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Playbook: how manufacturers can modernise their travel programmes

3 min
Posted: 12 July 2022
Two Business Men Talking In Manufacturing Warehouse

As business travel returns, data from the Egencia corporate travel trend tracker shows manufacturing employees returning at double the rate of any other industry, and many in the field never actually stopped.

But that demand has come at a cost. Long-brewing burnout, coupled with the concerns of COVID-19, has led to a surge in turnover within the manufacturing industry—nearly 60% of employees have left the manufacturing workforce in the past two years.

There is a silver lining though, and the need to address new priorities—such as duty of care, travel policy, rising travel spend and traveller wellbeing—comes with new opportunities for managing travel like a true travel expert.

But how?

The right corporate travel management partnership can help you modernise your travel booking and risk management processes to meet the complex needs of manufacturing within a dynamic global travel environment.

Download this playbook to find answers to these questions and more:

  • How do we balance flexibility with duty of care, so I can make sure that all travellers are accounted for, even when plans change at the last minute?
  • Is there a way to keep costs under control, without compromising the traveller experience, to help with employee attraction and attention?
  • How can I make our business travel booking more efficient while also empowering travellers to be in control of their own trips?

The manufacturing industry does not support just one type of business trip. Organisations might have their employees travel to negotiate with suppliers, tour production plants, install new installations or meet with customers. Projects can be unpredictable and deadlines may shift. It’s a lot to organise and keep track of, and, as a result, the traditional travel agent solution has become less popular.

Your travel needs to be flexible

Business travel management services need to be adaptable. That’s why many manufacturing start-ups to larger global companies like, J. Wagner GMBH and Coca-Cola Consolidated have adopted travel management software as a way to improve travel policy compliance and the user experience through a corporate travel programme.

With corporate travel management companies offering everything from online booking tools to on-the-go mobile apps with full-service functionality, it has never been easier for manufacturing companies to optimise policy compliance in real time while also being able to streamline the traveller experience. From the booking process to expense reports, it’s time to think carefully about each element of your travel management solution.

The resilience and innovation of leaders in manufacturing have paved the way for a bright future for the industry. Automation of your corporate travel booking and improving your traveller safety is a natural next step.

Fill out the form on the right to download the playbook and transform how your business travel programme operates.

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