Delamode News The newsletter for Delamode employees | Issue 3
All the latest news from across the Delamode Group
Message from the Chairman and Group CEO Time is flying by with this being the third edition of the Delamode newsletter. It is very encouraging to see the developments within the business as reported from edition to edition, despite the tough economic conditions across Europe. We have experienced lots of challenges over recent months, not least with the weather conditions, particularly in the Balkan regions, making transport operations very difficult. The wet conditions in the UK has also affected retail sales, which subsequently drives lots of other business sectors and of course the banking crisis is making it ever more difficult for our customers and suppliers in all countries. With this in mind, credit control features very highly within all business units. Fortunately, we
have good credit control colleagues across the group and are managing well what would otherwise be a very challenging situation. Whatâ€™s more, it is important that we provide support by working within our credit control polices and offering assistance to our colleagues in resolving queries that might delay payments. We would like to welcome a number of new colleagues who have joined Delamode across the Group and congratulate many of you for the good performances, some of which are illustrated in this edition. As always, we would like to thank you for your input with this newsletter and hope that those of you that have yet to contribute will do so in future editions.
Annual Freight Forwarding workshop held in Romania Earlier this year Delamode held its annual freight forwarding workshop in Bucharest, Romania. Key members from each of Delamodeâ€™s international offices were in attendance and participated in interactive presentations, as well as training exercises related to customer service and service enhancements. The workshop is held annually and is facilitated by Danor Ionescu, Delamodeâ€™s CEO for Central Eastern Europe Region. The aim of the workshop is to create a platform for each office to openly share initiatives and best practices that have
been implemented within their business units, as well as any difficulties that might have been faced throughout the year.
Cosmin Rusu joins Delamode Romania We are delighted to announce the appointment of Cosmin Rusu as General Manager for Delamode Romania. Cosmin has the responsibility of managing and developing the company’s supply chain management and freight forwarding service offerings. Cosmin is a graduate of the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest, Faculty of Economics and Cybernetics. Cosmin has more than 13 years industry experience and joins from the Metro Group in Romania, where he worked in a similar capacity for 10 years. “We are delighted to have Cosmin on board as he brings considerable management expertise in end-toend supply chain solutions and strategic management of retail related transport and warehousing operations” commented Danor Ionescu, CEO for Central Eastern Europe Region.
Delamode Romania secures national logistics contract Delamode Romania has recently secured a warehouse storage, fulfilment and distribution contract with CHEP – a Global leader in pallet and container pooling services, serving many of the world’s largest companies. As part of the contract Delamode receives stock from a number of European locations, including Germany, Turkey, and Hungary. The stock, plastic containers for automotive spare parts are stored at our centrally located warehouse in Sibiu, where a pick operation is performed and transportation arranged to automotive spare part manufactures throughout Romania – during an average month 60 to 70 truckloads are dispatched from our warehouse. Access to Delamode’s national distribution network will also allow CHEP country wide guaranteed deliveries, as well as regional and domestic timed door-to-door capabilities. The account was secured by Catalin Chelaru, who was also responsible for the successful operational set up of the contract. The contract will also soon be extended to include factory collections and export services to Hungary.
OBI praises service levels during difficult conditions Earlier in the year Romania was faced with some of the most severe weather conditions that the country had seen in recent times. In spite of the extremely low temperatures and constant snowfall the Delamode team operating the OBI Romania logsitcs contract were highly praised for the efficient operation of the company’s Far East imports, especially during the period of
tretious weather conditions. Throughout this period of bad weather the Delamode team still managed to plan the delivery of a large number of containers to our warehouses in Romania, which also involved the goods being re-packed, palletised and distributed onwards to Obi retail outlets across Romania.
Delamode Baltics delivers career opportunities for students Following the implementation of an internship programme Delamode Baltics is offering students the unique opportunity to gain valuable work experience in an international freight forwarding environment. The 14 week programme provides students with the chance to learn and develop their skills in a highly motivated workplace, providing an invaluable experience that will help progress the their future professional careers.
“ All of our Interns form part of a workforce that is highly flexible, results-oriented, embraces responsibility, and acts with integrity at all times. During the 14 week programme 5 students have already gained a valuable insight and learned about the high complexity of freight forwarding at a very early stage of their professional life ” Justas Versnickas commenting on the success of the Internship programme.
Vytautas Jomantas on his story to date as an intern How did you first find out about Delamode? “ I first found out about Delamode when I was searching for an internship. I was looking for a transport company which had a good reputation in the industry. I mainly researched the internet and used the website ‘www.cargo.lt’ to search for companies, this is when I initially became aware of Delamode. ” Please describe your current position and what you have found out about Delamode whilst working here? “ I am four months into my internship and I am now the Freight Forwarder for the Italian department. The main objective for me is to manage groupage consignments from Italy to Lithuania. I am constantly learning from my colleagues, who all provide me with frequent support and the sharing of their vast industry experience. The office has a great atmosphere and there are many opportunities to help me improve in my role.” What keeps you busy outside Delamode? “ I enjoy relaxing and like visiting the countryside when the weather is nice, I will often take a good book along with me. My favourite author is Mario Puzo - I have his whole collection. Like most Lithuanians I am an avid basketball fan and often play with friends. Unfortunately at the moment I do not have much time to play because all my free time is spent writing my bachelors paper. ”
Delamode Baltics relocates just 30 metres away the team can be more efficient and have better control over cargo and their local distribution services. Due to the natural growth of the business the company is quickly outgrowing their current premises and has decided to relocate to a new office in the city of Vilnius. Another major factor behind the move is to have an office that is situated close to their distribution terminal. With the new office being
The new office offers a vast number of parking spaces and possibilities for Delamode branded signage, both areas that are limited at the current location. Moving to the new office will also achieve a 50% saving, when comparing the 1 sqm rate for each office.
New national distribution partner Delamode Baltics has also recently changed its national distribution profile in a move to improve delivery times and overall quality of service. As part of the process a new distribution and collection partner has been appointed. This enables Delamode Baltics to offer its customers an enhanced and highly reliable national service that includes 24hr distribution throughout Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.
Delamode Hungary regains old business Earlier in the year Delamode Hungary and Delamode Romania commenced a joint sales campaign with the aim of securing back the business which was unavoidably lost during the company’s de-merger with KS Investi. We are delighted to say that due to the joint efforts of both sales departments the company has managed to regain almost 80% of its old customers. As a result, Delamode Hungary and Delamode Romania are again offering a regular groupage line between the two countries with 3-4 departures a week. Adam Borsos has joined Delamode Hungary as a Junior Operator. Delamode is Adam’s first place of work and he is looking forward to developing his skills and learning about the freight forwarding industry.
Tamas Frank has joined Delamode Hungary as a Sales Executive. Tamas has many years experience in sales and business development and his main priority is to develop the business between Delamode operations, whilst also securing new customers.
Forwarding Department – Delamode UK
It’s pleasing to say that we are seeing some excellent results from the various divisions throughout the Delamode entities. In this issue we take a look at the Forwarding team in the UK who are amongst the consistently top performing departments within the Delamode Group of companies. The Delamode UK freight forwarding department was originally formed in June 2008, starting with 2 members of staff. The initial role of the department was to develop non-core services for the business. Four years later the department has significantly evolved and offers global transport solutions for road, air, sea and rail customers. Managed by Mark Mitcham, the department consists of a further 4 staff members Ewelina Maskell, Monika Langstaff and Eunice Parrack. To support the growing department Jade Desmond has also recently joined the team, providing administrative support duties - “welcome to Delamode Jade”. Each employee bringing to the department their own unique expertise and experience in freight forwarding. As part of the department’s function it provides comprehensive expertise in full load and part load services, groupage, express transport, out of gauge, ADR cargo, customs, cross-trade, pick & pack and project work solutions. In the next issue the focus will be on the Groupage Department in Romania....
“ The key to our success has been the ability to understand our customers’ needs, whilst forging close working relationships with them to find the best possible solutions for their business. The team is also extremely diverse and supports other Delamode departments with the procurement of equipment, as well as offering help and advice where required ” said Mark Mitcham on the strengths of the department. The department has also formed similar collaborative relationships with its suppliers, which helps play a vital role in ensuring that Delamode offers a first class service to its customers at all times. “ Despite the current economic situation we have a pleasing number of promising opportunities in the pipeline and if they come into fruition will aid with the future development of the department. This is very encouraging and makes me look positively towards the future as I can see the forwarding department going from strength to strength during 2012 and beyond ” added Mark Mitcham on the future aspirations of the department.
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Delamode Balkans is fully operational In the last issue we announced that we were at the early stages of forming a new Delamode company. We are now pleased to say that Delamode Balkans d.o.o. is officially up and running in Serbia and a team of 7 employees is in place. The implementation of the new company is the first phase of our strategic development within the Balkan region, which also includes plans to develop our activities into Montenegro, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Serbia has a GDP forecast of $83m for 2012, a large proportion of which is generated by the logistics sector, presenting us with an excellent opportunity to develop our freight forwarding and financial services offering. Serbia is also the only European country which has a free trade agreement with Russia and Belarus as well as the EU. Pictured above is Marko Bulatovic, Sales Executive for Delamode Balkans, delivering a set of DKV Cards to Zoran Todorovic, the owner of the Todorovic Company d.o.o – Delamode Balkans first DKV Card customer!
Mircea Bandean appointed General Manager Following the formation of the new company we can officially announce the appointment of Mircea Bandean as the Managing Director of Delamode Balkans. In order to maximise opportunities from the outset the decision was taken to appoint a Manager that possessed the necessary experience and skills to manage and develop both the financial services and forwarding division of the business, areas that Mircea has proven expertise in. Mircea is a qualified Accountant and MBA graduate, he has extensive experience of the Logistics industry having been the CFO of Delamode Romania from 2002 – 2007 and then from 2011 to 2012. Mircea possesses a good mixture of commercial and financial experience gained from working in both the Logistics industry and in the financial support service sector.
We would also like to warmly welcome the following new Delamode Balkan employees to the Group. Marija Dutina – Office Administrator Milijana Vidic – Sales Executive Jovana Brezovac – Sales Executive Aleksandar Miladinovic – Sales Executive Marko Bulatovic – Sales Executive Above (left to right): Srdjan Pesic, Goran Aleksic, Marija Dutina, Milijana Vidic (DKV), Bojana Glogovac (flyer girl), Tijana Fodor (flyer girl), Mircea Bandean, Marko Bulatovic, Jovana Brezovac and Aleksandar Miladinovic
Srdjan Pesic – Sales Executive (Find out more about Srdjan on the back page)
Delamode Balkans exhibits at Beotruck event Delamode Balkans recently jointly exhibited with DKV Euro Service at the 50th International Beotruck fair in Serbia. Beotruck is the leading commercial truck fair in Serbia and is held every two years. The event was seen as the ideal platform to launch the services of the newly formed company and provided a good opportunity to promote our association with DKV as their official partner for Serbia, Montengro and Bosnia and Herzegovina. During the week-long event the team worked extremely hard in networking with delegates, whilst also exploring new business opportunities. We also opted to have a strong brand presence at the event to help increase the profile of Delamode Balkans – this included branded flags, flyers, marketing materials, promotional items and also a 7m x 5m billboard advertising the services of Delamode and the DKV Card, this will be situated at the venue for a 6 month period. To help entice visitors to our stand we held a business card draw, offering a top of the range 42” LCD TV as the winning prize. The winning business card was drawn out on the last of the day of the event by the General Manager of the Serbian Transport Association, a special VIP attending the event.
View of the main hall that Delamode was exhibiting in
Richard Myson trying out one of the shows trucks for comfort
Delamode / DKV billboard that will be on display at the venue for the next 6 months
Delamode Baltics awarded Gazele certificate We are delighted to announce that Delamode Baltics has received ‘Gazelė’ status from Verslo žinios, the leading business newspaper in Lithuania. Gazelė, is an initiative run by Verslo žinios and is aimed at identifying small to medium sized businesses that demonstrate best practice, strong growth and profitability over a period of time. Following this year’s nominations Delamode Baltics was recognised as one of the most successful and rapidly developing Lithuanian companies in 2011.
Delamode trailer plays starring role in Channel 4 series Once again a Delamode trailer has been used as the main prop in the production of a TV programme. On this occasion the Delamode branded trailer appeared frequently in an episode of ‘The increasingly poor decisions of Todd Margaret’, a Channel 4 British / American sitcom. The sitcom is about American, Todd Margaret, who bluffs his way into an apparently great job opportunity, heading up the sales team in his employer's London office. All he has to do is sell several thousand energy drinks before his boss arrives. This should be simple, apart from the fact that he knows nothing about British culture and nothing about sales. Matters are further complicated when he ends up lying continuously to cover his ignorance and spectacularly fails to impress Alice, the first beautiful girl he meets, while Dave, his British co-worker, takes full advantage of Todd's situation. Todd's increasingly poor decisions frequently land him in big trouble, offending the majority of the British population and a great sporting institution along the way.
Delamode Bulgaria service updates....
New Turkish partner….
Spanish line performing well….
Regular service to Germany....
In February the company commenced a weekly groupage service from Turkey with its new partner, Hilal Trans. The trucks are loaded in Istanbul for shipments destined for Bulgaria and other European countries. The service also includes express van shipments with timed deliveries.
The Spanish groupage line has now been operating for over 1 year and is proving to be very successful. At present Delamode Bulgaria has 1 truck leaving Spain a week, with this likely to increase in the near future due to the regular traffic and good service levels achieved.
Despite strong competition Delamode Bulgaria has established a regular service to and from Germany and Belgium, a service that has now been in operation for 18 months.
The competition for traffic from Turkey to Bulgaria is extremely high, however the team are confident that the service will increase further and are working hard on developing the line.
The Spanish partner has also proven to be extremely flexible and can be relied upon to find a solution whenever a difficult situation arises.
On average 2-3 groupage trucks are being achieved on the import (Germany/Belgium to Bulgaria) and export lines (Bulgaria to Germany/Belgium). Working with their nominated IFA partner the company are working hard to develop these lines further.
Affinity Transport Solutions - The new name for financial services division..... The financial services division of Delamode Romania has recently been rebranded as Affinity Transport Solutions. The newly created entity will operate as the specialist financial services division for the Delamode Group, marketing and selling the supply of DKV Cards, roadside assistance, vehicle and equipment leasing, insurance and ferry reservations services. “We are delighted to officially announce the launch of Affinity Transport Solutions in Romania and Serbia. In both countries we have a highly trained team of advisors and the expertise and service offering that will make us very competitive in the Romanian and Balkan markets.” commented Richard Myson, Group CFO and CEO for Affinity Transport Solutions.
Affinity Transport Solutions website launched As part of the rebrand a new dedicated website has been developed for Affinity Transport Solutions. The site has been created to provide a simple browsing experience for the visitor and to offer useful details on each of the solutions offered by the division. The site has multilingual functionality and is currently available in Romanian, Serbian and English. This will be further extended as Affinity Transport Solution is launched in other countries. Future developments on the site will see the implementation of a dedicated customer login area that provides messages and special offers tailored to the clients’ business requirements. View the site at www.affinity-ts.com
Delamode sponsors BRCC conference Earlier in the year Delamode were the headline sponsors at the British Romania Chamber of Commerce’s (BRCC) Transport briefing conference held in London.
Pictured above: Delamode’s John Fleming (Business Development Manager) with the BRCC Chairman, the Romanian Ambassador and Anne-Marie, CEO for BRCC.
Alexandru Nazare, the new Romanian Minister for Transport, was the special guest speaker at the conference and outlined Romania’s key policies and approaches to the country’s progress in transport and infrastructure investment, both environmentally and economically.
UK fashion warehouse extended Our dedicated garment warehouse in Essex has recently been extended to include a mezzanine floor for hanging garments. As a result the warehouse has the additional capacity of storing a vast number of garments. The warehouse is an integral part of our Fashion activities and is extensively used as the UK consolidation hub for European inbound consignments for the Faxion network. Due to the additional capacity we can now also provide comprehensive short to longterm storage and handling solutions for fashion suppliers and retailers. Demetrios Nicolaou, Warehouse Manager, has overseen the developments at the warehouse and has put in place a high calibre team that is fully capable of performing every aspect of efficient garment storage and handling. What’s more, having the right skills set in place ensures we constantly deliver a professional and reliable service to our fashion customers. Flyers, a British children’s clothing retailer, is one of our recent new customer acquisitions and sees on average 20,000 picks performed a week. The children’s clothes are originally received at the warehouse in cartons and are unpacked and sorted for storage. The team is also required to carry out a number of additional rework services, such as applying additional labels to clothing / packaging and splitting of assorted packs into single items.
Reiss Fashion chooses Delamode....
Pictured above: Kate Middleton in a Reiss dress during a public visit in Essex.
Delamode UK is also pleased to announce that it has recently secured a garment storage contract with Reiss Fashion. Reiss is an iconic British fashion retailer that has a strong celebrity following, this includes members of the Royal family and a number of A-list Hollywood stars. Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, is a well-known for her fondness of Reiss’s range and can often be seen during public appearances wearing an outfit from their latest range. The new contract will operate from our Fashion warehouse in Essex and will see us responsible for the handling and
storage of Reiss’s surplus seasonal stock - which includes jackets, coats, dresses, skirts, trousers, tops and suits. On receipt of deliveries our warehouse operators will unbox and hang the garments ready for storage. A number of added value services will also be performed and includes the sorting of garments and applying of barcode labels to swing tickets. We will also arrange the transport of the stock from Reiss’s Distribution Centre to our warehouse in Essex.
Coats quality standard achieved Delamode has been awarded an ‘A’ supplier category rating following a recent quality inspection carried out by Coats Hungary Ltd. The assessment forms part of Coats’ rigorous quality management process and evaluates the performance of suppliers in a number of service related aspects, this includes quality of service, pricing, delivery of shipments, handling of orders and the response to enquiries and complaints. This is a significant achievement and helps to further strengthen our relationship with Coats – well done to everyone involved.
Changes to the Coats department We would like to welcome Irina Mirea and Mihai Rada to the Coats Central Control Tower, located in the Bucharest office in Romania. Picture above (left to right): Mihai Rada, Irina Mirea, Andrei Trosin and Alecsandru Stanciu
Irina was previously Delamode Romania’s long standing front office receptionist and has now made the transition to Customer Services for the Coats contract. Mihai recently joined the company in February and has also taken up a role in Customer Services.
New tenant arrives at Skyline warehouse the occupancy of a 20,000 sq ft chamber of the warehouse.
After several months of discussions we are pleased to welcome Maru as a new tenant to the Skyline warehouse in Braintree. Maru has signed a long-term leasing agreement for
This is another positive step in ensuring that the Skyline warehouse in Braintree operates at full capacity in what is a very competitive warehousing market. In conjunction, the sales team is actively working on a number of 3PL warehousing opportunities that we hope will come into fruition within the next few weeks.
New Starters - Delamode Romania Since the last issue of the newsletter Delamode Romania has appointed two new members of staff. Bogdan Incontrero and Marian Cernat have joined the groupage department and are working on the French and Italian routes respectively.
Other News Promotion for Latchezar Delibashev We are pleased to announce that Latchezar Delibashev has been promoted to Export Groupage Supervisor within the operations department at Delamode PLC. We would like to congratulate Latchezar on his promotion and wish him all the success in the future.
It’s a girl…. Congratulations to Anita Naunton on the safe arrival of Mia-Jasmine Naunton. Mia was born on the 16th March, weighing a healthy 7lb 5oz. Anita, who works in the Accounts Department at Delamode Plc, recently visited the office and it was clear to see that she is thoroughly enjoying becoming a mum for the first time. Our congratulations also go out to Ashley Lara, Delamode Plc’s Warehouse Supervisor, on the birth of his baby daughter, Avaleigh.
New Starters We would like to welcome Kate Jones and Samantha Ryan to Delamode. Kate has recently joined Delamode PLC’s Customer Services team based at the Newport Office in Wales, whilst Samantha has joined the accounts department in a Credit Control capacity.
Getting to know our colleagues........... Job profile: Daily promotion of Delamode`s services and products, involving continuous contact with clients. What do you enjoy most about your role? I love to travel and meet new clients, exchange ideas and Pesic Srdjan find solutions to solve ecutive Sales Ex alkans problems. The best feeling eB is leaving a client`s office Delamod after a successful meeting, it gives you a special kind of energy that instantly recharges your batteries Things you do in your spare time? I have a black belt in two forms of martial arts – 3rd DAN black belt in Jiu Jitsu and 1st DAN black belt in Aikido. In my spare time I like to polish my moves and technique. I am also trying to give something back to my local community by teaching self defence to women and children who have experienced physical or psychological abuse. I also enjoy long walks with my wife along the shores of the Danube in Belgrade and also visiting the theatre. Interesting fact about yourself? I have lived in several African countries, including Zimbabwe, Zambia, Angola, Botswana, South Africa and Mozambique. My association with Africa is related to my martial arts profession and involved the training of presidential bodyguards, Police counter terrorist units and military divisions. I have met the President of Zimbabwe, Mr. Robert Mugabe and the President of Zambia, Mr. Frederick Jacob Titus Chiluba. Several newspapers from Zimbabwe and Zambia also wrote articles about my presence and work because at that time I was the only foreign martial arts professional in their country. I also had the great honour to be the Archbishop Patriarch Pavle`s bodyguard during the war crisis in Serbia. I have also lived in Austria, Slovakia, Sri Lanka, all in all one colourful life....not forgetting that I was a scuba diving champion of Yugoslavia in 1996 (long distance diving record). If you could have one wish what would it be? I wish, I wish, to have at least a 100 more wishes after this one! What is your favourite film? Scent of a women – with Al Pacino Who is your favourite celebrity? Al Pacino What is your favourite food? Any Chinese or Italian meal would do! Aspirations for the future? To become a valuable part of Delamode.
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What do you enjoy most about your role? Every day is a different day. I enjoy the daily interaction with colleagues and clients. I also thrive on the responsibilities and pressures that come with being a manager.
Things you do in your spare time? Any spare time I have is spent with my partner, and not to forget watching and playing sport. Most embarrassing moment? My first day in university....... Interesting fact about yourself? I was once randomly stopped in the street and asked if I would mind answering a few questions for a survey (I agreed). What I didn’t realise was that the interview was being filmed for a Bulgarian TV Channel, which came as a great surprise to me when my friends started calling to say they had seen me on TV. If you could have one wish what would it be? To be a famous football player What is your favourite film? The Godfather Who is your favourite celebrity? Al Pacino What is your favourite food? Chicken Aspirations for the future? To develop within my role and help Delamode grow as a business.
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