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A Teddy’s driver for your daily commute: Now more than ever

Can you nail your bonus with a ‘secret” extra work week every month?

 ~  plus you’re looking for ways to get back to work without the trains anyway

Think about it: Ninety minutes or more into New York City every day from Weston, Wilton or New Canaan, right? (or Chappaqua, Pound Ridge or Bedford, NY for that matter)  …and double it to come home.

That’s 15-20 hours a week (60 hours a month, conservatively) lost to schlepping from house to car to railroad parking ..with a long walk to the platform. Then: train, subway and how many blocks to your office. ..never mind sometimes shoveling snow to start that whole process. With a Teddy’s, you work or rest door-to-door each way.

Try just a slice to start: Grab another commuter from your ‘social bubble’ and share the ride each day. Try 3 days a week, maybe only inbound – at least that cuts your exposure to crowded trains in half those days. We had two Goldman guys do that for years – they met their Teddy’s driver at the Westport train station three mornings a week for the ride in – at a great discount – and took the train back home. The hardest part was how to split their Teddy’s Platinum Reward Miles. Want to see some math on this? Contact sales@teddyslimo.com.

Business travel will continue to zoom along

 – pandemic-era ‘rumors of its demise have been greatly exaggerated’ …again

 

(The answers to the quiz question, the ROI of business travel, is at the bottom of this page.)

It was a typical livery service ‘fire drill.’ As they sometimes do, the Teddy’s dispatchers pulled me away from the phone to run out and drive a Teddy’s private car service customer.

This one was probably the early ‘90’s and the trip was short: Norwalk to probably Westchester County Airport in White Plains (straddling Harrison and Purchase, NY ..and mere yards from Greenwich, CT). Or maybe it was just the eight-mile run to Amtrak in Stamford.

Anyway, one of our full-time professional chauffeurs probably got hung up on the previous trip or maybe this client called and was ready early. The fare, I remember, was a man and a woman and the pickup was at an office building on Connecticut Avenue in Norwalk.

In short order, one of them thanked me, “we heard you were the company president so thank you for coming for us.” If I was true to form, I probably said ‘my pleasure’ followed by “if Stew Leonard can take a register when it gets busy, I can certainly service a VIP customer.”  Tom Peters had recently highlighted Stew Leonard’s grocery store in A Passion for Excellence so it was safe to assume everyone in a business suit knew about the Norwalk grocer.

They asked me how our dispatchers communicated with our drivers and I explained we had three Nextel repeaters and we’d have to dial into the right one depending on where we thought the chauffeur was: was he within a 25 mile radius from the channel 1 repeater on the Chrysler Building in New York City?  …or would the repeater in Syosset, NY work better which gave us good coverage across Long Island Sound into Greenwich, Stamford and Darien, CT. …or maybe the repeater in Bridgeport would work. (Ironically, with this system, the closer to our Westport office a driver was, the worst the radio reception.)

The woman passenger said I might be interested to learn about the project they were just pitching. She showed me a piece of paper with a honeycomb design and said they were going to buy our three Nextel repeaters then build 300 more in our region and 30,000 repeaters across the United States. ..and they were going to call it cellular telephone. That explains the honeycomb.

“Cell phones were going to be the death of the private car service industry.”

We heard that a lot. But business travel continued to grow every year as it always does.

Quite a few years before that, we heard we were upon the demise of business travel with the fax machine became widely available. Then with the 1995-’96 growth of the World Wide Web .. “who in the world would ever need to fly to a business trip again!?” Statistics continued to strongly prove otherwise.

Video conferencing, clunky at first, came quickly on the heels of the Internet and the refrain was the same. But business travel continued to grow significantly nearly every year. For seven consecutive years, Teddy’s was an INC Fastest Growing Companies in America.

AFTER ALL, Face-to-face meetings allow for clearer communication. In addition to being able to read facial expressions, body language and inflection, in-person meetings often end up being more positive and considered more credible than online or virtual conversations according to Entrepreneur.

Without non-verbal cues, you also run the risk of misinterpreting information. In fact, 60% of people regularly misread tone or message when communicating via email or phone.

No matter how much we may like social networking, in-person interactions are at the very core of relationship building, both personally and professionally. In fact, 85% of people believe face-to-face meetings contribute to stronger, more meaningful business relationships.

So, if you want to form true, concrete connections, try to meet in-person rather than online whenever possible according to an article in Medium.

Answer: Business travel has a 12.5-to-1 ROI

The Medium article also reminds us in-person meetings are more focused and more productive. In fact business travel is said to have better than 12:1 Return On Investment, or ROI according to Business Travel News.

So while you still have to be extremely cautious when you travel and its smart to avoid it a little while longer, if you can, incentives are far too high to believe Zoom is going to be enough to allow you to get the job done faster and better than your competition.

To learn more about the Teddy’s Platinum Reward Miles program, click here.

Professionally operated private car service: Never more important

Our time to shine

The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting business crisis come with astronomical human and financial costs. But this week, as folks are starting to head back to LaGuardia, Kennedy, Newark, White Plains, Hartford/Springfield and Boston Logan, I wrote to Team Teddy’s about this being an opportunity to demonstrate the value of a truly professional private car service.

“…business travel managers feel assured their Duty of Care responsibilities are met and this is now more crucial than ever.”

Premium executive transportation has always been a trusted boutique niche in the ground transportation industry which, in general, has as many customers as the airline and hotel industry. But only about three percent of the overall market, the most influential, hardest working and wealthy travelers typically leverage the added productivity of premium private car service.

This positioning has been challenged by global app-cab platforms to share personal cars which blurs lines and may have travelers and travel managers begin to question our value equation. Many observers have thought that our niche would be further eroded by futuristic mass transit algorithms, automated marketplaces and artificially powered robots.

‘Yes,’ we had to re-energize to show that a qualified, duly vetted, trained, briefed, managed and committed professional driver in an impeccably spotless premium vehicle has remarkable value. Such service keeps you safer, more productive and greatly increases the peace-of-mind of the traveler as well as that of his family and his corporate risk manager.

If your team’s travelers are flying business class and staying in premium boutique hotels, they command the added comfort and productivity of a professional private car service. Luckily, Teddy’s professional private sedan service from, say LaGuardia to Westport or JFK to Stamford is still about $100 less than UberBlack during busier times of day at airports!

To this, add the new dimension of travel during the COVID crisis. “Premium private car” has always helped business travel managers feel assured their Duty of Care responsibilities are met and this is now more crucial than ever. As our industry deploys the safest and most stringent COVID protocols, business travelers, older people and families, being cautious, will favor our pro solution and much more lightly used vehicles over jumping into a random personal-car driver with a cab app and many times the per-day fare count.

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