Implementing a strategic meetings management program (SMMP) is a huge benefit for busy organizations. But this new strategy can be met with pushback from concerned internal meeting planners.
Editor's Note: This post was originally published by Corporate United, an OMNIA Partner. Now part of the OMNIA Partners family and fully integrated to create even more leverage for our growing member community.
Read through this informative infographic featuring the reasons why a taking a look at your office supplies program through a new lens may make a lot of sense for your enterprise.
As a travel partner development representative, members often come to me with similar complaints about online booking tools (OBTs) “it can’t do this…” or “it can’t do that.” However, once we get into deeper conversations about the issues, I quickly realize that it’s not an issue with the actual OBT technology, but instead certain functionalities are turned off and alerts aren’t set up. Or, the company policy isn’t tied to the tool correctly, so travelers aren’t warned when they are making non-compliant travel arrangements.
Deloitte’s Global Chief Procurement Officer survey noted that enterprises remain focused on driving down costs and consolidating spend. Indirect spend categories are attracting more attention as companies recognize the important opportunities for savings they hold. As such, those folks tasked with managing indirect spend categories like office supplies and solutions face unique challenges.
2017 Pro to Know Katie Virtue has been a part of Corporate United’s category management group for over six years, focused on carrying out Category Lifecycle Management efforts across Corporate United’s Travel offerings.
The breakroom is an area of the office that, maybe surprisingly, holds an opportunity to help procurement cut costs in a major way. In addition to helping improve productivity by giving employees a space to recharge throughout the day, the break room and the products you stock in it can help your organization reduce waste.
A strategic approach to meetings management is on the rise, and you know what else is? The use of virtual and augmented reality in this space.
Although car rental is a mature category, industry changes affecting rates, fees and technology cause procurement and travel to review their contracts every few years. The category is ripe with opportunities for increased cost savings and employee satisfaction, but there can be resistance to change. Employees get comfortable using the same provider and travel managers fall victim to the belief that all suppliers offer the same benefits.