Concur Launches e-Fapiao Solution for China’s WeChat Platform

Business expense management specialist Concur has introduced a new receipt solution, integrated with China’s WeChat platform, that makes it easier for businesses and their employees working in China to track expenses and remain compliant. The technology, Concur e-Fapiao, gives employers real-time access to an employee’s receipt, Concur Greater China MD Boonthai Hoh explained, which streamlines the process, improves accuracy and eliminates the need for paper documentation.

John Gibbon, SVP of Platform for Concur highlighted the digitization of China’s fapiao system of tracking business transactions. “As a global leader in travel and expense, Concur is committed to promoting the development of electronic receipt solutions around the world,” Gibbon said. The integration of Concur e-Fapiao and WeChat, he added provided a “localized” solution that was “tailor made for the China market.”

The integration was provided by Concur China platform partner, Pactera, and enables users to transfer fapiao information from WeChat Wallets into Concur WeChat Official Account, which automatically feeds into Concur’s Expense platform.

China’s fapiao invoice system is a critical part of China’s tax law infrastructure. Both individuals and businesses operating in China are required to use fapiao; individuals for reimbursement of business expenses, and businesses for the regular recording of their commercial transactions. In 2013, Chinese B2C e-commerce giant Jingdong began emailing e-fapiao to customers as part of a trial program. Since then the use of e-fapiao has spread throughout e-commerce in China, and solutions like Concur e-Fapiao will “expand the usage of e-Fapiao, which will provide users with a more efficient and hassle-free expense experience,” according to WeChat General Manager of Industry Cooperation Department John Zhuo

Founded in 1993 and headquartered in Redmond, Washington, Concur demonstrated its SmartExpense receipt management solution at FinovateSpring 2012. This summer, Concur announced the availability of Concur Locate and Active Monitoring which makes it easier for companies to reach employees during emergencies or times of crisis. Also in July, Concur announced that users would have the ability to see and book Airbnb listing within Concur Travel. The company was acquired by SAP in 2014 in a $8.3 million deal.

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Expensify Exceeds 35,000 Customers

Travel and expense management company Expensify announced today it has surpassed 35,000 global customers this month. Contributing to this milestone, the San Francisco-based company has added about 15,000 new customers in the U.S. this year alone.

This accomplishment places Expensify as the second most widely used expense management company, positioned just behind fellow Finovate alum, Concur, which demoed at FinovateSpring 2012. And while Expensify has more customers than Concur, Concur’s average customer size is larger than Expensify’s — giving Concur more active users than Expensify.

In the blog post announcement, Expensify also reported it has updated its mobile app. The consumer-facing app has moved the Expenses, Reports, and Trips lists behind the hamburger menu. The company notes that this is significant because it exemplifies Concierge’s AI automation capabilities. The Concierge bot, which we featured after its launch in 2016, automates expense management tasks such as credit card matching, reimbursable/non-reimbursable splits, and expense policy analysis. Writing about the app update in the Expensify blog, the company’s CEO David Barrett said, “if everything is configured correctly, you should almost never need to look at them yourself, because Concierge is looking at them for you.”

Expensify launched in 2008 with its flagship receipt-scanning app and a simple motto, “Expense reports that don’t suck!” In the almost-10 years since then, the company has shipped multiple updates, expansions, and new products that “don’t suck.” Most recently, at FinDEVr Silicon Valley 2016, Expensify presented Bedrock, an open sourced relational database management system. Last month, the company announced it partnered with Finovate alum Xero to provide an in-house expense management system for the New Zealand-based company. Expensify last demoed at FinovateSpring 2013, where the company showed off its integrated invoicing technology.

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The latest from upcoming presenters at FinDEVr Silicon Valley 2016

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