By Kevin Iwamoto, Senior Consultant Note: Part 1 of this blog was devoted to defining the terms request for proposal, request for information and request for quote. I recently spoke with an executive friend from a large travel management company who shared with me that his firm has become very selective about the number of RFPs […]

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RFP, RFI, RFQ – Why Suppliers Are Opting Out of the Bid Process (Part 2)

By Kevin Iwamoto, Senior Consultant Note: Part 1 of this blog was devoted to defining the terms request for proposal, request for information and request for quote. I recently spoke with an executive friend from a large travel management company who shared with me that his firm has become very selective about the number of RFPs […]

Change is in the Air, According to Our Survey Results

Thanks to all who participated in our “Appetite for Change” survey last month. Overall, the results were not surprising to our team, as we have noted more of a willingness by our clients to make changes. Maybe it is a sign of the times, but the days of decade long relationships seems fewer and farther between. In light of this, let’s take a look at some of the results.

Why Hasn’t Gamification Taken Off?

A few years ago, gamification was the big buzzword in managed travel. There was hardly an industry conference to be found that didn’t feature several sessions on the topic. Recently, however, our team has noticed that what used to be considered the next big game changer in the managed travel space has gone a little… quiet.

RFP, RFI, RFQ: What’s the Difference? (Part I)

Replying to RFPs, RFIs and RFQs is time consuming and very costly for suppliers from a resource management perspective. Indeed, both buyers and suppliers acknowledge that the current RFP process is spiraling out of control. It causes stress and sometimes even the loss of integrity in the buyer-supplier relationship. As the lines have become blurred and confusing, here’s a recap of definitions to refresh everyone’s memory and help bring back some clarity to the sourcing process.

Category Management in Travel Whitepaper

Written by GoldSpring senior consultant Pamela McTeer, this whitepaper explores best practices in category management within managed travel. Widely recognized as a subject matter expert in global procurement, category management, strategic sourcing, meetings and events, corporate travel, and Strategic Meetings Management Programs (SMMP), Pam joined GoldSpring in March of 2017.

Join the GoldSpring team at GBTA Convention 2017

We’d like to invite you to visit with us at the GBTA Convention in Boston and discover more about our independent consultancy and the services we provide to support all aspects of managed travel programs, including software solutions to analyze and benchmark programs.

Do Event Legal Reviews Make Your Eyes Glaze Over?

I’ve interacted with plenty of corporate legal departments throughout my career, and I’ll admit it: reviewing legalese is not something I look forward to doing. The truth is, most meeting pros feel the same way, invariably referring to the legal review process as a “necessary evil” (akin to, say, a root canal).