More recent stories from Kathryn Kamin
travel and expense trends
Traveling at the Eleventh Hour: Myth-Busting Last-Minute Travel
There’s a commonly held belief that airfares continue to rise every year — even if the price of oil is dropping — and that the cost of last-minute travel follows suit. But the truth may surprise you. There’s more to the cost of last-minute travel...

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Invoicing & Spend Management
Rubber Stamping: It Could be Saving You Time, but Costing you Money
From trade show costs and conference room rentals, to consulting fees, subscriptions, training, and office supplies, many employees have purchasing power beyond traditional travel and event expenses. Because expenses are diverse and are used in a...

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Invoicing & Spend Management
What Are Industry Benchmarks for Accounts Payable Efficiency?
Time is money and accounts payable departments are continuously looking for ways to optimize cashflow by avoiding late fees, taking advantage of early payments, or negotiating better pricing and delivery terms with vendors. Evaluation of the...

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Travel & Expense Trends
Ground Transportation: Rideshares are Safer and Less Expensive Than Taxis
If you could save your organization money and help your team travel more safely, would you? Of course, you would. Our quick fix: increasing rideshare over other ground transportation options. Travel by car is still one of the primary modes of...

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Products in Action
The Era of Mergers and Acquisitions
Resources to help you thrive in new and trying times Being part of a merger or acquisition (M&A), and still doing your “regular” job, can feel overwhelming. Whether you’re a first-timer or an M&A veteran, thoughtful policy and procedure...

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Travel & Expense Trends
Maximizing Corporate Card Rebates: Our 80/20 Rule
An immediate way to get a pulse on who, how, and when your organization’s dollars are being spent –what we call spend governance – is to look at your corporate card usage. The perks of maximizing corporate card rebates go beyond optimizing cash...

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Travel & Expense Trends
Bumpers for Budget? Leverage Expense Category Summaries to Keep Spend on Track
While budget management is certainly complex and highly specific to each organization, being proactive with budget management reduces operational interruption by keeping an organization’s cashflow adaptable to change. However, how do we actually...

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Travel & Expense Trends
Risky Business: Avoiding Rogue Spend with Our Top High-Risk Expense Types and...
Our employees are our most valuable assets, however, managing their spend across a growing number of spend categories and payment methods often leaves room for error and non-compliance. These are serious (and time-consuming) issues that can create...

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Innovation
How Prioritizing Employee Satisfaction Helped A Company Scale Global...
Transformation of a travel and expense program served as a starting point for simplification in other areas of the organization, for medical device company, Smith & Nephew. Smith & Nephew’s choice to prioritize employee satisfaction...

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Products in Action
Enabling Executive Spend Management Decisions Amidst the Pandemic and Beyond:...
“The fact that we have greater control over spend and visibility…has allowed us to really position ourselves as business partners-not only creating information but also actually enabling decision-making to our senior executives,” shared Jorge...

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Invoicing & Spend Management
Better Forever: Freeing People to Do Their Best Jobs Through AP Automation
An SAP Concur podcast conversation with Deloitte: While COVID-19 presented vast challenges, it also forced organizations to evolve to a more digitized infrastructure that supported employees personally and professionally. “2020 was the perfect...

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Travel & Expense Trends
Reactive, Random, or 100% Manual: Which Auditing Type Are You?
Auditing is a powerful and fundamental operation for every organization. But how much money and time should be spent on it, and how do you measure accuracy? Once you have audit results, which operations do you adjust first to have the greatest...

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Public Sector
Setting Post-Pandemic County Budgets and Sticking to Them
Stewarding a county budget has always meant working under pressure with complete transparency. But now, when most of your coworkers and partners are working remotely, cost control pressures and the demand for new ways to demonstrate spend...

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Public Sector
The Need for Speed in County Financial Operations
Accuracy and risk mitigation have long been the primary focus of finance operations, but it’s time to expand that horizon. County finance leaders can no longer afford to ignore inefficiencies around invoices and employee discretionary spend that...

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Travel & Expense Trends
Keep Calm and Carry on With a Relevant Duty of Care Program
Knowing where your employees are now, where they are traveling to and how to communicate with them has significantly increased in importance this year. Recent crises have deepened the appreciation that some organizations have for their duty of...

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Business Travel
Mileage Reporting that Employees will Actually Love
When driving for work, the last thing that most employees want to focus on is tracking their mileage. From site visits to team leadership meetings and keeping their eyes on the road, mileage reporting is likely to be one of the last things on...

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Travel & Expense Trends
Who’s Ready to Increase Workforce Productivity?
Maximizing people’s ability to do their best work by reducing menial tasks through automation has helped organizations survive the pandemic and create cultures of top talent that are mostly thriving despite crisis. Regardless of industry,...

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Travel & Expense Trends
Shifting Mileage Programs to Accommodate the Work-From-Anywhere Lifestyle
Many employees are leaning into the work-from-anywhere lifestyle and organizations are shifting to accommodate these new and evolving expectations. Designing a winning mileage program that is fair, comprehensive, and relevant to the times is no...

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Innovation
Making Sustainability Profitable and Profitability Sustainable
“Just like we cannot ignore the pandemic...we cannot ignore climate change and the major contributions of enterprises. Together, we can lead this change and become intelligent enterprises, to make sustainability profitable and profitability...

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Innovation
From Mind-Numbing to Value-Add: AP Automation Evolved and Explored with Deloitte
The “great leap of evolution” towards a digitized infrastructure sparked by COVID-19 is picking up speed. Ryan Hamilton, of the SAP Concur Value Experience Group, had the opportunity to interview Oren Geshuri of Deloitte on the current state and...

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Innovation
The Future of Work Explored: An SAP Concur Podcast Conversation with Customer...
Streamlining a travel and expense program can serve as an indicator of process simplification, allowing employees to focus on what actually matters. In this podcast, Smith & Nephew, used SAP Concur solutions to implement a Global Business...

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Travel & Expense Trends
Ready to Flip the Switch for the Next Disruption in Business Continuity?
Listen to our podcast with Huron Consulting Group for tips on building a resilient travel and expense program The disruptive environment of the pandemic has unified our workforce through empathy, humility, and resourcefulness, all of which have...

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Public Sector
Have No Fear, the American Rescue Plan Act is Here to Get Your State and...
When the COVID-19 crisis hit, it very quickly highlighted the drawbacks of legacy systems, demonstrating the need for modernization in state and local government IT. With funding available under the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act. These agencies...

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Products in Action
Resilience Amidst Disruption in Business Continuity: An SAP Concur Podcast...
The pandemic has disrupted every aspect of travel and expense. Creative collaboration has worked during the global pandemic, but the not-too-distant fond memory of in-person meetings, events, and workplaces leaves many longing for a return to some...

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Products in Action
The Wheels of Change are Spinning Fast: An SAP Concur Podcast Conversation on...
Whether you’re clamoring to return to the office, contemplating a hybrid work model, or are staunchly opposed to ever setting foot in the office or going on a business trip again, workplace setup opinions are at an all-time high. And why not?...

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Innovation
What Does Sustainability Mean for Corporations? An SAP Concur Podcast...
As we look for ways to increase corporate sustainability, it can be difficult to know where to start. Understanding key terms as well as what to measure empowers organizations to set science-based targets, and then to monitor and adjust. We asked...

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Innovation
Transforming Corporate Sustainability Programs Right Now. An SAP Concur...
From building the right reporting, to creating awareness, to guiding behavior, and making direct contributions, there’s a lot that organizations can do right now to increase their sustainability. We asked Ryan Hamilton, Senior Value Consultant for...

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Public Sector
Go Back to School with IT Modernization Thanks to the American Rescue Plan...
Emerging from the challenges that a pandemic caused K-12 school districts are opportunities to innovate and modernize curriculua and instruction, information technology, and building maintenance. While strategic collaboration and needs assessments...

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Business Travel
Post-Pandemic Wanderlust? Using Your Best Judgment for Business Travel: An...
As business travel becomes safe again, organizations are empowering their employees with greater autonomy to use their best judgement and comfort levels to determine when, where, and how to meet with clients and team members. Get thinking about...

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Travel & Expense Trends
Work from Anywhere Redefined: An SAP Concur Podcast Conversation with Ernst &...
Whether you’re dreaming of working from an exotic island, moving somewhere with affordable housing, or can’t wait to get back to corporate office life, “there's a lot of diversity in terms of what it means to be working outside of the office, and...

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Innovation
Wrangling Processes in the IT Wild West: An SAP Concur Podcast Conversation...
When it comes to information technology, there are specialists that focus on operations, software, development, and logistics and then others that focus on business – but few that can do both. We spoke with one of these unicorn IT and business...

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Products in Action
Community and Innovation in Higher Education Tech: An SAP Concur Podcast...
Taking a spend management program from excellent to astounding is a specialty that Huron Group does for its SAP Concur partner customers daily. This certainly was the case for Penn State University, one of the longest-running higher education...

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Products in Action
SAP Concur Solutions is like a Condo with Different Floorplans: an SAP Concur...
“I always liken Concur to a condominium building; if you have been on the Concur platform for 10 years and every time you move somebody into the new building, you let them decorate their condo the way that they want it, they have their own set of...

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Business Travel
People, Planet, and Profit: An SAP Concur Podcast Conversation on Corporate...
An increasing number of organizations are including corporate sustainability goals in their strategic imperatives—even more so since the start of the pandemic. But what does sustainability really mean from a business perspective? We asked Ryan...

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Invoicing & Spend Management
Finance is Central to the Digital Revolution: an SAP Concur Podcast...
From the original graphical user interface (GUI) and using a mouse to manage business expenses, to leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to create context for spending and identify patterns, finance has always been...

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Public Sector
Working Smarter, Not Harder: How Higher Education Institutions Can Maximize...
Higher education institutions have always had to be resourceful, but the global pandemic increased this pressure on creativity in a whole new way. Chinks in the armor of legacy systems patched together over the years really showed themselves when...

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Business Travel
Travelling Better: An SAP Concur Podcast Conversation on Corporate...
As organizations slowly return to business travel, many are reassessing their travel policies with an eye to traveling more sustainably. How can you reduce emissions from corporate travel while managing costs? And what solutions can help you...

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