Monthly Archives: September 2009

Why Travel Disses Procurement…

… And What To Do About It. As promised in “Travel Procurement’s Fighting Words”, here are my thoughts on why procurement has a bad rap in the travel management community, and what each side should do to get along better.  … Continue reading

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Sabre’s GetThere Starts Consultancy

News of a new travel consultancy made the rounds today.   Travel consultants come and go, about as often as travel managers lose their jobs.  What makes this announcement noteworthy is that the consultancy is launched by GetThere, and is headed … Continue reading

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The Israeli Army Knife of Self-Booking Tools

You know those Swiss Army knives?  The ones that have 3 different knife blades, two screwdrivers, pliers, a fork, spoon and tweezers, all in one casing?  Well, I found the Israeli equivalent in the self-booking tool category.  Atriis is the … Continue reading

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Travel Procurement’s Fighting Words

Anybody out there looking to pick a fight about the role of procurement in the travel category?  I found this post on TheBeat.travel, an active forum for topics related to the business of travel. Holly Hegeman, who closely tracks the … Continue reading

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Travel Data 101 (part 3): Data Reporting

(I originally posted this article on Supply Excellence) Good data is one of the two must-haves in any successful travel sourcing project.  (The other is effective people, but that’s another story). The question here is how do you go from … Continue reading

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Tyco’s Travel X-Factors: C-Support, Communication

As readers know, Tyco International won Purchasing Magazine’s Medal of Professional Excellence last week.  I spoke with Rose Speckmann, Tyco’s Director of Global Travel, to learn more about her success factors. The situation was that Tyco’s travel spend shrank by … Continue reading

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Travel Data 101 (part 2): Data Scrubbing

(I originally posted this article on SupplyExcellence as part of a series on using data in travel procurement) Let’s assume that you’ve collected all your travel data – now what?  Just like with your other categories, you now have to … Continue reading

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Tyco Wins Procurement Honors

Tyco International ($20 B revenues; TYC) yesterday earned Purchasing Magazine‘s highest honor, the Medal of Professional Excellence.  Paul Teague, Editor in Chief, covers the path to excellence taken by Tyco’s procurement team in this in-depth and insightful article.  It’s must … Continue reading

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Travel Data 101 (part 1): Best Sources of Travel Data

(I originally posted this article on SupplyExcellence as part of a series on using data in travel procurement) Sourcing the travel category is the same as most other procurement categories – you need to start with good spend data.  The … Continue reading

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Views on Travel Procurement in Asia

Here’s an interview with Brett Henry, VP of Marketing for Abacus.  Abacus is the major GDS in most parts of Asia, so it has an excellent feel for trends in travel spending, both corporate and leisure.  Brett covers the state … Continue reading

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