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BirchStreet Systems provides Omni Hotels with web-based e-procurement solution

Sunday, September 20, 2009, 09:00 Hrs  [IST]
By HBI Staff | Mumbai

BirchStreet Systems, the hospitality industry’s leading e-procurement and purchasing system provider, has announced that the luxury hotel brand of North America, Omni Hotels, has now fully implemented BirchStreet’s web-based e-procurement solution. As a result, all of Omni’s owned and managed properties are leveraging the new online marketplace portal to manage and process their purchasing transactions. A fully automated procure-to-pay (P2P) application designed specifically for the hospitality industry, the BirchStreet system is now being used by Omni for its hotel, restaurant and spa operations, including its Bob’s Steak & Chop House restaurant locations.

According to a Reuters report, Jim Kuthy, Vice President of Procurement & Capital Finance, Omni Hotels, said, “We decided to investigate e-procurement systems in 2007, and ‘after a thorough analysis of e-procurement providers, we decided BirchStreet was ideally suited to help us automate all of our purchasing practices into a centralised solution.”

Omni Hotels identified three objectives it wanted to accomplish. Omni’s first objective was to automate all of its disparate purchasing practices and roll them into one centralised P2P solution. Its second objective was to increase procurement efficiency and productivity across the portfolio. The third objective was to obtain visibility into all spending and reduce off-contract spending.

BirchStreet provides its web-based e-procurement platform to restaurants, country clubs and some of the world’s largest hotel companies including Hilton Hotels, Hyatt Hotels, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Interstate Hotels and Resorts and Carlson Hospitality. Currently, more than 2,000 properties in 25 countries utilise BirchStreet to access and manage more than 1,30,000 suppliers processing nearly USD 1.5 billion in purchasing transactions annually. BirchStreet is privately held and has offices in New Delhi, Newport Beach in California, Dallas and Texas.

The BirchStreet Application Suite is delivered over the Internet, using the ‘Software-as-a-Service’ (SaaS) model, which reduces the total cost of ownership compared with the traditional method of buying and maintaining enterprise software. It can be run as a single-property package or as an enterprise-wide solution to help organisations identify their collective buying power, improve operational execution and lower costs. The software is designed for organisations in which F&B represents a significant part of purchasing activity.

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