Lyft Finally Goes Corporate With Carlson Wagonlit Travel Deal

Sunday, 4 March, 2018

Lyfthas slowly grown more popular with travelers in recent years, as well, taking itsshare of corporate expenses. Meanwhile,Uberhas struggled to deal with the ramifications of st international growth and internal chaos while earning a commanding lead in popularity among business travelers.

Uber has made a concerted effort to enter the corporate travel mainstream, going so r as to offer a platform with the goal of selling transportation services beyond just rides. It recentlyupdated its Uber for Business platform, streamlining the process for travel managers.

Photo Credit Lyft has slowly grown more popular with travelers in recent years.

Carlson Wagonlit Travel added similar functionality with Uber in February , with Uber already accounting for close to half of the travel management companys ground transportation expenses in .

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Now, it looks like Lyft is ready to take a deeper e into corporate travel. Lyft has partnered withCarlson Wagonlit Travelto provide streamlined ridesharing data solutions for travel managers. Its the first such deal Lyft has signed.

Were thrilled to partner with Carlson Wagonlit Travel, it easier and ster for their clients to launch and manage seamless travel solutions with Lyft, said Amit Patel, director of business development for Lyft Business. At Lyft, were committed to improving peoples lives with the worlds best transportation, and working with Carlson Wagonlit Travel to move business travelers in a safe, easy, and affordable way is a natural next step for our work in this space.

Lyft for Business,as a platform, launched earlier this year for inidual companies and organizations looking for better insight into their Lyft usage.

Lyft Finally Goes Corporate With Carlson Wagonlit Travel Deal

Uber started developing these s of partnerships more than a year ago, partnering with Concur in July .

A Lyft representative told Skift that the deal will make life easier for travel managers, adding access to data and administrative tools that will allow them to more effectively manage Lyft rides in the U.S. Lyft wouldnt say whether similar deals are in the works with other travel management companies.

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First, travel managers resisted allowing their travelers to use ridesharing apps. Today, these ondemand services have become mainstream as business travelers bring their habits as consumers into the corporate realm.

Lyft is playing catch up in the corporate travel sector, and partnerships with the major global travel management companies are a good way to increase adoption. Ubers lead, however, remains enormous.