that being able to pay a taxi with a company credit card sometimes requires determination as many drivers prefer to take only cash.
I’m really happy that we can now offer a solution for this particular agony for a business traveller, and with one fell swoop also do away with all the bizarre receipts one often gets. I think my “favorite” are the ones written on a white piece of paper, with only a sum, but no indication about the currency, possible taxes, or even the city where you travelled. Oh, the fun of trying to ask the driver to fill in such information when the driver doesn’t understand a word you say, or the thrill of trying to reclaim it on an expense report.
I’m confident the people in the accounting will also be delighted they don’t have to process such creative receipt format anymore, but get a standard electronic receipt instead.