A Turkish export container train, travelling a total distance of 4,650 kilometres, arrived in Russia via the BTK railway line. The operators included New Silk Road Network’s partner Pasifik Eurasia Logistics along with ADY Containers, GR Logistics & Terminals and Russian Railways Logistics (RZD).
Through our interviews for New Silk Road Network, we have spoken with various companies headed by men and women, and indeed, there have been differences in the way business is conducted. The business world portrays and demands masculine qualities, which has been the norm and the image for decades. However, as more women are ushered into the space, new and efficient ways of doing business are being introduced, making our logistics world more productive and more equal.
With these thoughts in backdrop, this month we spoke to Nadezhda Nikova, the Managing Director of Mireks Shipping, Bulgaria, a founding member of New Silk Road Network. With over 19 years in professional experience and running the company for 17 years, Ms. Nikova has mentored many young professionals who have learnt the various values of the company. While creating a thriving workplace for her employees, Ms. Nikova promotes human values in the dry and rigid industry. These values have permeated through their business as they create solid bonds with their customers and partners worldwide. In the challenging times of the Covid-19, Ms. Nikova's belief of 'Human to Human' has supported the company, as they offered flexibility to their peers and their customers.
If one has to understand what 'on the go' means, one only needs to meet Monique Geisler, Vice President and Co-founder of Alexander Global Logistics (AGL), a founding member of New Silk Road Network. One can always expect Ms. Geisler at her office, chipping away at the day's work, guiding her workforce through the day's challenges and sometimes catching a quick pensive moment on the office terrace.
Together with co-founder and CEO Mr. Carsten Hellmers, Ms. Geisler has led Alexander Global Logistics successfully through the 15 years since its establishment. In these years, she has gained the adulation and respect of her employees, who rely on her wisdom in times of need. In our conversation with her, Ms.Geisler demonstrated the importance of fighting stagnation by continually developing new ideas, the wide range of services that AGL offers to their customers, and widening global horizons. Finally, Ms. Geisler shares some valuable words of wisdom for young women and men in the logistics industry.
If you are a woman in the field of logistics, take a look around your office space and try to count the number of men and women around you. Is the number equal? If it is, then consider yourself lucky to be in that space of equality. Though such cases may be many, the general trend of the unbalanced workforce remains rooted in the field of logistics.
New Silk Road Network’s member InterRail Europe GmbH’s sister company InterRail Kazakhstan LLP, headquartered in Almaty, a subsidiary of InterRail Holding AG, Switzerland, recently converted their sales office in Nur-Sultan into an operational branch last month.
When 1.3 billion people go on a holiday simultaneously, indeed some consequences emerge. As those in the logistics industry, we witness the impact on the global supply chain as production and transport come to a halt for a week.