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Wright Express Corporation(NYSE: WXS) today announced that InformationWeek has recognized it as one of the 500 most innovative users of business technology, for the second consecutive year.
For 24 years, InformationWeek editors have tracked the technology, strategies, investments and administrative practices of America’s best-known companies. In 2011 and again in 2012, Wright Express has been recognized for its focus and investment on innovation. The company’s investment in mobile technology including its fuel site locator app, "Octane,” emphasizes this focus. “Octane” helps drivers find the lowest fuel prices and provides real-time fuel station data and up-to-date, local transaction-based prices. Additionally, the mobile app is the first in the industry to integrate text-to-speech technology for hands-free operation. This allows drivers to hear, rather than read directions to their selected fueling site and focus on driving safely.
“We are honored to receive this prestigious award again in 2012 for our commitment to technology which reflects our ongoing commitment to develop innovative products driven by customer demand,” said George Hogan, senior vice president and chief information officer at Wright Express. “The innovation teams at Wright Express should be extremely proud of this award, and I congratulate everyone for the vital role they play in enabling our technology leadership strategy.”
“This year’s innovations were particularly impressive,” said InformationWeek editor in chief Rob Preston. “What the editors looked for are unconventional approaches – new technologies, new models, new ways of grabbing business opportunities and solving complex business problems with IT.”
Past winners include The Vanguard Group, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Monster Worldwide, USAA, Merck and Colgate-Palmolive. The InformationWeek 500 rankings are unique among corporate rankings as it spotlights the power of innovation in information technology, rather than simply identifying the biggest IT spenders.
The annual list was revealed on September 11 at an awards gala ceremony during the InformationWeek 500 Conference at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, Calif.