Monthly Archives: October 2009

“Future Innovations in Airline Distribution” Condensed

Here are the highlights from my recent presentation at CASMA titled  “Future Innovations in Airline Distribution”.   The original deck has about 50 slides, but because it was designed for a live 60-minute speech, it’s hard to get the meaning of many … Continue reading

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The Future of Airline Distribution

*** Update: Here’s a more current post that gives you the 3-minute condensed version of this presentation, including the most popular slides. *** Here’s what I presented today at the CASMA conference:

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Google’s “Social Search” and Travel

Google is shaking up the travel world again.  I caught this article on Tnooz, just before heading down to the CASMA conference sessions.  That’s on hold until  can get my mind wrapped around this new tool. Called Social Search, Google … Continue reading

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Trippy – Tomorrow’s Biz Trip Planning Tool?

Take a look at how we might be planning business trips in the very near future.   The video below plans some ground-based activities of a leisure trip, but you’ll quickly see how this tool could be used in a business … Continue reading

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Get a Fresh Look at Your Air Alliances

Continental Airlines will switch from the SkyTeam to the Star alliance later this month.  This will affect planeloads of frequent travelers, but what are the procurement implications? The major issue is the extent to which each alliance’s capacity to serve … Continue reading

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5 Sticks for Higher Travel Policy Compliance

Seems everybody’s looking to increase their savings in the travel category these days. If you’re sourcing travel, you know how important it is that travelers comply with your firm’s travel policies.  It is essential that they buy travel from your … Continue reading

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When Travel Suppliers Look The Same – Beware!

This post continues the thread from “Deciding How to Decide”.  Here, I deal with the common case of having to choose from suppliers that seem comparable on non-price dimensions. One of the things that makes sourcing the travel category unique … Continue reading

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Deciding How to Decide

This post continues the thread “Why Travel Disses Procurement…And What To Do About It“. In that post I explained why procurement has a bad reputation among many (not all!) travel managers, and two steps that will help travel managers overcome … Continue reading

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Sustainable Travel: Case Study

How does sustainable travel relate to travel procurement? Airline emissions of CO2 account for about 3% of global CO2 output.  Not the biggest emitting industry, but a very visible one.  Many companies are taking a closer look at what they … Continue reading

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Meetings Analytics – A Much-needed Service

If your firm spends much on meetings and events, you should check out Meetings Analytics.  This young firm does the hard and messy work of gathering, scrubbing and analyzing corporate meeting data, and then analyzes it to identify practical savings … Continue reading

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