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.

About Redspher

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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