Ever wonder what companies spend T&E money on when the “T” is on pause?
When TripActions launched its fintech payments solution, TripActions Liquid™ in February of 2020, nobody could have guessed how interesting the year would become.
As COVID hit and employees were sent home to work remotely, most finance teams ventured into new territory, but lacked the tools to fully grasp where employees were geographically—or what they were spending company money on—only until after they submitted an expense report.
In response, TripActions accelerated the Liquid product timeline, secured $500 million in credit line, and expanded the types of expenses we could manage beyond business trips. The resulting product provided HR and finance teams with complete, real-time visibility and control on a wider spectrum of spend for customers, right when business travel was easing and the economy was shifting. By extension, TripActions expanded its TripActions Liquid™customer base, which now includes customers such as Zoom, Lyft, Wayfair, Foursquare, and Toast.
Now, as data starts to roll in, the new suite of reporting tools from Liquid is providing a fascinating look at how customers spent money during a unique year for businesses. While some of these purchases may surprise you, they were approved and within that company’s policy. That’s because TripActions’ dynamic policy controls (a trademark of the technologies pioneered by TripActions) allows the company to adjust spend policy controls for different employees, facilitating a wide range of authorized expenses.
At the one-year mark of the pandemic, here’s a look at the popular and atypical TripActions’ customer expense trends of the pandemic era.
Top Expensed Items (non-travel):
Most Popular Monthly Subscriptions
Individual purchases are just one part of the TripActions Liquid platform. The technology also helps manage payments for recurring subscriptions as well as spot purchases. Here’s how this category broke down over the past 12 months.
The Atypical Expenses of the Pandemic
Not all business expenses fall under the restaurant and courier categories. Some companies have other needs. While some of the expenses below may surprise you, they were all submitted within the policy guidelines set by the respective company’s finance managers within the product.
TripActions is modernizing legacy spend management by leveraging fintech infrastructure via virtual and physical corporate credit cards, in order to completely automate and eliminate manual expense management.
Using a spectrum of tools like smart cards and spend management dashboards, TripActions has built the ability to eliminate expense management, by tying spend policy to an employee’s itinerary and automatically recognizing and filing reports as a function of swipe. So if a traveler goes to New York one week and Omaha the next, the TripActions Liquid™ suite of technologies knows to allow the employee a higher spend limit on hotels and dinner based on dynamic pricing of that location. On the East Coast versus in the Midwest, for example, the platform would automatically recognize the traveler and spend when the expense comes in.
Combined, Liquid’s data, optimization, and fintech innovations—on top of the cloud-based unified platform—create a powerhouse of corporate travel and spend management technologies that is reimagining legacy T&E systems.
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Methodology: TripActions analyzed expenses processed via TripActions Liquid over the past 12 months.
*Restaurants/gas included, as they’re not limited to on-trip expenses