Jan 10, 2017
At Corporate United, we always base our decisions on member feedback and business intelligence, and the launch of our new travel solution set is no different. We heard an incredible amount of feedback from our members that they need programs to support their travel needs. So, we listened.
We researched the best partners and programs, and are now proud to launch a suite of solutions that advocate for an optimal traveler experience at your organization.
We have seen a lot of changes in the travel industry affecting how programs are sourced, how suppliers are evaluated and the overall expectations of travel managers.
Previously, the focus was around cost savings and conducting RFPs to find savings opportunities, however an increase in technology has given more power to individual travelers, causing the industry as a whole to shift towards a traveler-centric model. Additionally, as travel is further pulled into procurement, data and meaningful insights are becoming even more desirable.
As a result, we thought it was important to create programs that not only bring savings but also focus on the satisfaction of travelers and those who manage it. And, as with everything we do at Corporate United, our Category Lifecycle Management principles served as our guide-post during program development, ensuring our members realize the most value from our offerings.
While you may be familiar with some of our travel programs, we will continue to grow this new solution set throughout 2017, and in the years that follow.
Although there have been changes in transportation, car rental is not going anywhere, and companies have to be careful that they don’t become too complacent with their programs. It’s critical to take a total cost approach and to apply contract management principles.
Keeping employees safe and maintaining policy compliance are foundational elements for all travel programs. But, companies are also looking for high touch customer service that supports traveler experiences and establishes best-in-class programs.
Saving money by avoiding hotels? Some companies might not even realize how much can be saved by looking into long-term housing options for frequent travelers, interns, consultants or those on long-term projects. Can your organization benefit?
A lot of companies don’t have insight into how much their organization spends on meetings and events management, which is why this offering has become an area of focus. A strategic approach to meetings can bring significant savings and better awareness to company practices.
We hope you are as excited as we are about the expansion of our business, and the new opportunities that this will bring your organization in the years to come.
We look forward to working together in 2017, and keeping you updated as our travel vertical continues to grow. Please contact us at anytime with questions about how to get started with our Travel offerings.
Katie Virtue: Director, Category Management, Travel at Corporate United
As part of Category Management Team, Katie Virtue is focused on carrying out Category Lifecycle Management efforts across CU’s indirect spend offerings. She oversees the Travel vertical, including Car Rental, Travel Management, Meetings & Events Management and Corporate Housing Solutions. Katie works with members to evaluate CU’s offerings and to bring them a unique experience while collaborating with suppliers to achieve mutual partnership goals. She previously worked in the consulting industry focused on business continuity projects.