The largest European online auto components store opened a branch in the centre of Odessa
The Odessa office of the largest European e-commerce platform for automobile spare parts AUTODOC has opened in a new building at the crossroads of Mayakovsky Lane and Gogol Street.
The new store will house up to 1,000 employees of the Global Business Share Center, who will serve all the processes of the giant Internet platform.
According to the company's co-founder Max Wegner, the German entrepreneur of Ukrainian origin, Odessa is a European city that attracts with good conditions for both business and leisure.
Odessa is a city with a European past and a European future. I really hope that with the opening of the new AUTODOC office Odessa will take another step towards this future. It is good to work and have a good rest in this city. Odessa has great potential and we are happy to develop it together with you.Max Wegner, co-founder of AUTODOC
The importance of the event was also noted by the Deputy Mayor of Odessa Pavel Vugelman, who on behalf of the city authorities and all residents of our city wished success to the company.
This event is very important for Odessa. We have always been famous for our entrepreneurial spirit, we have opened many offices of international companies, but the opening of the AUTODOC office during the pandemic is very symbolic and very important. We are pleased that your company pays a lot of attention to social responsibility.Pavel Vugelman, Deputy Mayor of Odessa
The honour of cutting the red ribbon together with the company's management and vice-mayor fell to the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany Anka Feldhusen, who came from Kyiv especially for this purpose.
According to the diplomat, modern Ukraine is in dire need of investment, especially during the pandemic.
You are one of the fastest growing companies in Europe, you have four thousand employees. Having opened an office here, moving your company to Ukraine, you have become one of the largest employers in Odessa. Investing is not an easy task, but Ukraine needs investment. We know that the company plans to increase investment, build a modern hotel and marina. Therefore, you can count on us to make you feel at home in Odessa, in Germany. Our Chamber of Commerce will be with you in all your investment projects.Anka Feldhusen, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Ukraine
In turn, the Head of the board of the German-Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Alexander Markus noted that the opening of the AUTODOC office is a good signal for other German businessmen.
Thanks to AUTODOC, we can show other investors that in Ukraine you can and should do business. This is our task to establish relations between Ukrainian and German companies. And such examples are the best illustration of the fact that Ukraine is ready to accept investments.Alexander Markus, Head of the German-Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
In a relatively short time, the online store has become the largest European platform for finding car parts; an analogue of Amazon for motorists. The company's catalogue includes 3.7 million spare parts for cars and trucks. The head office is located in Berlin.
In Ukraine, the representative office opened in 2017. In 2019, Avtodoc Ukraine LLC was established. According to forecasts, in 2021 the company's turnover will be more than 1 billion euros.
In 2020, more than 50 million car products worth 840 million euros were purchased through the Internet portal.
The founders of the company plan not only to increase the staff of their employees at the expense of Ukrainian programmers, but also to invest the earned dividends in the hotel business of Odessa and Ukraine with the involvement of international hotel operators.