Conqueror’s exclusive agent in Prague, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and we sat down with founder and owner Jan Mádl to get the inside story on the company and why they believe education in this industry is so important.
Q. How did you get into the freight forwarding industry?
A. It was actually a continuation of my university studies. One of the departments at the University of Economics in Prague is ‘Logistics’ and they were and still are able to provide a joint course of theory and practical experience.
Q. Having yourself studied and trained in logistics, what is your feeling on education in the freight forwarding industry?
A. In all honestly, there are very few people who can be considered to be really knowledgeable in our industry. For example, everyone can recite the Incoterms, they are on a poster on the wall of every company’s office, but those with a detailed knowledge of what these terms mean are rare; and Incoterms is just one example.
At PELMI, we believe that our staff should be well-versed in the matters of our industry and so we constantly ensure that they and ourselves are being educated and trained in the wider aspects of the logistics industry. As a company, we actually contribute to specialist periodicals and actively participate in working groups seeking to promote new logistics disciplines.
Q. Does PELMI specialize in any particular service?
A. Yes, we specialize in “High level” logistics so the transportation of things like live animals, hazardous goods (including classes 1 and 7), tank containers and flexi-tanks.
Q. What would be your most memorable shipment?
A. One that sticks in my mind was the shipping of an historical tank from Peru (EXW pedestal by local barracks to door) a couple of years ago. Due to its age and significance, it required a lot of prior planning and delicate handling.
Q. What attracted PELMI to Conqueror?
A. Conqueror has good coverage across the world so that was one attraction. In addition, we were impressed by the strict selection process and whilst of course PELMI had to pass, so has each member so we know that we are working with professional agents with are all financially healthy.
Q. Will you be attending the 3rd Annual Conqueror Meeting 9th-11th May in Kuala Lumpur?
A. Definitely! These meetings are very important for us; we know that we need to meet our partners face to face in order to build cooperation.
We would like to congratulate the team on their 10th anniversary and wish them well for the next decade. We are sure that with such a knowledgeable and experienced team, the world is their oyster..