Today marks a significant milestone. With the expansion of the Spend Matters Network through the launch of Spend Matters Netherlands, we mark our first foray into delivering a local language website (though we suppose one could describe the sourcing and risk management strategies for effective metals buying as having their own unique dialect as well). But still, Dutch is Dutch. And English is English. And since the team in the US (and the UK) is using Google Translate to grasp many of the nuances of spendmatters.nl, it’s clear that we’re up to something entirely new here.
We’ll be telling you quite a bit more about Spend Matters Netherlands in the coming days, including an interview with our fearless Dutch Executive Editor, Gert van der Heijden (who is being joined by Hadewij van de Kamp on the Spend Dutch team, who will provide additional editorial support). But if you can’t wait for these details, earlier today, my colleague Peter Smith, who runs Spend Matters UK/Europe and has overall oversight of our European operations, had this to say about the launch of our latest site:
"We’re delighted to announce a new member of the Spend Matters website family … Spend Matters Netherlands, which will without a doubt rapidly become the leading procurement site in that fine country. To be honest, we chose the Netherlands for fairly opportunistic reasons (we met a great guy who wanted to run it), but actually, it is a country that has a lot in common with the UK. Two nations that built empires based on trade and business, with a maritime and international outlook, both with a well-developed approach to procurement and supply chain management, and both with a deep love of Asian food, football and tulips (OK, pushing it a bit now…)"
Peter provides some additional background on Gert and Hadewij as well:
"The site will be run by Gert van der Heijden … Gert is a veteran of various procurement roles in line management and consulting, latterly leading the Deloitte practice in Holland. He’s recently started his own consulting firm, Sourcing Experience. Heidweg also has considerable experience, works in the health sector at the moment, and she’s written extensively about procurement as well as her work as a consultant and manager … They will be writing original material for the site, as well as translating what they feel are the most useful articles from Spend Matters US and UK/Europe. I’ve had a look at their early posts (via Google translate!) and they have really hit the ground running with some great stuff. In fact, we’re going to feature one of Hadewij’s ideas here, we like it so much."
Without our site sponsors, there’s no way we could expand our efforts to other regions and specialized topics. We’re incredibly appreciative of Iasta, who has signed up to be Charter Sponsor of Spend Matters Netherlands (and in fact connected Gert with us in the first place). Thank you, gentlemen. And now, in the classic Dutch style that eschews pomp and circumstance for direct communication and efficiency, let us get on with the order of the day and say Welkom to Gert and his team!