E-Sales & Distribution Signature Course

This course guides you in a better understanding and development of a comprehensive e-retail sales & distribution strategy. Attendees will be provided a framework for establishing a cohesive approach that repositions your company and establishes the strong foundation for sustainable growth.

Course Highlights

  • Investigate airline industry retail e-sales & distribution trends
  • Examine web pricing and ancillary retail distribution strategies
  • Understand and identify key digital market e-sales drivers and enablers
  • Case studies of top performers from the airline and e-retail industry
  • Interactive breakout sessions analyzing your company’s strengths and weaknesses
  • Initial recommendations of how to improve your competitive positioning

Course Outline

Section 1

The Fundamentals

  • Factors driving and enabling growth of the digital travel market
  • How much travel is sold online? Global and regional growth rates and market shares
    The evolution of the expanding digital market place: From CRSs to the launch of the first airline websites and the emergence of mobile web, social media, and virtual reality
  • Selling directly vs indirectly: Do airlines still need middlemen?
  • The travel life cycle and the emergence of the attention economy in digital travel
  • Traveler use of common platforms (desktop, mobile, airport kiosk, inflight, social) and emerging platforms (virtual, IoT, wearable) in e-sales
  • Overview: How does an online booking engine work?
  • Profiling the key participants and their roles in e-sales & distribution: Online travel agencies, meta-search engine providers, and GDS

Section 2

Key Topics in E-Sales & Distribution

  1. The rising importance of ancillaries
    • History of ancillary: From cross-sale products to unbundling fares
    • The Amazon in the sky?
    • Opportunities and challenges for airlines using merchandising and becoming online retailers (case study Air Canada and Spirit)
    • Overview of IATA Resolution 787 on the new distribution capability (NDC)
  2. The cost of airline sales & distribution
    • Overview of cost components in the travel eco system
    • Cost comparison by channel
    • The emergence of “Direct Connect” in e-sales & distribution. Case study: American Airlines, Lufthansa
  3. Introduction to airline web pricing
    • Fares on the web or web fares?
    • Web fares: An overview of the different products (from promo codes to low fare guarantees)
    • “Lowest price” vs “My price”: What do customers want?
    • Myths and realities in airline web pricing
  4. Key developments in e-sales & distribution
    • New players in e-travel: The rise of CAFGAA (Concur, Apple, Facebook, Google, Amazon, Alibaba)
    • Co-existence of multiple e-sales & distribution arrangements: Traditional (GDS based), direct connect, and
    • Business aviation: Partner or competitor to the commercial airline industry?

Fee for this 2-day seminar: $2,800

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