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The fitness sector is booming, because physical fitness has become an important issue for more and more people. However, fitness nowadays no longer just means training and building up muscles. Sporting activities should be a real experience, which takes up little time and increases people’s quality of life. Martin Richter, the Country Manager at Peloton Deutschland, and Nils Thiesen, Managing Director for Sales and Market Development at Rhenus, want to ensure that the Peloton premium fitness bikes from the USA conquer the German market too.
Rhenus has been operating a unique customs and logistics terminal in Smolensk on the border between Belarus and Russia since 2013. This is not only the base where the “Green Customs Corridor” pilot project is being developed to provide a simplified customs clearance procedure for Russian imports. A customs clearance centre for the chemical industry is also being built there at the moment. Olaf Metzger, Managing Director of OOO Rhenus Freight Logistics, and Carsten Hölzer, Managing Director of Rhenus Freight Sales, talk about electronic customs declarations and the new solution known as “Customs Control Tower”.
Digitalisation is opening up many new opportunities for companies. However, one focus remains: customer relationship management. Gwendolyn Dünner talked to Olaf Remmele, Managing Director of Rhenus BPO Services, about the potential that the customer contact specialist, Rhenus :people!, recognises and uses in order to develop its business in a digital age.
We are surrounded by wood on a daily basis, whether this comes in the form of furniture, floors or houses. The many products, which are made of sawmill residue, are less obvious wood chips that are processed into laminate or paper, sawdust to make wood pellets for generating energy or waste wood that is used to manufacture chipboard panels. Rhenus Forest Logistics specialises in providing the logistics and commercial operations for precisely these by-products from the timber processing industry. Astrid Unverricht spoke to its Managing Director, Heiner Höfkes.
Bright colours, multi-coloured stickers and plenty of speculation. The company-wide employee initiative known as Rhevo was launched in January 2017 with guerrilla marketing. This resulted in more than 170 ideas being submitted from 28 different countries. The most promising teams battled their way through several rounds. The took their cue from the start-up world. Astrid Unverricht spoke to the Rhenus organiser, Henning Wagner, and the jury members, Tobias Bartz and Petra Finke.
Rhenus SML N.V., a subsidiary of Rhenus Automotive Systems, is handling the complete production of a new electric trans- porter that is especially suitable for last mile deliveries – i.e. transport operations right to a company's or consumer’s premises; this work is taking place in Belgium. Rhenus SML’s Managing Director Stefan Maussen talks about the innovative project and the challenges facing the automotive sector.
Alexander Gechev, Managing Director of Rhenus in Bulgaria, looks back on an emotional quarter of a century in an interview with Astrid Unverricht.
There is nothing more valuable for a services provider that its customers. Their satisfaction determines whether the business is a success or failure. While many companies focus on short-term profits, stable and long-term partnerships are the key foundation for the Rhenus Group. To ensure that they prove successful, the logistics specialist is continually gearing its processes, services and products to its customers in a new way, checking them and adjusting them. Customer centricity is not an empty buzz-word for Rhenus, but its practical corporate culture.
Continuity is one of the five central corporate values for the Rhenus Group. Logistics flows are changing continually and at an even faster pace. Technical innovations create new underlying conditions and options for solutions. The supreme standard for Rhenus not only involves just keeping pace with change, but pressing ahead and helping shape the process. In doing so, the logistics specialist with global operations maintains an important balance between tradition and future viability.
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Berth 4, which covers an area measuring 8.5 hectares, was officially opened at the Cuxport Multi-Purpose Terminal in September 2018. The berth, which has 290 metres of quay wall and is capable of handling heavy-cargo items, offers space for vessels with a maximum draught of 14.30 metres. The area is suitable for handling rolling cargo, containers as well as heavy-duty items like offshore segments.
In greater detail
Michael Brockhaus and Michael Viefers are two of the most experienced Members of the Management Board in the Rhenus world. One of them is a third-party logistics specialist, the other one an expert in port logistics and trimodal bulk commodity transport operations. In an interview with Astrid Unverricht, they talk about the way that Rhenus is developing, the process of change, an innovative spirit and the significance of sustainability.
Successful companies are often characterised by their “spirit”. This is demonstrated in many different ways, such as a high degree of innovative capacity and the ability to make rapid decisions, a readiness to take responsibility for its own actions or even taking calculable risks – and, not least, by being able to accept mistakes so that it can learn from them for the future.
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“Provide evidence of your creativity and entrepreneurship” – that was the invitation issued to all Rhenus employees during the spring to take part in the Rhevo innovation project. 260 workers from 28 different countries did not need to be told twice and developed ingenious ideas and solutions in order to enable the Rhenus world to move forward with the help of digital technologies. The best projects presented to a jury in July are now set to be implemented. The project was also introduced at the first digital summit organised by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology.