Merlin Lojistik (the team is pictured below) partnered with Turkish franchise nearly a year ago. They are located in the Tekirday area of Turkey. Their hard work constantly contributes to the impressive success of Flash in Turkey.
The FLASH branded franchise community continues to expand. We welcome another new Unit franchisee in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
This time, the investors are Miriam Logistika, a company with 15 years of experience in specialized freight solutions with a total of 13 employees.
Miriam Logistika’s has invested in the Flash franchise to broaden its service portfolio and develop a complementary new service next to their historically grown specialism in complex ADR shipments.
Premium freight is all about taking good care of client requirements and to that extent there are similarities with ADR shipments who also require a well-managed shipment on the operational execution level.
Additionally, the Flash Brand will help the company become a more established global player in their local market. Miriam Logistika has recognized that it would take much longer to achieve their goals alone. The ability to join the Brand of a global player is very much facilitated through a professional partnership, with an already established high-end IT system and service capabilities.
Nenad Kovacic, owner of Miriam Logistika is enthusiastic about the new venture and believes Flash is the perfect partner for them. Mr. Kovacic: “After 4 weeks of intensive training and integration, we went live this week. To have access to this expertise and systems based on many years of market leadership, can only excite us. On top the level of personal support and commitment strengthen and determine us to go at maximal speed for this development mission”
Q – What is your background?
A – Over the past 15 years, I have been working in many functions in the food sector (distribution), partly employed and partly as owner running my own business. I even had my own food stores. Originally, I am a professional veterinarian.
The food sector is a very interesting and challenging business in Turkey, but after so many years in this sector, I was looking for a new challenge. Flash Europe just came to me at the right moment in time.
Q – How did you get in contact with Flash?
A – It is a rather peculiar story. In fact, it was my wife who drew my attention to this Franchise opportunity. She is a managing partner of the Franchise Company, who currently supports Flash Europe in recruiting Unit Franchisees for other Territories. Turkey has been divided into more than 25 Unit Territories, at the moment four Territories are active (Istanbul, Bursa, Tekirdag, Ankara). After meeting the Master Franchisee Hakan Ertemel, I was fully convinced this was a unique opportunity I had to go for.
Q – Why have you decided to become part of the Flash Europe Franchise Network?
A – For me it was obvious that the premium freight services Flash offers all across Europe can be of great added value to the Ankara region. Instead of paying high air freight rates, customers need to be aware of the alternatives we can offer through fast and dedicated road solutions. This really saves them money, with lead times being pretty close to airfreight (door-to-door). Many customers are just not aware of this alternative and it is my mission to inform and convince them. Due to my previous activities I have a large network of business contacts in the Ankara region. So, it is really the combination of the Group’s support, systems and vehicles on the one hand, and my regional network on the other that will make this into a success.
Q -What did you do to prepare your decision?
A – Due to my previous activities in the food distribution, I was familiar with transport. But not with the specifics of premium freight. Thus, I decided to join a driver, we did a shipment from Ankara to Ulm in Germany. This was a helpful experience, because you get a good idea of what problems the drivers can be faced with: customs, communication with Flash, Easy2Trace (the app Flash developed for communication and track & trace), issues the driver is facing at loading and delivery address etc.
Q – How have you been supported by the Franchisor and Master Franchisee?
A – My main counterpart of course is the Master Franchisee. Hakan Ertemel has been highly supportive from the very beginning: training on site in the Istanbul office, joint customer visits, guidance in my office. Also, the e-learning platform of Flash – GeniusAcademy – helped to understand processes and systems.
Flash as a Franchisor is never far away and always willing to help. Quite recently, I was invited to the first Annual Franchise event, organized by Flash: a great opportunity to meet other franchisees of the network and exchange views and experiences.
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Flash Europe expands franchise activities in Turkey and Russia
- Turkish market off to a good start with a total of four franchise licenses.
- Country partner for Russia and complementary area franchisee for Novgorod established
- Opening of two more Central European countries planned for the first half of 2020
- Additional franchisees sought at country level and for individual regions in the following countries: Bulgaria, Serbia, Slovenia, Bosnia, Croatia, Ukraine, Macedonia, Russia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Norway, Denmark and Ireland
Stuttgart, Germany, December 2019 – Flash Europe, a long-standing and internationally established provider of on-demand transportation services, launched its own franchise system in mid-2019, opening up franchise opportunities on a country and regional territory level. Hakan Ertemel was the first franchise partner to be won over for Turkey as country and territory partner (for the Istanbul and Bursa regions). In the last few weeks, two additional area licenses were awarded to Onur Atacan for the region around Ankara and Mikail Yildirim for the regions of Tekirdag, Cerkezkoy and Edirne. “We are proud that we were able to award some important area licences for Turkey to local and motivated entrepreneurs with good contacts and their own network within such a short time”, emphasizes Jan Schüller, Business Unit Manager Franchise. “For the Flash Group, it is essential above all to find the right partners: trustworthy entrepreneurs with a passion for logistics,” Schüller continues. For the franchisee, the choice of the right franchisor is of course also crucial. “We benefit from the synergies of the Flash Group in terms of an established network, a considerable customer portfolio, mature IT solutions, training systems, app-controlled track-and-trace systems, stable and long-term developed processes and much more,” reports Onur Atacan. “I was very impressed by the size of the network and the professional and dedicated support,” the new franchisee continues. Turkey is of great strategic importance for the logistics company, which owes much of its positive business development to the automotive industry.
With the development of its own franchise system, the express logistics company set the course for additional internationalisation and growth. In the fourth quarter, another important market for the provider of time-critical transport services was developed in Russia. In Russia, Flash found a franchisee on a national level in Sergey Burkov with an additional area around Moscow and St. Petersburg and a further area franchisee Kristina Zaytseva for the Nizhniy Novgorod region. “With Flash Europe I now have the opportunity to develop and expand. We were previously focused on domestic transport. The Premium Freight segment is an attractive niche for us, and I see great growth potential for the region,” the franchisee reports. Zaytseva emphasises that “We now have the opportunity to participate in large tenders, can offer standardized solutions, but still show local know-how. We have access to the entire Redspher platform through Flash Europe, which allows us to offer our customers a complete package of on-demand transportation solutions. This is a huge competitive advantage over local competitors,”.
Flash Europe aims to gradually expand the franchise system to other countries, especially in Eastern Europe, the Baltic States and Northern Europe. “The franchise system has proven to be a very interesting business development method for us in the past months. We will therefore accelerate the methodology in 2020. We expect to open at least two more Central European countries in the first half of 2020 due to the great market interest in our franchise system. This is an exclusive process, as the number of licenses is limited,” says Philippe Higelin, CEO of the company, explaining the planned development.
Redspher is a European transport and logistics group. All companies of the group are combined in a digital platform that simplifies on-demand transport. Redspher consists of Flash Europe International (international premium logistics in BtoB), Schwerdtfeger Transport (international premium logistics in BtoB.Upela (international freight management), Upela (international freight management), Easy2Go (sameday deliveries in the BtoB and BtoC area – currently limited to the French market), Easy4Pro (ad hoc transport management software in the BtoB area), GeniusAcademy (online training center), Easy2Trace (app for monitoring vehicles and shipments), Roberts.eu (service provider with access to the largest European van fleet), Yoctu (provider of IT tools) and Rubiwin (fleet management support). Redspher aims to revolutionize the transport market by integrating its physical and digital dimensions. The group is the result of the strong growth of Flash, which has developed through acquisitions and organic growth throughout Europe. Today, Redspher employs more than 650 people in Europe and continues to actively recruit to drive the company’s growth.
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Flash is the European leader of the Premium Freight market. We have a vast choice of road and air transport solutions. We answer every need of our customers with tailor-made solutions. We believe in addressing the customers’ needs with simple, clear and fast solutions using digital modern tools.
As the European Leader of Premium Freight, Flash is always looking for new possibilities to expand its market. This is why we are proud to announce the beginning of our Franchisee project, with already our first Master Franchisee in Turkey. Hakan Ertemel has entrusted our expertise and teamed up with Flash to grow his business
“I’m quite confident taking on this new challenge as an entrepreneur. There is a growing market for Premium Freight and I have the support of the European market leader .”
Turkey Master Franchisee
Flash Europe is proud to start its franchise program
Flash, the European leader of premium freight has launched a new franchising program. It has already its first Master Franchisee in Turkey and the first 2 territory units sold. The goal is to further expand the network of carriers and partners across Turkey and Europe, with the support of ambitious entrepreneurs.
In the supply chain market, counting on international and trustworthy business partners is an asset. Competitive pressure and growing expectations from the customers have led to more and more companies to minimize stock and produce on-demand. This is why supply chain management and premium shipments are becoming a key factor for every company. In this fragmented but growing market all over the world, Premium freight improves the resilience of the whole supply chain. Industry and Retail giants are increasingly relying on Premium Freight companies to keep their production line running and to keep control over their stock. International groups expect a certain level of standards and favor global solutions. They want partners that adapt to their processes and understand their priorities. It’s not only about delivery. It is about adjusting to the customer and making the shipment process as clear as possible. Nowadays, this is what Retail and Industry giants are looking for. Global players that can comply with the new priorities.
In order to adapt to those new trends in the supply chain market, Flash has sharpened its expertise and created a worldwide network with offices in over 18 countries. Flash tech tools have been designed thinking about its customers and carriers, to let them control and facilitate the shipment process. By keeping customers and suppliers at the heart of its strategy, Flash has structured a successful operating model. And this model made 480 000 deliveries driving with more than 300 000 000 kms possible in 2018. Through its experience and its digital know-how, Flash has become the European leader of Premium freight.
Flash expansion is based on the creation of offices in selected areas of the market. Now it is now going to be strengthened on a wider level thanks to the franchise’ program. To grow stronger, we need to find locally the right partners: trustworthy people passionate about logistics. Signing our License agreement, our Master Franchisee will sit in the driverseat. He will be able to find, contract, train and develop Single Unit Franchisees using the proven business model of Flash in its own country.
The franchise network is on the first stages of its building process in Turkey with a new Master Franchisee who already bought two franchise units. Flash aims to further expand the network there and in other European countries.
“I’m quite confident taking on this new challenge as an entrepreneur. There is a growing market for Premium Freight and I have the support of the European market leader .” Hakan Etermel, Master Franchisee for the Turkish Market since January 2019.