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Benefits of adding e-bikes to your hospitality business

An electric bike (e-bike for short) is a motorised bicycle with an integrated electric motor that is used to provide propulsion. This means that less power, or in some cases even no power at all, is required to move forward. The support works based on power from a battery, the capacity of which determines the time and distance that can be covered with the bicycle before the battery has to be recharged. E-bikes can also be called pedelecs, which means that the power is activated by pedalling instead of by throttle.  The bicycle market  In 2019, the global e-Bike market […]

Trialling new “clinics” format to achieve greater savings for members

Brian Williams, Relationship Manager in Ireland and Anneleen Martens, Relationship Manager in Belgium, are two of the Trinity team members currently in the process of trialling a new service solution called ‘Trinity Clinics’ to gain a better understanding of clients’ immediate needs and provide them with solutions and support.   Following the pandemic, many hospitality staff are now working at such a pace that they might simply work around a problem, feeling they don’t have the time to solve it. It is also sometimes the case that the same issue might be affecting different teams, who have not had an […]

Curragh Lawn Nursing Home shares how Trinity Purchasing helps cuts costs in challenging times

In Ireland, the Trinity Purchasing team has helped Curragh Lawn Nursing Home, part of the CéileCare network of family owned and operated nursing homes, reduce costs during this challenging time for care home operators.  “The initial onboarding process was great,” says Colman Ryan, owner of care home Curragh Lawn Nursing. “Trinity just asked me for our invoices – and a week or so later, we settled on some initial key focus areas. The cost savings estimate they came back with was quite a stark comparison. I’d done very little work, and spent no money, but there were a lot of […]

Sustainable hospitality: 5 ideas to reduce your carbon footprint

The hospitality industry collectively plays an important role in creating a more sustainable future. The food system is estimated to be responsible for a third of greenhouse gas emissions, with the tourism sector accounting for around 8% (hotels around 1%). Therefore, it’s important to regularly review your businesses current environmental impact and identify opportunities for operational improvements.   If you are just starting your sustainability journey, or are simply looking for ways to do better, here are some ideas to help your hospitality business reduce its carbon footprint.  1. Local produce There are many aspects to food sustainability, but why not […]

Children's Cancer Charity Support

Supporting important causes: Donating to the children’s cancer charity, Kinderkankerfonds VZW

When the Trinity team learned that Senior Relationship Manager, Tony Dierckens’ son Jules had been diagnosed with cancer, they wanted to find a way to help. Bracelets for a cause Tony’s daughter, Estelle, decided all by herself to make and sell colourful beaded bracelets to support her brother Jules, donating all the funds she receives to a local charity, Kinderkankerfonds VZW in Belgium. Kinderkankerfonds’ mission is to provide a better quality of life for children with cancer and their families. They provide support for the financial, physical, and mental wellbeing of children and their families, as well as support scientific […]

Helping our members to reduce and control costs

After the covid-19 pandemic, most people had hoped for a return to normal – and expected that it would feel distinctly like pre-pandemic times. While this has, unfortunately, not been the case, Graham and Olivier share how the Trinity team supports its members to help them overcome their current/new challenges and reduce costs. New challenges While businesses in hospitality and catering have seen their customers return, they have been faced with a raft of fresh challenges, as they run their operations. Supply chains remain fragile, many face staff shortages, and conflict in Ukraine has exacerbated issues of inflation and energy […]

Market Conditions Impacting Supply and Availability

The following aims to provide you with information about what’s happening in the marketplace right now and the key factors impacting supply and availability of certain products. *Note: This information was compiled July 2022. Read the latest edition of the Trinity Magazine here. Global Market. The Ukraine conflict continues to impact the global supply chain, influencing the movement of goods, the cost of those goods and, looking forward, the harvest and supply of the next season of crops. Sanctions on Russia and its main exports have meant the supply of fish, fertiliser and fuel have been severely impacted since the […]

How Agence Crého’s portfolio of French hotels increase profitability through a strategic partnership

To help its portfolio of hotels return to profitable operations following the pandemic, French hotel and revenue management company Agence Crého partnered with Trinity Purchasing.  “We began by looking the savings we could gain through the partnership on items for breakfast, then in-room equipment, and as broad as laundry equipment,” says Agence Crého Director, Damien Gourribon. “What we can see, with six months behind us, is a 12% saving overall – without compromising on quality.”   Agency Crého’s consultative approach Agence Creho’s consultancy provides independent hotel owners and operators with a range of services, from managing their sales process and […]

Expert Cost Control is now part of the Trinity Purchasing family

      In February 2022, Expert Cost Control came together to be part of the Trinity Purchasing family, as both companies strive to deliver cost savings and operational efficiencies for hospitality operators in the market. Combining expertise provides a mutual opportunity to scale up the operation, and strengthen our service offerings to deliver the best possible solutions to our clients and members in Ireland. Read more about the benefits we offer here – or contact our friendly team at hello@trinitypurchasing.com  

Upcoming Trinity Purchasing Event: Book your place today!

Our upcoming September Trinity Purchasing Event in the Netherlands offers hotel, restaurant and leisure centre operators an opportunity to learn about innovative solutions, new products, services and special promotions tailored for hospitality businesses. The event also provides the chance to taste and sample the latest food and beverage trends from various suppliers, to inspire your menu choices. It is a friendly event with a great atmosphere – ideal for networking and picking up ideas and tips to help your business. Are you a hotel, restaurant or leisure centre operator in the Netherlands? Don’t miss out – Book your place today! […]

e-Bike and e-Mobility sustainable solutions

In our efforts to continue to provide Trinity Purchasing members with sustainable solutions, we’ve partnered with Cesano, a company specialised in electric bikes and electric mobility solutions. This partnership will provide price and service benefits to our members in Belgium, Luxemburg, the Netherlands and France, on various e-Bikes, including accessories, insurance, maintenance and repair services, breakdown assistance for roadside assistance, Track & Trace, Cloud connection and advisory activities. eBikes and eMobility Benefits Lowers Co2: Making short trips with a bike rather than a car can make a big environmental impact Fun: Cycle tourism has grown in popularity, and it can […]

Hotel charging stations

Installing electric vehicle charging stations in a hotel car park

The market for electric vehicles in France is booming. Throughout 2021 (up to October), approximately 17.8% of vehicles sold in France were electric and hybrid vehicles, which is up by 33% compared to the same period in 2020 (source: Avere – monthly barometer). In Europe, the global fleet of electrified passenger vehicles now stands at 4.1 million units, twice as many as in 2019 (according to BNEF). The presence of a charging point at a hotel or restaurant is therefore a key criterion of choice for customers driving electrical vehicles. As a hotel or restaurant owner, the issue is not […]

Exploring Innovative Ideas for Sustainable Bedding with Hilding Anders

When choosing a hotel stay, many of us factor in a good night’s sleep as well as our environmental impact. Bed manufacturer Hilding Anders combines the importance of the two by creating comfortable bedding solutions for hotel guests whilst reducing carbon footprint! The Swedish group has manufacturing units across Europe and further afield, and supplies the hotel industry globally, as well as providing white label beds and mattresses to retail store groups. For hotels, it works with partners such as Trinity, to ensure the mattress range – and the improvements the group is making to its products – are shared […]

Trinity Purchasing Events coming in June: Book your place today!

Our upcoming June events offer hospitality and leisure operators in Belgium an opportunity to learn about innovative solutions, new products and services tailored for hospitality businesses. The events also provide the chance to taste and sample new food and drink offerings from suppliers, to inspire your menu choices in the months to come. It is a friendly event with a great atmosphere – ideal for networking and picking up ideas and tips to help your business.   Don’t miss out – Book your place today at one of the events below! Event Date: 02/06/2022 Location: Green Park Hotel Brugge, Chartreuseweg […]

Dolce Hotel and Spa at Bad Nauheim: Trinity Purchasing delivers savings in key categories

Close to Frankfurt, Germany, the Trinity Purchasing team is helping management at the elegant Dolce Hotel and Spa in Bad Nauheim improve their bottom line.    “So far working with Trinity Purchasing has been really great,” says Felix Hafner, Ass. General Manager/Executive Assistant, Operations. “We appreciate the impeccable service as well as the overall savings!”   As with so many other German hotels, the Dolce Bad Nauheim is rebuilding its business following the pandemic. Alongside 159 guestrooms and suites, the historic Art Nouveau landmark has a range of meeting and conference rooms, including its own theatre on the site. With extensive terraces and […]

Online ordering

Cherry Pi Helps Hospitality Operators Control Costs, Improve Efficiencies

Hospitality operators are looking for ways to mitigate the impacts of rising prices along with inflation, by improving efficiencies and controlling costs. Senior Relationship Manager for France, Italy & Spain, Letizia Mirandola, has over 25 years of experience in the hospitality sector and knows how valuable freeing up resources and time can be for today’s businesses. One of the key ways Letizia has found that operators can improve efficiencies is by using the online ordering system, Cherry Pi, a module available within Trinity’s cloud-based, eProcurement system Pi. With experience training several hotels in France on how to use Cherry Pi, […]

Hotel Trends

Five 2022 Hospitality Trends to Watch

Across Europe, hoteliers are starting to look forward to a year of full business once more, after two years of stop-start restrictions. In early February 2022, governments in Scandinavia and the UK announced plans to remove all travel restrictions they had imposed to manage the coronavirus pandemic. Other European governments are likely to follow the lead by easing international travel restrictions. Some countries, such as Spain, have an economy that relies heavily on inbound tourism, while Germany benefits substantially from the international business of trade fairs. With everyone now optimistic that the covid pandemic is moving into the rear-view mirror, […]

Starting with Sustainability

The subject of sustainability and reducing carbon intensity has grown in importance, just as many of us were forced into pandemic lockdowns and had to travel less. This is now increasingly becoming embedded into our lives, with businesses committing to do their part to reduce their environmental impact. Many larger companies have started with a headline promise of a reduction target.   Sustainable Hospitality Alliance reported that the hotel sector accounts for around 1% of global carbon emissions. To keep pace, the global hotel industry will need to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per room per year by 66% […]

How a strategic purchasing partnership helped Dormio Resorts & Hotels successfully grow across Europe

Dormio Resorts & Hotels is a growing leisure accommodation business, with locations across key European holiday destinations. Their relationship with Trinity started modestly, with a contract that has helped Dormio reduce payment transaction fees. The strategic purchasing partnership has continued to grow from there! “It was quite easy to do more together,” says Serge van der Heijden, Director Operations for Dormio Resorts & Hotels, “as you’re always looking for ways to improve your purchasing.”   The Dormio group is an established holiday resort developer, managing construction and unit sales. Since 2012, the group opted to create its own resort management business. […]

The Trinity Purchasing Event is On!

The Trinity Team is delighted to welcome clients and suppliers back to its regular series of in-person events, the first of which will be held on Thursday, 24 March in Landen, Belgium.   This event offers hospitality and leisure operators a fantastic opportunity to get an insight into the latest market trends as well as to learn about innovative solutions, new products and services tailored for hospitality businesses from over 50 food and non-food suppliers.   “The event also provides the chance to taste and sample new food and drink offerings from suppliers, to inspire their menu choices in the months […]

Hospitality Embraces Cherry Pi to Improve Efficiency

Hospitality businesses across Europe are looking for ways to improve efficiency, as they recover from the pandemic and reopen for business. Supply chains issues, and staffing challenges, mean business managers need to discover how to do more, with less. One of the key ways to improve efficiency for hospitality businesses, is to automate processes that may until now have been managed manually. And Trinity’s e-Procurement Co-ordinator, Celine Snauwaert, is discovering that the group’s online software system, called Pi, is the solution for many in the sector. “Before joining Trinity, I spent almost 20 years in hospitality, so I understand the […]

Post-COVID breakfast options

Post-COVID breakfast options: Solutions to support your breakfast operations

These days, hygiene is on everyone’s mind. Especially when trying to enjoy a good meal at a restaurant or hotel. Some of the measures taken during COVID-19 might be here to stay. Here are some suggestions to consider for enhancing a “conventional” breakfast buffet set-up. The Food and Drug Administration has released a series of best practices for restaurants, which include discontinuing self-serving stations that require customers to use common utensils or dispensers, like salad bars and buffets. We may very well see as a by-product of COVID-19 an emphasis being placed on safety, cleanliness, and hygiene even at the […]

Extra sales boost with these two tools after COVID-19

Extra sales boost with these two tools after COVID-19

With the help of our supplier Tlant, we are going to give you ideas and tools for your hotel sales team to give your turnover a significant boost. We will start with a small piece of research; where have we come from and where will we be going? Deloitte research shows that there are three phases to this crisis; Respond, Recover, Thrive. Respond; how do we respond to the crisis and what should we do to survive as a company for as long as possible? Recover; what does the ‘new normal’ look like, how has our mindset changed, how can […]

Time to plan for reopening

Time to plan for reopening

Everyone in the hospitality sector, across Europe, has endured many frustrating months of trading restrictions. Now, while the way ahead is not exactly defined, we can at least look forward to reopening, and beginning to serve customers and guests once more. Through the depths of the covid crisis, many organisations learned how to become more agile, and to work together to help not just one another, but to support those in need due to the pandemic. We can all take inspiration from the stories of helping accommodate the homeless, feeding key workers, and providing support to others, in completely new […]

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