December 2020 | SARMED Wishes
This year’s celebrations are different
for all of us. But it matters more than ever
to be filled with…
SARMED’s warehouses and people are filled
with the warmest and most honest smiles.
SARMED’s family wishes you
Merry Christmas & a Happy & Healthy New Year!
Discover more here!
December 2020 | Three leading companies confirm SARMED's superiority in the provision of 3PL services
New collaboration with Miele Hellas
A new high value cooperation of SARMED with Miele Hellas commences for the management of all its products in terms of storage, sorting and distribution of orders throughout Greece for its physical stores, B2B and B2C orders (home deliveries), including the e-shop which is a priority for Miele Hellas.
Committed to the idea of lasting improvement through the motto “Immer besser” (“Forever Better”), Miele continues to offer superior quality products to its customers, which set the standards for longevity, performance, ease of use, top energy class, best design and services. For more than 120 years the perfect results have become an imperative need for Miele.
Miele has selected SARMED as the most reliable provider of 3PL services for the most distinguished and desirable premium brand home appliances in the world. The main goal of these services is for the products to reach the customers in the shortest possible time, offering excellent quality service and absolute specialization corresponding to the high standards of the products of Miele.
Renewal of collaborations
Furthermore, the following companies renewed their collaboration with SARMED, thus confirming the company’s high specialization in the provision of 3PL services in the food supply chain industry:
- Barilla Hellas, one of the largest food companies in Greece and a global leader in pasta and sauces, for the transportation of its products from its facilities in Thebes to its sales network throughout Greece and
- FrieslandCampina Hellas-NOUNOU for the transportation of its products to customers based in Western, Central and Southern Greece. The global leader FrieslandCampina offers a full range of dairy products in the Greek market, including MILNER, FINA, DUTCH LADY, etc.
November 2020 | SARMED upgrades its presence on the Internet and Social Media New Web Services
SARMED’s upgraded website is fully operational as of today.
Following the evolution of the company at all levels, the website is radically redesigned in structure, content, as well as interoperability.
More specifically, the new design reflects the philosophy of the new SARMED. Our website has a simple but informative structure that makes navigation easy and enjoyable for the user and presents all the basic information about the company.
With mostly new content and photographic material, the website enables visitors to be informed about the activities, services, facilities, human resources, but also a great deal of information that reflects the culture of SARMED and its renewed identity.
The company, consistent with its strategic goal for Customer Delight, constantly invests in upgrading its customers’ experience. In this context, it launches two new digital services:
- “My Warehouse” portal through which the customer/user will be able to place orders and fill in deliveries, monitor online – real time the progress of shipments until delivery to the final recipient, as well as its inventory and
- “Track & Trace” web application for the online – real time monitoring by the recipients of the exact stage of their orders.
Finally, the company strengthens its presence on Social Media. Through its new Facebook page, SARMED will communicate its corporate social responsibility and environmental sensitivity actions implemented, career opportunities, as well as many more interesting actions and will grow the “SARMED team”.
November 2020 | Successful completion of the licensing for SARMED Logistics facilities in accordance with the new institutional framework for Logistics
SARMED is the first 3rd Party Logistics company in Greece to have an Operating License in accordance with the new legislation. Operating in a modern and integrated legal framework for the Logistics sector, SARMED provides integrated, high quality and added value services officially approved by the State.
The Law 4302/2014 and the Ministerial Decisions that specify the holistic regulatory framework define, for the first time in Greece and with absolute clarity, the Logistics sector and its operational aspects as a separate and independent economic activity, different from the respective industrial or commercial activities. In particular, the new institutional framework for the licensing of logistics infrastructure imposes a series of requirements for the legality of infrastructure, environmental management, operating procedures, security, etc., harmonizing Greek logistics with the Green Supply Chain Management (GSCM) strategy and the circular economy strategy, as well as the requirements of international markets for licensed infrastructure with functions and processes that contribute and / or ensure the minimum possible environmental footprint.
The Quality and Infrastructure Departments of SARMED, with the support of the consulting company REDEPLAN, successfully completed the notification process as a Storage and Distribution Center (KAD) for all its facilities in Mandra, Attica (Trypio Lithari and Sfageia).
It should be noted that SARMED’s facilities, both in Trypio Lithari and in Sfageia, were licensed as medium sized activities (> 150,000m3), while especially for the facilities in Trypio Lithari (total storage volume 429,000m3 and volume of cooling chambers 33,500m3) environmental licensing was carried out through the issuance of a Decision of Approval of Environmental Conditions by the Decentralized Administration of Attica.
SARMED’s storage complexes are the largest and first licensed 3PL facilities in Greece.
November 2020 | 2nd Voluntary Blood Donation for 2020
SARMED continues its uninterrupted operation and consistently provides 3PL services to the market.
Furthermore, SARMED constantly implements human resources development, society support and environmental protection actions.
Once again, the employees of SARMED set the example for solidarity and contribution, at a time where increased health protection measures are required, by participating in the 2nd Voluntary Blood Donation of 2020, which took place on Friday 06/11/2020.
The Municipality of Mandra-Eidyllia kindly granted its premises which met all the strict criteria regarding the necessary preventive measures. The volunteers had received beforehand all the required forms for the blood donation and arrived at preset times to avoid congestion.
However, even these special conditions did not stand in the way of the 47 volunteers who participated and donated the respective blood units.
We are present, inseparable part of society … we are SARMED!
November 2020 | Technology is part of our daily lives
At SARMED we take advantage of every opportunity provided by new technology, not only to improve our productivity, but also to facilitate our daily lives.
Therefore, we welcome to SARMED the new application of our HRMS platform, Employee Self Service.
Through Employee Self Service, all employees of the company have direct access to their personal data, pay slips, leaves and performance assessments.
And this is just the beginning as the application will be constantly enriched with new tools that will make our daily life even easier and our communication even more direct!
The new Self Service Points, equipped with the necessary technological infrastructure located in all the company’s facilities, give access to everyone at any time of the day!
We apply technology and innovate by creating the conditions of tomorrow in our industry, today!
September 2020 | SARMED doubles its warehouse facilities
Consistent in implementing its strategic development plan, SARMED continues to expand its warehouses and increase its capacity.
The new 9,000 m² warehouse in Magoula, Attica is now in operation and from January 1st, 2021, a 23,000 m² warehouse will be added to the company’s facilities in Mandra, Attica.
In the fourth quarter of 2021 the gradual delivery of new warehouse complexes of up to 60,000 m² in Aspropyrgos, Attica will commence. For the development of this greenfield project, which is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2022, SARMED signed an agreement with N. KARPATHIOS SA, a company with specialization and vast experience in the construction of warehouses and a leading position in the specific industry.
Moreover, within 2021, SARMED is planning to expand its warehouse facilities up to 20,000 m² in the Sindos Industrial Zone.
September 2020 | Sarmed Financial Statements 2019
September 2020 | Happy New School Year!
We love what we do and that’s why we do it well! Sometimes of course, we have even more reasons to enjoy our production process!
All the children of the employees of the company, currently attending Primary & Secondary Schools, received SARMED gift boxes which contained basic school supplies depending on the academic level of education.
We enjoyed every moment of the process from the collection, the preparation, to the distribution of these “happy” boxes!!
We would like to wish a Happy New School Year and Academic Progress to all children!
September 2020 | Confirmation of SARMED Logistics high level of performance in sustainable development issues
SARMED Logistics for a third consecutive year received the “Silver Recognition Level” rating from EcoVadis for its performance in sustainable development. EcoVadis is an international platform that allows companies to monitor the sustainability performance of their suppliers. Its methodology covers over 65,000 suppliers annually from 200 sectors and 160 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.
In 2020, the even higher performance (64 points versus 58 in 2019) ranks SARMED Logistics in the top 7% of companies in the sector (instead of 15% in 2019). Its performance places the company above the industry’s average in all 4 rating categories.
It has to be noted that until last year such a score would correspond to the highest possible level of recognition (gold recognition level), nevertheless in 2020 ECOVADIS redefined the levels of recognition and their limits.
This result is a recognition and re-confirmation of SARMED’s top Management and employee’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.
July 2020 | Diamonds of the Greek Economy 2020
SARMED had the honor and pleasure to be awarded the “Diamonds of the Greek Economy 2020” again this year.
The event was held at the Athens Hilton Hotel, under the auspices of the Ministries of Economy and Development, Environment & Energy and SEV, where SARMED was once again the only representative from the logistics industry awarded for its developmental and financial performance, as well as for its socially responsible role.
Yiannis Ch. Sarantitis, Chairman and CEO, who received the award on behalf of all SARMED employees, emphasized the anthropocentric culture of the company, beyond the numbers and indicators, as well as informed about the company’s past performance and its immediate future plans.
You can watch the relevant video at the link below.
July 2020 | Warehousing capacity increase
SARMED increased its warehousing capacity in July by leasing a 9,000 m² roofed warehouse in Magoula, Attica.
This action is part of the expansion plan of its warehousing facilities, according to its strategic development plan.
The company has invested in upgrading the infrastructure of the warehouse, in order to improve its functionality, and has completed all necessary actions to obtain a license as customs bonded warehouses for the provision of upgraded services to its clients who carry out such activities and transactions.
SARMED constantly invests in customs tax procedures management, as it has a leading position and decades of experience in this field.
June 2020 | Our membership in CSR Hellas
April 2020 | 1st Voluntary Blood Donation for 2020
SARMED held the 1st Voluntary Blood Donation for 2020 on April 27th, the 15th in a row since 2012, in order to support our fellowmen in need of blood during these difficult times.
The action was planned in detail and with special attention, taking into account all the preventive measures against the spread of the corona virus already implemented by the Company.
The volunteers were divided into groups according to their working facility and shifts having been informed well in advance about the specific time of their arrival. Also, in order to avoid congestion, the necessary forms for the blood donation had been prepared in advance.
The area where the blood donation took place was cleaned with special care and was divided into distinct zones of waiting area, blood donation, rest area and doctor’s office, strictly observing the prescribed distances. The necessary disinfectants were placed in each zone.
We would especially like to thank the Municipality of Mandra – Eidyllia for sponsoring our Company by kindly allowing us to carry out the Voluntary Blood Donation at the Open Care Center for the Elderly of the Municipality.
Special mention should be made to the participants and voluntary blood donors, who once again actively demonstrated their solidarity, which is a key component of our philosophy and corporate culture.
We would like to thank all the participants who in this difficult time donated thirty-eight (38) valuable units of blood!
April 2020 | Re-certification of SARMED LOGISTICS Integrated Management System
The re-certification process of SARMED Logistics Integrated Management System by TÜV AUSTRIA Hellas and DQS was successfully completed and the relevant certificates were issued. More specifically, the certifications granted concerned the new version of ISO 22000:2018 regarding Food Safety and the transition from OHSAS 18001 to the new standard ISO 45001:2018 regarding Occupational Health and Safety. In addition, the following certificates were re-issued: ISO 9001:2015 for Quality Management, Certificate of Good Practice for Storage and Distribution of Medical Devices in accordance with Ministerial Decision 1348/04 and Certificate of Conformity in accordance with Regulations (EC) No 834/2007 and (EC) No 889/2008 for the storage of organic products.
The confirmation of the effective implementation of the Integrated Management System is one more evidence of our commitment to operate by providing our clients with high quality services that meet their needs and expectations.
Top Management of SARMED Logistics warmly thanks the Heads of Departments and Divisions and all the employees for their active and decisive participation in the successful completion of the re-certification.
April 2020 | Corporate Social Rensponsibility Actions
At this unexpected time, SARMED unhinderedly supports its customers while highlighting its anthropocentric character.
SARMED supports its employees through the implementation of practices to ensure their health thus setting an example to follow. At the same time, a 24/7 Employee Support and Counseling Program was activated in order to support employees and their family members by mental health professionals to more effectively manage this critical situation. To this end, SARMED is cooperating with Hellas EAP, the first company to introduce the International Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) in Greece.
In turn, SARMED employees are making a resounding contribution to the Voluntary Blood Donation campaign organized by the Company, in collaboration with the Red Cross, in order to support the effort to ensure the adequacy of blood for people in need especially during this period where blood donation activities have been significantly reduced. This action has been designed with special care and with an emphasis on ensuring the health of SARMED’s volunteer blood donors – employees.
SARMED, in response to a call from the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV), made a donation to the Institute of Pharmaceutical Research & Technology S.A. (IFET) for the supply of additional hospital equipment to combat the spread of COVID-19.
The support of our joint effort to address the effects of COVID-19, from each and every one of us and in every possible way, is vital and it will certainly lead us to a faster return to normalcy but also strengthen the spirit of solidarity for all of us.
April 2020 | Happy Easter wishes
April 2020 | SARMED on the front line
At this critical time, the hospital staff who work day and night, striving to ensure the health of our fellow citizens and the civil protection that works feverishly to ensure the restriction of the COVID-19 spread are on the front line… The employees and companies that make sure we all have the goods and products we need are also on the front line.
SARMED is on the front line with the primary purpose of providing uninterrupted service to the market while protecting and caring for its employees with undiminished zeal so that they remain healthy.
Most SARMED employees cannot work remotely. They must be on the ramparts. They even need to work on Sundays and public holidays in order to meet the demand for mainly food, consumer goods and electronic products.
SARMED has borne the required additional operating costs, whilst it does not enjoy significant relief measures designed by the state for affected businesses, it suffers “collateral damage” from those measures, such as the mandatory suspension of operations that have led to a reduction in demand for a significant number of its clientele’s products, the extension of the expiry date of bank cheques, etc.
Despite the unprecedented adversity, SARMED remains an absolutely healthy company that will once again be able to overcome this crisis and remain intact. Even more empowered, it will continue to provide reliable and quality services to its customers and will further strengthen relationships of trust with them.
March 2020 | How SARMED takes measures for COVID-19
SARMED has responsibly and prudently developed an integrated plan based on the triptych: Prevention – Effective Intervention – Ensuring Business Continuity.
Driven by focusing on its people and offering optimum, uninterrupted customer service, SARMED has developed a comprehensive business plan and organized a crisis team for its coordination, implementation and follow-up. SARMED is constantly updated on all relevant issues from responsible bodies, while participating in institutional bodies such as the Logistics Development and Competitiveness Council and contributing to the adoption and implementation of relevant measures and policies across the industry.
In the context of its integrated business plan, it fully adopts all the rules and guidelines for personal hygiene of the Ministry of Health, the National Public Health Organization, ELINYAE and other relevant bodies, as well as taking additional measures, such as follows:
- Perimeter fortification: inspection of incoming persons and objects, installation of protective gear and disinfectants at the entrances of the premises and at other points of interfaces.
- Internal partitioning: defining small indoor units and restricting the movement of employees of each unit strictly within the premises.
- Elimination of internal physical interconnection between compartments: Total isolation of buildings within the complex and segmentation and access control of public spaces, e.g. toilets, kitchens, meeting rooms, etc.
- Teleworking to the maximum extent possible: mainly for administrative staff.
- Extension of shift hours: in order to meet operational needs with shifts that are not interfacing.
- Shift gaps: each shift starts 30 minutes after the previous one expires to avoid interfaces.
- Creating backups: Determining the percentage of employees and transportation vehicles which don’t participate in the operation of the company and utilizing them to replace employees who may be infected by the virus.
- Regular preventive disinfection of all facilities by a specialized external provider and by intensifying internal cleaning services.
- Supply and use of additional prevention equipment: gloves, masks, thermometers.
- Creating an internal climate and a culture of solidarity and responsibility: regular communication, information on measures, encouraging employee participation in tailor-made risk-mitigation proposals, rewarding suggestions, rewarding compliance behavior, providing a helpdesk at the Human Resources Department to support any incidents, etc.