Rhenus in brief 02/18

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Rhenus in brief

1. Rhenus connects Milan and Northern Germany
Our Rhenus branch in Milan extended its cooperation arrangement with German logistics companies, Bursped and Köster & Hapke in January 2018. Since then, the new services have operated twice weekly, complementing the existing 4 times weekly roadfreight groupage service between Milan and Hamburg.

2. Greater customer care
Rhenus Media Services took over the service provision company “:people!” in a bid to complement its range of services for other markets in the energy, IT and automobile industry sectors. “:people!” has already been operating as a partner with a customer care centre for these sectors for 20 years and offers personnel and other services like customer and call centre support.

3. Cooperation in ship management
Rhenus Maritime Services launched a close cooperation arrangement with Wessels Reederei (shipping company) to cover the technical management of its fleet in the spring. After Rhenus had already handed over all the administrative tasks to the long-standing Wessels Reederei company at the end of 2017, the latter is now providing technical support for the 15 coastal vessels. Rhenus selected Wessels Reederei because of its innovative developments in drive systems supported by wind.

Donau harbour

4. KOG becomes Rhenus Project Logistics and taps into new markets
The Swiss project logistics specialist, KOG Worldwide, which has been part of the Rhenus Group since 2015, has been operating under the Rhenus Project Logistics brand for itself and its subsidiaries since April. The company also opened a new branch in Chicago in the spring so that it can extend the firm’s project logistics network in the USA. Rhenus Project Logistics launched a new groupage freight service for temperature-controlled goods in August; it connects customers in Switzerland, Germany, Austria and the Benelux countries with their target markets in and around Dubai by sea.

5. Rhenus Home Delivery launches business operations in Spain
Rhenus Home Delivery commenced operations on the Iberian Peninsula in May by opening three new branches in Madrid, Valladolid and Bilbao. They provide more than 12,000 square metres of business space together. The expansion is in response to demand from the Spanish market for a global services provider with a strong international network for the growing e-commerce sector.

6. New service to Saint-Nazaire
RoRo vessels operated by the LD Seaplane shipping company have been regularly calling at Cuxhaven too on the route between the French town of Saint-Nazaire and the port of Hamburg since May. The Cuxport terminal is initially handling new trucks from France heading for the German market. It is also possible to ship rolling project cargo on the special vessels.

7. Rhenus Poland and ERKA pool their capacities
Rhenus Logistics in Poland and ERKA Internationale Spedition (freight forwarding company) launched a cooperation arrangement for daily international groupage freight transport services between Southern Germany and Poland in March 2018. Before being transported, the non-perishable goods, including furniture, industrial goods or chemicals, are brought together at the Rhenus warehouse site in Wrocław and the ERKA business site near Stuttgart; partner firms provide the “last mile” services to final customers.

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