Uno Transport has added another division in Central and Eastern Europe, which opened on 1 May in Poland. The division will be a transport hub to strengthen its position in Poland and connect to Scandinavia and the rest of Europe.
– 'Poland is the crucial piece in Central and Eastern Europe that we have always needed in order to link our activities in the many different countries together. With the new office in Blonie, we no longer need to look to subcontractors for solutions when a job involves Poland. By managing all of the logistics and our setup, which includes Poland with local people, we can ensure much more complete and reliable service for our customers throughout Europe', says Kim Uno Mogensen, Director of Uno Transport A/S.
The new division can now offer transport directly between Denmark and Poland, opening up for transport of general and bulk cargo as well as full loads. The division will also help to optimise the company’s cross-trade transport, as having a local presence is key in this type of transport.
– 'Poland is a hub when it comes to transport in Central and Eastern Europe, so the new division will definitely give us a bigger position in that market. Going forward, we will not only be able to offer direct transport between Denmark and Poland, but it will also help us to optimise our cross-trade in general, as it is extremely important to have in-depth local knowledge when it comes time to send vehicles out across multiple countries', says Thomas Greiff, co-owner and CEO of Uno Transport Polska.
Local knowledge is essentialThe vision for the new division is big. Starting in May, they will keep 10 vehicles busy every day, but that number is expected to have risen to 40 within six months, and the four staff members in Poland will add between six and ten new colleagues by the end of the year.
Having branch divisions in several countries has a lot of advantages. Having a local presence provides closer contact and the opportunity to act faster. Thomas Greiff contributes this invaluable local knowledge with his 38 years of experience in shipping in Poland and Central and Eastern Europe. He also brings along his own local Polish team, who understand the differences between Danish and Polish culture.
– 'My employees and I have all worked together for the past ten years, some of us for up to 26 years. So we know each other very well. The many years together have resulted in all four of us becoming a good mix of Polish and Danish. We know the Danish mentality and mindset, which is valuable in our cooperation with customers, and we also have extensive local knowledge that lets us act on the Polish market', explains Thomas Greiff.