TVS Motor Company is India’s third largest two-wheeler manufacturer, based in Hosur, Tamil Nadu, with an annual production capacity of four million two-wheelers and 120,000 three-wheelers. We spoke to S Venkatasubramanian, Senior Manager – Administration, responsible for travel, and asked him about the company and his plans for saving on related costs.
I wanted to come to see the new technology and all the things that are happening around the travel industry. There are new buyers and sellers to meet, and my business and I want to do more business in the MICE market. We export to 60 countries around the world, so the travel bill is quite high with offices and manufacturing plants around the world.
Can you tell us about your company’s travel issues?
Today, the company’s 600 travelling managers go to the destinations and find their own hotels, which they settle on check-out. It is difficult to know whether they are getting value for money or getting the best property for the best price. With a MICE event, held once a year, we could have around 1,000 people on the move. Negotiating centrally could represent a saving to the business of anywhere between 10-20% – that is an untapped opportunity to save my company money.
Photo : S Venkatasubramanian, Senior Manager – Administration, responsible for travel, TVS Motor Company