READ THE RECENT INTERVIEWS OF THE ESTONIAN LOGISTICS AND FREIGHT FORWARDING ASSOCIATION WITH MARK PAVES, CEO OF SMARTEN LOGISTICS

  • Why did you decide to join ELFA? In the case of Smarten Logistics, it is a rejoining, as we have seen that ELFA has undergone an update and is dealing with very important issues concerning the present and future of our business.
  • How has the COVID-19 crisis affected the development of AS Smarten Logistics? The time of crisis caused by the pandemic has undoubtedly been different from the usual, sometimes more complicated, and has brought many challenges. But at the same time, it has created many new opportunities, i.e., during the crisis, we have reviewed and improved important processes, introduced several new processes, and focused on the growth of the e-commerce business together with our partners. In May, together with Columbus Estonia, we went to the Äripäev radio show – “Digital Transformation in Trade and Industry” to discuss these topics. If you are interested in finding out more, you can listen to the program from the link below: https://www.aripaev.ee/raadio/episood/laojuhtimise-valjakutsetest-ekaubanduse-huppelise-tousu-vaates
  • Which changes in the law have most influenced business decisions? Business decisions must be made on a daily basis, but no decision has been directly affected by changes in the law.
  • Are there any issues or hotspots that need more attention in the logistics and freight forwarding sector? There are many topics related to this area, but I see that the choices currently in focus by ELFA are topical and need more attention. I believe that these issues will be covered more and will eventually find positive solutions.
  • What investments do you plan to make in the company in the next five years? Investments are aimed at making logistics even of higher quality and more efficient in the future, servicing of e-commerce even smoother, and we will certainly continue to contribute to ensuring environmental sustainability.
  • How do you assess the competitiveness of Estonian companies in global markets? Today, Smarten has no global experience, as we have focused on Estonia in our core business and where we are the market leader with very outstanding achievements in several areas.
  • How do you assess the level of young people in today’s labor market, the quality of education in the logistics and forwarding sector for which positions you are currently looking for labor? For years, we have contributed to educational topics in this field, attended schools and given lectures in the field of logistics, and invited students to an internship at Smarten. The general level is very good in our eyes, but today’s young people have little perseverance. They want to be in a fast-paced environment, which often cannot be offered in the company within such a short period of time. As far as recruitment is concerned, we are currently looking for a new workforce at full capacity, because Smarten is constantly growing and therefore new people also have the opportunity to join us. So when logistics issues are close to your heart, you can always knock on our door! You can keep up to date with all current offers on our website (https://www.smarten.ee/) or via Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/smartenlogisticsas).

CAREER AND WORK IN THE LOGISTICS SECTOR – OPEN DAYS IN TALLINN INDUSTRIAL EDUCATION CENTER

As one of the largest employers in its field, Smarten is always happy to guide, inspire and offer internship opportunities for young students. That is why we are always happy to cooperate with various educational institutions, where we introduce the topics of logistics and warehouse management and invite young learners to get acquainted with this field.

Due to the corona restrictions, the Open Days of Tallinn Industrial Education Center took place this year on 05.04 -16.04.21 via online channels and also had the relevant title> Closed Doors 2021“. The keywords of the event were competitive education, top performers in the field, motivation to study, career, and good salary.

Our Logistics Director, Hannes Oks, went to the Open Days to talk about logistics, what are the professions and tasks in the field of logistics, and the opportunities to move up the career ladder.

The podcast can be viewed at the link below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dVylXMZwJw

Welcome to the world of logistics!

TESTING A NEW FORM OF INTERIM MANAGEMENT

Smarten Logistics has always been an innovative and open-minded company, striving to keep the flag of the innovation leader in its field high. This is also in the field of human resources, where we are testing a rather new form of management in Estonia – interim management.

Interim management or mobile management is a flexible form of management that helps a company hire a guest manager or temporary manager for a specific topic or project. You can read more about interim management here: https://kylalisjuht.ee/

As this field is still in the development stage in Estonia, we were invited to Äripäev radio to share our experiences and encourage other Estonian companies to try different flexible forms of work.

If you have not heard the live broadcast, you can also listen to Äripäev’s broadcast from the link below:

https://www.aripaev.ee/raadio/episood/kulalisjuht-koige-enam-maadeldakse-turunduses-ideedepuudusega

ÄRIPÄEV RADIO: CHALLENGES OF WAREHOUSE MANAGEMENT IN THE VIEW OF THE LEAP IN E-COMMERCE

Our Logistics Manager, Hannes Oks, and Development Manager, Jarko Lust, visited Äripäev’s radio show “Digital Transformation in Trade and Industry” to talk about Smarten’s biggest recent challenges related to the corona period and how to solve them through digitization.

Topics covered during the show included:

  • Labor challenges – labor cost, labor turnover, increased number of sick days.
  • Supply chain requirements will be tightened, same-day delivery and delivery to delivery points are expected;
  • The availability of raw materials and goods is a challenge;
  • Expectations for third parties are growing, and a great deal of flexibility is expected;
  • Seasonal volume growth and soaring e-commerce returns;
  • Warehouse pick efficiency and speed – the greatest efficiency loss is walking time in the warehouse.

And in addition, Hannes and Jarko also gave their suggestions to the industry as a whole for better organization of the supply chain.

Those who didn’t have the opportunity to listen to the show live, don’t worry. You can listen to Äripäev’s program from the link below: https://www.aripaev.ee/raadio/episood/laojuhtimise-valjakutsetest-ekaubanduse-huppelise-tousu-vaates