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Up to speed with the courier sector in an interview with Gian Sharp, CEO at Urgent Cargus

2018-04-12 16:27:38

Hello, Mr. Sharp! We'd really like to know more about your industry, so please tell us how would you describe the activity of the courier sector in 2017 compared to previous years?

In 2017 we saw the continued evolution of strong growth in particular in e-commerce. We are seeing a number of international players now selling products cross-border into Romania. As volumes continued to increase, we are investing in technologies which will enable to introduce predict delivery this year and it will allow us to optimize our pick up deliveries.

How do you see the sector evolve this year? What are the main challenges for 2018?

As GDP was the highest year on year growth in Europe, we also saw significant increase in B2B as well. We see these indicative continuing throughout 2018 and our challenge is to ensure we have the right amount of facilities and personnel to cope with this growth. Our challenge in this area is significant increase in salaries and fuel costs, which drive up our operating costs.

What is the storage capacity of your company and what is the size of your fleet?

We have operating platforms in over 70 cities all over the country and we continue to upgrade our facilities and process flow equipment's in both 2017 and 2018.

What is the investment plan for this year and what are you trying to accomplish?

Our investment in 2018 will be in adding three additional dedicated sorting facilities that will have custom automatic process capacity. In 2018 we will continue to develop cross-border shipping projects that will allow European e-commerce platform to sell into Romanian market and Romanian market to sell into European market.

What other business objectives/projects do you have for the coming years?

For more than 25 years, Urgent Cargus kept Romania connected. Our logistic expertise and qualified personnel, combined with state-of-the-art IT solutions enabled a certain guarantee that we can successfully meet the needs of our clients and will continue to be our most important objective. Our vision is to become the preferred provider of domestic courier services.

What was your 2017 turnover and how many employees do you have? What are the figures for 2018?

In 2017 we exceed 80 million Euro in turnover. In 2018 we will exceed over 90 million euro in turnover. This revenues and volumes are deliver by a work force of over 3000 employees and subcontractors.



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