A meeting of procurement leaders ready to modernize and improve their travel programs.
Hundreds of senior procurement professionals gathered in Orlando, FL from March 6-8 for networking, education and problem solving at ProcureCon Indirect East 2017. ProcureCon East provides attendees with interactive sessions to help them challenge, rethink and improve their existing procurement strategies. Attendees heard from fortune 500 CPOs and out-of-the-box innovators on how to strengthen supplier negotiations and incorporate new technologies into their solutions mix.
During the event, Advito hotel leader Marwan Batrouni co-facilitated a working group made up of lead procurement practitioners. The group discussed problem-solving around benchmarking, rate negotiation, innovations in meetings management and the impact of consolidation in the air and hotel space.
Marwan also presented during the Innovation Spotlight segment to discuss hotel Dynamic Performance Management, a new innovation travel programs are implementing to stay ahead of trends in both the market and their travel programs, and capitalize on savings opportunities. Marwan challenged his audience to go beyond the traditional sourcing model and change the way they manage their programs for soft benefits and hard bottom line results.
Other popular topics at this year’s event included the role of artificial intelligence in procurement, how emerging technologies will drive results in procurement and building an agile procurement organization.
In addition to discussing our travel solutions, attendees visited the Advito section to learn about our involvement in our Haiti Project. Advito has teamed up with BCD Travel and the BCD Travel Foundation to support the Haiti Project. Our mission is to offer a high-quality education for children living in Mirebalais, Haiti, through L’Ecole de Choix (School of Choice). Attendees who visited the Advito table received one bracelet, hand-made in Haiti out of recycled materials and learned more about the initiative. For more information about the Haiti Project, visit www.bcdhaiti.com.
And when we weren’t leading or attending sessions, helping attendees problem solve or discussing our volunteerism efforts – our team was making new friends!