September 2021 | Gold level recognition of SARMED for the performance on corporate social responsibility issues
SARMED participated for the fourth consecutive year in the assessment of its corporate social responsibility performance by EcoVadis and received the “Gold Recognition Level” distinction.
EcoVadis is an international platform that allows companies to monitor the sustainability performance of their suppliers. Its methodology covers over 75,000 suppliers annually from 200 sectors and 150 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 2021 SARMED scored higher compared to 2020 and was ranked among the top 8% of companies in the sector worldwide. Its performance places the company above the industry average in all four categories.
This result is recognition and re-confirmation of SARMED Top Management and employees 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, Environment
These pillars are reflected not only in this distinction but also in the way the company operates as they are incorporated into the Integrated Management System.
September 2021 | New collaboration with INTROFEX SA
SARMED proudly announces its collaboration with INTROFEX SA, for the storage of its products, in its state-of-the-art facilities in Mandra, Attica.
INTROFEX was established in 1975 and is an evolution of the initial food business set up by Karadimas family in 1922 in Piraeus. Today, INTROFEX is considered to be one of the biggest and most specialized food crafts in Greece after 4 generations. The main areas in which the company operates are the import of large quantities of raw material in bulk form for products such as cereals, chocolate, dried fruits, nuts, cocoa powder, instant chocolate drinks, instant mashed potato powder and coffee filters from the most specialized manufacturers in Europe as well as standardization of these products in a wide range of packages according to the desires and specifications of customers. The company offers its products mainly under the private label of the largest Greek supermarket chains, but also under its own brand “Millhouse”.
It is notably a very important addition to SARMED’s wide clientele in the food industry field.
September 2021 | Certification of Medical Devices Management System according to ISO 13485:2016
The development, implementation and certification of the Quality Management System of SARMED for Medical Devices according to the international standard ISO 13485:2016 was successfully completed.
The incorporation of the requirements of this standard in the Integrated Management System of SARMED, which already meets the requirements of a large number of standards and regulations (ISO 9001, ISO 22000, ISO 45001, ISO 14001, ISO 50001, YA 1348, EK 834/2007, AEOF), was certified by the accredited certification body TÜV Austria Hellas.
The certification scope of ISO 13485:2016 covers the repackaging of medical devices and is a proof of the commitment of SARMED for compliance with high quality standards concerning the External – Value Added Services offered to the supply chain. In addition to storage and distribution services, SARMED can offer high quality services in supporting activities, such as repackaging, document management and digitalization, etc.
Especially in the field of repackaging, SARMED having been fully equipped with printing, heat shrinking and packaging machines and employing experienced and specialized staff, has the ability for productions of high capacity and high-quality standards. The repackaging services provided include labeling, heat shrinkage, packaging of all kinds, set compositions, promotional stand and displays configurations, product sorting, printing, LOT management, etc.
September 2021 | New partnership with with the Greek Canning Company, KYKNOS.
SARMED announces a new, strong collaboration with the Greek canning company, KYKNOS for the storage of its products, in its state-of-the-art facilities in Mandra, Attica, as well as in Patras.
KYKNOS is the leading Greek Canning Company with tomato products, sauces, the well-known ketchup, vegetables, legumes, and also compotes. At its modern factory in the prefecture of Ilia, the production procedure is in accordance with the strictest international quality standards. The company holds a leading position in the Greek market and an international presence with export activity in 15 countries. KYKNOS products can be found in almost all food retail outlets across the country and are the first choice of thousands of households around the world.
Another leading and purely Greek company is added to the vast clientele of SARMED.
July 2021 | New partnership with FAMAR S.A. (member of FAMAR Group)
In the context of continuous development in the pharmaceutical sector, SARMED announces a new strategic cooperation with the company FAMAR S.A. (member of FAMAR Group), for the transportation of its customers’ products at controlled temperatures throughout Greece.
The project includes direct transportation and distribution of pharmaceutical and cosmetic products with immediate delivery times, even in remote areas, in accordance with Good Distribution Practices (GDP) for distribution vehicles. These specifications are checked and validated by FAMAR’s Quality Control.
FAMAR is one of the leading European companies providing development and production of pharmaceutical and cosmetic products with more than 70 years of know-how. With 6 production centers and 2 R&D units in Greece, Italy and Spain as well as the largest network of exclusive distribution of pharmaceuticals and cosmetics in Greece – covering 60% of the total market, FAMAR annually produces 1,700 unique product codes for more than 120 customers – pharmaceutical and cosmetic companies.
The cooperation with FAMAR is a milestone in the controlled temperature distribution services of SARMED and adds another leading company to its vast clientele.
July 2021 | New partnership with Famiglia di Pasta
SARMED is pleased to announce its new partnership with Famiglia di Pasta for the distribution of its products in Rhodes.
Famiglia di Pasta was founded in Athens in 1992 by George Giannopoulos. Its main activity was the production of Greek traditional pastry products. With a strong will for expansion, George Giannopoulos invested in the construction of a factory of 6,500 sq.m. in Messinia. Thus, creating a state-of-the-art production unit it managed to meet the needs of its customers. This important project contributed to the expansion of the company, allowing it to start export activities in 10 countries around the world. Famiglia di Pasta has a strong brand name thanks to the excellent quality of its products.
July 2021 | SARMED proudly announces the commencement of cooperation with ION SA
SARMED, with great honor announces the commencement of cooperation with the company ION SA for the storage of its products in the state-of-the-art facilities of SARMED in Mandra, Attica.
ION was founded in 1930 in Neo Faliro, Attica and to this day is one of the largest companies in Greece. The company grows, evolves, respects its values and creates new opportunities, proving that entrepreneurship in Greece builds on its solid history, to create a prosperous future!
With three state-of-the-art production units in Greece, employing approximately 950 people and a turnover of over 110 million euros per year, ION is ranked among the 60 largest Greek industries. It pursues its values, not only through the implementation of innovative products but also through a responsible approach towards its employees and partners, the society and the environment. ION is constantly and successfully developing its export activity from East to West, by participating annually in international exhibitions, aiming at expanding its horizons by maintaining constant presence in the chocolate industry and the creation of new collaborations at an international level.
July 2021 | New collaboration with Green Cola Hellas
SARMED proudly announces its new partnership with Green Cola Hellas for the storage of fruit juices, for the production of carbonated beverages and soft drinks at controlled temperatures (0-6ο C), at its state-of-the-art facilities in Sindos, Thessaloniki.
Green Cola, a purely Greek company based in Orestiada, created a new category of soft drinks, by using exclusively natural ingredients in its recipes. Green Cola has consistently been at the forefront of preferences for stevia cola which is currently being distributed in more than 30 countries, including the US market, from 2019.
An important addition to the clientele of SARMED from the field of food and beverages, which confirms its position at the top of 3PL companies in Greece.
June 2021 | Sponsorship of SARMED and participation of Mr. Yiannis Sarantitis, Chairman & CEO (SARMED), in the online conference of The Economist and EEL
SARMED, as a Silver Sponsor, supported the conference co-organized with great success by The Economist and the Hellenic Logistics Company (EEL) on “LOGISTICS: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES IN A POST COVID-19 WORLD – Greece’s role in Europe’s Supply Chain” on June 23rd, 2021, with the participation of almost 5,000 delegates from 20 countries.
Mr. Yiannis Sarantitis, Chairman of the Board & CEO of SARMED participated in the conference, in the section “Resilient and Agile Supply Chains”. Commenting on the position of the key-note speaker Martin Christopher, emeritus Professor and Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Center for Logistics and Supply Chain Management and Procurement, Cranfield School of Management, Mr. Sarantitis referred to the trends in logistics, noting that companies are reorganizing their networks by engaging in partnerships as supply reaches closer to demand. He emphasized that the leaders of the supply chain need to apply a holistic approach the main features being flexibility, durability, efficiency, investing in modern technologies, such as AI, big data collection and processing, but also engaging in environmentally friendly practices. Last but not least, he stressed the need to adopt sustainable development policies, as well as ESG indicators that monitor performance in terms of environment, society and corporate governance.
June 2021 | Renewal of cooperation with Hellenic Breweries of Atalanti
SARMED announces with great pleasure, the renewal of its cooperation with Hellenic Breweries of Atalanti – EZA, for the storage of its products in the modern facilities of SARMED in Thebes, Mandra (Attica) and Thessaloniki, as well as their distribution throughout Greece.
Hellenic Breweries of Atalanti was founded in 1989 and today is the largest independent beer company in Greece. Since then, it has marked a strong development course, while acclaiming internationally awarded products of top quality and unique taste. With a production capacity that now exceeds 80,000,000 liters per year, it operates in perfect harmony with the environment, utilizing advanced technology, integrated production processes system, with respect and responsibility towards natural wealth.
With the completion of new investments, Hellenic Breweries of Atalanti, has become one of the most modern breweries in the Balkans and ready to achieve its goals for sustainable and profitable development.
SARMED continues to be the first choice for the largest companies in the field of F&B.
June 2021 | Renewal of cooperation with Coca-Cola Tria Epsilon
We are pleased to announce the renewal of our partnership with Coca-Cola Tria Epsilon in three different activities:
- The management and operation of the Distribution Center for distributions in Attica. More specifically, the project concerns receipt, storage, preparation of orders, loading and unloading of distribution vehicles, stock control, as well as management of returns and warranty items.
- The storage of the Monster product (energy drink) in our facilities in Thebes. The project concerns the receipt, storage, preparation and loading of orders for delivery.
- The distribution to the final points of orders for the entire product range of Coca-Cola Tria Epsilon in Attica & Thessaloniki.
In addition, SARMED has also been awarded with a new project concerning the storage of raw materials in Mandra, Attica, and in Thebes.
Coca-Cola Tria Epsilon, focuses on growth and is the leader in non-alcoholic beverages in Greece, a member of the Coca-Cola HBC Group and a strategic partner of the Coca-Cola Company. With 52 years of presence in the market and production facilities in Schimatari, Heraklion, Crete and Aigio, it produces and distributes one of the most powerful and flexible portfolios in the industry with quality products that satisfy the desires of consumers any time of the day, for all occasions. These include the Coca-Cola Company brands, such as soft drinks (Coca-Cola, Sprite, Fanta, Schweppes), FUZE TEA iced tea, the AdeZ range of herbal drinks, and Costa Coffee, as well as product brands belonging to Coca-Cola HBC Group, such as Amita and Frulite juices and AVRA Natural Mineral Water. In addition, the company is the official distributor in Greece of TSAKIRIS chips, Monster energy drinks and alcoholic beverages of Edrington, Brown-Forman, Gruppo Campari and Isidorou Arvanitou.
The continuous trust shown in the services of SARMED by a variety of companies in the Greek market, ranks it at the top of the 3PL partners of leading companies in Greece.
June 2021 | 1st Voluntary Blood Donation for 2021
SARMED held the 1st Voluntary Blood Donation for 2021 on May 27th, in order to support our fellowmen in need of blood. 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.
We would like to thank all the participants who donated 41 valuable units of blood!
June 2021 | SARMED’s new certifications in Environmental & Energy Management Systems
The development, implementation and certification of SARMED’s Environmental and Energy Management Systems in accordance with the international standards ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 50001:2018, respectively, were completed with great success. The inclusion of the requirements of these standards in SARMED’s Integrated Management System, which already covers the requirements of several standards and regulations (ISO 9001, ISO 22000, ISO 45001, Decision 1348, EC 834/2007, AEOF), was audited by the accredited body TÜV Austria Hellas.
SARMED’s decision to pursue its certification for Environmental and Energy Management is the result of the company’s strategic goal for a sustainable business development model its commitment to the continuous improvement of its environmental performance, energy and natural resources saving and carbon footprint reduction. In particular, the certification according to ISO 50001 for Energy Management is an important point of SARMED’s differentiation. Specifically, according to the statistics of the International Organization for Standardization ISO, out of 12,347 active certificates of the most widespread ISO standards in Greece, only 1% (121 certificates) corresponds to ISO 50001 certifications, while especially in the sector “Transport, Storage and Communications” only 9 certificates have been issued, mainly for the communications industry.
It is worth noting that SARMED is expected to acquire a certification according to ISO 13485 for the repackaging of medical devices in July, as well as ISO 27001 and ISO 22301 for information security and business continuity, respectively, in autumn.
The continuous development and improvement of the Integrated Management System also proves SARMED’s commitment to provide its partners with high quality services, which meet their needs and expectations, with absolute respect for the environment and responsibility in the management of energy resources.
June 2021 | New strategic cooperation with the company DELTA Foods
SARMED is pleased to announce its new partnership with the leading Greek food company “DELTA Foods SA”- DELTA. SARMED undertook the transportation project of DELTA’s products (dairy, fruit juice, tea and cheese) from its facilities in Sindos, Thessaloniki to the facilities of its distribution partners in Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Xanthi, Komotini, Alexandroupolis, Didymoteichos).
This is an emblematic addition to the portfolio of SARMED’s partners in the food sector, confirming its absolute specialization and excellent 3PL services in the industry.
More information about DELTA and its innovative, excellent quality and high nutritional value products can be found at www.delta.gr.
May 2021 | Environmental protection and energy saving in the daily life of SARMED
SARMED has set the following goals, acknowledging the responsibility we all have in protecting the environment and saving energy resources:
- to reduce the environmental impact of the company’s activities and prevent pollution incidents, as well as
- monitor and continuously improve its energy performance.
For this purpose, good practices for the protection of the environment and energy saving are systematically communicated to all employees and relevant actions are implemented in which they are invited to participate. Also, the carbon footprint of the company’s activities is monitored and calculated based on certified methods and actions are taken to reduce it.
The action “We share thoughts, we communicate ideas, we evaluate, we act” implemented by SARMED this time was dedicated to issues of environment and energy saving. This is an action that aims at strengthening internal communication and employee participation in the continuous improvement of the working environment. Employees express their opinion through specially designed thematic questionnaires.
In the answers gathered, the majority of the participants (95%) emphasized that it is important for the company to carry out recycling and energy saving actions. The employees are informed about the recycling and energy saving actions implemented by the Company, they are consciously aware and participate very actively in the relevant actions of SARMED which are now part of their daily life.
It is noted that the company is in the final stage of obtaining certification according to the international standards ISO 50001:2018 (Energy Management System) and ISO 14001:2015 (Environmental Management System).
May 2021 | Once again, the storage services in the state-of-the-art facilities of SARMED are the top preference of the largest companies in Greece
We are proud to announce our cooperation with the company Halyps Building Materials SA, a member of the HeidelbergCement Group, for the provision of storage services for its products at SARMED’s facilities in Mandra, Attica.
HeidelbergCement Group operates in Greece through the company Halyps Building Materials SA. It also has a storage and distribution station in Durres, Albania named Eurotech Cement LLC.
HeidelbergCement, founded in 1873, was a local cement manufacturer with a factory in Heidelberg. Today, 148 years later, the HeidelbergCement Group has become one of the leading manufacturers of building materials in the world with leading positions in the market – holding the first place in the field of total aggregate production, the second place in the production of cement and third place in the production of ready-mixed concrete.
The Group employs approximately 57,000 people in more than 3,000 locations in over 50 countries worldwide and has implemented significant investment programs aiming at increasing productivity and efficiency, improving the quality of its products and working conditions of its employees, as well as reducing its impact on the environment.
May 2021 | SARMED supports the academic community and young people
SARMED proves in practice its anthropocentric focus through actions that promote the development not only of its employees, but also of graduates of the Greek academic community.
With great pleasure the Chairman & CEO of SARMED, Mr. Yiannis Ch. Sarantitis accepted the invitation of the professor of the University of Piraeus, Mr. Yiannis Maniatis. He presented together with SARMED’s executives, Mr. Antonis Danopoulos, IT Director and Mr. Dimitris Theodorou, Quality and Food Safety Manager, to University postgraduate student, new trends in logistics with an emphasis on technology and green logistics including SARMED’s practices.
Furthermore, SARMED as a sponsor of the 6th round of the Student Competition of CSR Hellas for Corporate Social Responsibility “Nikos Analytis”, focusing on Objective #12 (Responsible consumption and production) and Objective #4 (Quality Education), established by the United Nations, actively supports Sustainable Development and the interconnection of entrepreneurship with the student community!
April 2021 | Happy Easter wishes!
April 2021 | SARMED leads in online Logistics conferences
SARMED as one of the leading 3PL companies in Greece strengthens online conferences organized by official bodies of the industry by presenting its own good practices.
In the Webinar “Cost, Efficiency and Risk Management in the Supply Circuit: How is Balance Achieved?”, organized by Optilog Advisory Services, on Tuesday, March 23rd, Mr. George Fardis, Commercial Director of SARMED, presented one of the most successful case studies of the company regarding the effective planning for the management of a large storage and distribution project by a 3PL company. The participants showed particular interest in the contribution of SARMED’s project on its client’s results.
In the Webinar “Real Estate in Northern Greece”, organized by ProdExpo North, on Wednesday, April 14th, Mr. Dimitris Karagiannis, COO of SARMED, participated in a discussion regarding the process of residential and commercial, storage and logistics real estate. Mr. Karagiannis referred, among other things, to the new greenfield project with a total area of 25,000 sq.m., an investment of 15-20 million euros, that is being implemented for SARMED within the industrial area of Thessaloniki, as well as the increase of modern storage spaces, due to the growth of e-commerce. The whole discussion is available here.
Finally, SARMED participated as a sponsor in the two-day Logistics 4.0 II: Technology forum in Supply Chain, organized by the members of the Future Logistics Leaders community in the light of the Supply Chain Institute and the scientific support of Planning, on April 14th & 15th.
April 2021 | SARMED keeps strengthening its position in the market regarding warehousing and distribution services in freezing conditions by extending its collaboration with PESCANOVA HELLAS.
RENEWAL OF COOPERATION
PESCANOVA Hellas Ltd. whilst being satisfied with its cooperation with SARMED for the past 3 years for the storage of its products in freezing conditions in the state-of-the-art facilities of SARMED in Mandra, Attica and their distribution throughout Greece, proceeded to the renewal of cooperation for one more year.
PESCANOVA began its activity in Greece in 2004 and is the main supplier of fresh fish to the Greek market. It operates vertically from trawling to the disposal of its fish and seafood, while at the same time it holds full control over the origin, processing, packaging and proper disposal of its products.
The trust of PESCANOVA Hellas Ltd. proves the superiority of SARMED in the supply chain management of food in freezing conditions.
April 2021 | SARMED strengthens its position in the market regarding warehousing and distribution services in freezing conditions
SARMED, with great pleasure, announces its new cooperation with KONVA SA for the storage of its products in freezing conditions in its high-quality standards facilities in Sindos, Thessaloniki.
KONVA SA has more than 90 years of business activity and is one of the most advanced fish processing industries in Europe with a continuous growth rate. KONVA SA is the leader in the field of fish canning in Greece and the Balkans.
The trust of KONVA SA proves the superiority of SARMED in the supply chain management of food in frozen conditions.
April 2021 | SARMED undertook the storage and distribution for THEONI, the most Award-winning Greek Natural Mineral Water worldwide
Another new collaboration is added to the portfolio of SARMED with the company THEONI SA, entrusting SARMED for the storage and distribution of the most award-winning Natural Mineral Water worldwide.
AIB Group SA was founded in 1996, entering the bottled water market dynamically in 2013, with the construction of Theonis Natural Mineral Water bottling unit, in Vatsounia, Karditsa prefecture in Greece. Consistent with the vision of the founder of the company and his associates, the bottling of water takes place in a state-of-the-art unit that employs 65 people and operates in full harmony with the natural environment. It is worth noting that THEONI gushes from the natural Goura Spring, at an altitude of 1100m., in the mountain range of Agrafa, in the Prefecture of Karditsa. It is bottled directly from the source, without any admixture, input or process, maintaining its natural characteristics, which rank it as the top natural mineral water today with 24 International Quality Awards.
Today, THEONI Natural Mineral Water has a presence on the shelves of the largest supermarket chains in the domestic market and since 2020, it has made a dynamic entry in the Catering sector, inaugurating the 4th production line with the release of its elegant glass packaging, which has already been placed in the most premium Catering points. THEONI’s course is also known in the international markets, recording exports at an ever-increasing rate and thus THEONI is enjoyed by consumers in America, Europe and Asia.
March 2021 | One more company shows its confidence in the services provided by SARMED, ranking it among the leading companies in the 3PL market
SARMED proudly announces its new collaboration with Heidelberg Hellas, a member of the Heidelberger Druckmaschinen Aktiengesellschaft (Heidelberg) group, for the storage of its products in the high-standard warehouses of SARMED in Mandra Attica, as well as the transportation of its products throughout Greece.
Heidelberg Hellas is the main supplier of integrated solutions in the field of graphic arts, with a complete range of products and services for the entire production range (pre-printing, printing and final processing), machinery, software, spare parts, consumables, technical support, etc.
One more company, among the largest companies in Greece, shows its confidence in the services provided by SARMED, ranking it among the leading companies in the 3PL market.
March 2021 | Successful Audit of SARMED Logistics Integrated Management System & Verification of its prevention practices against COVID-19
The annual audit process of SARMED LOGISTICS Integrated Management System by TÜV AUSTRIA Hellas and DQS was successfully completed. More specifically, the certifications audited concerned the following standards / specifications:
- ISO 9001:2015 for Quality Management
- ISO 22000:2018 for Food Safety
- ISO 45001:2018 for Occupational Health and Safety
- Ministerial Decision 1348/04 for Good Storage and Distribution Practices for Medical Devices
- Regulations (EC) No 834/2007 and (EC) No 889/2008 for the storage of organic products
As part of the audit of the Integrated Management System, the measures and mechanisms that have been established and are being implemented within the company for the prevention of spread of COVID-19 coronavirus disease have been verified. It should be noted that the requirements of the international standard ISO / PAS 45005: 2020, Occupational health and safety management – General guidelines for safe working during the COVID-19 pandemic were taken into account for the design of preventive measures and compliance with the health protocols.
The effective implementation of the Integrated Management System confirms our commitment to provide high quality services to our clients that meet their needs and expectations and high standards of health and safety to our people.
In this context, within Q2 2021 SARMED is planning to obtain two additional certifications: for Environmental & Energy Management, as well as for Information Security & Business Continuity.
SARMED LOGISTICS Top Management warmly thanks the Heads of Departments and Divisions and all the employees for their active and decisive participation in the successful completion of the audit process.
February 2021 | Two new collaborations of SARMED confirm its superiority in the provision of logistics services in the category of motorized products
PRESS RELEASE – New collaborations
SARMED proudly announces two new partnerships with two leading importers and distributors of two-wheelers in Greece, as well as other motorized products.
MOTODYNAMICS SA for the storage and preparation of orders for the entire range of YAMAHA products (motorcycles, scooters, outboard motors, jet skis, inflatables and other marine items, ATVs, etc.) at its new facilities in Mandra, Attica.
MOTODYNAMICS SA is the official exclusive importer and distributor of YAMAHA, including PORSCHE AG, as well as other reputable companies in the field of boats, lubricants, tires and rider clothing (Continental, Selva, Shark, Alpinestars, Richa) and the representative of SIXT in Greece.
The tradition of MOTODYNAMICS counts 50+ years, commencing in 1969 with the importation of YAMAHA products in Greece and since 2005 has been listed on the Athens Stock Exchange.
GORGOLIS SA for the transportation and storage of its products in Mandra, Attica, as well as their distribution in the official network of its representatives throughout Greece.
GORGOLIS SA, with a continuous presence in the Greek two-wheeler market since 1947, is a continuation of the last Greek two-wheeler company MEGO, while it represents and sells exclusively in the Greek market products with the brands SYM, MODENAS, DAYTONA and QUADRO.
The two new collaborations of SARMED confirm its superiority in the provision of logistics services in the category of motorized products and spare parts.
January 2021 | SARMED'S Chairman & CEO Yiannis Ch. Sarantitis at Business Stories, Proto Thema
January’s Business Stories Issue at Proto Thema hosts SARMED’S Chairman & CEO Yiannis Ch. Sarantitis. Read his in-depth interview regarding SARMED & 3PL development in Greece, here
January 2021 | SARMED New year, new dynamics, new corporate video
SARMED welcomes the new year with its new corporate video introduced via the company’s social media (Youtube, LinkedIn, Facebook). In the corporate video, SARMED highlights its features that make the company stand out in the market. The main features are its human resources, the quality of services provided, its infrastructure, technology and innovation. These characteristics, together with its dynamic growth and constant pursuit of business excellence make SARMED the most suitable partner for the management of the supply chain for every company.
Get to know us better through our new corporate video…
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.