How Corporate Consolidation Could Affect Business Travel

Over the past 10 years, the U.S. has witnessed a colossal consolidation of American airline companies. Nine major U.S. airlines have consolidated to a mere four. American, Delta, Southwest and United remain as the heavy hitters, controlling 80 percent of the U.S. market. The remainder of the market is made up of smaller carriers, each representing their specific niche and embracing unique strategies to target their customers. 

As airlines go through mergers, acquisitions and swallow each other up whole, consumers are often left wondering how these changes will affect their future travel plans. Unfortunately, with fewer competitors to price match, the remaining airline companies have the power to increase fares and drop unprofitable routes. For employers and business travelers, corporate consolidation could have a silver lining.

By absorbing smaller airline companies that previously dominated regional airports, the big four can add new non-stop routes to their lineup. This allows airlines to open up new destinations, reduce connecting flights and eliminate ever-dreaded layovers. Both United and American Airlines opened up ten new domestic non-stop flight routes just this year. While Southwest plans to add five additional non-stop routes to service the Midwest beginning in October of 2018. Additional non-stop flight availability saves time and produces happy road warriors. Employees report a more positive experience when they’re able to travel to their destination in one leg. Sending in happy employees can raise productivity levels and lead to a more successful business trip altogether.

Non-stop flights are also better for the environment. Takeoff and landing contributes to fifty percent of carbon emissions emitted during flight travel. Taking a non-stop route instead of a connecting flight can cut a traveler’s carbon flight-footprint in half. While employers may fear an increasing spike in price fares from airlines, the overall market price alteration is closer to 1 percent.

Marginal price changes and additional non-stop routes make it easy for employers to see the bright side of business travel.

 

To see how an advanced expense reporting solution could benefit your traveling employees, request a demo of Tallie.

 

 

 

Tallie 12.4 Time & Expense Tracking Software Release Notes

The main focus of this release was continuing improvements to reduce user friction and fixing bugs in both time and expense products. Read on for more details!

New CSV Export Fields

We’ve introduced three new CSV Export fields to Tallie, including User Class Default, User Location Default, and User Department Default. These new fields will populate the CSV file with the default class, department or location mapped on the user profile instead of those mapped on the expense.

New fields in the template builder.

 

User default mappings.

Additional Enhancements & Fixes

  • New Currencies: Belarusian Ruble (BYN) , Honduran Lempira (HNL), Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC)
  • When clicking Itemize in the middle of an expense create session, we’ll copy over any existing expense data to the first itemized line so it doesn’t get lost
  • Fixed the issue where the Tallie Time project list doesn’t load past a certain point
  • Fixed the issue where Tallie Time projects were available to users who were not assigned to them
  • Fixed the Semi-monthly pay cycle issue, to ensure it does not skip a week
  • Fixed the issue where Tallie was unable to export vendor credits with class to QBO-connected Bill.com
  • Fixed the issue where approvers, permissions, and bill & pay rates do not save upon creating a new user manually
  • Fixed the issue where the Remind Approver button is disabled if the report contains itemized expenses
  • Fixed Mass Update issues, including the internal server error that comes up when removing Location, Department, and/or Manager from people and the Select All option

 

We look forward to hearing how these upgrades have made managing your time and expenses even easier. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to reach out to our Product Expert team at support@usetallie.com or by calling 888-874-1118 Ext 2.

Expense Solution Software – November Webinar Schedule

Throughout the month of November, we will be conducting free weekly webinars on several subjects to make sure you get the most out of our expense solution software.

These webinars provide free training for employees, managers, and accountants alike. Lasting between 15 and 30 minutes, each webinar is filled with information ranging from product guidance to live Q&A with Tallie Product Experts.

Register for a free November webinar below!

TALLIE USER TRAINING

  1. Run through the creation of a Tallie expense reports.
  2. Share the tips and tricks to create your expense report in a few minutes.
  3. Answer any and every Tallie question you might possibly have.

Register:

Tuesday, November 7th, 8:30 – 9:00 AM PST

Tuesday, November 14th, 8:30 – 9:00 AM PST **SPECIAL: How To Use Tallie Android & iOS Apps**

Tuesday, November 21st, 8:30 – 9:00 AM PST

Tuesday, November 28th, 8:30 -9:00 AM PST

ADMINISTRATOR TRAINING

  1. Walk through how to create custom policies and approval levels within Tallie.
  2. Show how Tallie streamlines your expense reporting workflow with multi-point data export and real time integration.
  3. Answer any and every Tallie question you have.

Register:

Thursday, November 2nd, 8:30 -9:00 AM PST

Thursday, November 30th, 8:30 – 9:00 AM PST

CORPORATE CREDIT CARD TRAINING

  1. Walk through the corporate credit transaction management within Tallie.
  2. Show the three types of credit card connections in Tallie.
  3. Answer any and every Tallie question you have.

Register:

Thursday, November 9th, 8:30 – 9:00 AM PST

ACCOUNTANT TRAINING

  1. Run through a variety of expense tracking features that you may utilize in Tallie.
  2. Review customization and options of your account’s configuration.
  3. Show how Tallie streamlines your accounting workflow with 1-click multi-point export and real time integration.
  4. Answer any and every Tallie question you have.

Register:

Thursday, November 23rd, 8:30 – 9:00 AM PST – Cancelled due to the Thanksgiving Holiday

If you have any questions about Tallie’s expense solution software between now and your chosen training webinar, please don’t hesitate to contact our Product Expert Team directly at support@usetallie.com or 888-874-1118 Ext 2. We hope to see you there!

Tallie 12.3 Time & Expense Tracking Software Release Notes

The main focus for this release has been beginning our iterative improvements to reduce user friction and fixing bugs in both time and expense products. Read on for more details!

New Help Icon in the Upper-right Corner

We strive to make Tallie an intuitive, easy-to-use product, but occasionally there are certain features, best practices and frequent asked questions that require a little bit more of an explanation. Our knowledge base houses all of the above and more.

Tallie Time & Expense Tracking Software - Help

Access the knowledge base article for the page you’re viewing by clicking the Help icon.

To make these helpful resources more accessible, we added a Help icon in the upper-right corner of every Tallie page in addition to the existing Help link in the user menu. Clicking on either one will take you directly to the support article of the page you’re currently viewing.

Additional Enhancements & Fixes

  • New Currency: Kuwaiti Dinar (KWD)
  • Added support for time export to QuickBooks Online Essentials
  • Fixed emailed receipts remain in processing in multi-enterprise accounts
  • Fixed the issue where the option to assign Approve permission is unavailable in Mass Update
  • Fixed the erroneous, benign error “Sync could not be completed” during the initial syncs with QuickBooks Desktop
  • Fixed the instance of reports being stuck in Queued when re-exporting corporate card transactions to a bank account

 

We look forward to hearing how these upgrades have made managing your time and expenses even easier. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to reach out to our Product Expert team at support@usetallie.com or by calling 888-874-1118 Ext 2.

Tallie Expense Management Software – September Webinars

Throughout the month of September, we will be conducting free weekly webinars on several subjects to make sure you get the most out of our expense management software.

These webinars provide free training for employees, managers, and accountants alike. Lasting between 15 and 30 minutes, each webinar is filled with information ranging from product guidance to live Q&A with Tallie Product Experts.

Register for a free September webinar below!

TALLIE USER TRAINING

  1. Run through the creation of a Tallie expense reports.
  2. Share the tips and tricks to create your expense report in a few minutes.
  3. Answer any and every Tallie question you might possibly have.

Register:

Tuesday, September 5, 8:30 – 9:00 AM PST

Tuesday, September 12, 8:30 – 9:00 AM PST **SPECIAL: How To Use Tallie Android & iOS Apps**

Tuesday, September 19, 8:30 – 9:00 AM PST

Tuesday, September 26, 8:30 – 9:00 AM PST

ADMINISTRATOR TRAINING

  1. Walk through how to create custom policies and approval levels within Tallie.
  2. Show how Tallie streamlines your expense reporting workflow with multi-point data export and bi-directional accounting system integration.
  3. Answer any and every Tallie question you have.

Register:

Thursday, September 7, 8:30 – 9:00 AM PST

Thursday, September 21, 8:30 – 9:00 AM PST

CORPORATE CREDIT CARD TRAINING

  1. Walk through the corporate credit card reporting within Tallie.
  2. Show the three types of credit card connections in Tallie.
  3. Answer any and every Tallie question you have.

Register:

Thursday, September 14, 8:30 – 9:00 AM PST

ACCOUNTANT TRAINING

  1. Run through a variety of expense tracking features that you may utilize in Tallie.
  2. Review customization and options of your account’s configuration.
  3. Show how Tallie streamlines your accounting workflow with 1-click multi-point export and bi-directional accounting system integration.
  4. Answer any and every Tallie question you have.

Register:

Thursday, September 28, 8:30 – 9:00 AM PST

If you have any questions about Tallie’s expense management software between now and your chosen training webinar, please don’t hesitate to contact our Product Expert Team directly at support@usetallie.com or 888-874-1118 Ext 2. We hope to see you there!

Tallie 12.2 Expense Report Software Release Notes

In the last few weeks, we’ve been focusing on improving the performance of our brand new time product as well as addressing high priority issues. In addition, we’re officially releasing one of our most popular beta features, Executive Assistant. Read on for more details!

Executive Assistant is now out of Beta

If there is an administrative assistant at your company who manages expense entry, coding, matching and/or submission, this feature is for you!

You can now enable the Executive Assistant functionality from the Features page in Tallie settings. Once Executive Assistant is enabled, an individual user can be given the “Access/Manage Other Accounts” permission. From there, you may assign the user a specific subset of permissions for management of others’ accounts.

Tallie Expense Report Software - Executive Assistant

Executive Assistants are able to manage specific tasks without receiving full access to the admin account.

Executive assistants are able to switch between profiles easily without needing to sign out of their personal Tallie account.

Tallie Expense Report Software - Executive Assistant

Executive Assistants can switch profiles easily in the user settings menu.

We’ve collected valuable feedback in the beta phase and fine tuned the feature in order to prepare it for wide release. Thank you to all who participated in the beta program!

Sort and Filter in Tallie Time

The sort and filter for the time product shares the same basic idea as that for expenses, with the addition of dimensions. Depending on your accounting system and company settings, the availability of certain dimensions in the sort and filter menu may vary.

Tallie Expense Report Software - Sort and Filter

To activate sort and filter, simply click Sort Time Entries By and select an option to narrow your list of time entries. Depending on your selection, you can filter the results even further, such as switching between ascending and descending order or choosing to view all time entries submitted within a specific date range.

Tallie Expense Report Software - Sort by submitted date

In addition to the Time Entry page, the sort and filter feature is also available on Approval and Export pages, giving approvers and exporters more control over how the time entries are presented to them.

Tallie Expense Report Software - Approval page sort and filter

The sort and filter functionality is available on Time Entry, Approval and Export pages.

Product Enhancements & Bug Fixes

  • Time rejection email now includes rejection reason
  • Fixed Time Entry page not loading in Safari: For optimized results in Tallie Time, please continue using Chrome during the beta phase.
  • Fixed the issue where Executive Assistant’s active dates are not honored
  • Fixed the issue where Executive Assistant settings show “Track Time” in expense-only enterprises
  • Made sure we handle processing of non-standard PDF files more gracefully so they don’t slow down general receipt processing speeds
  • Made sure we only validate for projects and classes when exporting to QuickBooks
  • Made sure auto-import for credit card statement upload skips payments
  • Fixed the issue where Approver tab is missing in newly-created resold accounts

We look forward to hearing how these upgrades have made managing your time and expenses even easier. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to reach out to our Product Expert team at support@usetallie.com or by calling 888-874-1118 Ext 2.

Tallie Expense Report Software 12.0 Release Notes

For the past couple months, the Tallie team has been laying the groundwork for a major product release that’s happening early this Summer. While we’re still developing more features and polishing the ones that have already been built, we’ve also added some enhancements and addressed certain issues. Stay tuned for our upcoming release, but until then, read on to learn about the additions and bug fixes you can find in Tallie starting today!

New Enterprise Time Zones

São Paolo, Brazil, all Australian and New Zealand time zones are now available in our Localization menu in the Company Preferences area.

Tallie Expense Report Software - Enterprise Time Zone

Oceania and São Paolo time zones are now available.

Further Improvements to our Bank Data Delivery Credit Card Feeds

Ever since the release of our in-house credit card integration at the end of 2016, we have been able to successfully connect several clients’ commercial cards, some of whom need support for dozens of corporate card sub-accounts. We’ve had success on all three financial institutions we support, which are Visa, MasterCard and Amex. Due to the fact that the process of initiating a Bank Data Delivery is not always the same across different banks, our Product Expert team would assist the client every step of the way and raise any technical roadblocks to our Development team. In this release, we’ve addressed a handful of Bank Data Delivery issues, including well-formed files with no transaction data being treated as errored files, file parsing error, and auto-import skipping transactions. We take pride in the integrations we built from the ground up and we’re continuously making enhancements to them, that includes Bank Data Delivery as well.

Tallie Expense Report Software - Bank Data Delivery Credit Card Feeds

Bank Data Delivery supports corporate card sub-accounts from Visa, American Express and MasterCard. New sub-account shows up automatically when the bank sends transactions attributed to it.

Additional Fixes

  • Monetary Approval Levels Addressed the issue where if a monetary level is not part of the managerial chain, it would interfere with the managerial approval. Also addressed another issue where unlimited approver is skipped and default approver is contacted when there’s a “silent” approver who is not assigned in the approval flow.
  • Fixed the issue where expense category default billable flag prevents user from making the expense not billable.
  • Fixed Print Selected reports functionality on the Export/Exported page does not include the Google Maps for mileage expenses.
  • Rewrite Billing page “past due” error if there are older invoices that need to be processed after the admin had updated credit card, so admin knows to contact Support.

Stay tuned for the big announcement coming early this Summer.

We love to hear from you — even if it’s just to say hi. Let us know how these updates to our expense report software help your team. Reach out to our Product Expert team at support@usetallie.com or by calling 888-874-1118 Ext 2.

Tallie Expense Reports – February Webinar Schedule

Throughout the month of February, Tallie will be hosting free webinars on a multitude of subjects to ensure you know how to get the most out of handling your expense reports within Tallie.

These webinars provide absolutely free training for employees, managers, and accountants alike. Each webinar lasts between 15 and 30 minutes, and each is loaded with information ranging from product guidance to live Q&A with Tallie Product Experts.

Register for a free February webinar below!

TALLIE USER TRAINING

  1. Run through the creation of Tallie expense reports.
  2. Share the tips and tricks to create your expense reports in minutes.
  3. Answer any and every Tallie question you might possibly have.

Register:

Tuesday 2/7 8:30 – 9:00 am PST

Tuesday 2/14 8:30 – 9:00 am PST **SPECIAL: How To Use Tallie Android & iOS Apps**

Tuesday 2/21 8:30 – 9:00 am PST 

Tuesday 2/28 8:30 – 9:00 am PST 

ADMINISTRATOR TRAINING

  1. Walk through how to create custom policies and approval levels within Tallie.
  2. Show how Tallie streamlines your expense reporting workflow with multi-point data export and bi-directional accounting system integration.
  3. Answer any and every Tallie question you have.

Register:

Thursday 2/2 8:30 – 9:00 am PST

Thursday 2/16 8:30 – 9:00 am PST

APPROVER TRAINING

  1. Walk through the expense reports approval process within Tallie.
  2. Show the expense report edit feature for specified approvers.
  3. Answer any and every Tallie question you have.

Register:

Thursday 2/23 8:30 – 9:00 am PST

ACCOUNTANT TRAINING

  1. Run through a variety of expense reporting features that you may utilize in Tallie.
  2. Review customization and options of your account’s configuration.
  3. Show how Tallie streamlines your accounting workflow with 1-click multi-point export and bi-directional accounting system integration.
  4. Answer any and every Tallie question you have.

Register:

Thursday 2/9 8:30 – 9:00 am PST

If you have any questions about Tallie’s expense reporting software between now and your chosen training webinar, please don’t hesitate to contact our Product Expert Team directly at support@usetallie.com or 888-874-1118 Ext 2. We hope to see you there!

Tallie Expense Reporting Software – December Webinar Schedule

Throughout the month of December, we are providing free weekly webinars on a multitude of subjects to ensure you get the most out of our expense reporting software.

These webinars provide completely free training for employees, managers, and accountants alike. Lasting between 15 and 30 minutes, each webinar is packed with information ranging from product guidance to live Q&A with Tallie Product Experts.

Register for a free December webinar below!

TALLIE USER TRAINING

  1. Run through the creation of a Tallie expense report.
  2. Share the tips and tricks to create your expense report in minutes.
  3. Answer any and every Tallie question you might possibly have.

Register:

Tuesday 12/6 8:30 – 9:00 am PST

Tuesday 12/13 8:30 – 9:00 am PST

Tuesday 12/20 8:30 – 9:00 am PST **SPECIAL: How To Use Tallie Android & iOS Apps**

Tuesday 12/27 8:30 – 9:00 am PST

ADMINISTRATOR TRAINING

  1. Walk through how to create custom policies and approval levels within Tallie.
  2. Show how Tallie streamlines your expense reporting workflow with multi-point data export and bi-directional accounting system integration.
  3. Answer any and every Tallie question you have.

Register:

Thursday 12/1 8:30 – 9:00 am PST

Thursday 12/22 8:30 – 9:00 am PST

APPROVER TRAINING

  1. Walk through the expense report approval process within Tallie.
  2. Show the expense report edit feature for specified approvers.
  3. Answer any and every Tallie question you have.

Register:

Thursday 12/8 8:30 – 9:00 am PST

Thursday 12/29 8:30 – 9:00 am PST

ACCOUNTANT TRAINING

  1. Run through a variety of expense reporting features that you may utilize in Tallie.
  2. Review customization and options of your account’s configuration.
  3. Show how Tallie streamlines your accounting workflow with 1-click multi-point export and bi-directional accounting system integration.
  4. Answer any and every Tallie question you have.

Register:

Thursday 12/15 8:30 – 9:00 am PST

If you have any questions about Tallie’s expense reporting software between now and your chosen training webinar, please don’t hesitate to contact our Product Expert Team directly at support@usetallie.com or 888-874-1118 Ext 2. We hope to see you there!

Tallie Expense Tracking Software – November Webinar Schedule

Throughout the month of November, we are conducting free weekly webinars on a range of subjects to ensure you get the most out of our expense tracking software.

These webinars provide free training for employees, managers, and accountants alike. Lasting between 15 and 30 minutes, each webinar is loaded with information ranging from product guidance to live Q&A with Tallie Product Experts.

Register for a free November webinar below!

TALLIE USER TRAINING

  1. Run through the creation of a Tallie expense report.
  2. Share the tips and tricks to create your expense report in a few minutes.
  3. Answer any and every Tallie question you might possibly have.

Register:

Tuesday 11/1 8:30 – 9:00 am PDT

Tuesday 11/8 8:30 – 9:00 am PST

Tuesday 11/15 8:30 – 9:00 am PST **SPECIAL: How To Use Tallie Android & iOS Apps**

Tuesday 11/22 8:30 – 9:00 am PST

Tuesday 11/29 8:30 – 9:00 am PST

ADMINISTRATOR TRAINING

  1. Walk through how to create custom policies and approval levels within Tallie.
  2. Show how Tallie streamlines your expense reporting workflow with multi-point data export and bi-directional accounting system integration.
  3. Answer any and every Tallie question you have.

Register:

Thursday 11/3 8:30 – 9:00 am PDT

APPROVER TRAINING

  1. Walk through the expense report approval process within Tallie.
  2. Show the expense report edit feature for specified approvers.
  3. Answer any and every Tallie question you have.

Register:

Thursday 11/10 8:30 – 9:00 am PST

ACCOUNTANT TRAINING

  1. Run through a variety of expense tracking features that you may utilize in Tallie.
  2. Review customization and options of your account’s configuration.
  3. Show how Tallie streamlines your accounting workflow with 1-click multi-point export and bi-directional accounting system integration.
  4. Answer any and every Tallie question you have.

Register:

Thursday 11/17 8:30 – 9:00 am PST

If you have any questions about Tallie’s expense reporting software between now and your chosen training webinar, please don’t hesitate to contact our Product Expert Team directly at support@usetallie.com or 888-874-1118 Ext 2. We hope to see you there!