Rhenus in brief 02/19

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Rhenus in brief

1. Projects handled for offshore wind parks
Both the port logistics specialist, Cuxport, and the project logistics expert, Rhenus Offshore Logistics, have been able to complete important projects for offshore wind parks. The Cuxport Terminal served as the handling base for the “Deutsche Bucht” wind park to supply offshore platforms with port and container logistics, as well as provide customs clearance and disposal services. Rhenus Offshore Logistics won the tender procedure for the supply logistics for the BorWin gamma transformer platform. Among other things, this includes coordinating all the logistics activities, storing items, loading and unloading vessels as well as securing loads. 

Offshore windpark

2. Rhenus operates warehouse for Lidl online shop
Following a test phase lasting several months, Rhenus has been the partner for the Lidl online shop in Poland since April. Warehouse space measuring 40,000 square metres is available for this in Błonie near Warsaw. The Lidl online shop products like clothing, home accessories and domestic appliances are stored there, customer orders and returns are processed and goods are handed over to courier services.

Innovations in third-party logistics

3. Innovations in third-party logistics
Containers have been automatically stacked at the Dutch distribution centre in Tilburg since the spring. 19 robots operating within an aluminium grid measuring 1,000 square metres ensure that this takes place. The AutoStore system from Swisslog is closely dovetailed with Rhenus IT operations. Hamburg is also enjoying some innovations. Working in conjunction with the French start-up, E-Dentic, Rhenus has developed a solution that makes the charging procedure safer and more transparent using Bluetooth devices combined with video cameras.

Innovations in third-party logistics

4. New logistics facility on the New Silk Road
Rhenus welcomed many guests from the worlds of politics and business when it opened a new logistics facility in Voronezh in May. The business site in southern Central Russia is located along the New Silk Road corridor and is designed to particularly support customers operating in the agricultural sector. The warehouse, which measures 20,000 square metres, also has a refrigerated section for storing items that perish quickly. In addition, there are many opportunities to expand the site.

New logistics facility on the New Silk Road

5. Rhenus Air & Ocean expands its global network
The air and sea freight division at Rhenus has expanded its global presence by making several acquisitions. Rhenus Air & Ocean took over the Canadian freight forwarder, Rodair, and the South African logistics provider, World Net Logistics, in the spring of 2019. This was followed by the purchase of the American logistics specialist, Freight Logistics, a short while later. The latter also has good network contacts in South America.

Rhenus Air & Ocean expands its global network

6. The Public Transport business area is transferred to Transdev
The RETHMANN Group has acquired 30 percent of the shares in Transdev, a provider of integrated mobility solutions. Operating alongside the second shareholder, Caisse des Dépôts, the aim is to create innovative and sustainable mobility solutions. To achieve this, the RETHMANN Group has integrated the activities of the local public transport provider, Rhenus Veniro, within the partnership. Rhenus is now concentrating on its three other business areas – Freight Logistics, Contract Logistics and Port Logistics.

The Public Transport business area is transferred to Transdev

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Editorial 02/19

The editorial in video form

The world seems to be turning faster every day. Everything is changing and becoming new. We are more than happy to try out new things in our corporate magazine too. You can find the editorial by CEO Klemens Rethmann as a video online for the first time at: www.bit.ly/KRethEdEN
Lead story 02/19

Combining Traditions And The Future

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In greater detail 02/19

Equally Important

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Fast, Safe and Automatic

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Report 02/19

Future workplaces

The image of people working at the same desk with a PC tower covered in dust and a pen holder has already been out of fashion for a long time. Co-working spaces, desk islands and laptops already form an integral part of modern workplaces. Employers like the Rhenus Group are taking seriously employees’ needs for improved networking with each other and an environment that is adapted to their tasks. This is why a new building with office space was opened at Holzwickede at the beginning of 2019; it has been developed directly to meet just these requirements.
Around Rhenus 02/19

Very close to customers

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Szczecin reloaded

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Even More Enjoyable Holidays

Four Seasons, Hyatt, Waldorf Astoria, Marriott, MGM, Wynn: the list of hotels that Rhenus Project Logistics has been able to serve during the last few years is long and illustrious. It is necessary to handle a great deal when constructing new hotels or renovating existing ones so that guests feel at home afterwards. This is a job for Rhenus Project Logistics.
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Deus ex machina

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Eco-Friendly Transport

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