Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide Inc. signed an agreement with Mohebi Logistics to centralize its procurement and supply process for select UAE properties in Dubai and Fujairah.
The Starwood group, which currently operates seven of its nine world-class brands in the UAE -Sheraton, Westin, Le Meridien, Four Points by Sheraton, Aloft, St. Regis and The Luxury Collection – joins Mohebi’s portfolio of international brands embracing the concept of centralized procurement.
With the Mohebi Logistics platform, Starwood’s participating hotels will reduce the overall number of deliveries and offer them a more cost-efficient solution, while increasing the traceability of goods in transit.
Paul Feeney, Head of Sourcing and Development at Mohebi Logistics commented: “The right products will arrive at their destinations in the right condition and at the right time.”
Streamlining procurement offers a number of other advantages, including increased coordination between hotel associates, sharing of best practices and opportunities and providing additional resources and support to Chefs and the F & B teams. The solutions platform also reduces administrative costs that surround food supply without compromising on the value the hotel offers its customers.
Prior to the relationship, a large number of test panels were conducted with chefs to ensure that the right products with high quality are selected for distribution. Mohebi Logistics’ IT team worked closely with the hotels to ensure a smooth flow of information between all systems and a seamless transition to the new platform.
The preliminary stage of the relationship between Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide Inc and Mohebi Logistics has already been implemented, with the first wave of products now distributed to selected hotels in Dubai and Fujairah in the UAE. Both companies plan to increase the number of participating hotels in 2013.
Centralized and efficient delivery of supplies to hotel chains is an example of Mohebi Logistics applying its extensive experience to create tailored supply chain and logistics solutions for major international brands.