From June 1, 2022, a. hartrodt expands its European network with its own company in Slovakia. Dusan Kapral heads a. hartrodt Slovakia in Bratislava as Country Manager. The 42-year-old will report to Sebastian Endt, Regional Managing Director for the Eastern Europe region based in Prague (Czech Republic). Dusan Kapral brings extensive industry knowledge from nearly two decades in management positions at various international logistics companies, most recently he was CEO at a Slovakian moving and logistics specialist. "I will lead the development and stabilization of the Slovak market for a. hartrodt," he states his goal.
"Local access to suppliers and carriers"
Previously, a. hartrodt's team in Prague supported customers in Slovakia. Dusan Kapral takes over the existing business, as negotiations are much easier to conduct locally than from the Czech Republic. The local manager, who has an excellent network in Slovakia, plans to hire four to five experienced employees within the first year. "Local organization and local access to vendors and carriers are important," he says.
"Many distribution centers in the heart of Europe"
In close cooperation with customers and vendors, Dusan Kapral aims to set up competitive solutions for the local market. The range of services offered by a. hartrodt Slovakia includes all products for transport and warehouse logistics. Although the EU country is comparatively small with a population of 5.5 million, it has "many distribution centers in the heart of Europe", according to Dusan Kapral. The market expert names key industries: "The automotive industry has a strong weight, followed by consumer goods, machine engineering and chemical plants." The most important foreign trade partner is Germany, ahead of the Czech Republic. "Our supply chains also extend to Hungary, Austria, Croatia or Slovenia," says Kapral.
The Country Manager wants satisfied customers and is determined to "definitely bring on board new customers and comprehensive solutions".