From humble garage beginnings to Europe’s leading re-marketing industry brand, AVIDES has grown from strength to strength. A lot has changed since AVIDES began in 1997, but one thing has stayed the same: our passion for sales.
In April 1997, Ralf Hastedt began trading as Internet Media Service in Brockel, Wümme, importing English films.
Change of name
In 2000, the company changed its name to AVIDES Media AG.
In 2001, the business moved into new premises in Hemsbünde with three employees. In the same year AVIDES entered the DVD, music, software and games marketplace, remarketing through Amazon, eBay and its own online store.
In 2004, Christoph Burmester was appointed as the Managing Director and the company began selling new products direct to consumers.
In 2005, the business strengthened its presence in Europe by positioning its B2C offering in online European sales platforms. Simultaneously, the range of customer returns increased and the process of grading and refurbishing units for resale in the B2C market began with volumes reaching up to 10,000 units per week.
In 2009, the business opened offices in the UK, focusing on the development of remarketing and selling services for companies looking for stock solutions, maximising grading and refurbishment operations around customer returns. To further support this and what defines our businesss as one of the premium remarketing services available today – working with the client to collaboratively select the correct selling strategy.
In 2010, the business entered the B2B sector, including the export of customer returns and surplus inventory.
Focus on B2B
In 2012 and 2013, the business reduced trading activities in the B2C sector and focused its customer returns activities exclusively around the B2B channels.
In this period, business extended into Poland, increasing the overall company storage and operational capacity to 25,000 square meters across three locations.
2015 created another 4,000 pallet spaces. Overall, the storage area of the business is now 30.000 square meters.