Tuesday 8 August 2017


In Conversation With… 

Merel Vander Pijl, Category Procurement Buyer Professional Services, FrieslandCampina

What’s your biggest tip to buyers when it comes to saving costs? 
The best tip for buyers to save money is not to travel. Invest in technology that works accordingly. However, you cannot stop travel and, therefore, the second-best tip is to invest in online solutions. Booking business travel should be as simple as booking a holiday. Business travel doesn’t have to be more complex. It will save a lot of money once the right tooling is in place. It is very easy to still call or mail TMCs but that comes with a price. 

What’s the biggest challenge facing buyers now and why? 
It is still difficult to get a complete travel programme in place. What do you add to the programme? Only travel across boarders or is travel also when you travel from office to office.

What’s the biggest opportunity they should be taking advantage of and why?
The travel industry is changing rapidly at the moment. Environment is shifting towards an online world and TMCs are getting more and more online driven. It is wise to check your TMC and see if they are still operating as economically as possible.

Why is it important to have a summit dedicated to buyers in the Nordics and Benelux? 
It is important to share knowledge and see some best practices.

Why are you looking forward to BT Summit Amsterdam? 
I am looking forward to the BT Summit because there are very interesting speakers, of whom I hope to learn some new things.

Merel is speaking at Business Travel Summit Amsterdam about '10 ways to save money and drive programme value'. The event, which has been designed for travel buyers in the Benelux and Nordics regions, takes place at the city's RAI on 25-26 September. Book your free place now at http://amsterdam.businesstravel-summit.com/

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