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Chips on Brex cards for contactless payments
All new Brex cards now include chips for contactless payment support, to speed up payments around the world.
New integrations page in the Brex dashboard
Check out the newly refreshed integrations page in your Brex dashboard.
Improved notification settings
Empower customers now have more advanced notification settings.
Undo button for reviewed requests
Automatically assign budgets via budget programs
Use budget programs to set up budgets that will be automatically assigned to new users you add to your Brex account. Create a budget program by following these steps in our Help Center.
Email Brex Support from within dashboard
We've added the ability to send an email to Brex Support from within your Brex dashboard. Under your company name in the top-right corner, click Support to fill out a contact form. You'll receive a reply via email shortly.
Budget owners and members can now customize which notifications they receive at a budget level, in case they want to be notified at a more or less granular level for particular budgets.
Learn more in our Help Center.
Auto-generated receipts for car rentals
Receipts will now be auto-generated for the following car rental companies:
Payless Car Rental
Avis Rent A Car
Thrifty Car Rental
Penske Truck Rental
With more coming soon!
View prior budget periods
Budget members can now view expenses in the expenses table that were incurred against a selected period. This will make it easier to know which expenses are impacting the current budget limit and which expenses belong to past budget periods.
Learn more in our Help Center.
Chips on Brex cards for contactless payments
All new Brex cards now include chips for contactless payment support, to speed up payments around the world.
New merchants added to auto-receipt generation
Brex auto-generates receipts when required by your expense policy — saving time for employees who need to submit receipts while enabling higher compliance for companies.
We recently added new merchants like RiteAid, Kum&Go, Fanatics.com (including mlb.com, nfl.com, etc.), Southeastern Grocers (including Winn-Dixie, Harveys Supermarket, Fresco y Mas), and Schnucks.
This is in addition to merchants we already support like United, FedEx, and Amazon.
New budget increase request settings
When choosing a budget limit, you can now select whether to allow limit increase requests by budget members. You can also select a time duration for these requests, even beyond the active budget period. For example, an employee can request a temporary increase that lasts only one month and see their spending limit return to the original amount when the month ends.
10x improvement in speed on Brex Empower
We restructured parts of the Empower platform to drastically improve latency. You'll notice that everything feels zippier on your desktop and mobile Brex apps!
Global shipment tracking for card delivery
You can now see a tracking number for card deliveries integrated throughout your Brex dashboard. Use this number to track shipping milestones and get updates via mobile push notifications, email, and SMS.
List attendees to split expenses
Employees can list attendees of meals or events in expense memos to provide context and comply with company policies as well as IRS regulations. Learn more in our Help Center.
Employee edibility of Custom Accounting Fields
Custom accounting fields created on Brex and enabled as employee editable will be accessible for editing expenses on mobile.
Customers have been creating fields for employees to edit, but they were only able to edit in dashboard.
New integrations page in the Brex dashboard
Check out the newly refreshed integrations page in your Brex dashboard. You'll now see:
-- A clean layout of integrations based on type and connectivity states, to manage your active integrations more easily
-- Links to help articles with instructions on connecting integrations that need to be configured on other platforms
-- Helpful messages about why certain integrations aren't available to connect to and what you can do to enable them
-- More actions and information for each connected integration: refresh, disconnect, most recent sync status with timestamps
Auto-validation of receipts for faster reviews
Brex Empower will automatically detect when an uploaded receipt doesn't match the expense. We'll automatically flag it to the employee for correction and alert your Audit team for their review, from either the Brex dashboard or mobile app. This takes the burden off managers, who will only have to review exceptions. Learn more in our Help Center.
Improved visibility of budget expenses
Controllers and budget owners can now choose to let budget members view each other's expenses within that budget. This gives employees real-time visibility into spend, not only controllers and finance teams.
Improved notification settings
Notifications settings have been refreshed so you can more intuitively understand Brex notifications and have more control over what you receive via which channels.
Check out the new options in your Brex dashboard under Settings.
New and enhanced NetSuite integration
Our enhanced real-time NetSuite integration includes 15 new features to accelerate and automate financial data. Automate and streamline the flow of spend data into NetSuite with smart category rules, custom fields, and reimbursements, plus support for multiple business entities. Learn more about the integration.
Managers and controllers can request a repayment from employees when they accidentally charge personal expenses to their Brex card. Employees can accept and initiate a repayment back to the company. Learn more in our Help Center.
Budget limit increase requests on mobile
Employees can now use the Brex mobile app to request budget limit increases and managers can more quickly approve or deny requests from their in-app Tasks inbox.
New budgets API for Brex Empower data
The budgets API now lets Brex Empower customers and partners view, manage, and modify budgets via a REST API and build custom workflows.
Brex cards are now secured with 3DS
All newly issued Brex cards will now be further protected with 3 Domain Secure (3DS), a card industry security protocol for online transactions. It’s a way to ensure that the person attempting the transaction is actually the cardholder. It does this by adding an extra verification step (OTP) before processing the transaction this helps to prevent card-testing attacks.
Find all your cards in your wallet
Your wallet now gives you easy access to virtual cards tied to different budgets — so you have a central place to manage all cards, both physical and virtual. Visual improvements let you quickly search for budgets and cards.
Local currency budgets for global employees
Global employees will now see budget expenses and policies displayed in their local currency — in addition to the company's currency — in both their dashboard and mobile app. Budgets can be requested in and set to any supported international currencies and can be nested freely in the budget structure.
QuickBooks Desktop integration improvements
Our integration with QuickBooks Desktop allows you to automatically input your data (GL accounts, classes, vendors, etc.) from QuickBooks Desktop and categorize transactions. These categorized transactions can then be exported for easy reconciliation. Close your books faster by avoiding manual categorization of each expense. See our Help Center for setup instructions.
Self-serve expense policy management
Admins and controllers can create custom expense policies and apply them to budgets, rather than having to go through a Brex representative or have engineers apply those policies on the back end. You can edit the policies whenever you'd like within each of your budgets. See our Help Center for setup instructions.
Reimbursement-only employee access
Card admins can toggle employees between reimbursement-only and card-holding statuses on the Teams page. Allow employees to access Brex solely for the purpose of reimbursements or revoke card access for those who previously had it via the Brex dashboard.
Personal expense repayments
If an employee accidentally puts a personal expense on their Brex card, it’s easy to ensure the amount is repaid to your company. If an employee notices the personal expense on their Brex card, they can tag it to be repaid. If the manager or controller sees the employee’s personal expense on their Brex card, they can tag the expense as “repayment requested.”
The Brex app now has dark mode!
Dark mode is here to extend your battery life and help reduce eye strain. The Brex mobile app applies your system-wide settings by default, but you can customize your light or dark mode schedule in Settings > Appearance.
To get started, make sure you are running the latest version of our app and follow instructions noted in our Help Center.
Use Bill Pay with linked external bank accounts.
Now you can choose to send domestic ACH bill payments using your linked external bank accounts. Connect a bank account via Plaid and select it as your funding source to initiate ACH payments today, or schedule them for a later date.
New Rippling integration
We’ve enhanced our integration with Rippling, so you can easily pull transaction reports and more closely manage your users and cards. The new improvements give managers more visibility into team spend, automate workflows, and speed up onboarding and offboarding. You'll have more granular data across Brex transactions, cards, and vendors — all in Rippling. Learn more about the integration and setup process in our Help Center.
Brex browser extension now available on Safari
Our browser extension is now available on Safari, and enables employees to upload receipts and view their Brex cards with one click. Users can access their Brex cards anywhere on the web and submit screen shots of receipts from their browser to make closing out expenses even easier. Visit the Mac App Store to download the extension for Safari.
The Brex extension is also available on Chrome.
Dedicated customer support
Got questions? We’re here to help! Empower customers now have a dedicated support specialist. Admins and bookkeepers can go to Support at the top of their Brex dashboard anytime to see their representative’s contact info, set up a Zoom meeting, or schedule a phone call. Visit our Help Center to learn more.
Sage Intacct integration on Brex Empower
Brex can pull in all the tracking categories you need from Sage Intacct to categorize your Brex transactions. In addition to GL accounts, we can sync your customers, departments, classes, and any custom fields you have defined, which can be pulled in from your Sage Intacct account, along with a new CSV format. This makes it easier to close the books faster. The fields can also be used for custom rules, allowing for full accounting control from spend to close. Visit our Help Center for integration setup instructions.
QuickBooks Desktop integration on Brex Empower
If you’re a new Empower customer, you can set up a QuickBooks integration from the Integrations page. If you're an existing Brex customer, once migrated to Empower, your integration settings, rules, mappings, and unexported expenses will be carried over automatically. Customers can input their data (GL accounts, classes, vendors, etc.) from QuickBooks Desktop and categorize their transactions, which can then be exported for easy reconciliation. Learn more about the integation, and visit our Help Center for set up instructions.
Visibility of reason for reimbursement failure
In the event of a failed reimbursement, an employee can click on the expense details for an explanation and recommended next steps, by following instructions in our Help Center. This enables faster resolutions to improve the employee experience and reduce the operational load for finance admins.
Currency visibility for global employees
Global employees will now see their reimbursements and card expenses in the currency of the location where the transaction was made. Managers can go to Inbox > All expenses in their dashboard to see the expense in both USD and the foreign currency.
NetSuite bill pay integration
Use Brex bill pay to create, edit, and pay bills within Brex and have your bill details, vendor details, and invoice attachment sync over to NetSuite. Visit our Help Center for detailed instructions on how to sync bills with NetSuite.
Universal ERP support via CSV
Brex can import your accounting data into Empower so you can map your accounting fields and create custom rules to automatically categorize transactions with the correct accounting classifications. This unlocks powerful workflows, like creating a rule to map budgets to project custom fields, so every expense in the budget is auto-tagged with the correct project. Learn more in our Help Center.
CSV imports for bulk user management
Manage users in bulk through CSV to save time and avoid manual entry. With CSV imports, you can import a list of employees to enable bulk user management or bulk onboarding to Brex Empower. Learn more and find detailed instructions in our Help Center.
Xero integration compatible with Brex Empower
Our Xero integration is now compatible with Brex Empower and will enable you to eliminate manual work when closing your books with Xero. Learn more about the integration and setup process in our Help Center.
International WhatsApp + SMS notifications
You and your employees can now receive international SMS and WhatsApp notifications for easy expense management from anywhere. To enable notifications, go to Notifications, toggle on WhatsApp or SMS, and choose your WhatsApp categories. While carrier charges may apply for SMS, there’s no added cost for global employees to send or receive WhatsApp messages. Learn more about WhatsApp notifications and how to manage them in our Help Center.
30+ HRIS integrations on Brex Empower
Brex integrates with all the HR tools you already use. For example, your Brex account can sync with your HRIS as often as every 15 minutes. We currently support HRIS connections with Workday, ADP, BambooHR, Gusto, Trinet, Paylocity, Paychex, Sage HR, Justworks, bob, Freshteam, Zenefits, UKG, Nmbrs, HR Cloud, Square Payroll, Lano, SAP Successfactor, HR Partner, Personio, Sapling, Humaans, and Namely. See the full list supported by our API, Merge.
Custom accounting fields for automating expenses
Admins can create and map custom accounting fields to any ERP for robust and reliable automation. This also improves the employee experience with fewer inputs that will be automatically mapped to complex GLs. Admins have the ability to hide or lock specific fields to ensure data fidelity. Visit our Help Center for setup instructions.
Expenses API now compatible with Brex Empower
The expenses API provides customer, bookkeeper, and accountant access to alterable spend categories, memos, receipts, and more to ensure accuracy across all transaction data. You can download every receipt uploaded on Brex and attach any missing receipt for tax and reporting compliance. This feature also lets you receive webhook events whenever expenses are created or changed in Brex. Learn more about our API in our Help Center.
QuickBooks integration on Brex Empower
If you’re a new Brex Empower customer, you can set up a QuickBooks integration from the Integrations page. If you're an existing Brex customer, once migrated to Empower, your integration settings, rules, mappings, and unexported expenses will be carried over — you will not need to reconnect your integration.
Identity security improvements to card app
The Brex card application process now includes government-issued photo ID verification, reducing the risk of unauthorized uses of cards and making it even faster to get your team set up. After submitting your card application, you’ll immediately be asked to upload your ID for quick review and approval.
Introducing dark mode for iOS and Android
Dark mode is here to extend your battery life and help reduce eye strain. The Brex mobile app applies your system-wide settings by default, but you can customize your light or dark mode schedule in Settings > Appearance. To get started, make sure you are running the latest version of our app.
Global, bulk, and mileage reimbursements
US and global employees can submit bulk or one-time reimbursement requests via the Brex dashboard and mobile app. International employees can get fast reimbursement payments in their local currency and local bank account. Employees can also calculate an expected mileage reimbursement based on the updated IRS rate of 63.5 cents/mile (as of July 1, 2022).
NetSuite integration supports multiple entities
If you have multiple entities set up within NetSuite, whether domestic or international, we can seamlessly sync transactions across unlimited entities, helping you close your books faster. Empower also supports any custom field or segment enabled in your NetSuite instance. We can automatically code any field you need in Empower and export it directly to NetSuite. Detailed instructions on setting up multiple entities are available in our Help Center.
The Brex browser extension now on Chrome
The Brex browser extension enables employees to upload receipts and view their Brex cards with one click from Chrome or Safari. Access Brex cards anywhere on the web and submit receipts from your browser to make closing out expenses even easier. Visit the Chrome web store or App Store to download the extension.
Automated budget programs for faster onboarding
With self-serve budget programs, admins can set up automated budget provisioning rules for new employees. When employees onboard, the correct budgets will be automatically created or assigned. Admins can create and manage budget programs, as well as delete unused budgets and archive used budgets from the Brex dashboard.
Enhanced expense policy customization
Controllers can easily create and manage expense policies with requirements for review and documentation within specific merchants or categories. You can also create review chains for card expenses and reimbursements at the individual policy and budget levels for more granular control of spend. To quickly update or archive a policy, navigate to Saved policies. Further instructions are available in our Help Center.
Automatic budget selection
Employees can use their Brex card to spend from multiple budgets. They can select the desired budget via app or dashboard before making a purchase. To ensure that no spend is slowed or blocked, if employees make a purchase without selecting a budget first, it will automatically be assigned to their highest-limit budget — and they can easily reassign it to a different budget later if needed.
Customize budget approval chains
Admins can assign different approvers for specific budget and limit increase requests. This feature adds flexibility and speed to the approval process while still providing managers and controllers with full visibility into company spend. Customizable budget approval routing also extends to budget templates for faster onboarding and budget provisioning.
Enable employees to request budget increases
If a business need or opportunity arises, employees can quickly ask for a spending increase by requesting a new budget or an increase in a current budget from their Brex dashboard. Instructions for creating or requesting budgets are in our Help Center. The request will then be routed for approval, according to the process set by controllers.
Unblock spend with flexible budget limits
Budgets make it easy to assign pre-approved spending amounts to employees for a set purpose, such as travel or team offsites. And you can customize a flexible limit to avoid blocking business-critical spend. For example, you could add 10% flexibility to a travel budget so the employee’s card won’t be declined if they encounter an unexpected travel expense.
New commenting feature on expenses
Employees, managers, and controllers can conduct expense-specific conversations right in the Brex dashboard for better accountability and speed. For example, an employee can add a comment to an expense asking about the appropriate memo for faster resolution, supporting greater compliance and efficiency.
Nested budgets for more granular control
Nested budgets are essentially budgets within budgets, allowing for more granular control of spend. Like budgets, nested budgets can either have rigid or flexible limits. However, if the top level budget has a hard limit, a transaction in the nested budget will decline if it would put the parent budget over its limit. Learn more in our Help Center.
Smarter new user and budget invitations
Admins can invite new users and assign budgets in their Brex dashboard. They can populate and preview user details such as name, department, role, and manager. The invite will incorporate rules from budget programs so invited users will get the correct sets of budgets based on department, location, cost center, and legal entities. Learn more in our Help Center.
New rewards redemption options
You can now redeem points for exclusive billboard advertising, executive coaching, and team offsites. We also launched an easy way to donate points to support hospitals in Ukraine.
Read our blog to learn more.
Automated receipts for travel
You can allow your employees to select Brex as their expense management provider on Lyft and have their Lyft ride receipts automatically forwarded and matched to the corresponding expenses on Brex. Follow more detailed instructions in our Help Center.
If you use TravelBank, you can also allow admins to set Brex as the expense management provider under TravelBank's integrations page and have all travel receipts automatically forwarded to Brex.
Split or itemized expenses across budgets
Controllers can split individual expenses across multiple budgets, and merchant categories, to manage your spend at a more granular level. Split a single expense into individual line items and attribute each line item to a different budget. Then each budget's expense policy and rules will be automatically applied.
Exchange rate visibility
With Brex Empower, you can see your transactions in your company’s base currency and in the local currency where the expense was incurred, along with the foreign exchange rate applied. This feature is applied to all transactions across for Brex cards, Brex Cash accounts, and international reimbursements. Learn more in our Help Center.
New improvements to budgets
These budget-related actions are now possible in the Brex dashboard:
Employees can easily request new budgets for review by managers and admins. Once approved, they can start spending right away by mapping existing cards to that budget or creating a dedicated budget card.
Budget owners and controllers can delete a budget that was erroneously created or no longer needed to ensure that it will no longer accept card transactions. They can terminate a budget to stop spending but have it remain searchable in the Brex dashboard.
Itemize transactions into multiple expenses
Split up an expense into multiple merchant categories, and it will update the corresponding GL accounts to automatically show up in your ERP.
For example, when an employee swipes a Brex card at a hotel with lodging and meal expenses in one transaction, the separate charges will be passed through 2 different policy rules and go to 2 separate GL accounts.
Autogenerated receipts for major merchants
To reduce the burden of adding memos and receipts to expenses, we’ve launched auto-receipt generation.
Brex will now automatically generate a receipt for employees at authorization time when they swipe their cards for certain merchants. These merchants include major airlines (e.g., United, American, Delta), AT&T, Fedex, USPS, and Amazon.
New improvements to reimbursements
It’s now even easier for employees to submit reimbursement requests and for managers to approve them.
- Submit reimbursement requests in bulk: Employees can submit multiple reimbursements under the same budget and memo at once.
- Approve reimbursements via the mobile app: In the app, managers will see reimbursement requests in the Tasks inbox and can either approve them or mark as reviewed.
- Easily make corrections to and resubmit denied reimbursements: Employees can create a draft with the previously denied reimbursement request details copied over.
Streamline expense audits with audit trails
Audit trail empowers accounting teams to be more efficient while also mitigating the risk of compliance issues and accounting errors.
After every card swipe or reimbursement submission, you can review how an expense navigated through an infinite combination of events before being exported to GL accounts. Events include:
- Budget mapping
- Policy reviews
- Manual approvals
- Accounting categorization
Brex mobile app now has new ways to send money
The Brex mobile app now supports these important actions:
- Send domestic or international wires
- Send outgoing paper checks
- Add new vendors for payments
- Set up recurring payments and deposits
- Cancel transactions
Do more on the go! Don't have the Brex app yet? Download it here.
Brex now integrates with your HRIS
Now you can seamlessly sync your HR systems with your Brex account to streamline employee data and onboarding. Integrating with your HRIS enables you to:
- Set up a Brex account for every employee by default.
- Keep employee details and expense approval flows correct across systems as you scale.
- Deactivate users from Brex and have their cards locked once they’re removed from your HR system.
Learn more about HRIS integrations here.
Auto-provisioning rules for budget limits
Admins can set rules for budget programs to provision budget limits automatically based on factors like employee role and location. For example, create a budget program that automatically gives US employees a $1,000 monthly budget for T&E, saving you time and ensuring consistency and financial discipline.
New transactions API capabilities
Our pending transactions API has been enhanced to provide real-time access to card authorizations and enable API users to modify expense information such as memo, department, and location. It also allows bulk upload and download receipts. Learn more in our Help Center about what you can do with our API.
Automated offboarding via HRIS integration
Maintaining security and compliance at scale is easier with automation. Through our HRIS integration, Brex will automatically suspend and lock all spending abilities when an employee is deemed “terminated” in Workday. Learn more in our Help Center about our HRIS integration.
Chip and PIN protection on all cards
For added security, set card PINs for any card (virtual and physical) through your dashboard or mobile app. This is a requirement for card transactions in many locations in and outside of the US and will reduce transaction declines. Visit our Help Center for setup instructions.
Webhooks for real-time updates from Brex API
We launched webhooks for the Brex API! Webhooks allow developers to receive real-time updates when their Brex data changes.
We currently support events for payment transfers and account referral status changes. Be on the lookout for more event types, such as pending card transactions, coming soon.
Our Zapier app supports these webhook events as triggers, so customers can set up actions whenever an event happens.
Check out the Webhooks guide in our developer docs to get started.
View tasks at a glance in the Brex mobile app
Now when you open the Brex mobile app, you’ll see a personalized task inbox – making it easy to complete any tasks that need your attention and keep the business running smoothly.
Tasks can include payment approvals, and transactions with missing information. You’ll be able to complete the tasks right from your inbox in a few taps and get back to your day.
Learn more here.
Easily budget with multiple Brex Cash accounts
Your Brex business account now allows you to create up to 7 sub-accounts to better manage your cash flow.
Having multiple accounts is beneficial for easier budgeting, and it’s especially useful for separating your investor funds from operational expenses, a best practice for every startup.
Each account will have a unique account number and monthly reports.
Account admins can:
- Deposit funds directly into any account
- Set up recurring payments from any account
- Set per-account MMF allocation strategies
- Move funds instantly between accounts
Learn more in the FAQ.
1Password integration: Pay in two clicks
We’ve integrated with 1Password to make paying with your Brex card faster and more secure. Now you can create, access, and autofill Brex cards without ever leaving your cart. To use this feature, connect your Brex and 1Password accounts here.
Send wire transfers to five new countries
To support our many customers that operate globally, international wires are free with Brex, and we’re pleased to now offer free wires to and from more countries, including Cambodia, Pakistan, Nigeria, Cameroon, and Tanzania. See the 100+ countries supported.
Refer friends (and earn rewards) via app
We updated the referrals experience in the Brex mobile app. Updates include a new referral status page, an improved settings tab, and the ability to refer contacts to improve the overall referral experience and allow you to refer friends more easily. Spread the word about Brex today to earn referral rewards.
Expense management tools open to all accounts
Brex’s expense management software is now available with all Brex accounts at no cost. Benefits include a custom expense policy to accelerate expense reviews and boost compliance, smart alerts to save you time and money, and auto receipt reminders. Learn more about our spend management features.
Upload vendors to Brex automatically
In response to customers’ needs, we’ve built a feature that allows you to upload a .csv file to bulk-import your existing vendors to your Brex dashboard instead of adding them one by one. This will help you pay vendors and close the books even faster. Learn how to add multiple vendors at once here.
Redesign of Brex Mobile app
We’ve redesigned the Brex mobile app to improve some of the most frequently used features. Now you can deposit checks, add funds, send and schedule ACH payments in fewer steps, so you can get back to business faster.
Brex Venture Debt for founders
Today we launched Brex Venture Debt to provide founder-friendly financing and partnership to select early-stage startups. Compared to traditional types of capital, venture debt offers longer terms, less dilution, and a faster diligence process. We created this product to help founders take their business to the next level faster, and on their terms. Learn more.
Link your bank account on mobile
You can now link your bank accounts and check the status of your account connections in the Brex mobile app for greater convenience. We are so excited to deliver this functionality to help you more easily manage your secure bank connections and credit limits.
An easier way to manage cards
In response to feedback, we have built an All Cards tab in your Brex dashboard (vs. separate tabs for vendor cards, your cards, and employee cards). The new All Cards tab builds on the former All Vendor Cards tab, bringing that same level of control to all corporate cards, both physical and virtual. The result: a single page for admins to view and manage all the cards at your company.
New Brex <> Slack integration
So many of our customers use Slack to collaborate, so we built a Slack integration to help you manage your Brex account and expenses right in the Slack interface. When you connect Slack and Brex, employees will get Slack notifications for missing receipts and memos and can do their expenses without leaving Slack. Learn how to set up your Slack integration.
Payment approvals now easier to find in app
We’ve updated the Brex mobile app so that account admins can find and approve their team’s payments faster. Requests could be hard to find in the past because they were nested in the transactions tab. Now it’s very easy to identify payments needing approval. Make sure your Brex app is updated.