1. Should Starwood maintain a cooperative orientation or a competitive
orientation with its suppliers for the kind of items described here?
2. What types of information should Starwood exchange with its bed linens
and terrycloth supplier? What does Starwood risk by sharing too much
3. How would you approach the sourcing of bed linens and terrycloth
items? That is, would you use a reverse auction or request for pro-posal? Under what circumstances would you change suppliers?
4. In addition to performing value analysis on the services its properties
offer, Starwood evaluates the performance of its suppliers against
contract metrics. Using the bed linens and terrycloth supplier as an
example, describe some of the metrics Starwood should use.