Intercontinental Chicago Selects Birch Street for Procurement and Back-Office Automation

  • BirchStreet Systems, Inc.
  • 06.01.07
Birch Street Systems, a leading provider of e-procurement and back office automation solutions to the hospitality industry, today announced that the InterContinental Chicago has selected its Single Property Solution to streamline purchasing and inventory control.

One of Chicago’s premiere hotels, the InterContinental Chicago is the latest property to adopt Birch Street’s Single Property Solution to manage critical hotel operations.

The Single Property Solution (SPS) is a version of the Birch Street Application Suite, a comprehensive back-office business system built specifically to the needs of the hospitality and food service industries.  The system was designed to automate the "Procure-to-Pay" cycle cutting inefficiencies out of the process while strengthening financial controls.

“The SPS is a perfect complement to our enterprise offering,” said Doug Sanborn, president and CEO of Birch Street Systems.  “SPS provides everything needed to automate the procurement process and supports all of the purchasing needs of a hotel property in an affordable and flexible package. The solution offers best-in-class property level automation benefits and leverages our network of over 30,000 integrated industry suppliers.” 

The InterContinental Chicago’s director of purchasing, Deshia Goldman, has first-hand experience with Birch Street’s enterprise solution.  “I have used the system nearly everyday since 2003 at another major Chicago area hotel, so I know how easy it is to use and how much of a difference it can make,” explained Goldman.  “I look forward to the same fantastic results now that we are bringing it to the InterContinental Chicago.” 

Under the advice of Goldman, the InterContinental Chicago selected Birch Street’s SPS for the variety of benefits it provides, from ease of use to competitive cost of ownership.  “The ability to move all purchasing and inventory control into one easy-to-use online system will improve our productivity and allow us to maintain a higher degree of control over our purchasing activities,” she added.  “Birch Street’s solution not only outshines the competition in features and functionality but also exceeds alternative solutions in its affordability.”

The Birch Street Application Suite can be run as a single-property package or as an enterprise-wide solution to help hospitality organizations identify ways to leverage their collective buying power. The software provides a comprehensive tool to drive consistent business processes and financial control in a single property or across a portfolio of properties. Birch Street delivers its solution 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.


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