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Green Logistics
November 18, 2009   
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Umberto Magrini, general director of the Warsawbased Partnerspol Group, talks to Hilary Heuler

What is your company's core business in Poland and what areas do you cover?
The company has been providing logistic services on the international market for 12 years. The head office is in Warsaw, and operational branches are located in nine logistics centers in Poland and abroad. Our services include storage of clients' goods at our warehouses, domestic and international transport, and co-packing activities, which involves manual and semiautomatic production lines. We have modern warehouses and production areas for around 80,000 sq m, with humidity and temperature control.

We approach every client individually, taking care of their needs and monitoring their expectations. The company employs 600 full-time workers and up to 1400 seasonal workers for the co-packing campaign, providing a high standard of logistic services while showing concern for the natural environment is one of the fundamental goals of our operations. To confirm this, we put the company through an annual audit of conformity with the ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 standards and the principles of HACCP.

Why did you decide to set up the Partnerspol Group in Poland?
Poland is a fascinating country in many ways, offering huge opportunities not just for business. It attracts foreign investors with its dynamic economic growth and people's friendly attitude. Today it is one of the most important countries in Europe, thanks to both its stable economy and its 40 million inhabitants-50 percent of the population of all the "new" EU member states. This is a dynamic and demanding market for companies that know how to and want to meet challenges.

Poland is also a bridge between Europe and eastern markets. This was one of the reasons why we also set up a branch in Grodno, Belarus, near the Polish border. We are aware that the markets in Eastern Europe have a great deal to offer and will appreciate our good logistic services.

What steps do you take in your business to make it as environmentally friendly as possible?
We feel responsible for the natural environment, which is why we have been implementing our environmental policy for several years. Our business doesn't involve any major environmental aspects, but with the few we do have, we do our best to monitor them and constantly work to restrict the negative environmental impact.

Our environmental program's permanent guidelines include limiting the amount of waste we produce, waste sorting, taking waste to authorized recycling firms, reducing waste volume and using as much of it as possible in subsequent processes.

This year our focus is on education and boosting environmental awareness among our employees and business partners. We encourage them to practice rational use of energy carriers, electricity, fuel, water at work and elsewhere. We take part in public campaigns promoting environmental protection, such as the Clean Up the World project-clearing trash from Kampinoska Forest. Our employees took part in the campaign and we helped sponsor it.

Commitment to environmental protection can also manifest in marketing campaigns. We printed our latest advertising materials on environment-friendly paper and we encourage our business partners to show restraint in printing out emails and other electronic content, to reduce the amount of paper they use and thus protect forests.

Handing out multiple-use linen shopping bags with our logo we contribute to reducing the use of plastic bags. Every small measure, if applied around the world, can help protect the planet.

What are the company's plans for the future?
Today our group comprises three companies. We plan to merge two of them into one company next year. We want to focus on developing services in niche areas of the market.

We work with a few important clients whom we provide with a comprehensive service, and we have many smaller clients who give us single packages to deliver. We organize full-load transport as well as grouping goods belonging to different clients and then distributing them to different countries.

We are one of few companies to provide this "groupage" service on the logistic market. We plan to make further improvements and are confident we can surpass our competition in this segment.

We are looking to the future with optimism because we are constantly expanding our knowledge to adapt our services to client requirements and the changing market and business environment.
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