2021: As Director General at Carlin, José Hernández Sanchez has seen the Spanish multichannel operator through the disruption caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Just a few years ago, the franchise operator referred to the idea of teleworking as an alien concept in a market where face-to-face communication has always been the preferred way of doing business.
Fast-forward to 2021 and that school of thought has had to change rapidly, with Carlin embracing the current zeitgeist. It now offers a range of products aimed at supporting home workers, and publishes advice guides in order to help remote employees deal with the new reality. Everything from how to explain to your children that you are working and can’t play, ergonomic tips on setting up your home workspace, or lighting advice to adequately illuminate your desk areas, are covered in these publications.
2019: José Hernández Sanchez is Director General at Carlin, the Spanish multichannel operator that covers the whole of the Iberian region. He is the son of co-founder José Luis Hernández Salvador, who remains President of the company.
With its multi-pronged business model, Carlin is one of Spain’s leading OP players, competing head to head with the big boxes, but also best known for its franchise chain of over 500 small papelerias spread throughout Spain and Portugal.
At the recent 2019 FrankiNorte Franchise and Business Exhibition, the company scooped a special industry award in recognition of its 30 years of service as a franchising business
2018: José Hernández Sanchez is the son of Carlin co-founder José Luis Hernández Salvador and has been working at the Iberian franchise chain for nine years.
While his father is still President of the company, Hernández Sanchez is now running all day-to-day operations of what has become a substantial multichannel operator in Spain.
That said, the company remains best known for its franchise chain of small papelerias, now standing at 526. Carlin this year celebrates its 20th anniversary in the Portuguese market.