Real-time credit card feeds

We Asked CXOs, CPAs, and Others The Challenges SMBS Face By Relying On Direct Bank Feeds. Here’s What They Said

March 5, 2024
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While direct bank feeds might seem like a dream come true for credit card reconciliations, there are some hidden dangers might lurk beneath the surface. 

From the strategic perspective of COOs to the entrepreneurial insights of Co-Founders, we've gathered expert opinions on the pitfalls of relying on direct bank feeds for credit card reconciliations. From delayed transactions throwing off your finances to misplaced trust causing chaos, they reveal the potential pitfalls that many businesses miss.

Here’s what they had to say.

Delayed Posting Affects Reconciliation

A challenge businesses may face with direct bank feeds for credit card reconciliations is the potential for delayed transaction posting. In some cases, the timing of transactions appearing in the bank feed may not align with the actual transaction date, causing discrepancies in the reconciliation process. This delay can impact the timeliness of financial reporting and decision-making, as the accounting team may not have real-time visibility of the company's current financial position.

A CFO managing a small- to medium-sized business notices that transactions from credit card expenses do not appear in the bank feed until several days after the actual purchase. This delay creates a lag in reconciling expenses and may lead to inaccuracies in cash flow projections and budget planning.

Danielle Roberts, Co-Founder, Boomer Benefits

Inadequate Metadata in Bank Feeds

Bank feeds tend to have extremely poor metadata. As a result, they do not provide enough identifying information about specific charges, which leads to a lot of wasted time in reconciliation and closing the books. Some platforms, like Stripe, have tried to improve this process. However, to this day, bank feeds always have this issue, and I have not found a great way around it.

Trevor Ewen, COO, QBench

Misplaced Trust in Bank Error-Checking

As a tech CEO, I've noticed that bank feeds can introduce a "phantom reliability" issue. Businesses imagine they've outsourced error-checking to their bank. They forget the system operates on their bank's definition of "error." If a transaction is legitimate per their internal controls but against the bank rules, it will be reported as an error. This could lead to unnecessary complications and disrupt the smooth functioning of expense management.

Abid Salahi, Co-Founder and CEO, FinlyWealth

Timeliness Challenges

Relying solely on direct bank feeds for credit card reconciliations poses several challenges for businesses. Firstly, latency issues can delayed transaction updates, hindering real-time visibility into financial data. This can result in inaccurate financial reporting and decision-making. 

Antoni, Founder, Breezer Freezer

Incomplete Data From Connection Failures

The main challenge, and one that I have experienced from this, is the frequency of connection failures. The connection failure leaves businesses with outdated or incomplete data. When the data sync fails, it results in discrepancies in the financial reports. So, getting an accurate picture of the business's financial health is hard. We once had a reconciliation issue when our bank feed did not update over a weekend. There was a discrepancy between the bank statement and our internal records, and we spent a lot of time trying to rectify the error.

Miles Brooks, Director of Tax Strategy, CoinLedger

Manual Oversight Is Always Needed

Despite using direct bank feeds for credit card reconciliations, businesses often need manual intervention to address discrepancies and ensure accuracy. The automated systems handling these feeds may struggle with unclear transaction descriptions or differences in coding conventions between the bank and the business. 

This requires human interpretation to properly categorize expenses and match transactions. The expected efficiency gains from automation can be compromised, leading companies to allocate additional resources for manual oversight. 

Gideon Rubin, CEO and Co-Founder, YourIAQ

Why Should You Choose Fyle’s Real-Time Over Direct Bank Feeds?

While direct bank feeds offer a level of convenience, their shortcomings are often severe. Delays, missing details, and misplaced trust can lead to inaccuracies, inefficiencies, and even security concerns. Here’s how Fyle’s real-time solves the problem:

Real-time Visibility, Real-time Decisions

Fyle's real-time feeds directly connects with credit card networks like Visa, Mastercard, and American Express to give you access to real-time card transaction data. 

Employees are notified via text message each time they swipe the business credit card. They can reply to this message with a picture of the receipt, and Fyle will auto-match it to the correct card transaction. Receipt collection and reconciliation can be completed in less than 2 minutes, with zero manual effort!

*85% of Fyle users submit their receipts right at the time of purchase.

Richer Data, Fewer Headaches

With Fyle, you get updated real-time information into organization-wide card spend. 

Fyle's spend dashboard gives you real-time info on spend data, empowering businesses with real-time insights to effectively track expenses, identify trends, and make informed financial decisions.

Enhanced Security and Control

Fyle automates compliance and ensures you’re always protected from fraud.

Fyle's real-time feeds immediately detect suspicious and unauthorized spending, notifying accountants instantly. This empowers quicker action and simplifies fraud detection, ensuring businesses stay compliant and protected.

Also Read:

Why Should You Choose Real-time Feeds Over Direct Bank Feeds?

In Conclusion

Access real-time card transaction data without switching your existing credit cards or how you work. Schedule a demo today to find out how Fyle’s real-time feeds can change how you manage your credit card expenses.  

Product update

Introducing Fyle’s Integration with American Express: Issue virtual Cards easily!

February 23, 2024
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American Express® Business or Corporate Cardholders can now issue unlimited, on-demand virtual Cards on the Fyle platform!1

Virtual Cards have gained immense popularity among businesses for several reasons. They offer heightened security, they come with integrated spend controls, and they’re extremely easy to issue and manage for different purposes. If you have an existing American Express® credit card program for your business, you can now create and issue unlimited virtual Cards with built-in controls linked to your physical cards using Fyle. 

These virtual Cards are an extension of your existing American Express credit line, providing a plethora of benefits while enhancing your expense management. Get unparalleled control and visibility on spend while retaining rewards2, points, memberships, and banking relationships. 

Why should you use virtual Cards? 

A card for every purpose 

The best part about virtual Cards is that they can be issued for specific purposes. Let’s say you have employees who constantly travel, you can create cards for each trip. If you deal with contractors and sub-contractors, give them cards with spend limits to purchase materials and more, so they always stay within budget. Or if you have multiple subscriptions or vendors to pay, you can create cards for each vendor, with pre-set limits. Issue a card for every purpose. 

Real-time spend visibility and automated receipt matching

Every time users spend on their American Express virtual Cards, they’re prompted via text to add receipts. They can simply reply to the message with a picture of the receipt, and Fyle will automatically reconcile it with the card transaction. Collect and match receipts within seconds of the transaction actually happening. As admins, you will see transaction data flow into the Fyle dashboard at the time of card swipe, via real-time feeds.  

Granular spend controls 

Set spending limits and choose when a virtual Card should expire, allowing you to manage your expenses effectively and avoid unwarranted spend. These limits get applied when the card is used and before the spend actually happens, giving you complete control. 


Fyle's platform makes it incredibly easy to connect your existing American Express physical cards, issue virtual cards, add limits, cancel cards, or extend their validity. 

Better security

A virtual Card is a digitally generated 16-digit number that can be used for online transactions. This is different from your physical card number, which remains hidden. Since there’s no actual physical card, there’s no risk of the card getting lost, stolen, or damaged. Additionally, virtual Cards usually come with limits in terms of spend limits or validity, meaning they can’t be misused.  

Learn more about virtual cards here

How can you start issuing virtual Cards?

  1. Connect your existing physical American Express credit cards to Fyle via our direct connection: Business owners or admins can add their American Express credit cards to Fyle using their credentials, and get started. Instead of dealing with third-party connectors, tedious bank feeds, or statement uploads, these are direct connections with your credit cards. 
  1. Issue virtual Cards in minutes: Create and issue virtual Cards assigned to specific employees. You can add a card limit and define the expiration date beyond which the card will automatically get disabled. 

  1. Start receiving transaction data in real-time: Spend data reflects on Fyle within seconds of cards being swiped, giving you never-before-seen visibility. 
  1. Automate receipt collection and matching: Users can submit receipts via Text messages, Gmail, Outlook, Slack, Email forwards, Fyle’s mobile app, or more, and we will automatically match receipts to the correct transaction, simplifying reconciliation. 

Take advantage of your existing American Express credit card

American Express virtual Cards issued with Fyle are a game-changer because they are linked to your current physical credit card from American Express. At Fyle, we believe in giving our customers the choice to use whichever credit card suits them best, not forcing them to switch their card providers. With virtual Cards, you can take advantage of the American Express credit line, rewards and billing cycle to utilize cash on hand for your business until your Card payment is due. 

Get better security, real-time control, and streamlined expense management with American Express virtual Cards. From multiple ways to collect receipts to automated GL coding, credit card reconciliation, policy compliance, and direct sync with your accounting software, Fyle makes it incredibly easy to manage expenses on your existing credit cards by integrating with all Visa, Mastercard, and now, American Express credit cards! Learn more about how you can start issuing virtual Cards linked to your physical American Express cards, and get a demo of the platform now.

1Enrollment required and fees may apply

2Not all Cards are eligible to get rewards. Terms and limitations vary by Card type.


Travel Expense Management

Travel expense management

Your ultimate 2022 guide to travel and expense management software

February 17, 2022
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Let's start with this. Corporate travel is not like it is portrayed in the movies. Many corporate travelers who regularly travel for work know there is much more to it than just packing their bags and jetting off. 

From start to end, the entire corporate travel management process can be a tiring and time-consuming ordeal for everyone involved. How? Let's break it down.

  • Pre-trip, the employee has to submit travel details to the travel managers and Finance teams. They then have to plan everything from flight bookings to accommodations to cab rentals using the information provided. 
  • On-trip, the employee has to track all work-related expenses they make to get reimbursed. This is an added task besides working towards making the business trip successful. 
  • Post-trip, the traveling employee has to collate all their expenses and submit them to the Finance department for review. The Finance team then has to go through each expense for T&E policy compliance. After this, the employee's expense report is either sent back for clarification or moved into payment processing.

Imagine doing all the above tasks with a manual system! If your business goes about these processes with traditional means, it will result in wasted time and effort and open doors for errors and potential fraud. This could be detrimental to the financial health of your business.

This is where a travel and expense management software comes into play. The software eliminates all the undue stress and headache that comes with your T&E process and automates and streamlines the entire process from pre-trip to post-trip reimbursements while ensuring visibility and transparency throughout.

Are you interested to learn more about how a T&E software can benefit your organization and employees? If yes, this is the ultimate 2022 guide to helping you pick the best travel and expense software that fits your business needs. Let's get started!

What is a travel and expense management software?

A travel and expense management software is designed to automate, simplify and streamline travel and expense management for businesses of all sizes. In addition, most travel and expense management software are device-agnostic, which means traveling employees can access the software using any device and keep track of their expenses. Thus, it is safe to say the software is built to do the heavy lifting for both your Finance teams and employees, freeing up time for them to go about other important tasks.

The software can also:

Using the software, Finance teams can also have complete visibility and control over all business expenses across departments, cost centers, and more. As a result, they can also identify cost-saving opportunities and optimize costs wherever necessary.

Should your business invest in a travel and expense management software?

The travel and expense management process requires numerous stakeholders to work in sync to get the job done. As a result, there are many moving parts when it comes to streamlining the entire process. 

Below, we have compiled a list of pain points that businesses with a broken T&E process face. If you relate to any of the challenges below, maybe it's time for your organization to consider switching to a travel and expense software.  

1. Your Finance team usually face delays in reimbursing employees 

Reimbursement delays can occur due to several reasons. It can be due to:

  • Employees delay their expense report submissions: When employees are on a business trip, they can incur business expenses every day of the trip. And given that expense reporting tasks can be tedious and time-consuming, they might decide to submit all their expenses after returning to the office. But even after they return, they have to juggle existing work and find time to submit these bills. This causes delays in the reimbursement cycle right from the start of the process. 
  • Approvers take too long to take action on the reports: Delays can also occur when managers/approvers forget to review the expense reports or take too long. In this case, the Finance team has to keep reminding the approvers to review the expense reports before the deadline. 
  • Inefficient approval workflows that fail both the employees and approvers: A broken expense approval workflow confuses all stakeholders. For example, it can lead to employees submitting their expense reports to the wrong person. This causes unnecessary back and forths between employees, approvers, and the Finance team. Plus, even when employees submit their expense reports, they have no visibility around the reimbursement status. This not only causes frustration but also affects employee morale and productivity.
  • Lack of proper documentation:  With manual processes, tight deadlines, multiple back and forths, and overall stress and confusion around expense management, employees and Finance teams may lose track of what is essential. This may lead to inaccurate and incomplete records, missing receipts and documentation around business expenses, manual data entries, and more. This can further lead to financial leaks and problems with the IRS if not addressed immediately. 


2. Several factors obstruct your T&E processes 

An over-reliance on people to be actively engaged with their expense reporting and management duties can cause a choke-hold in the process. When companies use offline tools for things like approvals, the entire process is at a standstill because they need the manager's approval, and he/she might be unavailable to take action immediately.

Let's say a travel manager needs to book a flight for an employee. And his current travel booking method or tool has no connection to the company accounts. He now has to go through multiple tools, software, and possibly agents before he finally completes the task. At the same time, he has to keep going back and forth between the approvers and the travelers so that everything is under the company guidelines.

This decentralization is another cause for creating a bottleneck in travel booking. The dependencies on these outdated approval processes can cause substantial damage to your cash flow and also your employee's morale.


3. Your Finance team still relies on outdated methods

If you're still incorporating spreadsheet and Excel-based reporting in your expense workflows, it can pose a threat to your financial health in the long run. Additionally, relying on outdated methods means: 

  1. The tasks are tedious, prone to errors, and inefficient.
  2. Maintaining, managing, and tracking physical paper receipts and expense reports are a hassle.
  3. Expense reporting is more prone to easy manipulation, errors, and fraud.
  4. It provides no insight into spending to the Finance team and management.
  5. Audits are a pain as Finance teams have to go back and forth between their accounting software and distributed reports.

4. Travel and expense policies are hard to understand

Having unclear T&E policies can impact business spending later on. Here's how.

  1. Employees may get discouraged from taking business trips or making business expenses from their pocket since they have no idea which expenses are reimbursable, the expenses' limit, and the procedure to get their reimbursement. 
  2. Employees may be claiming expenses that are out of the company's T&E policy. This can happen if there's no actual process for approval-based expense reporting
  3. Managers generally may not have enough time or don't pay much attention to the approval requests. This makes them spend less time reviewing the submissions, resulting in an inflated rate of approved expense claims.
  4. When policies are undefined, it is difficult to enforce them. Simply writing out a 20-page policy that employees usually don't read entirely isn't solving anything. This makes it even worse when employees feel that they are not being trusted to make business expenses. 

5. You and your Finance team get little to no insight into expense metrics

One of the biggest challenges organizations face is figuring out what their company is spending on and missing out on.

Simple spreadsheets don't provide enough, as they are singular data points that have difficulty showing their connection with everything else. An organization needs a solution where an individual can view how all types of expenses interact and affect each other. This is one of the critical areas an automated expense management software can help.

An automated T&E software comes equipped with features that help track all expenses and allows users to view detailed reports and the status of expense reports in the reimbursement cycle. With all the expense data coming under one travel and expense management dashboard, Finance teams can view spending trends and patterns based on real-time insights. As a result, they can make informed decisions and develop a solid financial plan by leveraging their company expense data.

Top features and benefits of a travel and expense management software

corporate travel and expense management with Fyle

With a travel and expense management software like Fyle, corporate travel can be as simple as the image shown above. Fyle covers all your travel requirements, from pre-trip arrangements to employee expense reimbursements. 

Some of the common features and benefits of an ideal travel and expense management software are:

Ability to integrate with other software for easier bookings

Fyle integration with your corporate travel booking software

Corporate travel booking can become tedious if your Finance team has to go back and forth with your employees and travel managers. This is because, even after making the bookings, Finance teams still have to manually collect and consolidate the details into their system. 

But with an T&E management software that offers integration with a corporate travel booking platform, Finance teams can have tighter control and visibility into the travel expenses. They can also reduce the unnecessary back and forth and eliminate manual data entry work. 

Additionally, with expense management automation, employees need to simply fill in the necessary details and make travel bookings before a trip. The reimbursable expenses get automatically created in the travel and expense software, and they can simply send the trip report for review. Finance teams can also review and approve trip reports right from their T&E software. With all the travel-related details under one platform, Finance teams can easily access, view, and draw valuable insights from the reconciled travel expense data. 

Track receipts and expenses for timely report submissions

Receipt and expense tracking features in an expense reporting software

While on a business trip, the last thing your employees should be worried about is missing receipts or losing track of their expenses. Having a device-agnostic travel expense management software can help traveling employees track their expenses right from their mobile phones

Additionally, a travel expense software like Fyle offers multiple ways to track employee expenses and receipts. 

  • For paper receipts: Employees can simply click a picture of the receipt. Fyle automatically scans and extracts all the expense data and auto-fills the expense reports. 
  • For digital receipts: Employees can create an expense report using the Gmail or Outlook add-ons right from their mailbox. They can also submit their expenses from everyday apps like Slack. 
  • The expense tracking feature can also help employees track all their expenses, including their mileage and per diem spend while eliminating data entry errors and saving time.

Robust policy check engine for 100% compliant T&E reports

Robust policy check engine in an expense report software

Duplicate claims, data entry errors, and missing receipts are just a few policy violations that can pass unnoticed if your Finance teams are not thorough with their reviews. But checking for T&E policy violations on all employee expense reports can not only be tedious but also consume a lot of valuable working hours. 

But thanks to the real-time policy check feature available in a T&E software, Finance teams can have tighter control over their expense limits, rules, and guidelines. They can also configure the software as per their T&E policy to guarantee no policy violations get by. This ensures any errors or anomalies in an expense report are corrected before the employee even submits it.

Get accurate data analytics from expense reports

Accurate data analytics from expense reports with a T&E software

Your employee travel expense reports hold a lot of information to help your Finance teams gain better insight into your company’s business travel spending and trends. But if you are managing your travel data manually or using an age-old solution, it can be a painful task to compile and make sense of all the data. 

A travel and expense management software not only helps store all your employee travel bookings and expenses under one platform but also helps Finance teams make better data-backed business decisions. Using the data analytics feature available on Fyle, Finance teams can toggle and see information like their top spenders, spend by project/department, top category spend, and more. This ensures they always stay on top of all things business expenses.

Next day ACH payments for faster employee reimbursements

Next day ACH payment feature with Fyle

Using a T&E management software, your Finance team can ensure speedy payments to employees and close the reimbursement cycle on time. Fyle comes equipped with the next-day ACH feature that can streamline your reimbursement process and help you track the statuses of each payment in real-time. Plus, with Fyle’s single click reimbursement feature, your Finance team can make payments to employees in bulk saving time and increasing productivity in the process. 

How to choose the right travel and expense management software for your business

If you search for the term "travel and expense management software, " several TEM software will probably pop up on your search browser. However, if you're looking to invest in the tool, you probably want something to help you scale and streamline the process seamlessly.  

The ideal expense software should be flexible and have configurable features, with plans and packages tailored according to your company size and needs. Thus, while choosing the tool, you'd ideally want to stick with a software that you and your employees can use for the long term. An easy way to start is by considering the current challenges your employees and teams face and how the tool can solve them.

No matter why you're looking to switch to a T&E management software, the right software is the one that can match all your needs.

Check out how Fyle fares against some of the popular travel and expense management software

Source: G2 

How much does a travel and expense management software cost?

The potential travel management software shouldn't make you break your bank. The best options are those reasonably priced tools that still offer features necessary for you to simplify your T&E management process. 

At Fyle, we make sure we charge only for users who create at least one expense report in a month. We call them active users.  

Like most software subscription tools, our travel and expense management software has three different service tiers that you can choose from to meet your requirements. 

  • Standard plan
  • Business plan
  • Enterprise plan

You can choose to pay for the plans either monthly or annually. 

  • Standard plan: Fyle pricing starts at $4.99 per active user/ month billed annually. Under the plan, you can access features like unlimited receipt scanning and expense tracking, personal card management, QBO self-serve integration, and more. This plan is ideal for startups and small businesses with 1-25 employees or less than 30 expense reports per month. 
  • Business plan: The Business plan offers all the benefits listed under the Standard plan plus other features like corporate card reconciliation, ACH payments, integrations with any accounting, travel, HRMS, and payroll software, in-app live chat support, plus a lot more. The plan starts at $8.99 per active user/ month billed annually and is perfect for fast-growing businesses with 25-200 employees or more than 50 expense reports per month.
  • Enterprise plan: Finally, under the Enterprise plan, you get what you'd expect from the Standard and Business plans and other advanced features like IP whitelisting of admin accounts, a dedicated account manager, and more. The pricing can be customized based on the volume and usage and is best suited for global enterprises with 200+ employees or more than 250 expense reports per month. 

You can choose the subscription package based on your budget, expected usage, and active users.

Your next step to adopting a travel and expense management software

Our travel and expense management software is built to simplify business travel bookings and expense management. At Fyle, we understand the pain points of T&E and aim to create a tool that’s user-friendly, intuitive, and can be accessed from anywhere, anytime, and by using any device. Our Fyle app is available as a web app and is also available for Android and iOS devices.

We also come with a best-in-class customer support team that is available 24/7 with a turnaround time of less than 4 hours to help your team with any changes, travel emergencies, and questions you may have. With Fyle, stay rest assured that your travel manager, employees, and Finance teams always stay on track. 

Check out what our customers have to say about us here. Additionally, if you’re interested to see our product in action, feel free to schedule a demo with us!

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Travel expense management

Ultimate guide to streamline your corporate travel and expense management

November 30, 2021
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Are you paying attention to your corporate travel and expense management

You should. Because according to GBTA (Global Business Travel Association), annual corporate travel spending will reach $1.4 trillion by 2024. 

If you are struggling with your travel and expense management due to your manual setup, it’s time to take a step towards digitization. This is because if you leave your expense management woes unattended, it can significantly impact the growth and scale of your business in the long run. 

This article highlights some of the top corporate T&E challenges and how businesses can embrace corporate T&E software to make expense management less frustrating.

Top corporate travel and expense management challenges and their solution 

Challenge no.1: Tracking and managing receipts

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As a necessary means of staying compliant, businesses should always ensure employees submit their expense reports with corresponding receipts. This is because expense receipts serve as proof of spending and are crucial during audits. Receipts may either be paper receipts or e-receipts, and a single expense report can often come with multiple receipts. In these cases, the onus of collating, verifying, and documenting these receipts and reports would fall entirely on the Finance teams.

While some businesses believe using expense report templates may solve the problem, the truth may vary. With templates, employees are to manually enter expense details and attach photocopies of receipts as proof of spending. This may result in receipts all over the place and in varying formats. For example, with a car rental for work, you have receipts from the rental agency, gas stations, and parking validation - that’s already three different types of receipts for just one corporate travel expense.

To add to the confusion, these templatized expense reports make it easy for missing, incorrect, and exaggerated entries to slip by. In these cases, Finance teams are to manually identify and address issues with multiple employees over multiple expenses. Further, all clarifications and justifications for these business expenses go unrecorded as they happen over emails, calls, or word of mouth. This translates to zero clarity and a highly ineffective means of managing business expenses and receipts.

How can a travel and expense management software help manage receipts?

  • Business travel and expense software comes with unlimited cloud storage that can store all your employees' trip reports and expense receipts in one place.
  • You and your Finance team can access the trip reports for review or reference from anywhere, using any device and at any time.
  • The T&E software eliminates the frustration behind paper receipts as employees no longer need to hold on to them to file later. They can simply use an expense reporting app to take a picture, and the software will automatically extract all the crucial information to the trip report form and store it in the system.
  • Employees can submit expenses through everyday apps like text message, Gmail, Outlook, and more. The software will collate all information under one platform no matter how your employees submit their expense reports.
  • Before your traveling employees submit their trip reports and expense receipts, the software can also run an automated audit check, so no errors or potential fraud pass through. 


Challenge no.2 : Frustration with unclear travel and expense policies

corporate travel and expense policies

Is your travel and expense policy clear and comprehensive? Is it easy to understand and document every step of your travel reimbursement process in detail? If not, then the chances are that it may be contributing to employee expense reporting frustration and poor reimbursement turnaround time.

Unclear T&E guidelines can lead to policy violations, out-of-policy expense claims, and finance teams spending more time going back and forth with confused and frustrated employees. This translates into productive time wasted over something that could have been curbed from the beginning.

Your travel and expense policies work as your one source of truth when it comes to employee reimbursements. Unfortunately, most companies pay no heed to their policies, and as a result, so do their employees. This results in out-of-policy expenses and other policy violations, which cause unnecessary financial leaks in the system.

How can a travel and expense management software help enforce policies?

  • Businesses can pre-set policies based on designation, business goals, nature of business expenses, and other such parameters.
  • Once you’ve set up your approval workflow and integrated your T&E policies into the software, it automates your entire expense management process.
  • With the policy set-up, you can spot expenses incurred on alcohol bills, holidays or weekends, and any other expenses outside your T&E policy guidelines.
  • This feature simplifies the entire expense approval workflow and increases employee compliance and productivity.


Challenge no.3: Reviewing and approving expense reports takes too much time 

review and approve expense reports

Expense management tasks can be frustrating for both employees and Finance teams. For example, employees need to keep a tab of their travel expenses and correctly enter all the information into an expense report template to be reimbursed on time. 

After employees submit their T&E reports, Finance teams need to collate all the trip reports from managers and manually identify claims that are not supported by your travel and expense guidelines. Then, in case of a policy violation, the Finance team needs to send back the travel report to the employee in whole or in part for necessary changes or clarification.

This can translate into a costly and time-consuming process. Additionally, due to stringent timelines, they may not thoroughly verify the submitted expense reports and may end up missing claims that might be fraudulent in nature. This behavior over prolonged periods can prove detrimental to the financial health of your business.

How can a travel and expense management software help review and approve expense reports?

  1. Modern expense software comes with OCR technology that scans receipts, extracts crucial data, and auto-fills a digital expense report in just a few clicks. This cuts down manual data entry tasks for traveling employees and also eliminates human-prone errors.
  2. The robust policy engine also comes with real-time policy checks to ensure no policy violations slip by.
  3. If the software detects any out-of-policy expenses, the software flags the errors and notifies the employee immediately to make corrections. In case of a serious violation, the approver gets informed as well.
  4. The software also provides a detailed digital audit trail that documents all activities related to an expense report. This comes in particularly handy during quick reviews, approvals, and audits.


Challenge no.4 : Lack of visibility into spending patterns and trends

Spend visibility with travel and expense software

Insight into expense trends occurs when Finance teams have historical and real-time data in hand. But, businesses who use traditional expense management means gain little to no insight as they have no data to refer back to. As a result, you can end up making ill-informed business decisions. 

Expense analytics and real-time insight into expense data play an important role in cost optimizations and preventing financial leaks in the system. But, this can happen only when businesses have the numbers to speak for them. 

How can a travel and expense management software help with spend insight?

  1. Since all travel expense data, such as flight bookings, accommodations, transportation costs, and more, are stored under one platform, Finance teams don't need to gather expense data from discrete sources.
  2. Finance teams can identify frequent spenders, top policy violators, and other recurring or abnormal patterns and address them.
  3. With real-time insight into the business's financial health, Finance teams can tweak and improve the organization's travel and expense policies to drive compliance.


Challenge no.5 : Delay in closing the reimbursements cycle on-time

expense reimbursement process

Delayed reimbursements in a manual travel and expense management setup can be due to a number of reasons. It can be because of:

  1. Employees dread the time-consuming and tedious expense reporting and tracking tasks and keep it for the last minute. This can lead to late expense report submissions from the beginning. 
  2. Working on their expense report at the eleventh hour can also cause multiple manual data errors, incorrect expense entries, missing receipts, and ignoring policy guidelines while filling in the expense report form. This may result in numerous back and forths between the approver and employee before it reaches the Finance team for a final audit. 
  3. Furthermore, since Finance teams receive all the expense reports in bulk just before the deadline, fraudulent expense claims can pass unnoticed.

How can a travel and expense management software improve reimbursement cycles?

  • The expense reporting app makes it really easy for business travelers to keep track of their expense receipts and submit their expense reports on the go from anywhere, ensuring they never miss a deadline.
  • With features like data extraction and receipt scanning, an expense software drastically reduces errors in an expense report. 
  • The real-time policy check engine also flags any out-of-policy expenses, duplicate bills, and policy violations when an employee uploads their receipts. This helps curb delays right at the source of expense creation. 


Streamline your corporate travel and expense management process today

The business world is continuously evolving to become highly receptive to the needs of employees. While the choice to automate your travel and expense management software may benefit you as a business, it also is a boon for your employees. Addressing employee challenges has a direct impact on employee morale and productivity. Thus, also impacting the overall financial productivity of your business. 

All this and more without your Finance team slogging it out.

Do you want to hop onto the bandwagon of digital change? Fyle does more than just expense reporting. Schedule a demo today to witness how Fyle helps you put an end to your expense management woes.

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Travel expense management

4 reasons why businesses should switch to a travel expense software

July 24, 2020
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Only people who have dealt with a travel expense report know business travel doesn’t always mean business class flights and fancy restaurants. 

Employees, managers, travel managers, and Finance teams juggle with multiple things to ensure business trip expenses are within the specified budget and comply with the travel and expense policy laid out by the company.

A travel expense software makes management of per diems, trip budgets, mileage, and trip expense reports easy for all the stakeholders involved. In this article, we list the top reasons why businesses should switch to a travel expense software to manage business travel expenses.

What is a travel expense software?

A travel expense software helps employees and managers streamline and automate all business travel-related expenses like cash advances, hotels, flight bookings, per diems, and employee travel reimbursements. 

A modern travel expense software also helps Finance teams gain real-time visibility and complete control over business expenses. Read on to understand how your business can benefit from a travel expense software.

Why should your business use a travel expense software?

Business travel is not all fun. It requires stakeholders to do a host of research and work even before the business trip. 

  • The travel managers or employees first need to find all the travel booking options that fall under the set guidelines for their category. 
  • If the employee selects the travel booking options, the employee would need to get it approved by their manager or travel manager. 
  • On approval, the employee is all set to go on the business trip. He/she would meet and dine with multiple people to close deals or to sustain and maintain business relationships. 
  • Employees would need to save all expense receipts during these visits to avail of employee expense reimbursements
  • If the employee either loses the expense receipts or forgets to report the expenses for the set deadline, the employee would stand to lose out on their money on business expenses. 

Additionally, there is a high chance of non-compliance or even deliberate expense report fraud in case:

  • Your expense policy does not lay out the framework of expense reporting properly
  • There are sudden changes in the business trip itinerary

This is where a travel expense software can help. 

SUGGESTED READ: How to detect and prevent expense report fraud

Features of an ideal travel expense software and how they help

Travel expense management is a complicated process for employees, managers, and finance teams alike. It involves hours of either manual entry and compilation of expense receipts and expense reports or manual verification and approval of submitted business expenses.

A travel expense software helps cut costs, save time, and provide valuable insight into expense data that can be used to further streamline your organization’s corporate travel management. Let’s dive deeper.

Feature: Pre-spend approvals

Problem: Travel expenses occur even before the trip does. Therefore, employees are issued cash advances for travel and accommodation bookings. 

Travel bookings are generally either done by the traveler (employee) or the travel manager. In either case, your employees, manager/approver, and travel manager must understand  your travel and expense policy, preferred vendors, and budget allocations. Additionally, the travel booking preferences and booking confirmation back-and-forths, all happen during billable hours.  

Solution: A travel expense software automates this process and allows the employee to directly raise trip requests and submit a list of preferred vendors to the travel manager. This can then be forwarded to travel vendors for booking. 

Once the details are in place, the vendor sends the trip request back to the approver/traveler for confirmation. Travel bookings can be confirmed immediately on approval. 

Fyle offers 360-degree trip reports that bring all business expenses incurred for a particular business trip/project under one single trip report. 

SUGGESTED READ: How to use Fyle as a travel approval software

Feature: Employee expense reporting

Problem: Traditionally, traveling employees save receipts for all business expenses so they can fyle for travel reimbursement post-trip. 

Safekeeping of receipts, ensuring expense policy compliance, and submitting the expense report on time is much unproductive work for your globe-trotting employees. This can be especially hard in case of sudden changes in the itinerary.

Solution: A travel expense software makes it easy for employees to track, scan, and save business expense receipts - from wherever and whenever. 

Once the trip is finished, your employees can submit their travel expense reports with just a click. The ease that an expense reporting software brings to traveling employees saves them a lot of frustration, time, and hours. 

Fyle allows employees to send business expenses to expense reports from within everyday apps like G-Suite, Outlook, WhatsApp, text message, slack, and many more. 

 SUGGESTED READ: Five ways to make expense reporting easier for employees

Feature: Expense policy compliance

Problem: One can not always be expected to remember the nuances of their company’s corporate travel and expense policy

Employees can sometimes forget what expenses qualify as business expenses or spending limits, and managers or Finance teams may sometimes miss fraudulent or out-of-policy expenses. This puts the organization and the traveler at risk with the tax authorities.

Solution: A travel expense software comes with a robust policy engine that detects and prevents any non-compliant expenses from even being claimed. 

In cases where the employee submits an expense despite automatic flagging, the expense is sent to a reviewer to validate the expense. This prevents any fraudulent expenses from being fyled.

Fyle’s policy engine automates and enforces policies on anything your organization might need. It also maintains a digital audit trail that helps track actions taken on every single expense.

SUGGESTED READ: Check expense report frauds with Fyle

Feature: Employee travel reimbursement

Problem: Finance teams are tasked with manually verifying receipts with expense claims, ensuring expense policy compliance, and processing travel reimbursements. 

In cases of non-compliant expenses, the report is sent back to the traveler for rectification or justification. Finance teams also have to check and weed out out-of-policy expenses, or fraudulent expense claims. This time-consuming task ultimately results in delayed travel reimbursement, which takes a hit on employee morale.

Solution: A travel expense software ensures real-time policy compliance by raising flags for any non-compliant expenses or expense reports at the source of expense creation itself. This allows travelers to rectify errors without the Finance team having to chase them. This saves a lot of time and effort for all the stakeholders involved in the process.

Also, when it comes to travel booking research or employee travel reimbursements a travel expense software automates the entire process of travel expense reporting while ensuring real-time expense policy compliance and audit readiness.

Further, a T&E software allows approvers to initiate multiple transactions to different employee bank accounts from the centralized expense management dashboard.

Fyle’s travel reimbursement features allow approvers and Finance teams to track the transaction status of any expense reimbursement right from the dashboard.  This allows for an overall view of all business expenses that can help Finance teams gain sight of the larger picture.

SUGGESTED READ: Balancing expense policy compliance and happy employees

Benefits of using Fyle as your travel expense software

Here’s a list of excellent reasons why you should consider Fyle as your travel and expense management software:

  • Direct integration with your existing ERP/HRMS/accounting software
  • Integration of corporate credit cards and automatic reconciliations
  • Effortless travel and hotel bookings for business trips 
  • Google Maps integration for accurate mileage tracking
  • Flagging of non-compliant expense receipts at the point of expense creation
  • Pre-compliance for trip requests to ensure continuous compliance
  • Real-time visibility into all trip statuses and trip expenses
  • Reduced turnaround time for employee travel reimbursements
  • A unified, searchable and unlimited business expense receipt storage
  • Industry-best practice security and privacy measures

Fyle’s innovative and employee-friendly expense reporting features make travel and expense management a breeze! In the words of the folks at IDC,

“Fyle is intelligent, employee-centric, scalable, and delivers significant value to growing businesses without any impact on user experience and quality of support.”

Ready to upgrade your T&E management? Schedule a demo with us today!

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Corporate Card Reconciliation

Corporate card reconciliation

A Complete Guide to Credit Card Reconciliation

March 3, 2020
Min Read

This post was originally published in 2020, but the content has been updated for 2024.

Post COVID-19, businesses have seen a massive surge in credit card transactions for incoming and outgoing payments. While this made the payment process easier, it also meant a looming nightmare for finance teams at the end of every month – reconciling credit card expenses.  

But where do business owners and finance teams start regarding business credit card management?

This blog discusses everything you need to know about credit card reconciliation, how it works, and why it’s crucial for businesses in 2023. We’ll also address some challenges accounting and finance teams face with reconciliation, after which we’ll give you the easiest way to solve your reconciliation woes. Let’s dive in! 

What is credit card reconciliation? 

Credit card reconciliation is the process by which accountants ensure that the transactions in a business’s credit card statement match its general ledger. For accurate and efficient financial reporting, companies need to know that these transactions took place and that the expenses on both sides are correct and valid.

If done manually, accountants sit and compare an organization’s credit card statement against its general ledger. If every payment on both sides matches, they can determine that the ledger was recorded correctly and can close books for the month.

However, if there are discrepancies, the responsibility of clarifying these values would fall on the financial controller. They need to find out who made the additional payments manually.

The reconciliation process typically occurs at the end of every month, while a more significant financial closing happens towards the end of each quarter or financial year.  

What are the different types of credit card reconciliation?  

As mentioned earlier, a credit card transaction can impact two sections of your business finance: income and expenses. This means companies will have two types of reconciliations:

  1. Credit card statements

This would include all your business expenses – payments your organization makes for goods or services. For example, if your business is habitually issuing cards to its employees, they must be reconciled individually. 

  1. Credit card merchant services

This would include all your incoming payments. Reconciling these transactions takes a little more effort than your outgoing payments, but there are defined ways to make this easier.

In this blog, we’ll only be looking in detail at the business expenses side; that is, transactions made by you or your employees to purchase goods or services for your organization.

Why is the credit card reconciliation process important? 

Making a payment for your credit card statement without a second glance may not be the wisest thing to do. Big financial institutions make mistakes too, and it can end up costing you a lot more than what you should be paying. 

The reconciliation process starts when a business receives statements for its expenses. The expense details are then manually matched with the company's internal finance records and checked for discrepancies. 

This process ensures:

  • The money leaving the account equals the amount spent in one fiscal period. 
  • No fraudulent activities or manual data entry mistakes get by.
  • The company’s records always stay audit-ready. 

How to reconcile corporate credit card expenses?

Reconciliation, as we know, involves the process of matching expenses with your internal finance record. But how do you go about the entire process?  

Step 1: Collecting and sorting receipts

Receipts are proof of expenses. It comes in several forms and helps account for money spent. For example, a purchase made using a credit card comes with an invoice given to the customer at the time of sale. These receipts should be collected from all the cardholders and stored for future reference.

Companies ideally use expense reports to collect and store employee receipts. This can be done manually using paper-based excel sheets and reports or by automation-driven tools like an expense management software.

Step 2: Matching expenses to transactions

Finance teams should match credit card statements to reported business expenses with the receipts. Businesses can do this with the help of any preferred system for reconciling. 

Pro tip: Ensure that other than fees and interest charges, there shouldn't be any other unmarked items in the credit card statement.

Step 3: Notifying your bank in case of errors

There are always chances of error, either with or without intention. Thus, your finance teams need to be careful in identifying and notifying the bank authorities in cases of mistakes. In addition, ensure timely action by reporting any unauthorized activities or fraudulent behavior.

Some examples of commonly occurring errors with business credit card reconciliations are:

  • Refund for a canceled purchase 
  • Charged for a failed transaction 
  • Bill payment processed twice, leading to duplicate charges

3 challenges finance teams face with the corporate credit card reconciliation process

Most companies reconcile credit card expenses with paper-based and spreadsheet-driven methods. Unfortunately, this process is inefficient and forces employees to work long hours of manual labor. This also results in more inefficiencies and loopholes in the process. Given below are some challenges that can hinder your finance team's progress:

Ensuring accuracy and efficiency in the entire reconciliation process

For employees, reconciling corporate credit card expenses means entering data without making an error. Even a single missing number or double entry can put the employee's reimbursement on hold. Also, routinely submitting expense reports to get back their own money can affect employee happiness.

For finance teams, inaccuracy and inefficiencies in the credit card reconciliation process make the company vulnerable to financial exposure. Also, the traditional reconciliation methods include a high involvement of employees but do little to remove human-prone errors. 

Curbing an increase in the volume of transactions 

Corporate credit cards have helped revolutionize the speed and efficiency of business payments. But this also implies a high volume of transactions. Moreover, the ever-growing number of transactions increases the chances of missing human errors, duplicate submissions, and inaccurate information.

Your accounting team has to sieve through all the transactions and reconcile one-to-one and one-to-many transactions. This can prove to be a costly and cumbersome expense for your company and employees.

Recognizing and correcting policy violations

According to a survey by Ernst & Young, financial departments spent up to 59% of their resources on managing transaction-intensive processes. Of this, 95% of the effort goes into already matching transactions rather than ones with entry-related problems.

The traditional approach to credit card reconciliation offers no quick and coherent method to find policy violations. Instead, employees must painstakingly go through every transaction to ensure expenses follow the company's travel and expense policies. This further adds to the delay.

Financial leaks because there's no way of flagging personal expenses

Whenever an employee uses the company's credit card for personal expenses or overspends, there is no way of getting notified unless checked manually. Additionally, a loose policy framework coupled with weak enforcement of T&E policies can misinform employees and cause unauthorized purchases. This also increases the chances of fraud and claims of multiple duplicate expenses.

For employees who use the card for personal expenses, there must be a way to flag violations accurately. For example, when matching the expenses with the bank statements, the finance team has to identify and address personal expenses. While reconciling, finance teams also have to make sure that no errors by vendors or credit card issuers get by. 

How Fyle’s real-time credit card feeds solve your reconciliation challenges permanently  

Do your accountants still rely on broken bank feeds and delayed statement uploads for credit card reconciliations? 

Just imagine how much easier their lives would be if these transactions were recorded and matched in real time. Well, Fyle’s real-time credit card feeds let you do exactly that.

By connecting directly to credit card networks like Mastercard, Visa, and American Express real-time credit card feeds bring credit card transaction data directly to your expense management system as soon as a card is swiped. This means accountants don't have to wait for bank statements to arrive or chase employees for receipts. 

Since the transaction data is available instantly, accountants can track credit card spend, reconcile card expenses, track budgets, and identify unauthorized spend in real-time.  

Ryan Mckenzie Co-Founder & CMO | Tru Earth®

But this is just the beginning; here’s what else you can do with Fyle’s real-time feeds:

Receipt Collection via SMS and Other Everyday Apps

Fyle's integration with credit card networks like Visa and Mastercard allows employees to receive instant SMS notifications of all their credit card transactions. This helps them submit receipts for reimbursement quickly and easily, ensuring accurate and timely expense report submissions.

SMS receipt collection allows accountants to collect receipts instantly, which has reduced the time our customers spend on receipt collection by 48%. This simplifies the process by eliminating the need for employees to scan and upload receipts, reduces back-and-forth communication between accountants and employees, and eliminates the need to send reminders.

Normand Chevrette President & CEO | CME CORP

Automated Credit Card Reconciliation

Depending on your card program, accountants need to wait until the bank makes card data available to manually match transactions. 

But now, Fyle's real-time credit card feeds automatically reconcile transaction data with receipt data as soon as the receipt is uploaded by the user. The credit card reconciliation process, which takes days to finish, can now be completed in less than 2 minutes with Fyle. All this without changing your existing credit cards!

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Increase employee compliance with real-time policy checks

Fyle automatically checks expense reports for policy violations as employees create them. Depending on the organization's settings, the following may happen:

  • The expense report will not be submitted.
  • An automatic cap will be placed on the expense.
  • The expense report will be sent for additional approval.

Fyle's duplicate detection and implicit merge feature automatically checks for duplicate expenses. If two submitted expenses are found to be the same, the user is instantly notified and given the option to merge the two expenses. This helps to ensure that expenses are not duplicated, which can help to prevent fraud and improve compliance.

In conclusion 

In today’s world, information is at your fingertips. But when it comes to your business credit card transactions, you’re stuck in the dark. You have to wait days or even weeks to get visibility into where your employees are spending money.

That’s where Fyle comes in.  We let you see it all in real-time, from anywhere in the world and it’s changing the way businesses manage and reconcile their credit card expenses. With Fyle, you get real-time insights into your credit card spend so you can make informed decisions about your finances.

Want to see how Fyle can help you? Schedule a demo today!

Corporate card reconciliation

How to use Fyle as your credit card management system?

November 19, 2019
Min Read

Does your finance team have a trusted credit card management system to manage all employee corporate credit card expenses effectively? 

Corporate credit card usage is on the rise due to its ease of use. With these cards, employees no longer need to worry about using their own money for business expenses. But with these cards, it becomes all the more critical to effectively track, monitor, and stay on top of things. If ignored, it can rack up extra chores for the entire team. Even worse, it could severely affect your company's bottom-line due to prolonged financial leaks. 

But how does one go about picking the right credit card management system for their business?

In this article, we talk about how Fyle as an expense management software can help your finance team tackle challenges related to credit card management and more. Let's dive in!

Does your business need an effective credit card management system?

Credit cards as a payment method have their own set of pros, but keeping track of spending can be difficult. Even a simple task can become demanding, taking up time and effort from your finance team and employees. Traditional methods for managing credit cards, bring with them a set of challenges that could pose a threat to the financial productivity of your business. Here’s why:

  • When you have multiple cards assigned to multiple employees, keeping track of usage becomes a challenge. 
  • With hundreds of incoming transaction statements, it’s easy to miss out or make entry errors while reconciling. 
  • When your finance team doesn’t have real-time visibility into the employee’s expenses, it can lead to fraud. 
  • Spotless accounting and staying audit-ready becomes challenging, potentially putting the business at stake with the IRS.


Best Practices to manage Corporate Credit Cards

Fyle as a credit card management system

Fyle has several features that can help you ease your corporate credit management woes. Our automated solution makes sure all the monotonous routines around expense reporting and corporate card management are taken care of. This spares extra time for your finance team to do more intuitive work and put their skills to better use. This also increases productivity and boosts the morale of your team as well.

Fyle as your credit card management system can help you achieve multiple goals in a short period. Here’s a look at some of them:

  • With Fyle, you can manage multiple cards and cardholders seamlessly.
  • You can track employee spends to ensure no overspending.
  • You can easily validate and reconcile credit card expenses with direct bank feeds.
  • Accounting and staying audit-ready becomes a breeze with a unified dashboard.

Assign and keep track of all your corporate credit cards

Irrespective of whether you’re a small business with few cardholders or a large enterprise with multiple cardholders, Fyle allows you to manage all your corporate credit cards with ease. Once your organization’s card feed is set-up, you can easily assign your company’s credit cards to your employees. Additionally, your finance team can also track and monitor all assigned and unassigned cards. This provides for a wholesome approach to effectively managing business credit card expenses. 

View and track all your corporate credit card expenses

On assigning cards to users, all the expenses incurred will be directly reflected in your Fyle account. The finance team can then view all the payments made using credit cards. They can also see which of the corresponding expenses are yet to be reported. Additionally, the team can filter and view expenses for desired timelines. Lastly, finance folks can also customize and send timely reminders to employees to match their expenses on time.

Get direct feeds from the bank

When multiple employees are assigned to various credit card providers, tracking all the transactions in their bank feed can be a demanding task. Fyle takes care of this problem by syncing all your corporate credit card details with direct bank feeds. By integrating directly with the bank providers, you can expect to get a clean feed in real-time. Additionally, we provide a reliable data flow of all your corporate card expenses. This ensures complete protection over your company’s bottom-line.

Handle credit card reversals

Sometimes a merchant may unintentionally charge twice for a purchase made through the corporate’s credit card. While it may not be a significant loss, it is necessary to make a note of for accounting purposes - duplicated charges can cause confusion and imbalanced records.

At Fyle, we understand finance teams can easily miss transaction reversals, leading to accounting errors. This is why we created our feature that seamlessly matches every expense to its corresponding transactions. 


In cases of extra charges, employees need to support their claim with the help of receipts and relevant expense entries.

Ensure seamless accounting

With a better credit card management system in your hand, you can stay prepared for the tax season as well as for audits. Fyle makes sure that your finance team stays ready without rushing or worrying at the last minute. Our expense management software comes loaded with features that can help your finance team tackle the challenges of accounting. Here are few such instances:

  • Finance teams can configure and send automated reminders to employees to match their expenses on time. 
  • With an automated reconciliation process, the finance team can stay tax-ready as well as exercise their skills in a more meaningful way.
  • Fyle can easily integrate and manage a wide array of corporate credit cards. Whether your employees use Mastercard, VISA, Diner's Club, or American Express, it can be directly integrated with the software.

Choose Fyle to effectively manage your corporate credit card expenses

Choosing to handle your corporate credit cards in the old-fashioned way brings numerous challenges tied to it. You may have cards from multiple card providers to suit your needs, but tracking its usage through disparate systems becomes a whole other problem. When you do not own a centralized software to track all cards, identifying assigned cards can be confusing as well. Additionally, when it comes to staying audit-ready, tasks such as reconciliation can become taxing on your finance team.

At Fyle, we understand the challenges that come with managing corporate credit cards for your business. Thus, we have come up with features that will ease the burden on your finance team. This means automating mundane tasks, easy integration, providing direct bank feeds, and matching expenses accurately. With our features available at your disposal, your finance team’s productivity can be optimized and enhanced to help meet business goals.

Want to know more? Schedule a demo with us today to see how Fyle magic works!


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