Šmídl holding

We have been a part of Šmídl Holding since September 2017, who has been operating on the Czech market in the field of transport and the provision of comprehensive logistics services for almost 30 years. How did it all begin?

1990: Šmídl's first office was in the kitchen of a family house

The company was founded in 1990 by Vladimír Šmídl. Originally a family business, the company has since grown into a holding company with more than ten branches throughout the Czech Republic. One of the important milestones in the history of Šmídl is the year 1992, when the company began operating international truck transport. In 1999, it opened a truck centre in Žamberk and within ten years later a logistics centre in Vysoké Mýto. In 2009, the company won an award in the European Truck Carrier of the Year competition in Amsterdam. In 2010, the company had 200 vehicles at its disposal and from a small family business it had grown into a company with 315 employees. A year later, it opened a new branch in Brno. In 2015 Šmídl's company was celebrated 25 years in the transport market.

1997: NIKA Logistics, started in a village with 13 houses

NIKA has been operating in the transport field for over 20 years and has over 250 vehicles of various types and classes in its fleet. In addition, the activities portfolio has been complemented by rail, sea and air transport.

NIKA was founded in 1997 in Nové Holešovice including vehicle service. Two years later, the company was sold to a new owner and became part of the CSG industrial holding with its headquarters in Hrochov Týnec. At that time, the company expanded its fleet from 10 vehicles to 45. In 2005, the company acquired ČSAD Pardubice and built a new branch in Vrdy. The number of vehicles doubled. Three years later, the company had more than 200 employees and soon after opened new branches in Tovačov and Liberec.

In 2012, NIKA began mining and selling sand, in the following years they began to operate logistics centres in Pardubice and Liberec and obtained certification for the transport of food and feed. September 7th, 2017, is an important milestone for both companies, this is when NIKA Logistics became a part of  Šmídl Transport and Logistics Holding.

Šmídl Holding at present

Thanks to the merger of a two largest logistics companies in Eastern Bohemia, we now have more than 530 vehicles at our disposal. Therefore, becoming the largest Czech carrier on the market with 11 branches throughout Czech Republic and more than 800 employees. We believe that together we will grow even further. At present, Šmídl holding offers a wide portfolio of services throughout Europe in the fields of international transport, domestic, oversized and ADR transport, comprehensive logistics services and air, sea and rail transport. All this is complemented by the transport of bulk materials and express, special and multimodal transport.

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Our mission

The main aim of Šmídl Holding's activities is continuous growth and improvement in the transport and logistics field while complying with all mandatory requirements. We want to achieve this goal mainly by adhering to the five basic pillars of our work.

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Loyal and satisfied customer

One of our basic priorities is to provide high quality and reliable services and to maintain our customers satisfaction. We do not want to be a low-cost service provider as we prefer quality over quantity.

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Loyal and satisfied employees

We are constantly building a team of quality employees who are able to provide customers with high quality and professional service. We place great emphasis on work safety and property protection.

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Technology and investment

We invest the maximum profit back into company development. We are always investing in a new vehicles to constantly reduce their average age. The operation and maintenance is our top priority.

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Legislation

We comply with an implement all legislative standarts.

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Environment

We strive to minimise our environmental impact. We focuse on reducing CO2 production, fuel consumption and other energies.

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"Logistics is a very dynamic field where, in addition to our customers' the different requirements, we must also address the constantly changing legislative requirements in all countries where we operate. There are new requirements on a daily basis. We don't want to complain at all, as all carriers are in the same position. We are the largest Czech carrier on the market, and therefore have the advantage over them. Our long-term strategy is to be a responsible company that defends the interests of its employees and that uses its market position to improve the media reputation of professional drivers and fights for fair conditions on the Czech logistics market. We stand behind this, and thanks to this, our customers and employees can be confident that Šmídl Holding will continue to provide security in the stormy sea of logistics in the future. We want to continue to strengthen our position as the leader of the Czech logistics market and we are pleased that you want to be a part of it."

Martina Šmídlová