Interesting facts from Whittle’s 25 years in logistics
1) At present in 2021 Whittles specialise in 31 Eastern European countries . How many countries would Whittles have served in 1990 with the same geographic coverage?
Currently Whittles specialise in 31 Eastern European countries from Poland in the West to Kazakhstan in the East. However in 1990 or earlier, within the same geographic boundaries there were only 8! A full 23 countries less! First, the Soviet Union broke up into 15 independent states on 26.12.1991, then Czechoslovakia split into the Czech and Slovakian republics on 01.01.1993, and finally Yugoslavia gradually split into 7 independent countries between 1991 and 2008. The last newly emerged independent Eastern European country was Kosovo in 2008.
Eastern Europe is not an easy region. Geopolitical problems, tensions and disputes have always been part of our work in Eastern Europe. Whittles maintained its services into the problem regions even during military conflicts, escalations and political tensions : in Yugoslavia in 90ss, in Central Asia in 2001, in Georgia in 2008, in Ukraine from 2014 onwards and most recently Azerbaijan and Armenia in Autumn 2020.
Sadly, some regions in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine are still currently off limits and inaccessible or very difficult to enter due to the political situation.
2) What is the furthest point in the East that you can go to by truck from the UK?
Whittles routinely send trucks to Novosibirsk in Siberia or Almaty in Kazakhstan, which is close to the Chinese border, but Whittles’ record for the continuous journey of a truck (direct, with no transhipment) was organised in 2018 from Scotland to Kholmsk on Sakhalin Island, off the Far Eastern coast of the Russian mainland, due North of Japan. The journey took 17 days and the delivery point was closer to Japan than any other place on the continent.
3) What is the furthest point South that you can go to by truck from the UK
Whittles have pushed the boundaries in that direction too: Morocco would be the southernmost destination that we organised as a continuous non-transhipment journey taking a ferry from Southern Spain. Whittles did this route on numerous occasions since 2019. In the Middle East Sulaymaniyah and Erbil in Northern Iraq would be the current record holder destination for a non-transhipment trailer journey via Bulgaria and Turkey. This route has been on Whittles list since 2005 despite the dangers in this region.Read more...
WHITTLE EASTERN EUROPE: 25 YEARS YOUNG!!
Yes it all started 25 years ago when WHITTLE EASTERN EUROPE came into the world…
…and from humble beginnings: 5 people in small premises in rural Grindleton – telephones, fax machines, floppy discs, good old Atlas and road maps, a few Eastern European languages and a strong determination to succeed.
With a lot of hard work and commitment to the highest quality of service, the company has grown to become a major player in the EASTERN EUROPEAN logistics market.
We now employ over 40 staff across 5 departments and 5 suites in the relative luxury of the Printworks in Barrow, with a turnover around £20 million and now speaking 24 languages!
But most importantly we’ve become a trusted and valued service supplier to countless household names, and a logistics specialist well-respected by fellow professionals.
It’s been a hell of a journey over the last 25 years – thank you for being part of it!
Here’s to the next 25!!Read more...
Merry Christmas and best wishes for the New Year!
Merry Christmas and best wishes for the New Year! Wishing you and your family peace, health, happiness, and prosperity in the coming year. Merry Christmas. May the Holiday season fill your home with joy, your heart with love, and your life with laughter.
Macmillan Cancer support - big thank you !!!
We’d like to thank you to all of those which supported our action for fund raising for Macmillan Cancer Support. Big thank you to all the ladies for baking the very nice cakes as well as to all of those which supported the action.
With your help, our colleagues have managed to collect £400 which will be donated to MacMillan.
(photos attached).Read more...
We have new HOODIES!
As of last week we have new hoodies with our company logo on it.
Here are some photos (click on the link below).
WHITTLE EASTERN EUROPE LTD – BREXIT STATEMENT
Whittle Eastern Europe has published the Brexit statementRead more...
Whittle ladies getting ready for the festive season
Whittle ladies getting ready for the festive season with wreath making session in the boardroom organised by our inhouse florist Zaneta
Whittle has cover the longest ever route in our company history
As specialists in logistics to the distant parts of Europe – including Central Asia, Russia and the Caspian – we at Whittle Eastern Europe are proud to announce our longest ever road freight route.
We have shipped mining machinery out to Siberia before, but we currently have a full trailer load of chemicals in transit from Aberdeen to one of the remotest regions in Russia.
The goods are crossing Russia almost entirely from West to East and their destination – beyond Kazakhstan, Mongolia and even China – is Korsakov on Sakhalin Island, just North of Japan in the Pacific!
The distance by road is over 13,000 kms, (a third of the distance around the world at the equator) and with a double-manned vehicle the journey will only take 14-18 days.
Sakhalin is Russia’s largest island. Half of Sakhalin belonged to Japan, but Russia seized it in the final days of the Second World War. Sakhalin’s economy is growing rapidly thanks to its oil and gas industry. The island is the largest recipient of foreign investment in Russia, followed by Moscow.
It just goes to show – for road-freight to Eastern Europe, Russia, Central Asia and beyond – Whittle have all the solutions you could possibly wish for!
Blackburn 5K Race for Life
Congratulations to our colleagues which have finished the BLACKBURN 5K on
WEDNESDAY 27 JUN 2018
Our Polish department is a proud supporter of the Polish football team on the FIFA World Cup 2018
Our team has decided to plant a few new trees around the office to make the surrounding a nice working environment.
We have planted lilac trees, waiting for them to blossom from next year. The proof of our colleagues effort is in the photos below.
Whittles Ladies - Race for Life
A group of our colleagues are looking to support a good cause.
The Whittles ladies will run 5k Race for Life which takes place in Blackburn on 27th June 2018.
Please be generous and donate to Cancer Research UK on the page https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/team/whittle-eastern-europe-logistics-limitedRead more...
Exhibitions and events
Whittle Eastern Europe is proud to announce the opening of a new division dealing with exhibitions and events.
If you’re exhibiting anywhere in Europe and need a little extra care for your cargo:
– Quality customised solutions
– Time-critical/ express van/ dedicated vehicle options
– Full door-door control and monitoring
– Multilingual liaison
Just contact firstname.lastname@example.org, tell us what you need and leave the rest to us!Read more...
We are pleased to advise that we will be supporting North West Lancashire Chamber of Commerce this year in their search for business excellence via their BIBAs (Be Inspired Business Awards) 2018.Read more...
Poland: New Goods Monitoring System
With effect from 1st May 2017 the Polish government are introducing new regulations to crack down on VAT fraud on certain “sensitive” goods.
The new system will require shipments to be registered on line, with entries to be completed by sender, recipient and carrier.Read more...
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