Grab says new service streamlines corporate travel management

Taxis with Grab livery parked in Yangon. (Teza Hlaing | Frontier)

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Ride-hailing and mobile payments company Grab has launched a service in Myanmar that it says enables corporate clients to better manage employees’ travel expenses.

Grab for Business offers companies a seamless and productive way to manage their employees’ transport spending, Grab said in a news release on February 13 announcing the launch of the service.

It said the service, available free of charge, was used by hundreds of businesses throughout Southeast Asia, including more than 50 companies in Myanmar that participated in a beta trial last November.

Grab for Business offers solutions to common problems with work-related travel in Myanmar, such as not being able to keep track of employees’ rides, missing or faded receipts, price haggling, price certainty and safety, the release said.

As well as enabling companies to track and manage travel expenses by departments and project teams, Grab said the service allows firms to set and easily enforce policies regulating transport use by employees.

The service saves time because it eliminates the need to scan hardcopy receipts and manually record trip details, and it enables employees to access their ride history for easy claims, it said.

“As more people in Yangon use GrabTaxi for their daily transportation, Grab for Business is ideal for companies to manage their employees’ business trips,” said Mr Amrt Sagar, country manager, Grab Myanmar.

“With the click of a few buttons in the Grab for Business portal, we can see all of our employees’ rides instead of collating claim forms from each employee,” said Mr Toru Shimoyama, editor and marketing manager at Myanmar Japon magazine, which has been using Grab for Business.

Grab, which describes itself as the leading on-demand transportation and mobile payments platform in Southeast Asia, said Grab for Business is also available in Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Cambodia.

Singapore-based Grab launched in Myanmar in March last year. It competes against San Francisco-based Uber and two Myanmar ride-hailing startups, Oway and Hello Cabs.

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