24. February 2021

Interview with Filip Bedlovič

Mr. Filip Bedlovič is a Manager Secondary Logistics CZ/SK/HU at OMV. He is managing supply retail and commercial customers from internal and external sources all over the CZ, SK, HU markets.
Mr. Bedlovič started his career in the company Ekom (producer of medical and industrial devices) during his studies at the University, where he mostly worked in marketing, sales and logistics. In 2014, he joined OMV as Secondary Logistics team member responsible for fuel transportation in Slovakia. Mr. Bedlovič then moved to the Retail department within OMV as Area Manager, where he was fully responsible for over 20 filling stations in western Slovakia. Later on, he got a chance to lead a department of Secondary logistics based in Bratislava with responsibility for SK, CZ and HU, where his team covers logistic operations within multiple hauliers.
Mr. Bedlovič holds a bachelor’s degree in Materials Science and technology from the Slovak University of Technology and a master’s degree in finance and business management from the University of Economics in Bratislava.

1.Tell us about key areas in the Logistics and Supply chain where oil & energy companies can improve the most and why?
Since I am working in secondary logistics (depot to end-customer transportation), I focus mostly on this topic. I can see a slight gap between customer needs and producer needs (deliver and produce with the highest possible efficiency) in the Logistics and Supply chain. Therefore, we have to deliver the most optimal model on how to make customers satisfied and still make a good profit.
There are several key areas where we can improve – data transfer (orders, data reporting, booking, invoicing) for instance, has the biggest potential for improvement, and digitalisation allows many options. Covid-19 showed that there is a huge potential in digitalisation when it comes to the logistics industry. Flexibility also plays an important role as customer behaviour is unpredictable (this situation worsens due to the COVID-19), and logistics have to react to the market demand. Innovations such as new trucks with better technology, environment protection, real-time data transfer, online measurement etc., show great potential as the industry is without significant changes in the past years. In general, I believe that we provide a good service and we try to follow our customer’s needs.
2.Your fuel cards for companies have several advantages, in what do you consider their greatest unique benefits compared to the competition?
Our OMV Cards are accepted at about 2100 OMV, Petrom and Avanti filling stations, and with our ROUTEX partners network on over 20 000 sites in 33 countries. The OMV Card offers 24/7 online, real-time access to all your fuel card information. With your own OMV Card, you have the benefit of a full-service package that includes toll services, VAT refunds, helps to reduce time, cuts costs and saves administrative efforts.
Our new OMV Climate Neutral Card enables full carbon offset for all purchased volume or individual offset for partially CO2 neutral footprint – a flexible system designed according to customers’ requirements.
3.What innovations have you successfully implemented in your company?
In the department I am working in, innovation is our daily job. We are trying to set all processes as efficiently as possible, and after we recognize any inefficiency, we try to update the systems or processes at the earliest. We also managed to optimize the system by using software robots that are taking over the manual tasks. We are also in great touch with our hauliers, and together we try to bring the new trends and latest possibilities into real life.
4.What is your opinion about positioning WOF EXPO in the Central and Eastern Europe region?
Personally, I am glad that Central and Eastern Europe is a map of the WOF EXPO event because logistics play an enormous role over here. It is always good to be part of the experience and knowledge shared on freight expos. I think it is very important for the logistic industry to have freight expos located in this region. Slovakia and surrounding countries are very dependable on logistics and transportation itself, and I can see that logistics is very well settled in Slovakia. Therefore, I like that the WOF expo will take place in this region very much.

OMV produces and markets oil and gas, as well as chemical solutions in a responsible way and develops innovative solutions for a circular economy. OMV is one of Austria’s largest listed industrial companies. OMV operates about 2,100 filling stations in ten European countries and runs gas storage facilities in Austria and Germany. In 2020, total natural gas sales volumes amounted to around 164 TWh. In the chemicals sector, OMV, through its subsidiary Borealis, is one of the world’s leading providers of advanced and circular polyolefin solutions and a European market leader in base chemicals, fertilizers and the mechanical recycling of plastics. Borealis operates in over 120 countries. In 2020, Borealis generated EUR 6.8 billion in sales revenue. Sustainability is an integral part of OMV’s corporate strategy. OMV supports the transition to a lower-carbon economy and has set measurable targets for reducing carbon intensity.