Technological Innovation in Relocation winner

Re:locate’s 2014/15 award for Technological Innovation in Relocation has been won by US-based software company Pearl Travel Tech.

Natalia Soledad Costa de Foster of Pearl Travel Tech
Company representative, Natalia Soledad Costa de Foster collected the trophy from Hannah Stewart, of Anglo-American, and a member of the judging panel, at the annual Re:locate Awards gala dinner, held at the prestigious Institute of Directors, in London's Pall Mall, on 14 May.The Technological Innovation in Relocation award recognises the effective and innovative use of technology by a relocation organisation or HR team to bring about business and employee benefits, or the provider of an innovative product or service using technology within the relocation context.As technology continues to respond to market needs and trends, it's not surprising that this category attracted a large number of entries. The judges, who were looking for evidence of real innovation in this fast-changing field, were impressed by the overall high quality.Headquartered in San Francisco, winner Pearl Travel Tech delivers enterprise solutions to address immigration and tax compliance issues arising from international business travel and short-term assignments.It took the award for its online pre-trip assessment tool Permiso, which can be used both by international travellers and by employers managing immigration and tax compliance."This is the only commercially available tool that integrates directly with travel booking and expense tracking systems, as well as with immigration and HRIS systems," explains Pearl Travel Tech's Julie Pearl."It is the first assessment tool that considers both immigration and tax compliance issues, and that assesses more than just a single trip in isolation, by analysing past travel history and future intended trips."Describing Permiso as "very effective and simple, with information and actions presented in an easy-to-understand format," the Re:locate Awards judges highlighted its role in helping to keep travellers and their companies compliant, thereby greatly reducing the risk of fines, project delays, rejection at port of entry, and a host of other potential compliance problems.Natalia Soledad Costa de Foster, of Pearl Travel Tech said after the ceremony, "This is amazing – we're over the moon! I've just spoken to the team in San Francisco, and they're thrilled. This win really puts us on the map."

Two additional awards

Because of the high standard found throughout this category, the judges made two additional awards.

Additional special award: Technology – Relocation App

Elite Executive Services, a specialist relocation company for moves into Australia and the Pacific region and winner of last year's Excellence in Employee & Family Support award, took the Technology – Relocation App trophy, which was collected by Eleni Haritou.“This award is for Kathy Nunn, who unfortunately couldn’t be here tonight." said Ms Haritou. "This app is her baby and she has absolutely worked so hard for this. So this award is just for her – she’s an amazing lady and this will mean a lot to her.”
Special Award Technical Innovation in Relocation
Elite's Applocation Australia provides, on mobile devices, complete information on Australia and everything to do with relocating there, with the ability to calendarise tasks, helping relocatees to plan a move and keep to a budget.

Additional special award: Technology – Global Benefits

The Technology – Global Benefits award, collected by Andrew Williams, went to professional services firm PwC for its Global Data Collect web application, which collates and reports on all areas of remuneration and payment for expatriates. PwC was overall winner of the technology category at the 2011/12 awards.
Andrew Williams, of PwC said, "The Re:locate award reflects the hard work and effort the team puts into  their work. We were very privileged to be nominated and very happy to be a winner."Speaking after the awards, Alex Rubin, PwC Technology Director in the US, said, "We are thrilled to win the award from Re:locate. It means a lot to us."
Demonstrating the breadth of entries in this category, HSBC Expat, International SOS, Peregrine Immigration Management, Pro-Link GLOBAL, and UrbanBound were also on the shortlist.Click here for a complete list of our 2014/15 award winners, or read more about our eighth annual global corporate relocation Gala Awards Dinner.Don't miss the Summer 2015 issue of Re:locate magazine (out June), with special Re:locate Awards supplement.