CarTrawler Accelerate™ for Retail Travel Agents

By: Cartrawler  05/12/2011
Keywords: car rental, Travel Agents, Rental Suppliers

Features

CarTrawler's technology ensures:

  • A Sub-second response time for availability, pricing and booking requests
  • Delivery of availability and pricing in either a transparent (showing the car rental brand) or opaque model to suit the customer's unique business needs
  • Secure handling of the customer's own contracted rates or CarTrawler's database of car rental suppliers
  • Brand Protection
  • A fully serviced solution
  • Multiple payment options (prepay, part pay, pay on arrival bookings)
  • Multi-lingual content and the prices presented in multiple currencies

Technology

CarTrawler enables reduced costs and increased ROI, negotiating contracts with the car rental suppliers on behalf of travel agents, managing and marketing the car rental content and handling all customer services issues.

Corporate Travel Agencies
With CarTrawler Accelerate, Business Travel Agents can offer their corporate clients optimum results, with the widest choice of car rental content worldwide. It enables travel agents to increase the speed and volume of their car rental booking activity for improved productivity and optimal revenue generation. Business travel agents can add to their existing travel booking business by quickly and easily accessing the widest choice of car rental content offered by any GDS and supplying customers with detailed booking information that will set their service apart from the competition. The CarTrawler Accelerate Platform provides reliable, real-time car rental information as well as easy booking with instant confirmation. Travel agents can search, compare and book cars from multiple providers in real time, finishing with an instant confirmation straight from the car provider, increasing productivity and customer satisfaction.

Leisure Travel Agencies
Leisure Travel Agents have real time access to car rental content from a single point of sale including the widest choice of cars offered by any GDS. Travel Agents can search, book and complete rental car bookings in seconds for improved productivity and sales. CarTrawler's proven technology enables Leisure Travel Agents to exploit every revenue opportunity, offering better 24/7 customer service, ensuring reduced costs. With CarTrawler Accelerate, Leisure Travel Agents get better choice, better prices and faster service, enabling them to meet their clients' needs every time. CarTrawler is committed to providing the expertise and added value that Leisure Travel Agents need, working closely to build and maintain long, mutually beneficial relationships.

Improved Productivity
CarTrawler combines a flexible car rental search tool with the ability for individual agents to sell at CarTrawler's recommended retail rate or mark the price up or down based on the selling environment. This allows travel agencies to be incentivized not only by the number of bookings but also by the value per booking. In addition, a full Web-based management system is provided to allow individual branch staff level reporting. Benchmarking performance of individual branches against each other can also be reported on separately. With real time, reliable information at the agent's fingertips, it's possible to perform sales processes even faster for improved productivity and operational efficiency.

Increased Revenue
CarTrawler's proven technology, coupled with the highest standards in the industry, enables Corporate and Leisure Travel Agents to generate an exceptional source of revenue. CarTrawler Accelerate enables travel agents to sell proactively and benefit from a bigger and more profitable car rental business. Full integration will all front and back office systems and the comprehensive content available via CarTrawler Accelerate enables access to immediate and clear cross-selling and up-selling opportunities. Plus, agents have the added bonus of sharing in the revenues by earning a commission on all bookings. In addition, CarTrawler's technology automates all processes, streamlining all payment and collection procedures.

Multi-supplier Network
The CarTrawler Direct Connect Engine enables access to more than 550 leading and independent car rental providers in 175 countries, in 29 languages and multiple currencies. By offering access to local car rental companies and brokers, CarTrawler enables increased choice of content and great rates to choose from. CarTrawler Accelerate is designed to accommodate the Travel Agent's preferred supplier ranking, delivering availability and pricing in a transparent (showing the car rental brand) selling model. Customers can choose from CarTrawler's complete database of car rental suppliers or they can sell their own specific content in their shops, call centers and on their website or on their customers' websites. As a result, they do not have to invest in booking engine technology as CarTrawler provides the technology at no cost to the Travel Agent.

Pricing and Yield Management
CarTrawler can set pricing strategies across different markets and manage the yield to optimize both volume and return. CarTrawler uses its advanced technology to ensure Travel Agents' needs are met at the right price. CarTrawler's pricing can be adjusted and adapted to market fluctuations and seasonality and provides access to a network of global suppliers.

Personalized Service

Components

CarTrawler Accelerate™ includes the following key technology and service components for Corporate and Leisure Travel Agents (based on a Platinum, Gold or Silver Tiered System, linked to volumes of bookings):

Desktop Booking Engine

A complete web-based car rental booking engine for corporate and leisure travel agents. It combines a flexible car rental search tool with the ability for individual agents to mark the price up or down based on the selling environment. This allows travel agencies to be incentivized not only by the number of bookings but also by the value per booking. In addition, a full Web based management system is provided to allow individual level reporting. Performance of individual office branches can also be reported on separately.

Real time Management System

Provides customers with transparency in every transaction and monitors the marketplace to ensure the customer offer remains competitive, whilst maintaining yield and pricing. Supports unique business rules, business activity monitoring providing powerful, real-time analytics, predictive alerting and unprecedented levels of business insight and availability. This allows customers a view of their demand, bookings and associated revenue on real time configurable dashboards which update every six seconds. The system allows the customer to drilldown right down to individual booking level, search data and report on it using a very flexible and intuitive user interface.

Web Management System

An easy-to-use web based high level view of progress for the last 12 months in terms of both bookings and searches. Individual bookings can also be viewed. Provides a unique set of online resources that gives customers full visibility over every aspect of their account at all times. The system is divided into several segments, including reporting, account management and site management. The reporting section is capable of providing detailed reports such as a booking report, a revenue report, a top locations report and a repeat bookings report. The account management section gives customers access to company details, partnership accounts, child sub accounts and bank account details. In the site management section, customers can change site content, choose a site template and modify colors, currency or country location etc. on booking engines.

Direct Connect Feed

Enables connectivity in real time to over 95% of traffic, with access to over 550 car rental suppliers worldwide, in 25,000 airport and city locations, in 175 countries in 29 languages and multiple currencies. This is provided at a sub-second response time and real-time direct connect with suppliers guarantees the best pricing and choice, independent of booking lead times. Most of the CarTrawler Suppliers are supported by a single dedicated Direct Connect Provider, which provides a redundant data link directly to the suppliers' reservation system. This link is used by the CarTrawler Accelerate™ core system to provide real-time bookings and availability (where applicable) on that supplier. Bookings can be placed directly onto the car rental companies' reservation systems within an hour of pickup time.

Content

CarTrawler searches through its Multi Supplier Network of over 500 suppliers worldwide and guarantees the fastest response times on car rental for any car model across its 17,000 locations worldwide in 135 countries, increasing customers' website revenues at no cost. CarTrawler provides content to complement client specific agreements to ensure that customer selling opportunities are converted into valuable revenues.

Integration Services

CarTrawler provides integration services designed to guide customers from implementation to product queries, test center and technical assistance. CarTrawler provides tailored services to make the adoption of car rental as easy as possible for its customers.

Consumer Care

CarTrawler offers a 24-hour, multilingual, 7 day consumer support system through its call center and online reservations team to provide a fully serviced solution, ensuring brand protection.

Dedicated Account Management

CarTrawler provides dedicated account management and support, designed to guide customers from implementation to product queries and technical assistance.

Keywords: Booking Requests, Brand Protection, Car Bookings, car rental, Car Rental Booking, Car Rental Suppliers, Multiple Currencies, Multiple Payment, Rental Suppliers, Retail Travel Agents, Travel Agents,

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