December 2018 | 12th voluntary blood donation
The participation of SARMED’s employees reached a new high record at the voluntary blood donation. SARMED’s blood donation team contributed 46 valuable units this month to help our fellowmen who have immediate need for blood. The total supply of SARMED’s blood donation team is 386 units, from the first donation to date.
November 2018 | Conferences sponsorship & participation of SARMED
SARMED participated and sponsored the Logistics Conference “Logisticians <40 specify Logistics 4.0” which took place on October 17, 2018 at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, organized by the Supply Chain Institute and the scientific support of Planning, which focused on the changes brought to the Supply Chain through technological developments.
Furthermore, SARMED was a gold sponsor at the “Enterprise Document, Content & Knowledge Management for optimum operational performance” congress organized by the Operations Center on November 1st at the GRAND HYATT ATHENS.
The executives of SARMED, Messrs. Dimitrios Karagiannis (3PL Business Unit Director) and Alkis Papadopoulos (Document Flow Manager), presented the application of new trends and technologies in SARMED document management processes.
August 2018 | New cooperation with BARILLA HELLAS
SARMED is pleased to announce its collaboration with Barilla Hellas, one of the largest food companies in Greece and a leader in pasta and sauce.
The cooperation involves the transportation, namely the distribution of Barilla products from its premises in Thebes to its sales network throughout Greece.
July 2018 | Distinction of SARMED at the awards event “Diamonds of the Greek Economy 2018”
At the event held at the Hotel Grande Bretagne on July 3 to award the “Diamonds of the Greek Economy 2018”, SARMED was among the companies that distinguished themselves from other Greek and multinational groups. In this established institution, companies with sound economic financials and remarkable growth are selected and awarded. It is worth mentioning that SARMED was the only company from the logistics industry.
The prize was received by the Chairman of SARMED, Yiannis Ch. Sarantitis, who pointed out among other things, that this success is due mainly to the company’s people and the working environment created to maximize the joint development of the company and thus their personal development.
July 2018 | SARMED Financial Statement 2017
June 2018 | Distinction of SARMED for its Corporate Social Responsibility Performance
SARMED received the “Silver Recognition Level” distinction from EcoVadis for its corporate social responsibility performance in 2018. EcoVadis is an international platform that allows companies to monitor the sustainability performance of their suppliers. Its methodology covers over 20,000 suppliers annually from 194 sectors and 140 countries. The system analyzes and evaluates the performance of the company in four main categories: Environment, Labor and Human Rights, Fair Business Practices and Sustainable Procurement. The ECOVADIS rating ranked SARMED in the top 30% of all companies in all sectors worldwide, while in the 4 categories the SARMED performance was above the industry average.
This result is recognition of SARMED’s commitment to the ethical and socially sustainable provision of services, which is captured through four main pillars:
- Working Conditions and Standards
- Health and Safety
- Business Practice and Integrity
These pillars are reflected not only in this certification but also in the way the company operates by incorporating them into the Integrated Management System.
June 2018 | New DC in Patras
SARMED, in the context of its growth plan, announces the expansion of its storage and Distribution Centers by creating a new facility in Patras.
With the development of its own network and more comprehensive geographical coverage, SARMED aims to better control its operation and provide more efficient and competitive Logistics services in Southern and Western Greece.
The new DC is located at the exit of Ovrya of the peripheral road of Patras and consists of 6,000 m² open and 2,000 m² sheltered storage space. In addition, SARMED has invested in the creation of 200 m² cooling chambers for crossdock management of all types of temperature-controlled products, a category which requires high expertise and experience.
May 2018 | Participation of SARMED at the Metrology Conference
SARMED participated in the 7th National Metrology Conference, co-organized by the Research Institute of Communications and Computer Systems (ICCS), the Hellenic Association of Laboratories-HellasLab and the National Technical University of Athens.
SARMED presented methodologies for measuring carbon footprint in the supply chain based on international standards as well as the results of the calculations for the transportation and distribution of a specific product category from Athens to destinations throughout Greece.
The work was presented by Dr. Dimitrios Theodorou (Quality and Food Safety Manager), developed in co-operation with Toai Truong (Project Manager and Quality Assurance Associate) and George Fardis (Transport Manager).
May 2018 | Occupational health and safety management system certification according to OHSAS 18001
In order to demonstrate its interest in the safety and health of its employees and all stakeholders involved in its operation, SARMED has developed and implemented a health and safety management system in accordance with OHSAS 18001. The implementation of system was successfully audited by the TÜV Hellas Certification Body (TÜV Nord Group).
May 2018 | Sponsorship and participation in the Logistics Conference, Logi.C 2018
The 10th annual event LOGI.C 18 on ‘Managing the Supply Chain’ at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNFCC), was successfully hosted on May 4-5, by o.mind Creatives.
Thematic units and findings of pioneering research attracted the interest of executives from the business market while focusing on modern transportation and distribution networks, both within and outside the borders.
SARMED supported the conference as a sponsor, while Mr. Charalampos Siaflas (Logistics & Commercial Director of the company) participated in a roundtable discussion on the first Pharma Cosmetics Impact Survey and their Supply Chain by Optilog & o. mind Creatives.
May 2018 | New partnership with ARYZTA GREECE
SARMED announces its cooperation with ARYZTA GREECE for vertically integrated logistics (storage and distribution) services at freezing temperatures across a nationwide network. In this way it accelerates its penetration in the field of cold load management, utilizing the recent investment of upgrading and expanding modern temperature controlled storage facilities.
ARYZTA GREECE is a member of the international group ARYZTA AG with a turnover of 4 billion euros, which holds the 1st place in frozen B2B bakery.
April 2018 | Actions of our executives
The SEV investment conference “Planning the Future with Investments” was successfully held on 23-24/4/2018 at the Divani Caravel Hotel, revealing the need and characteristics of a friendly investment environment.
A special honor for SARMED was the participation of Mr. Yiannis Sarantitis, Deputy Managing Director, at the Round Table discussion on “Investment in logistics, ports, airports”.
Mr. Sarantitis expressed the ability of the domestic 3PL market to face international competition, the investments required to ensure that Greek logistics attract international customers but also meet domestic trade needs, especially in tourist areas. Finally, reference was made to the degree of concentration and partnerships in the field.
April 2018 | Happy Easter
April 2018 | In memoriam
Dear colleagues and friends,
A few days ago, the founder and Chairman of the BoD of our company, Charalampos Sarantitis, passed away. On behalf of the SARMED family, I would like to offer a last salutation to the human who brought new morals to the business world, the man who has shown the way and has shaped the strong human-oriented culture we have all inherited and continue to follow.
His emblematic personality, his restless and open spirit, his sincere and dignified attitude, his immediacy, his simplicity and even his mocking attitude at times, his constant effort for the common good, have left a mark on us and are our example and our inspiration. Perhaps even more than his business activity, we will remember him for his social contribution and his charitable work, which derived from his deep love for God.
In a difficult time for the economy and society where respect for the role and value of mankind is continually deteriorating, we have learned from him to recognize, appreciate and promote the value of human relations, solidarity and the effort for joint progress.
No matter how much we have grown or how much we will develop in the future, we will not cease to act in the light of the principles that he inspired us. The constant effort for innovation, excellence in services and business development is not real and sustainable unless it is focused on humans and their personal development and well-being.
And beyond all the above, what will remain in our memories is always the open door of his office, his open heart, his warm attitude, but also his warm words, whether he was talking to a ministry official or to the neighborhood chestnut vendor.
Forever in our memory.
Yiannis Ch. Sarantitis
March 2018 | New cooperation with PESCANOVA HELLAS
SARMED announces its new cooperation with PESCANOVA HELLAS for vertically integrated storage, distribution services throughout Greece and repackaging under freezing conditions.
PESCANOVA HELLAS is a subsidiary of a multinational group and is active in the import/trading of fresh and frozen seafood.
March 2018 | New cooperation with Kontoveros Seafood
SARMED, in the context of its development and further penetration in the food industry under controlled temperature conditions, announces the launch of its cooperation with KONTOVEROS for vertically integrated storage and door-to-door distribution throughout Greece.
KONTOVEROS, founded in 1968, is active in the import, export, trading, processing, standardization, packaging and distribution of frozen seafood. Furthermore, the company produces delicious innovative products (burgers, sausages, kebabs and delicacies) from seafood. KONTOVEROS has currently gained a market share of over 25% and has significantly increased its export activity, being the most dynamically growing company in its sector.
March 2018 | Sponsorship & Participation at the 5th SOLUTIONS Conference
The 5th SOLUTIONS Conference with the topic: LOGISTICS PEST (Political Economical Social Technological) ANALYSIS – Challenges and solutions in the new institutional and economic environment by the Supply Chain Institute, was held on Tuesday 13/03.
The conference analyzed the overall Logistics market environment and presented technical solutions and applications to effectively address contemporary issues that affect the day-to-day operation of each enterprise’s supply chain.
SARMED supported the conference as a sponsor, while Mr. Dimitris Karagiannis (3PL BU Director @SARMED) participated in the panel discussion on the environment, the operation and the prospects of the transport companies (agencies) market, presenting the business model of SARMED’s nationwide distribution under controlled temperature conditions.
March 2018 | Expansion of controlled temperature facilities
SARMED is pleased to announce the completion of the investment to upgrade the existing temperature controlled storage facilities and the expansion of 2,000 pallet deep-freeze chambers to meet the ever-increasing storage needs of products under controlled temperature conditions. The investment exceeded € 1,500,000 while the company is already in advanced discussions for commercial agreements with companies operating in the refrigerated food industry.
March 2018 | Actions of our Executives
Publication of an article entitled ‘New trends in Logistics: The role of standards’ in SCL Magazine, by Dr. Dimitris Theodorou, Quality & Food Safety Manager at SARMED.
February 2018 | SARMED's new IT Director, Antonis Danopoulos
Antonis Danopoulos has taken the role of IT Director at SARMED from the beginning of 2018, as the company has decided to invest dynamically in the IT sector in order to maintain its competitiveness and high growth goals in an ever-changing environment.
Mr. Danopoulos holds a postgraduate (MSc) degree from University of Wales (Swansea) in the Computer Science field and has worked, over a decade, in both national and international IT projects from various positions (Team Leader, Software Engineer etc.)
Over the last nine years, he worked as IT Director of SPEEDEX courier company implementing major IT projects.
Mr. Danopoulos’ new role includes:
- Manage a competent team of internal IT professionals and external IT companies.
- Redesign the IT division.
- Create the new IT strategy (new technologies and investment plan) for years to come.
- Support and improve all key software applications (WMS, ERP, Fleet Management, POD etc.).
- Maintain and expand company’s infrastructure (Computer Room, RF Scanners, Security Systems, Warehouse Systems, etc.).
- Support and redesign SARMED’s telecommunications and internal networks.
- Manage the IT procurement.
Mr. Danopoulos, with his knowledge and expertise, will not only help with the smooth and continuous operation of company’s information systems and infrastructure but will also contribute in realising SARMED’s vision and strategic goals.
We welcome Mr. Danopoulos to the SARMED family and we wish him every success in his new duties.
February 2018 | Participation in the 11th Congress of Pharmaceutical Management
SARMED, within the framework of its Pharma logistics market placement strategy, supported both through sponsorship and with its presence of its executives at the 11th Conference of Pharmaceutical Management. The conference took place on 7, 8 and 9 February 2018 at the Megaron International Conference Center in Athens, entitled “Pharma 2020: Trust – Collaboration – Value”, organized by the Hellenic Society for Pharmaceutical Management (E.E.PHA.M).
January 2018 | Upgrade of the Quality System of SARMED
The audit process of SARMED’s Integrated Management System by TÜV Hellas Certification Body (TÜV Nord Group) was successfully completed and the relevant certificates were issued. More specifically, the certifications granted were the new version of ISO 9001:2015 and the transition from HACCP to ISO 22000:2005 regarding food and beverage safety. In addition, the validity of the Certificate of Good Practice for Storage and Distribution of Medical Devices was renewed in accordance with Ministerial Decision 1348/04.
The confirmation of the effective implementation of the Integrated Management System is one more evidence of our commitment to operate by providing our partners with high quality services that meet their needs and expectations.