Meyer & Meyer’s goals for the future
A new leadership team and a new-look website – there’s currently a lot happening at Meyer & Meyer, as you would expect from a mover and shaker of the fashion world. CEO Jan Weber became the new face of Meyer & Meyer in April 2016. He answered three short questions about his vision for the future of this traditional family business.
1. The Meyer & Meyer website was recently redesigned. What message do you hope to convey to customers with the new online presence?
The old website was simply out of date in terms of both design and technology. The recent leadership change presented an ideal opportunity to update the look and feel of our brand too. Our aim is to let customers know that we remain a trusted partner with decades of experience in fashion logistics. Ideally we like to assist fashion companies along the entire textile supply chain, which is why we offer integrated solutions from sheep to shop. To ensure the success of the partnership, it’s essential we develop a close working relationship and an in-depth understanding of our customers’ processes. The new high-quality images on our website and our new fashion-specific service portfolio highlight that we’re well positioned to meet our customers’ needs.
2. You have been CEO at Meyer & Meyer since April 2016. What company goals are at the top of the agenda for the coming years?
We’re going to grow significantly over the next few years. I’m focusing on expanding our service portfolio, but also on increasing our activities in international fashion markets. In terms of our services, Meyer & Meyer will become even more involved in omnichannel and B2C. I also think it’s important to invest in IT. When it comes to managing transport and logistics chains, transparency and flexibility are crucial – which means powerful IT is too. But in the midst of all this innovation and change, it’s really important to me that we retain the feel of a family business and continue to place great emphasis on environmental and social responsibility.
3. Meyer & Meyer is not only a logistics partner for the fashion industry, it’s also an employer. How do you differentiate yourself in this context?
As a typical medium-sized enterprise, we have flat hierarchies and many different areas of responsibility. So working for us is really interesting and there’s a lot of variety in most departments. One of our five company values is fun. I want the Meyer & Meyer team to enjoy their work and be passionate about really making a difference in the industry. Everyone should make use of the opportunity to actively help shape the company. Of course, the individual development of each of our employees is also very important to us. That’s why we have a comprehensive internal and external learning and development programme that addresses both professional and leadership skills. We also offer our employees numerous services to help them juggle their job and family commitments, as well as a comprehensive health management program. I myself am a father and know that it’s not always easy to strike the right balance between work and family commitments. That’s why, for me, this kind of support is an essential part of what it means to be a modern employer.