Adrian Mihai, CEO FAN Courier, is set to become a speaker at BR’s upcoming re:FOCUS on eCommerce, Retail & Logistics. He will be part of the first panel of the day, titled “The Future of Retail & eCommerce,” during which he will talk about the latest developments and new trends in his industry and how courier companies approach sustainability.
25 years ago, on January 16, 1998, FAN Courier received its first delivery order, first of several hundred million shipments that would follow over a quarter of a century. In its 25 years of activity, the company has been a pioneer in the modern and competitive courier industry, actively participating in the development of the courier market in Romania and being currently estimated at 850 million euros. In a quarter of a century, FAN Courier has become one of the largest employers in the economy, with 8,000 employees and collaborators working there today. FAN Courier is one of Romania’s most successful entrepreneurial models after 1990 and one of the most innovative domestic companies. The company has invested almost a quarter of a billion euros in development. In 2023, FAN Courier aims for a 12% increase of business, after exceeding the threshold of 1 billion lei turnover, in the past three years.
Born in the town of Fitionești, Vrancea, 4 years apart, neighbours and friends since childhood, Felix Pătrășcanu, Adrian Mihai and Neculai Mihai founded FAN Courier at the end of 1997, following a weekend meeting. Until then, each of them had had his own life plan, independent of the others: Adrian Mihai was enrolled in the National University of Physical Education and Sports, and he was planning on returning to his native village, where a sports teacher was needed. A series called “The Guldenburg Family Legacy” convinced him that it was best to be his own boss, even if he had to work harder for that, than to become a mere employee.
”FAN Courier is a dream come true. For us, 25 years mean every person we’ve worked with over time, every courier, every customer we’ve helped develop their business and with whom we’ve grown as well. 25 years in which we built from scratch, we made mistakes, started over, we learned from our experiences, we invested and reinvested, we developed, our customer being always at the centre of our concerns.” Says Adrian Mihai.
From an initial capital of 5,000 dollars, FAN Courier has made, in its 25 years of activity, total investments worth 224.5 million euros.
The company made its first investment in 2001, an investment that was worth 9,000 euros, but the firm’s biggest investment project was the construction of the HUB in Ștefănestii de Jos, which cost 25 million euros. The HUB in Ștefăneștii de Jos alone, equipped with a sorting belt with a capacity of 39,000 parcels/hour, spreads over an area of 100,000 square meters. 2018, 2021 and 2022 were the years with the highest investments in the 25-year history of FAN Courier: over 30 million euros. In 2022, FAN Courier inaugurated, in Cluj-Napoca, the second largest regional HUB, following an investment of 14.5 million euros, an important transit centre for shipments from the North and West of the country.
“After a year 2022 marked by challenges and uncertainties, but in which we fulfilled the proposed investment plans, in 2023 our focus will continue to be on digitization, the automation of HUBs and the development of alternative delivery methods to meet the needs increasingly diversified of our customers.” Adds Adrian Mihai, CEO FAN Courier