The Los Angeles Country Club Gains Purchasing Edge Partnering with Avendra Clubs
The Los Angeles Country Club (LACC), founded in 1897 and recognized for excellence in service, is nestled in 300 acres bordering Beverly Hills, Bel-Air, Century City, and Los Angeles. LACC has proudly hosted the 46th Walker Cup Match in 2017 and looks forward to hosting the 2023 U.S. Open Championship. Outstanding member experiences are always a top club priority. Partnering with Avendra Clubs and having access to its broad network of national and regional suppliers, provides LACC with a purchasing edge.
I primarily use the F&B program through our Master Food Distributor (MFD). I also use Avendra Clubs’ regional suppliers for supplemental options for quality protein and seafood. Additionally, LACC is enrolled in Avendra’s golf pro shop and agronomy programs, and with 12 guest rooms on our property, we also use their rooms program.”
How Do Avendra Clubs’ Capabilities Enhance LACC’s Operations?
Meeting regularly with my Avendra Clubs Procurement Specialist to discuss how LACC might expand our purchases is extremely helpful. We review newly introduced suppliers that might be a good fit, and ideas for our Chef’s consideration to expand our food offerings or make purchases through a local purveyor. Additionally, reviewing how to optimize supplier deliveries or increase spend in an area, like paper goods, from multiple suppliers to one helps me to achieve better bracket pricing.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, LACC switched to water bottles for several of our outlets. We were buying branded water through a private manufacturer for a certain price/case. With Avendra, I discovered our MFD could provide the same product. In fact, I received commitment for a lower drop, agreement to hold inventory, and distribution savings of $2.00/case. This truly was a benefit to us.
It is also nice to know I have personal support just a phone call away if there are any supplier challenges, as well as access to other value-added service offerings. For example, their FF&E program is great if we need to bid for a capital expense project like equipment or furnishings. As the host club for the U.S. Open Championship in June 2023, our purchasing volume will increase, and I know we can count on Avendra Clubs to support us in procuring whatever may be needed.”
How Has Avendra Clubs Given You A Purchasing Edge?
The deviated pricing is amazing — there is price holding which allows us to save where other clubs may be struggling with the supply chain. Additionally, Avendra’s email alerts on recalled supplier products or those in short supply are critical to helping me manage the club.
The myAvendra customer portal is a great tool that lets me quickly research suppliers providing details and contact information. I can also see data on my current purchasing, and it surfaces alternative savings recommendations.”