Tag Archives: Procurement

Innovation and Patents: Pros and Cons for Procurement

Are patents good or bad for the end consumer?  OK, that’s pretty broad…how about this specific example concerning Virgin Atlantic and Delta Air Lines: Virgin recently filed this patent infringement case against Delta over Delta’s use of a herringbone-style seating … Continue reading

Posted in Airlines, Innovation, Travel Procurement, Travel Suppliers | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Air Sourcing Academy a Big Hit

The first-ever one-day workshop on airline sourcing was a big success!  About 70 delegates worked their way through the key success factors for sourcing this important spend category. NBTA‘s post-event survey measured two key factors: The change in the level … Continue reading

Posted in Airlines, Education, Travel Procurement | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Why Ancillary Revenues Don’t Much Matter

Let’s cut to the nub of this issue.  No one will  ever know for sure if ancillary revenues make airlines more profitable.  There are just too many moving parts in an airline’s  revenue stream.  Sure, airlines may report an extra … Continue reading

Posted in Airlines, Distribution | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Top Reads from 1st Quarter 2010

Last quarter’s most popular topics covered travel ROI, savings, metrics and reverse auctions: ROI on Travel and Meetings – Why Bother? – challenges the feasibility of placing ROI metrics on trips; says there is a “good enough” alternative.  It’s called … Continue reading

Posted in Most Popular Posts, Travel Management | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Social Scanning, Fuzzy Shopping and More Travel Innovations

**Update: The four finalists are noted below in bold purple text.** The Phocuswright Travel Innovation Summit showcased 34 firms yesterday. Each has an interesting new angle on some aspect of the travel business. For me, the firms in the social … Continue reading

Posted in Distribution, Innovation, Travel Management, Travel Technology | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Top 5 Posts – Last 40 Days

Here are the five most popular posts on this blog from the last 40 days: Trippy – Tomorrow’s Biz Trip Planning Tool? (Trippy is a mash-up of Google Wave, Google Maps and Lonely Planet content) Travel 101 (a 4-minute video … Continue reading

Posted in Airlines, Distribution, Education, Innovation, Most Popular Posts, Travel Management, Travel Technology | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Travel Management, Travel Procurement | Tagged , , | 4 Comments