After reading this post, I think you’ll agree with me that Las Vegas should also be known as the Convention and Conference Capital of the World AND… the Procurement Capital of the World.


In 2014 alone, 5,169,054 people attended 22,103 conventions there. Factor in conferences too, and none of this would be possible without luxury resort hotel and casino properties like Las Vegas Sands Corporation’s The Venetian, where Ariba LIVE 2015 is taking place, and The Palazzo. These properties wouldn't be able to operate without procurement rock stars. Yes, rock stars!



Photos: The Venetian


So imagine for a minute being the head of procurement at Sands Corp and drool (or become faint) just thinking about these numbers and all you would be responsible for purchasing:


  • Approximately 50,000 people visit The Venetian each day (more than 18 million each year).


  • The Venetian has 4,027 suites, making it the third-largest hotel in the world. The Palazzo has 3,068 guest suites, for a grand total of 10,000 beds.


  • More than 20,000 water bottles are supplied per day total for The Venetian and The Palazzo. And 12,000 eggs.


  • 453 foot-long laundry trucks take away 60,000 pounds of laundry per day.


  • More than 6 million drinks are served annually on the casino floor.



Photos: The Venetian


The building of a new property (or creation of a new product) is an exciting and stressful time for procurement, as you have either experienced firsthand or can imagine. Now, step into the shoes of the purchasing team at Sands Corp. attending the grand opening of The Venetian, back on May 3, 1999. You would have been responsible for sourcing all this and much, much more:


  • 300+ artisans, architects, and scholars helped to recreate Venice in Las Vegas.


  • 370,000 cubic yards of concrete was used to build The Venetian, alone.


  • The interior walls of The Venetian are covered with 45,000 gallons of paint.


  • The Venetian lobby features 25-foot-high columns made of solid Botticino marble, imported from Italy.


  • The indoor Grand Canal holds more than 273,000 gallons of water, while the deeper outdoor canal holds more than 570,000.


  • The Casino contains 2,155 slot machines and more than 120 table games.


Sands Corp. definitely has a team of procurement rock stars. Talk about purchasing power!


Speaking of which, you won't want to miss the Ariba LIVE breakout session Expanding the CPO Sphere of Influence Beyond Procurement featuring their SVP and CPO Norbert Riezler on Thursday, April 9 at 1:30pm.


In the meantime, tell us about your procurement rock star moment. We’d love to hear about it in the comments below!