Mobilleo streamlines Cat Tech’s international business travel operations

Catalyst handling specialist Cat Tech is using FOD Mobility Group’s market-leading Mobility as a Service (MaaS) platform Mobilleo to streamline its international business travel operations.

Cat Tech was managing global travel and accommodation for the company’s engineers and senior management team in-house using a variety of separate online booking tools and websites. This involved the co-ordination of connecting flights, hotels and car rental for as many as 50 staff at once to get everyone from Cat Tech’s seven global offices to customer locations around the world.

The process was de-centralised, with some overseas staff often having to book and pay for their own flights, hotels and ground transportation, then re-claim the expenses via payroll.

Cat Tech needed access to their employee’s travel expenditure in relation to each individual customer project so they could accurately quote for future projects. This involved a time-consuming process of collating travel costs expensed by staff through payroll, travel booked via company credit cards, as well as invoices processed from the various flight, accommodation and car rental providers.

The procedure of gathering and analysing financial information from the various overseas offices and cost centres and preparing an accurate quotation for each customer project would often take two to three weeks to complete.

Fleetondemand’s Founder and CEO, Justin Whitston commented: “Cat Tech were already a customer of Fleetondemand, using our industry-leading rental management system to manage their daily hire vehicles.

“We arranged a demo of our Mobilleo MaaS application and showed them how it could vastly improve their existing travel booking and payment processes. Mobilleo offered Cat Tech the immediate opportunity to switch from using their disparate booking tools to managing all their international business travel quickly and conveniently using a single platform.”

Cat Tech’s employees have access to the Mobilleo app on their mobile phones to find, book and pay for their own flights, accommodation and ground transportation in-line with Cat Tech’s travel policies. The in-app payments are linked directly to Cat Tech’s company account and invoiced on a monthly basis, eliminating the need for staff to expense their journeys via payroll.

Cat Tech’s in-house travel co-ordinator is using Mobilleo’s middle office desktop application to create individual profiles and set monthly mobility budgets, which provide accurate forecasting on spend for each employee. Detailed management reporting and real-time expenditure can also be viewed and exported, providing an insight into the total cost of mobility throughout the business.

Bruno Da Silva, Personnel Co-ordinator at Cat Tech, commented: ““Mobilleo has streamlined our entire travel management process, from journey planning and booking, right through to billing and reporting. The centralised billing and detailed management reporting suite have helped us to improve the accuracy of our quotation process and reduce the time taken to produce customer quotes from a few weeks to a few hours.

“Cat-Tech employees also benefit from the additional support of Mobilleo’s dedicated Concierge team, who are available to offer technical advice and assist with the booking of more complex indirect flights to remote locations.”

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