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Turn to a Strategic Sourcing Partner to Boost your Social Responsibility Efforts

Consumers have become more aware of their environment, their health and how their choices impact these areas, and they want to patronize businesses that reflect their personal values. Social responsibility is rapidly becoming an important part of business as more consumers look for these programs when choosing which companies to do business with.

Now, more than ever, you need a strategic sourcing partner to help navigate the process of identifying the best suppliers, prices and quality products to meet these needs.

According to an article on Forbes.com, corporate social responsibility (CSR) is becoming mainstream and routinely practiced by large corporations as well as small locally-owned companies. Business owners are reporting that employees are happy to be contributing to their communities. For the most part, their business has actually increased because of their charitable and green efforts.

Hotels are also joining the growing social responsibility trend for businesses in the U.S. An article on the Green Lodging News website highlights how major hotel brands have been embracing these social values to make a difference at their hotel properties, in their communities and beyond. According to the article, MGM Resorts International and Marriott are just two examples of hotel giants leading the way in this movement.

For example, MGM and Cirque du Soleil have united to support the mission of the organization One Drop, which is to promote awareness of the importance of clean water. Meanwhile, Marriott partners with the American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity International, Feeding America and SOS Children’s Villages. In 2011, Marriott associates worldwide donated more than $30 million to charitable causes and volunteered $9 million worth of their time.

Major hotel brands are also encouraging meeting planners to blend team building with volunteerism at their events. According to the Green Lodging News article, Katie Brashear, director of public relations for the Westin Phoenix Downtown and Sheraton Phoenix Downtown, works with planners on a regular basis to create social responsibility activities. And Marriott-owned Ritz-Carlton properties offer Give Back Getaways, where guests combine volunteer work with their stay.

Guests want to know what you are doing as an organization to promote a sense of community. Do you contribute to local or national charities? Do you sponsor a little league baseball team or youth soccer event each year? Do any of your employees volunteer in the community?

These choices tell guests that your hotel or restaurant is really connected to the community and sends a message that you care about how your organization is viewed in the community. This involvement also sends a message that you’re interested in more than your own bottom line.

If your hotel or restaurant is considering charitable work, look for a charity that fits who you are. A restaurant may want to consider working with the food bank or an organization that promotes locally-grown food. A hotel may want to partner with the local chamber of commerce, a disaster relief effort or a charity that addresses a local need like a children’s school supply drive.

You can also weave social responsibility into your purchasing decisions. Work with a strategic sourcing organization like Source1 Purchasing to identify and buy from regional suppliers. Many groups are looking at “buy local” initiatives for food and products to support the local economy while also minimizing the transportation costs and carbon footprint caused by trucking items across the country.

Source1 can provide you with strategic sourcing solutions that honor your promise to your guests and elevate your visibility through social responsibility. When guests realize you are aware of their environment and their health, and that you genuinely care and want to make a difference, they will in turn choose your hotel and become a loyal guest.

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How to use Strategic Sourcing to Support Sustainability with 6 Key Initiatives

Guests want to know if your hotel supports sustainable practices. Even if they are not demanding eco-friendly options, hotel guest seem to relate favorably to companies with a mission to practice sustainability.

Guests also feel good about themselves when they make a difference for the environment. According to data from the J.D. Power and Associates North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Study, as highlighted in an article on the CNN Travel website, nearly 90 percent of hotel guests are offered the chance to do something sustainable during their stays. The two-thirds that voluntarily participate describe a higher level of satisfaction than guests that do not participate.

Strategic sourcing of products and appliances that actually help reduce energy and water costs may have been seen as unnecessary a decade or more ago.  But today, hotel owners find value in containing operational expenses, supporting corporate sustainable guidelines and inviting guest to participate.  In turn, your hotel will benefit in enhanced customer satisfaction as just one return on the investment. Here are 6 ways an operation can be sustainable.  Each department head should consider ways their team can support efforts related to:

  1. Recycling
  2. Choosing renewable energy
  3. Searching out energy efficient activities
  4. Engaging in waste reduction
  5. Conserving natural resources
  6. Eliminating or controlling toxic substances

Progressive hotel operators are interested in what is trending because they naturally want to be relevant. They want to promote sustainability for a variety of reasons: Some operators are dedicated to the cause and want to do their part in being environmentally friendly, while others simply want to attract guests and go with the current trend.

There are many operations that have found an easy way to access energy-efficient products by engaging an experienced strategic sourcing partner. Source1 Purchasing helps you connect with suppliers you know and trust  for sustainable products and services for every  department, including food and beverage, maintenance, housekeeping and the front office.

According to a report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a 10 percent reduction in energy use by the lodging industry could bring a savings of $745 million annually. Full-service hotels could generate $2 more revenue per room night, and limited-service properties could generate 60 cents more revenue per room night. Strategic sourcing is a way to access the products and services hotels need to support sustainable practices.

Hotel brands have been trying to increase guest satisfaction through eco-friendly options for quite a while. According to a 2012 survey by the American Hotel and Lodging Association, more than 75 %of U.S. hotels offer linen and towel reuse, 59 % have recycling options for guests and personnel and 46 % have a program in place for saving water.

Learning what is important to guests is a big factor in competing with other hotels regardless of the size of your property. Challenge your department heads to find new and innovative ways to blend guest satisfaction with a goal to reduce your ecological footprint. Source1 helps you keep your operation sustainable by providing you with suppliers to meet all of your purchasing and procurement needs.

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How to use Strategic Sourcing to Support Sustainability with 6 Key Initiatives

Guests want to know if your hotel supports sustainable practices. Even if they are not demanding eco-friendly options, hotel guest seem to relate favorably to companies with a mission to practice sustainability.

Guests also feel good about themselves when they make a difference for the environment. According to data from the J.D. Power and Associates North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Study, as highlighted in an article on the CNN Travel website, nearly 90 percent of hotel guests are offered the chance to do something sustainable during their stays. The two-thirds that voluntarily participate describe a higher level of satisfaction than guests that do not participate.

Strategic sourcing of products and appliances that actually help reduce energy and water costs may have been seen as unnecessary a decade or more ago.  But today, hotel owners find value in containing operational expenses, supporting corporate sustainable guidelines and inviting guest to participate.  In turn, your hotel will benefit in enhanced customer satisfaction as just one return on the investment. Here are 6 ways an operation can be sustainable.  Each department head should consider ways their team can support efforts related to:

  1. Recycling
  2. Choosing renewable energy
  3. Searching out energy efficient activities
  4. Engaging in waste reduction
  5. Conserving natural resources
  6. Eliminating or controlling toxic substances

Progressive hotel operators are interested in what is trending because they naturally want to be relevant. They want to promote sustainability for a variety of reasons: Some operators are dedicated to the cause and want to do their part in being environmentally friendly, while others simply want to attract guests and go with the current trend.

There are many operations that have found an easy way to access energy-efficient products by engaging an experienced strategic sourcing partner. Source1 Purchasing helps you connect with suppliers you know and trust  for sustainable products and services for every  department, including food and beverage, maintenance, housekeeping and the front office.

According to a report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a 10 percent reduction in energy use by the lodging industry could bring a savings of $745 million annually. Full-service hotels could generate $2 more revenue per room night, and limited-service properties could generate 60 cents more revenue per room night. Strategic sourcing is a way to access the products and services hotels need to support sustainable practices.

Hotel brands have been trying to increase guest satisfaction through eco-friendly options for quite a while. According to a 2012 survey by the American Hotel and Lodging Association, more than 75 %of U.S. hotels offer linen and towel reuse, 59 % have recycling options for guests and personnel and 46 % have a program in place for saving water.

Learning what is important to guests is a big factor in competing with other hotels regardless of the size of your property. Challenge your department heads to find new and innovative ways to blend guest satisfaction with a goal to reduce your ecological footprint. Source1 helps you keep your operation sustainable by providing you with suppliers to meet all of your purchasing and procurement needs.

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How Hotel Guests Benefit from Creative Sourcing and Procurement Efforts

Food and beverage (F&B) service in hotels is undergoing a transformation due partly to the rapidly changing needs of guests. Hotel operators have come to understand how trends are impacting all facets of their F&B operation from themes to the latest flavor preferences to the revenue shifts of traditional and innovative operations.  The trends support a shift away from room service and mini bars, and toward coffee shops, authentic recipes and natural, calming décor.

Last year, room service represented 1.2 percent of total hotel revenue, down from 1.3 percent in 2011, according to figures from PKF Hospitality Research cited in an article on the USA Today website.

However, this trend appears to have been on the horizon for quite some time. According to an article on HotelNewsNow, “Room service appears to be less favored by hotel guests as revenues have been in a downward trend since 2007. A 2012 PKF chart on U.S hotel room service revenue shows that last year’s revenues averaged $866/room compared with $1,157/room five years ago, which represents a decrease of 25.1 percent.”

Travelers today are very clear on the amenities they expect to find in the different level of hotel accommodations.  Guests want what they want.  And hotels need to deliver on the expectations. How does an operation meet the ever-changing needs of their guests? It’s as simple as staying current on cutting edge trends on all facets of hotel operations via industry research, publications and procurement resources likeSource1 Purchasing.  A strategic procurement company, Source1 provides the latest trends, access to national contracts and insights that are structured to allow a hotel operation to operate efficiently by saving time, finding the right suppliers and products, and controlling costs. More hotels are also seeing the demand for high-quality food with exotic flavors. Today, hotel guests want exciting food and are willing to pay if they perceive value. Imagine how a guest might feel if they found F&B options that reflected their lifestyle and preference like farm to fork, gluten free and low-fat ?

According to the USA Today article, travelers have been displeased with the escalated cost of room service for years. Hotels are listening and exploring new ways to provide F&B options that serve the guest via sourcing and procurement strategies. For example, guests at the Public Chicago can enjoy gourmet meals in less than 10 minutes with no delivery fee. The hotel staff simply leaves the meal in a bag on the doorknob. This method greatly reduces labor costs and OS&E investment for rolling tables, dishes, silverware and linens

Hotels like Hilton Worldwide, the Hudson New York and the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, D.C., are experimenting with similar ideas, all focused on emerging trends of domestic and international travelers.

Other hotels are embracing the locally sourced food trend, making sure that their products are produced within 200 miles of their location. This concept that requires a fresh approach to procurement is a great marketing message, setting your food apart from the competition. Customers appreciate the benefits of this new trend toward the fresh food that is healthier and presented to accommodate their preferences. It all comes down to a simple guideline…identify and meet your guests’ needs.

Source1 Purchasing is ready to help operators implement new trends in all facets of their operations with sourcing and procurement strategies. To learn how an operation can benefit, contact Source1.

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Why should procurement managers monitor online guest reviews?

Online reviews, how to manage them and their actual value to hotel operators can quickly change a friendly discussion into a hot debate amongst professionals in the hospitality industry.

Some professionals argue that online reviews are not valid or trustworthy because consumers have to sometimes weed through reviews of questionable value. But this doesn’t seem to faze the community of travelers. Hotel operators and hotel procurement managers should take note.

More and more, travelers depend on social media and online travel review sites like TripAdvisor to make well-informed decisions before planning their trip and selecting their accommodations. Travelers are quick to post comments and reviews about their experience in hotels and restaurants around the world.

Customers want to know you, the hotelier, are listening to their concerns. Responding to customer feedback via the web is no longer optional if you want to continue to grow your hotel business. In fact, your future business development depends on receiving and processing feedback in a timely manner. Now a global trend, it is increasing every year in the level of activity.

When you come across an online review, consider three essential rules when preparing your response.

• Be positive- With a little thoughtfulness, there is always a way to find a positive response. Remember to validate and solve with the highest level of professionalism.
• Be mindful- Listen fully to the concern. It may well reveal an area of your operation that requires attention.
• Be prompt- Establish you standard and be true to it. Online comments warrant immediate reply…can your operation support a 24-hour commitment?

Instead of focusing on negative comments, which are inevitable, try to see each comment (positive and negative) as a perfect opportunity to keep guests happy beyond face-to-face interaction. When you consider the guest’s issue, be mindful of offering a response that validates their concern and offers an equitable solution. After they check out of your hotel, seize the opportunity to respond to their invaluable online comments.

Maintain your hotel’s reputation online as well as you do in person so you can continue to deliver on your hotel’s promise. View it as a great opportunity to gather critical feedback and improve your service. Restaurants, airlines, cruise lines and even casinos have become just as dependent on these reviews as hotels. No one in the hospitality/service industry is exempt.

An article from The New York Times reports the Center for Hospitality Research at Cornell University discovered that hotels could actually charge slightly higher rates provided they had better customer reviews on travel rating sites like Travelocity and TripAdvisor.

Online reviews provide great insights for procurement managers. The benefit comes from knowing what guests like and want. Pay attention to the smallest clues and details that guests are talking about on social media and travel review sites.

Hoteliers have started to assigns staff to social media responsibilities, ensuring that they review and respond to feedback frequently. Having social media experts can help hotels understand both the quality and quantity of feedback from multiple review sources.
Best Western is a good example of a brand that is embracing this trend. Now hiring digital marketing representatives to make sure customers are happy with their stay and promote its properties online.

Hampton Inn is another great example of a brand that takes guest satisfaction seriously, offering a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee and a refund for unhappy guests. Despite the remote possibility that some might take advantage of this policy, Hampton Inn remains committed to the focus of keeping guests happy. Feedback from guests, particularly online, is critical.

Hotel operators and general managers should also regularly share guest feedback with the procurement department. Guest feedback plays an important part in making future decisions that support the guest experience.

As you monitor customer feedback on social media and online review sites, remember to respond quickly — guests expect prompt responses to both comments and complaints. Also be sure to deal with the negative comments directly. Ignoring negative feedback won’t make it go away and the issue may become worse.

Your dedication and show of great customer service can play a significant role in keeping existing guests happy and attracting new guests.

Source1 Purchasing works alongside your procurement manager to ensure consistent product quality and access to the latest industry trends. It is our goal to help you achieve higher customer satisfaction.

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How to use Strategic Sourcing to Uncork the Latest Beverage Trends

The hotel industry is experiencing steady growth. With that trend, hotel operators still have to balance guest satisfaction with allocated budgets in order to remain competitive. This can be quite a challenge without a strategic sourcing plan.

Operators need to always be mindful of consumer trends and always be looking for new menu items, fresh beverage ideas and unexpected amenities. Strategic sourcing allows operators an ability to provide enhanced value to their customers.

For instance, some hotel operators found that one easy change — revamping their breakfast beverage selections — resulted in a 10 percent savings on their beverage budget. Instead of just offering juices, they replaced some choices with flavored vitamin water.  Their customers were delighted with new option. With limited marketing investment, the operation was able to save money and deliver a pleasant surprise to their guests.

It’s always a good idea to try new things and engage your guests by asking for their feedback. They like to share their opinions. By soliciting their insights, the operator develops a hotel experience aligned to the guests’ expectations.

Tastes have changed. You can see it in any retail store. People want new and different flavors; the same old standards have become mundane. Sales of traditional juices, like apple and orange, are pn the decline. Customers are seeking out new and exotic flavors like mango-orange and guava. Plus, consumers are increasingly more health conscious, favoring flavored waters over juices. An operator can parlay the trend into a cost saving opportunity.

People are currently drinking 21 gallons of bottled water per year, according to an article on NYDailyNews.com. That is a lot of water. In addition, consumers are drinking 37 gallons of other flavored and enhanced waters, such as Coca-Cola’s vitaminwater.

Michael Bellas, CEO of Beverage Marketing Corp., an industry tracker, predicts all the water varieties could overtake soda consumption within a decade.

Doctors, health advocates and government officials have sparked more interest in these types of beverages with their focus on preventing obesity and other health issues. Consumers are choosing healthier drinks, but they also want something more than your typical juice selections.

You should consider switching juice to flavored water. Most hotels offer a complimentary breakfast, which typically includes everything from bagels and eggs to a full breakfast bar. What is a better demonstration that you understand your customers than providing them with products that they prefer? Changing your juice to a water selection does not require any major change.

You can use strategic sourcing to discover new flavors without overspending your budget. Why not test a variety of flavors? Try strawberry kiwi, lemon-lime, blueberry pomegranate, grape raspberry, watermelon, or even mojito limeade. There are so many exciting flavors to choose from and consumers are demanding exotic flavor combinations

Working with a strategic sourcing group opens the door to products, trends and best practices that can boost guest satisfaction and cost savings. A procurement group like Source1 Purchasing can help you identify and promote new products as a function of access and experience

When guests find something new they like in their experience at your hotel, whether it is flavored water, designer amenities, plush towels, it makes the experience more memorable and increases the likelihood of loyalty.

Source1 Purchasing works collaboratively with customers to ensure access to the latest industry trends, 500+ national contracts and ideas that translate to cost savings

 

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Utilizing Strategic Sourcing to Boost your Hotel’s Special Events

Strategic sourcing for special events at your hotel can maximize your total revenue as you continue to build relationships with your guests. This strategy works best when you combine these elements together.

Room revenue is one measure of hotel profit.  Increasingly, operators are diligently considering the revenue generated through other avenues such as food and beverage (F&B) and special events. According to an article on the HotelNewsNow website, analyzing different revenue streams by area profitability allows you to make the best decisions about which will help grow your hotel business.

“It doesn’t matter where the revenue is coming from, we’ve got to boil them down to profitability,” says Neal Fegan, executive director of revenue management at Fairmont Hotels & Resorts.

When it comes to F&B, you need to understand the needs and habits of your clientele, from meeting planner to leisure guest.   The article also says that when you analyze different types of customers, you can determine who is willing to pay more. Focus on acquiring new business from the groups that typically spend more on F&B.

As you begin to use strategic sourcing for your hotel, look for popular, familiar products with a brand halo. The idea is to use these products to heighten the guest experience just like a musician evokes harmony throughout a musical performance. Strategic sourcing of familiar products allows you to orchestrate a memorable event, maintain your standards and increase revenue from the event.

Before you become overwhelmed when deciding what specific F&B amenities to offer meeting and event planners, make sure you understand their theme and concept. Always be mindful of their ideas while offering innovative solutions from your own rich experience. Your goal should be to carefully orchestrate food selections around their concepts to guarantee a successful, memorable event.

Make sure all the products they select are aligned. For example, if you are looking for a well-known coffee brand, you can give your guest a familiar brand that they recognize and trust by choosing Starbucks. Want a more upscale, gourmet experience? Choosing a high-end brand is a good way to deliver that experience.

As a strategic partner in procurement, Source1 Purchasing helps operators protect their promise to their guests and deliver the tastes, memories, emotions and satisfaction of a memorable vacation or meeting with rich dining experiences. If you want name brand products, Source1 delivers.

With strategic purchasing, some hotel operators focus on cost saving.  It’s more than a one-dimensional review.  Finding and serving the right products that present the most appropriate image to complement an event improve margins and guest satisfaction. Some meeting planners will be looking for Black Angus steaks and exotic desserts that convey an upscale experience and justifies a higher price point for your operation

According to research conducted by UniFocus, when hotel operators focus on what’s most critical to meeting planners’ satisfaction and intent to return, they can increase return business and referrals. UniFocus identifies three key elements for satisfaction during events and continued loyalty:

•             Quality of food and beverage provided at meetings.

•             F&B service during the event, including presentation and timely setup.

•             Effective communications and follow through before and during the sales process.

Consider how each facet of an event allows you to embrace the meeting planner’s concept and theme for their event and works within their defined price point. Strategic sourcing experts can work with hotel operators to select the right products to fit their operation…from beach resort or busy downtown convention hotel. . Procurement experts can also help you add value to your next special event.

As a hotel operator, if you carefully navigate through many products and services intended ultimately for your guests. Develop a distinctive theme for your operation that translates to a blend of culinary factors and purchases.  It is the key to success for your hotel. Supporting a meeting planners theme will ensure their success and return.

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How Hotel Sourcing Services Can Give Your Property A Competitive Edge

There comes a pivotal moment at every hotel organization when hotel owners and managers finally decide they are ready to stand out from the competition. While other hotels often have similar rooms to rent — including comparable amenities and room rates — that does not mean they should enjoy more revenue and occupancy than you.

Sourcing specialty food and beverage products through a reputable company that provides hotel sourcing services will help leverage your hotel and/or restaurant in a highly competitive hospitality market.

Hotel sourcing services allow you to customize what you offer to your guests while also enabling you to deliver on your brand promise. Source1 Purchasing provides a comprehensive suite of services to the lodging and hospitality industries and offers flexible options and purchasing solutions to meet all of your hotel procurement and buying needs. Source1’s purchasing power can also help your hotel exceed guest expectations when they choose your specific facility or brand over any other hotel; you can net customer loyalty without wasting a lot of energy and without overextending your financial budget.

So are you ready to rise above the status quo?

You very well may be known by the brand your hotel represents, but it is also important for you to create your own signature, a “wow” factor that guests and customers will remember. When you take advantage of hotel sourcing services you can be more consistent in branding your hotel while attracting new customers to your property and growing a loyal customer base.

According to Jim Holthouser, senior vice president of brand management for Embassy Suites Hotels and John Lee, vice president of brand marketing for Embassy Suites Hotels and Hilton Worldwide, you must find a way to stand out from your competition, including other hotels within the same brand.

Together, Holthouser and Lee shared the following reality check in an article published on the Hotel Business Review website: “The sheer size of the domestic hotel industry — over two hundred brands boasting 51,000+ properties and over 4.8 million rooms (according to STR’s census and chain-scale segments listing) — makes it even more important for hoteliers to find ways to make their offering stand out among the competition.”

In their discussion about successful branding, Holthouser and Lee also encouraged hoteliers to learn when and how to be flexible within their own brand. “Flexibility also comes in the form of allowing each hotel to develop a distinct personality and embrace the local culture of its market, as long as it always ladders up to the overall brand vision.”

The hotel sourcing services provided by Source1 Purchasing empower you to deliver creative food, ensure consistent quality, stay true to your brand and achieve higher customer satisfaction. You can actually surprise your customers with hard-to-find food and beverage products that they will enjoy experiencing without losing the consistency they are accustomed to with your hotel brand.

This is when you will begin to pull away from your competition. If you already cover the basics of good customer service that guests have come to expect from your brand and your property, then the special food and beverage items you have discovered and shared with them will be what is unique about your operation.

Seasonal items on your menu can also create a unique experience for your guests, but you can easily waste a lot of time when you try to do the shopping yourself. Instead of running from store to store and trying to find everything you need at the best prices, why not explore a new option? One of the greatest benefits of using Source1 Purchasing.

Purchasing is that you will have more time and energy to devote to your guest because you don’t have to worry about your food and beverage purchasing.

After all, the guest is the most important element of a hotel operation. Hotel sourcing services help you bring all the other important components together so you can concentrate on providing a most memorable hotel experience.

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Taking your Operation to the Next Level with Sourcing and Procurement Specialists

Do you spend a major amount of your time and energy trying to create or even sustain a level of growth at your hotel property? Do you find it difficult to maintain the expectations of both your guests and your hotel owners? Hotel management demands expertise at multitasking.

When you are pulled in numerous directions and responsible for overseeing various departments, including sourcing and procurement, you can easily become overwhelmed and lose focus on what your hotel is all about – the guests. When your attention is on bidding products and services, or meeting with suppliers, you are not paying attention to the guest experience and the growth of your hotel.

Even if you are well organized, it can be difficult when you’re running a small hotel. You still need to deliver high levels of service, but you’re at a disadvantage when it comes to purchasing. Large hotels and restaurants qualify for volume discounts, getting top-quality foods and beverages at a lower cost. Smaller hotels want to compete on food and beverage quality but this can mean ballooning budgets.

Managers have the option to either feel powerless and frustrated, or find experts to contribute to their success. Your hotel could operate at a higher potential and experience recognition from your owners by implementing solutions.

After all, they want to see a return on their investment, and rightly so.

Aside from booking as many rooms as possible, you will feel pressure to discover every way possible to cut down on your expenses, save money for the business and generate more revenue.

How much time do you spend sourcing and procuring food and beverage items and hotel supplies? Do you really have time to seek out true comparisons of costs versus quality and quantity for all of your hotel departments? Chances are you do not.

There is a time element involved when it comes to sourcing and procurement best practices. Fortunately, you do not have to shoulder the pressures and burden of these expectations alone. In fact, there is a way to take your operation to the next level.

Why not explore a new way of managing your hotel operations?

Source1 Purchasing can help you:

  • Save time and money by customizing strategic purchasing and procurement programs for lodging, leisure, entertainment and event operations of all sizes.
  • By creating a partnership with you that adds value to all operational relationships.
  • Source key products and get volume discounts with key manufacturers and service providers.
  • Deliver on your hotel’s promise. By co-sourcing with Source1, you can honor the reputation of your brand and maintain your promise to your guests.

Co-sourcing allows for a procurement specialist to harness the entire supply chain in order to meet specific needs, while allowing owners and operators to remain in control of the purchasing decisions. Unlike outsourcing purchasing, which can be seen as surrendering, the co-sourcing formula works in that it keeps the purchasing power in the hands of the owner or operator. Small hotels, which once felt powerless, can now feel powerful when they leverage the power of co-sourcing.

Instead of stressing over sourcing and procurement for the needs of your hotel, choose to empower your hotel operations to provide quality products and increase the value for all of your guests.

Source1 wants you to see for yourself how you can put this purchasing power to work for your hotel. Locate the savings tool box found on our website home page. Select your business category and see what Source1 Purchasing can do for you.

By participating in a co-sourcing relationship with us, you will have more time along with the needed resources to make your business grow. This gives you time to develop other important elements of your hotel business. Are you ready to take your hotel operations to the next level?

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How can new purchasing best practices help hotel restaurants stand out?

Are you searching for that elusive edge to get a leg up on your competition? You might be surprised to
realize how close you are to the solution. As a hotel restaurant, you may feel like you can only focus on
hotel guests, but why not expand your vision?

What sets you apart from your competition is whether or not you have a well-planned restaurant along with purchasing best practices that reflect current food and beverage trends. According to an article on HotelNewsNow.com, a quality restaurant already provides a convenient dining experience for guests because they have the luxury of dining without leaving the hotel. If you really want to enhance your hotel’s reputation and edge out your competition, you will need to think outside the box with your food and beverage purchasing.

Implementing these best practices can help you use your cuisine to transform your restaurant into a favorite destination in your community, which helps fuel and sustain your potential growth. New purchasing best practices are necessary to reach customers beyond the hotel property.

Locally-sourced food and beverages provide numerous choices to complement your current menu. You may feel that this type of procurement outsourcing will be beyond your budget or that you’re wasting resources because you are uncertain of the outcome. However, you need to be mindful of purchasing food and beverages that diners are excited to experience, such as local fresh food and beverages. Nutrition and diet continues to become more relevant as customers are becoming more aware and involved with their food intake. They want fresh and, if possible, organic food.

You should also research your competition so you can strategically implement a new purchasing perspective. Focus on your real competitor. Although your restaurant is located inside a hotel, your competitors are not. Local, free-standing restaurants have been profiting from local business while you have been depending mostly on guests at the hotel.

You can unlock your potential growth if you are willing to get creative. Think beyond traditional food offerings and adopt new purchasing best practices.

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