When it comes to merchant processing, or settlement of electronic payment transactions, it’s important to know what to expect and what you’re paying for. Crystal Sulzer, managing partner of Ferrari Merchants, explains credit card processing and breaks down the monthly fees.
To survive and succeed, operators must pursue and win over online customers, says Limos.com Vice President Doug Anderson. In a separate road show session, Anderson debuted Limos.com’s Limos.com For Business platform, designed to directly help companies manage their chauffeured transportation travel spending while connecting directly to preferred operators.
Most notable at this year’s show were the new vehicles brought to market that satisfy the more practical and cost-conscious realities of the chauffeured transportation industry. Some major exhibitors showed off green vehicles for eco-conscious operators, including Royale’s Fusion Hybrid L, DaBryan/Tuscany propane Transit Van, and Krystal Hybrid bus and CNG stretch Lincoln Town Car.
Andrus Limousine got a boost from the Beatles first tour and then built up a company to handle clients from ‘womb to tomb.’
D. Smith and 18-year-old son D. “JayR” Smith own two separate chauffeured transportation businesses in Dallas, and while they normally vie for different sets of clients, sometimes the competition can be fierce.
Coming out of a difficult recession, your top goals going forward should be selling, service, and credit solvency, says LCT Publisher Sara Eastwood-McLean.
Partnering with wedding and meeting planners to offer special tours for wedding guests can be a low-maintenance method of supplementing business for coaches during wedding season.
With proms, formals, and graduations, chauffeuring teens presents serious challenges. A little patience, a lot of planning, and firm ground rules can make it work.
Limousine service is just as much a part of the funeral industry as it is chauffeured transportation. The eternal but somber market segment holds potential for operators.