FCm Acts To Increase Productivity And Reduce Costs To Employers With Personalised Door-To-Door Travel Solution.
With the rapid development of Asian cities, infrastructure is often too basic to cope with increasing traffic levels. Recognising the financial impact on companies and the costs involved with their employees waiting around in lines of stationary traffic, FCm has further developed its local transfer network. Partnering with specialist car companies who offer professional and qualified drivers with excellent local geographic knowledge, FCm is well positioned to offer their travellers a seamless and stress-free travel experience.
The Economist reported in 2013 that the expenses from congestion totalled $200 billion (0.8% of GDP) across Britain, France, Germany and America with it expected to rise to nearly $300 billion by 2030. To calculate this value they measured three costs: how sitting in traffic reduces productivity of the labour force, how inflated transport costs push up the prices of goods; and the carbon-equivalent cost of the fumes that exhausts splutter out. Here in Asia, in Malaysia alone, the loss of productivity totalled RM9 billion (US$2.8 billion) in 2014, and in Manila, a six-mile trip that once took 30 minutes can now stretch to two hours.
Wi-fi enabled transport
Moreover, the GBTA Business Traveler Sentiment Index Global Report from July 2015 identified the increasing desire for mobile-enabled services during business travel. Overall, 78% of travellers surveyed agree or strongly agree that access to Wi-Fi is vital to their work. FCm aims to provide Wi-Fi enabled vehicles where possible, enabling travellers to connect whilst on the move and avoid enormous roaming charges.
General Manager, Bertrand Saillet, says of the latest development “not only does an efficient transfer service help reduce the cost in loss of productivity, but it also improves long-term value costs, and peace of mind for both the employer and employee; knowing with confidence the car company deployed for transfers is safe and reliable”. He adds “this is a key step towards FCm’s 2020 vision, a bespoke door-to-door approach that recognises the needs of the individual traveller, not just the employer. We’re looking beyond hotel reservations and ground transfers, tickets to the opera in Shanghai or VIP sporting events around the world”.