Birch Street Systems, a leading provider of e-procurement and back office automation solutions to the hospitality industry, today announced that the InterContinental Chicago O’Hare has selected its Single Property Solution to streamline purchasing and inventory control. One of Chicago’s premiere hotels, the InterContinental Chicago O’Hare is the latest property to adopt Birch Street’s Single Property Solution to manage critical hotel operations.
Birch Street’s Single Property Solution is a comprehensive back-office business system built for the specific needs of the hospitality and food service industries. The system was designed to automate the Procure-to-Pay [P2P] cycle cutting inefficiencies out of the process while strengthening financial controls.
“We wanted to ensure our spend management controls were in place prior to opening our doors.” David Hall, CHA, general manager of InterContinental Chicago O’Hare states. “Once I asked our other location; InterContinental Chicago about how they benefit from Birch Streets solutions, I knew I had to implement it here as well.”
Birch Street’s solutions are available for single-property, or enterprise-wide portfolios to help identify ways to leverage collective buying power. Their solutions provide a comprehensive tool to drive consistent business processes and financial control. 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.
“SPS is the perfect solution for InterContinental Chicago O’Hare,” said Doug Sanborn, president and CEO of Birch Street Systems. “It provides everything needed to automate their 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.”
About The InterContinental Chicago O’Hare
The sophisticated, modern design-forward 556-room InterContinental Chicago O’Hare...'Where Authentic Experiences Define the New Luxury’ is Chicago’s newest destination hotel for meetings, events and business travelers. Managed by Portfolio Hotels & Resorts in Oak Brook, IL, InterContinental Chicago O’Hare (icohare.com) features a variety of amenities, including an unprecedented art gallery, which is managed by full-time curator Editions Limited, and displays a bi-annually rotating collection of commissioned artwork from well-known local and international artists. Daily champagne site tours of the new hotel and its beautiful original paintings and sculptures are available. In addition, the property boasts 70 Executive and VIP suites with soaking tubs and invigorating steam showers; the exclusive InterContinental Club Lounge; a dedicated flight center where guests can check the real-time status of their flights and take advantage of online check-in; and three world-class restaurants, including McCormick & Schmick’s and The Capital Grille.
About Portfolio Hotels & Resorts
Headquartered in Oakbrook, IL, Portfolio Hotels & Resorts (portfoliohotels.com) is a hospitality management company that specializes in managing unique, boutique-style hotels, destination resorts and significant branded urban hotels in domestic and international markets. The company was established in 2005 by former Chicago based Coastal Hotels founders Helmut Horn and Graham Hershman, industry veterans whose past experience includes development of the Hawthorne Suites brand, the Highlands Inn in Carmel, CA, and Cheeca Lodge in the Florida Keys. Their current portfolio of 16 branded and independent hotels includes the four boutique Inns of Monterey properties in Monterey, CA; the Orchard Garden Hotel in San Francisco, the first newly constructed LEED-certified hotel in California; the 426 room Holiday Inn Select in Naperville, IL, and the 570 room Radisson Hotel LAX.
About Birch Street
More than 1,500 properties, 22,000 users, and 53,000 suppliers utilize Birch Street’s P2P solutions worldwide, making a bold statement about Birch Street's strength in becoming the leading hospitality spend management solutions provider. Birch Street (birchstreetsystems.com) delivers its web-based platform to some of the world’s most recognizable companies including; Hilton Hotels Corporation, Marriott International, Hyatt Hotels, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Omni Hotels, Interstate Hotels and Resorts and Carlson Hospitality. They help customers reduce the risk, complexity and cost associated with regional or worldwide procurement and back-office operations, while empowering business users and delivering unprecedented ROI. Birch Street offers solutions for global hospitality organizations, mid-tier management companies, and single-site properties. Headquartered in Newport Beach California, the company is managed by a team of enterprise software veterans.