Press Releases

20May

Press release: Kabbee Launches Initiative to Promote Positive Passenger Experience

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Kabbee’s ‘Star of the Month’ sticker is only awarded to the best drivers and fleet controllers – Peter Piper of Claremont Executive Cars is one of April’s Star of the Month winners

Kabbee Launches Initiative to Promote Positive Passenger Experience

Kabbee, London’s leading licensed minicab comparison and booking app has launched a new initiative to promote the most positive passenger experience possible, by rewarding the best minicab drivers and their fleets for being brilliant.

Every month thousands of minicabs across London are booked via the Kabbee app, so it’s vital that all users feel assured they will enjoy the ride, each, and every, time.  To ensure this is the case, Kabbee has launched its new ‘Star of the Month’ initiative, which will reward the top 10 best drivers and minicab office controllers, based on instant feedback from Kabbee users via the app. To read the feedback, visit Kabbee’s blog.

After each journey, passengers are prompted to rate their journey for punctuality, the vehicle and the driver.  At the end of each month, the top 10 performing drivers receive £200 each, and the top performing fleet is rewarded £1000 to share between the controllers.

Drivers that have been recognised as ‘Star of the Month’ will proudly display the official Kabbee sticker inside the vehicle.  To incentivise feedback, each month two passengers that rater their journey will win £50 each, and two lots of £50 will also be given to the best two ‘selfies’ taken with a minicab driver when tweeted to @Kabbee using the hashtag #stardriver.

Kabbee’s CEO & Founder, Justin Peters, shares the reasons behind launching the ‘Star of the Month’ scheme: “The sheer volume of minicab journeys being booked via Kabbee has prompted the launch of our ‘Star of the Month’ campaign – it’s so important for us to be constantly improving the service we offer. 

To ensure safety and quality, we put all licensed minicab firms through a tough 30-point check before they can provide quotes via the app.  Once a fleet has been granted access to the Kabbee platform, they work extremely hard to stay there, by ensuring they provide a positive passenger experience on every journey.”

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For more information please contact the Kabbee press office at Sense Communications at Kabbee@sensecommunications.co.uk or call 0203 551 3954.

Notes to Editor

About Kabbee:

  • Kabbee lets users instantly compare quotes from 70 leading London fleets – based on time, location and type of car – and then book and pay by cash, card or pre-paid account. This saves passengers time and money and increases fleet efficiency.
  • Kabbee was launched in June 2011 and has had around 400,000 app downloads to date.
  • Kabbee was recently named as a ‘Future 50 Brand’ by Real Business, for being one of Britain’s most exciting and disruptive new businesses.
  • Kabbee incentivises its users to earn credit with its Free Cabs programme. By simply sharing their referral code the user gets £10 free credit for any friend who makes their first new account booking and their friend will automatically get £10 free credit too! Please refer to full T&Cs.
7May

Press release: Wax on, Wax off Licensed Minicab App Kabbee Reveals Polished New Look

 

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Kabbee, London’s leading minicab comparison and booking app has revealed its new look today.  The new features will make booking even easier for all its hundreds of thousands of iOS and Android app users.

The new look and feel ‘version 2.3’ of the Kabbee app, will be enjoyed by almost 400k Londoners that have downloaded the app since its launch in 2011.

So what’s different?

  • The entire booking experience is now on one single page
  • Improved access to extra features like ‘go via’ and different car types (green, premium)
  • A new ‘quick quote’ function to instantly show users the best possible quotes
  • Faster, better and more detailed address search options than ever before

Kabbee is one of London’s largest virtual fleet, with more than 10,000 licensed minicab drivers from 70 of the highest quality fleets right across the city.

Justin Peters, Kabbee CEO and Founder commented on the updates: “With new minicab apps launching every month, it’s vital that Kabbee is always delivering the best possible consumer experience, and with that comes the need for cutting edge design and developments.

“Kabbee version 2.3 is another proof point of our advanced, innovative technology, which is the main differentiator between Kabbee and other minicab and taxi apps. Making it easier to get a minicab at a good price when you want it is one thing, but making the app super easy to use is another.”

Kabbee has now also launched its popular Track my Kabbee feature on the Android platform, enabling users to track exactly where their minicab is in real time. 

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For more information please contact the Kabbee press office at Sense Communications at kabbee@sensecommunications.co.uk or call 0203 551 3954.

Notes to Editor

About Kabbee:

  • Kabbee lets users instantly compare quotes from 70 leading London fleets – based on time, location and type of car – and then book and pay by cash, card or pre-paid account. This saves passengers time and money and increases fleet efficiency.
  • Kabbee was launched in June 2011 and has had around 400,000 app downloads to date.
  • Kabbee was recently named as a ‘Future 50 Brand’ by Real Business, for being one of Britain’s most exciting and disruptive new businesses.
  • Kabbee incentivises its users to earn credit with its Free Cabs programme. By simply sharing their referral code the user gets £10 free credit for any friend who makes their first new account booking and their friend will automatically get £10 free credit too! Please refer to full T&Cs.
20Apr

Press release: 3 in 5 people late for, or missing flights

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Brits Aboard?

3 in every 5 people have missed or been late for a flight, according to Kabbee study

Kabbee, London’s leading minicab comparison and booking app has revealed today that a concerning 64 percent of people in the UK have caused flight delays by arriving late to the departure gate, or have completely missed an international flight.

According to the Bureau of Transport Statistics, so far this year 25 percent of all flights have experienced a delayed take-off*, so Kabbee is on a mission to help all Brits arrive at the gates on time.

Kabbee’s study reveals the top six reasons for passengers missing or delaying a flight:

  1. Traffic delays on public transport (engineering works, road accident) – 39%
  2. Overslept – 28%
  3. Last minute packing / disorganised – 26%
  4. Forgetting the date of travel – 18%
  5. Going to the wrong terminal – 13%
  6. Passport had expired – 12%

Kabbee is London’s largest virtual fleet, with more than 10,000 licensed minicab drivers right across the city.  Each year, more than 25 percent of all bookings via the app are to and from London’s airports.

The Kabbee mobile app prompts all airport passengers to enter their flight number, which gives their driver live arrival information, guaranteeing perfect timekeeping – against all odds.

Justin Peters, Kabbee’s Founder and CEO is keen to help all passengers get to the airport on time – he comments: “Our study is designed to remind people that have a flight booked this holiday season to plan ahead for a stress-free getaway, and also to help reduce the amount of delayed flights leaving London’s airports.

“On average, people book minicabs to the airport 27 hours before their flight is due to take off, via Kabbee .  Not everyone is so organised however, we do still see a large percentage of people booking a minicab ASAP too.”

Kabbee’s top tips and advice for holidaymakers will be shared across social media channels using the #flyontime hashtag, and Kabbee will also be offering discounts on airport journeys throughout the holiday season.

*http://www.transtats.bts.gov/homedrillchart.asp 

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For more information please contact the Kabbee press office at Sense Communications at Kabbee@sensecommunications.co.uk or call 0203 551 3954.

 

Notes to Editor

About the study:

  • Kabbee’s travel study included a national omnibus survey of 1000 UK adults from 08.04.14 – 10.04.14.

About Kabbee:

  • Kabbee lets users instantly compare quotes from 70 leading London fleets – based on time, location and type of car – and then book and pay by cash, card or pre-paid account. This saves passengers time and money and increases fleet efficiency.
  • Kabbee was launched in June 2011 and has had more than 400,000 app downloads to date.
  • Kabbee was recently named as a ‘Future 50 Brand’ by Real Business, for being one of Britain’s most exciting and disruptive new businesses.
  • Kabbee incentivises its users to earn credit with its Free Cabs programme. By simply sharing their referral code the user gets £10 free credit for any friend who makes their first new account booking and their friend will automatically get £10 free credit too! £10 free credit is open to new Kabbee users who top up their account by £10 to qualify and their first booking must have a minimum spend of £10.01. Please refer to full T&Cs.

 

15Apr

Press release: Electric Avenue! Kabbee Puts the Capital’s Biggest Fully Electric Vehicle Fleet into 400K Londoner’s Pockets

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London’s leading minicab comparison and booking app, Kabbee, has partnered with Thriev, the city’s zero emission electric vehicle fleet, as part of the company’s mission to provide its hundreds of thousands of users with environmentally-friendly licensed minicabs.

 Thriev vehicles will be available for central London journeys, by selecting the ‘green’ option on the Kabbee app.  These electric vehicles will add to the 10,000 minicabs that are currently available via Kabbee.

 Just as sophisticated technology is the key differentiator between Kabbee and other minicab apps on the market, this is Thriev’s point of advantage too.  Thriev recharges its vehicles overnight using a state-of-the-art, rapid technology chargepoint network that is on average 12-14 times more efficient than the majority of installed chargepoints.

Justin Peters, Kabbee’s Founder and CEO comments on the partnership: “With the Thriev fleet on the Kabbee platform, our ‘green’ offering now accounts for 10 percent of all minicabs that are available via the app.

 “We’ve experienced a tenfold increase in ‘green’ minicab bookings just in the last six months, which is great, and because they can often cost less than regular minicabs, we expect to see this figure increase further.

 “Kabbee was designed to revolutionise a fragmented minicab market, and ‘make minicabs mighty’.  Our sophisticated technology enables Kabbee to match supply and demand, to ensure minicab drivers are always available, and to avoid dead mileage.  If we can transport more people around London with less impact on the environment, we’re happy.”

Thriev’s CEO Arvind Vij comments on the partnership: “Londoners are busy, and getting around is very rarely considered in the interest of the environment. 

“The greatest thing about this partnership is that we are bringing EVs into the mainstream and reaching hundreds of thousands of Londoners.  With every five-mile journey undertaken by a Thriev vehicle, it prevents 1kg of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere, along with a myriad of other harmful gases, emissions and particulates.

“In the short term, this is a great way to encourage people that may have not considered using an electric vehicle, to give them a go, and in the long run, this partnership will contribute to substantially reducing all passengers’ carbon footprint.”

 For more information please contact the Kabbee press office at Sense Communications by email Kabbee@sensecommunications.co.uk or call 0203 551 3954.

 

About Thriev

  • Thriev has developed an electric vehicle platform composed of electric vehicles, rapid chargers and enabling suite of technologies. This has allowed commercial deployment of Britain’s first of a kind private hire chauffeur service that aims to revolutionise transportation within London.
  • Having launched in September 2013, the company boasts a fully-electric, zero-emission fleet and has ambitious plans for rapid expansion. Thriev’s mission is to work together with multiple stakeholders, ranging from governmental bodies and NGOs to large FTSE 100 corporations.
  • The partnerships formed by Thriev will influence not only the company’s immediate users, but also everyone in the capital by providing a cleaner, safer and more sustainable environment for London.
  • Thriev demonstrates that it is both a frontrunner in utilising the advances of modern technology and a commercially viable organisation by offering its services at a price that is on average far lower than that of its competitors.
  • Thriev aims to minimise even further its impact on the environment by striving to source the electricity needed for running its fleet from renewable sources and maximally utilising the nation’s electricity network (e.g. overnight recharging). The company is keeping on top of the game by overcoming the conventional challenges posed by operating electric vehicles through installing its own state-of-the-art, rapid technology chargepoint network that is on average 12-14 times more efficient than the majority of installed chargepoints.
  • The practical implication of using innovative companies like Thriev is that with every five-mile journey undertaken by just one of its vehicles, it prevents 1kg of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere, along with a myriad of other harmful gases, emissions and particulates. In the long run, this will contribute to substantially reducing every client’s carbon footprint, whilst maximising their budgets, freeing up valuable funds for other purposes.

 

 

10Apr

Press Release: Love is in the Fare

  

Take the fast lane to meet  Mr or Mrs Right - courtesy of Kabbee

Take the fast lane to meet Mr or Mrs Right – courtesy of Kabbee

Love is in the fare

Minicab App Reveals London’s Fast Lanes to Love

 London’s leading licensed minicab app, Kabbee, is playing cupid this spring, by creating direct routes to where London’s singletons are hiding out – based on publicly available ONS census data.*

London is home to millions of singletons, and despite the explosion of online dating over the last decade, there’s now three million more single people than there was 10 years ago.

To make life easier, Kabbee has created three virtual Love Lanes for single men and women right across London to explore, giving them the best ‘odds’ of meeting Mr or Mrs Right.

So where are London’s singletons hiding?

Single females

  • Camden (54%)
  • Hackney (54%)
  • Islington (60%)

Single males

  • Whitechapel (60%)
  • West End (57%)
  • St James’s (56%)

Justin Peters, CEO of Kabbee said: “Kabbee is designed to make life easier for everyone, which includes those looking for love. We use location-based technology to help licensed minicab drivers get more jobs, help passengers get the best fare whenever and wherever they are, and now we’re uniting London’s singletons at the touch of a button.”

To encourage singletons to take matters into their own hands and use the Love Lanes, Kabbee will be offering £10 free minicab credit on all journeys to and from the six locations until 25th May 2014.**

*http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/interactive/census-map-analysis—singles/index.html

** The £10 free credit is for new users that register to Kabbee and enter the promo code HONEYLOVE when booking a cab between the six Love Lane locations. Existing members will also receive £10 for introducing new users as part of Kabbee’s Free Cabs programme.  Go to http://blog.kabbee.com for more information.

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For more information please contact the Kabbee Team at Sense Communications at Kabbee@sensecommunications.co.uk or call 0203 551 3954.

Notes to Editor 

About Kabbee:

  • Kabbee is a minicab price comparison and booking mobile app available in London as an iPhone, Android and Blackberry 10 app and at Kabbee.com
  • Kabbee lets users instantly compare quotes from 70 top licensed fleets – based on time, location and type of car – and then book and pay by cash, card or pre-paid account. This saves passengers time and money and increases fleet efficiency.
  • Kabbee was launched in June 2011 and has had more than 450,000 app downloads to date.
  • Kabbee was recently named as a ‘Future 50 Brand’ by Real Business, for being one of Britain’s most exciting and disruptive new businesses.
  • Kabbee incentivises its users to earn credit with its Free Cabs programme. By simply sharing their referral code the user gets £10 free credit for any friend who makes their first new account booking and their friend will automatically get £10 free credit too! £10 free credit is open to new Kabbee users who top up their account by £10 to qualify and their first booking must have a minimum spend of £10.01. Please refer to full T&Cs.
5Mar
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Track my Kabbee feature is making noise in the industry

Kabbee, the instant price comparison and booking service for minicabs in London, has partnered with Cordic in order to add location-based data to the software used by its network of drivers. “Track my Kabbee” enables users of the mobile app to see the current location of the driver allocated to their booking.

The leading-edge technology allows passengers that have booked a minicab journey through the Kabbee iPhone or Android app to track their minicab’s movements as it makes its way to their destination.

When a driver is allocated the user receives a notification on their mobile “tap here to track your driver”, and they are taken to a map with the driver plotted on it (the driver appears as the Kabbee “bee”). As the driver gets closer the bee moves on the map, and once the driver arrives the customer gets a notification. When users have the app open on the Track my Kabbee page, a horn will sound as a signal the minicab has arrived! Kabbee users will never have to hear the minicab phrase ‘it’s only around the corner’ ever again!

By combining the consumer appeal of Kabbee’s award-winning* mobile apps with Cordic’s market leading fleet management software, they can create the perfect outcome for fleets, drivers and consumers. Kabbee’s vision is to improve the sector for all stakeholders and this agreement is a big step in that direction. The developments in technology means ‘Track my Kabbee’ is the first fleet booking aggregator digital solution in the UK to have this feature.

Justin Peters, CEO of Kabbee said: “Kabbee was designed to use digital technology to take what is an ancient transport infrastructure into the 21st Century. The ‘Track my Kabbee’ feature is only available on bookings made for fleets that use dispatch systems Kabbee have a technical integration with, which includes Cordic as well as Catalina’s Freedom product. As of today that makes up over 60% of the bookings Kabbee take, but as they integrate with more dispatch systems the percentage will increase.”
“We are constantly adding new features that are beneficial not only to minicab drivers but also to Kabbee users in the aim to offer great service and a great car at a great price.”

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For more information please contact Kabbee@sensecommunications.co.uk or call 0203 551 3954.

21Feb

Press release: Minicabs up to 145% cheaper than black cabs

21st February 2014: For immediate release

London Black Cabs Price Hike Makes Them

65% More Expensive Than Minicabs

In response to Transport for London’s announcement of the impending black cab price rises, Kabbee has revealed that minicabs are now up to 145% cheaper than black cabs, during peak times.

The costs are based on 10 comparative journeys across London.  See below:

Journey (4 passengers in traffic) Minicab cost Taxi cost (pre prise rise) Price difference £ / % Taxi cost post price rise (+0.7%) New % difference
Tottenham Court Road to Hampstead £11.80 £16.60 £4.80 / 41% £16.72 41.7%
Clapham Common to Camden Town £16.60 £26.65 £10.05 / 61% £26.84 61%
Sloane Square to King’s Cross £10.70 £16.15 £5.45 / 51% £16.26 51%
Bank to Notting Hill Gate £14.70 £22.85 £8.15 / 55% £23.01 56%
Paddington to Heathrow T1 £23.50 £57.40 £33.90 / 144% £57.80 145%
Euston to Angel £6.40 £6.70 £0.30p / 5% £6.75 5.5%
Waterloo to Wimbledon £20.10 £32.85 £12.75 / 63% £33.08 64.6%
Oxford Circus to Epping £42.30 £82.10 £39.80 / 94% £82.67 95%

The average difference, across all 10 journeys is 65%, including the 0.7% price hike announced today.*

Justin Peters, Founder and CEO of Kabbee, the London minicab app that helps its users get the most cost-effective minicab comments on TFL’s price hike: “With traffic in London moving no faster than it did in Victorian times, you’d expect that the ‘waiting fee’ that cabs charge for going lower than 10.4 mph would be enough to cover the cost of their journey.  Our app tells its 300K users how much they are saving compared to getting a black cab.  This latest price hike will see minicabs become even more competitive on price, and with apps like ours, even more accessible too.”

*All routes tested/cabs ordered for 6 PM on Thursday 31st January. Minicab prices based on best quotes from 60 fleets compared by Kabbee. Black cab prices based on data sourced from TfL. Black cab waiting costs calculated based on £0.20 per 20 seconds (source: TfL) – actual traffic costs halved to take into account black cab time savings through use of bus lanes.

For more information, images or to arrange an interview, please contact the press office at Sense Communications on Kabbee@sensecommunications.co.uk or call 0203 551 3954.

 

 

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