HERTZ INNOVATES: EXPRESSRENT™ KIOSK AND ERETURN PROGRAMS OFFER FASTER, MORE FLEXIBLE CAR RENTAL EXPERIENCE
Company Continues to Deliver Leading Car Rental Solutions to Business and Leisure Customers
Park Ridge, NJ, November 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — The Hertz Corporation (NYSE:HTZ), the world’s largest general use airport car rental brand, continues its legacy of innovation with the introduction of high-quality programs that positively impact the customer experience. Innovations include ExpressRent™ kiosks, which is the first large scale kiosk deployment in the U.S. using a live agent assistant via video chat, and express return (eReturn) service options.
“More and more consumers are demanding the convenience of self-service options,” commented Mark P. Frissora, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Hertz Corporation. “By introducing these new innovations, we’re allowing customers to take control of their journey by giving them faster, more flexible options for renting and returning vehicles. In addition, as a company, we’re able to drive greater operational efficiencies while expanding the Hertz network with our ExpressRent™ kiosk program.”
ExpressRent™ Interactive Kiosks
Hertz is the first car rental company to now offer both airport and neighborhood location customers the ability to rent cars through a live, face-to-face video kiosk. Customers using ExpressRent™ kiosks can complete an entire rental transaction while seeing and hearing a live remote rental representative. ExpressRent™ kiosks minimize customer wait times, accept payment with a debit or credit card, validate a customer’s drivers license and print the rental agreement, while providing customers with a full-service experience that can handle any rental need they may have.
Customers can use an ExpressRent™ kiosk with or without an existing reservation. ExpressRent™ kiosks are available in Hertz airport and Hertz Local Edition locations along with partnering auto body shops and hotels. ExpressRent™ kiosks are currently available in more than 30 markets and will be expanded into an additional 18 markets by year end. Hertz will rapidly add ExpressRent™ kiosks throughout its locations in 2012, providing customers with the ability to rent a car from a live representative outside of Hertz locations’ normal operating hours, and in some locations 24 hours, seven days a week.
eReturn allows Hertz Gold members to update their profile on Hertz.com – for free – to ensure the fastest car rental drop off ever. The profile updates include selecting the following:
- eReceipts: When signing up for Hertz eReceipts, members will automatically receive a PDF version of their receipt sent to the email on their Hertz Gold profile within 30 minutes of Hertz closing their Rental Agreement.
- Hertz Fuel Purchase Option: Members who select the Hertz Fuel Purchase Value Option, with rates competitive to local market prices, to automatically purchase a full tank of gas at the start of their rental. They can return the car with the gas at any level.
- Hertz Protection Plans: Members choose the Hertz Protection Package that is right for them (“Protect the Car,” “Protect Me,” or “Protect Me, Others and My Stuff”) and drive with confidence.
Once members select and update their Gold Member profiles and agree to the above terms, following their rental, they simply fill in the express return slip on their Rental Agreement, leave it with the keys* and get on their way. Hertz will then email their eReceipt to them within 30 minutes.
*Available at select US airports
ABOUT THE HERTZ CORPORATION
A subsidiary of Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HTZ), Hertz is the world’s largest general use car rental brand, operating from approximately 8,500 locations in 146 countries worldwide. Hertz is the number one airport car rental brand in the U.S. and at 83 major airports in Europe, operating both corporate and licensee locations in cities and airports in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. In addition, the Company has licensee locations in cities and airports in Africa and the Middle East. Product and service initiatives such as Hertz #1 Club Gold®, NeverLost® customized, onboard navigation systems, SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio, and unique cars and SUVs offered through the Company’s Collections, set Hertz apart from the competition. Hertz car sharing operates in Berlin, London, Madrid, New York City and Paris. Hertz also operates one of the world’s largest equipment rental businesses, Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation, offering a diverse line of equipment, including tools and supplies, as well as new and used equipment for sale, to customers ranging from major industrial companies to local contractors and consumers from approximately 325 branches in the United States, Canada, China, France and Spain.
To make car rental reservations or for more information, customers can call their travel agent, or call Hertz toll-free at 1-800-654-3131. Information and reservations are also available on the web at www.hertz.com.