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Interview with CHEP - Winner of the 2nd CEE Logistics and Supply Chain Management Excellence Award

Interview with CHEP - Winner of the  2nd CEE Logistics and Supply Chain Management Excellence Award

CHEP won the 2nd CEE Logistics and Supply Chain Management Excellence Award in the solution provider category at TRANSLOG Connect in 2014 – the market leading cross-industrial business summit for transportation, logistics and supply chain management professionals in the Central Eastern European region.

To learn more about the award winning project, TEG the organiser of TRANSLOG Connect interviewed Stavros Kazakos the Regional General Manager for CHEP in Central Europe and the Balkans. (on the picutre: 3rd from the right)


TEG: Please introduce yourself; describe your position and your company’s portfolio.  

Stavros Kazakos: My name is Stavros Kazakos and I am the Regional General Manager for CHEP in Central Europe and the Balkans, with geographical responsibility for CHEP’s operations in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Serbia, Croatia, Romania, Greece and Bulgaria.

CHEP is the global leader in pallet and container pooling solutions, serving many of the world’s largest companies in sectors such as consumer goods, fresh produce, beverage and automotive. CHEP’s service is environmentally sustainable and increases efficiency for customers while reducing operating risk and product damage. CHEP’s 7,500-plus employees and 300 million pallets and containers offer unbeatable coverage and exceptional value, supporting more than 500,000 customer touch-points in more than 50 countries.


TEG: What was the innovation within your project which made you win the award? How did this contribute to your client’s success?

Stavros Kazakos: CHEP has designed and introduced a new generation quarter pallet, replacing its existing model which was introduced to the supply chain more than 20 years ago. The new pallet has been completely redesigned to significantly reduce supply chain costs for customers and includes many new and innovative features designed to deliver supply chain benefits including improved nestability which reduces space in transit and in storage. The new pallet also delivers superior stability and improved ergonomics, making it easier to handle. Finally, the design ensures it is easier and quicker for customers to attach their corrugated promotional displays, while also allowing for the more cost effective implementation of RFID tracking projects.


TEG: In your opinion, how is the project (new quarter pallet) supporting the developments of logistics in the CEE region?

Stavros Kazakos: High quality products, innovation, our unique network and excellent customer service form the basis of CHEP’s value proposition. CHEP’s new quarter pallet will deliver significant benefits to customers adopting the new product within their supply chain due to the significant innovations that have been built in to the product’s design. The new pallet is lighter than the model it replaces, weighing about 1.9kg compared with 2.1kg.  Reduced nesting height means the new pallet can be stacked 36 high in a truck compared with 30 for its predecessor, which represents a 20% space-saving which can result in the reduced number of trucks on the road and associated reduction in CO2 emissions.


TEG: From your perspective, which are the biggest challenges in the logistics field the CEE region is facing? How are you supporting your clients to overcome them?

Stavros Kazakos: There are several significant issues facing the logistics sector at present, but perhaps the biggest challenge we are faced with in the CEE region is being able to continue to deliver good service to customers at an acceptable price, while limiting our impact on the environment. In an attempt to combat this issue, one of the main initiatives that CHEP is running across Europe is our transport collaboration programme that seeks to encourage partners to work together to identify potential transport legs that can be reduced or removed completely from the supply chain.  The aim of the programme is to reduce carbon emissions within the industry which is an objective fully aligned to CHEP’s approach to sustainability which is at the heart of our corporate strategy.


TEG: How do you think the recognition is helping you to raise your brand awareness further?

Stavros Kazakos: CHEP has been operating in Central & Eastern Europe since 1998 and is continuing to grow strongly in the region. The Central Eastern European Logistics and Supply Chain Excellence Award will give us a great opportunity to strengthen our existing customer relationships as well as developing new ones in the region, while at the same time increase our brand visibility. Receiving such high profile recognition from a powerful organization demonstrates both our credibility and our ongoing commitment to our potential customers and shows that CHEP is successfully implementing innovative solutions to help improve our customer’s businesses as we seek to build better supply chains together.


TEG: Are you planning to apply for the award again in the future?

Stavros Kazakos: Yes, CHEP will definitely be looking to apply for this Award again.  We are continually working with our customers and listening to their feedback to allow us to develop new and innovative solutions that will ultimately add value to their supply chain. We also see this Award as a demonstration of our commitment to innovation, and strongly value the credibility that comes with it. And now we’ve won the Award, we’re looking forward to the challenge of trying to do so again, while at the same time deliver market-leading products and solutions to our customers.


 APPLY NOW for the 3rd CEE Logistics and SCM Excellence Award

If you think your solution is cutting-edge and should be recognised by the industry, apply now for the 3rd CEE Logistics and Supply Chain Management Excellence Award and put your business in the spotlight at the 5th TRANSLOG Connect Congress which will take place again at 5* Corinthia Hotel in Budapest, Hungary on 25-26 November 2015

Applications should be submitted by the 1st of October 2015 and will be assessed by our highly renowned independent jury.


For further information please visit our website or contact:

Katy Säurich, Head of Production & Operations at TEG 

Tel: +36 1 219 5725



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