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Appointments to the GEODIS Executive Board

GEODIS, a global leading transport and logistics provider, announces the appointment of:

  • Celeste Thomasson as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of the Group, supervising legal, insurance, compliance and audit 
  • Pascale Dubois as Executive Vice President, Corporate Communications & Brand

Celeste Thomasson and Pascale Dubois join the Group’s Executive Board, strengthening the management team of Marie-Christine Lombard, Chief Executive Officer of GEODIS.

Celeste Thomasson

Celeste Thomasson began her career in 1992 as an associate at Baker & McKenzie in Los Angeles, before joining Fournier Laboratories in 1999. She joined the Safran group in 2002 as Legal Counsel. She was promoted to Senior VP and General Counsel for Safran USA in July 2008, before being appointed Vice President Legal Affairs. In January 2014, she joined MorphoTrak (a subsidiary of Safran) as President and CEO, becoming a board member of the Zodiac Aerospace in February 2018. Appointed CEO of Safran Seats UK in January 2019, she filled the roles of Executive Vice President, Corporate Secretary & President of the Ethics Committee for Safran group in 2020.

Celeste Thomasson holds a juris doctor degree from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles. She has been a member of the California bar since 1993.

Pascale Dubois

Pascale Dubois began her career in 1985 as a journalist.

In 1989 she joined Compagnie du BTP as Deputy Communications Manager. In 1994 she became Head of Press Relations and Financial Analyst Relations at Euro RSCG Finances (Havas Group). At the Colas Group in 1996, she was appointed Internal Communications Manager, before becoming Head of Communications in 2000. May 2008 saw Pascale in the role of Head of Communications and Philanthropy at the Safran group and an Executive Committee Member in 2015.

Pascale Dubois has a Master’s degree in History and has completed a training course dedicated to female board members (Certificat Objectif Administratrice) at the EM Lyon Business School.

GEODIS – www.geodis.com 

GEODIS is a top-rated, global supply chain operator recognized for its commitment to helping clients overcome their logistical constraints. GEODIS’ growth-focused offerings (Supply Chain Optimization, Freight Forwarding, Contract Logistics, Distribution & Express, and Road Transport), coupled with the company’s truly global reach thanks to a global network spanning nearly 170 countries, is reflected by its top business rankings: no. 1 in France and no. 7 worldwide. In 2021, GEODIS employed over 46,000 people globally and generated €10.9 billion in revenue.

GEODIS Announces Turnkey eCommerce Fulfilment Site in Spain

GEODIS, a global leading transport and logistics provider, continues its growth in servicing booming eCommerce retail channels across the world with an investment in a dedicated 55,000m² new warehouse space at Torija in the Province of Guadalajara, Spain. 

This is the first such investment of GEODIS in the country, being in part a response to a national growth rate in eCommerce sales of 17% last year, which drove the total value of the market to US$27 billion (Euros24.3 billion)[1].  Located just one hour from the center of Madrid on the main highway to the industrial city of Zaragoza, the 110,000m² site boasts a warehouse with a capacity of circa 50,000 pallets and 55 loading bays; direct employment for 150 will be generated.

“Undoubtedly the logistics challenges of servicing a fast-growing and at times unpredictable sector such as eCommerce requires flexibility in designing and implementing traffic flows as well as skilled and motivated manpower,” says David Pele, Country Operations Manager for the Contract Logistics line of business of GEODIS in Spain. “These considerations were paramount in our choice of location in a region where logistics skill-sets are well established within the local workforce. Fast efficient transport links to Spanish retail consumers and international road, rail and air links were also factors.”

While GEODIS has a presence in Spain at sites in Palencia and Burgos providing contract logistics services, the Torija facility will be a turnkey project for its supply chain management offering specifically tailored to an eCommerce retailer. The Company’s innovative IT solutions that increasingly enable eCommerce customers to grow their businesses rapidly and reliably across the globe will now be brought to bear in the Spanish market.

“ECommerce as a retail channel had 58% market penetration in 2021, meaning over half of Spaniards bought at least one product online last year. A maturing market such as this is regarded as both stable and one of potential steady and consistent growth as long as customer experience standards are maintained by retailers,” points out Iván Sánchez Intxaurbe, Managing Director in Spain. “It is these very attributes of guaranteed high service standards and a persistent drive for continual improvement that we believe marks out GEODIS.  We expect Torija to be the first of a number of eCommerce fulfilment centers within our future Spanish operations.”

[1] Source:  ecommerceDB.com

GEODIS – www.geodis.com 

GEODIS is a top-rated, global supply chain operator recognized for its commitment to helping clients overcome their logistical constraints. GEODIS’ growth-focused offerings (Supply Chain Optimization, Freight Forwarding, Contract Logistics, Distribution & Express, and Road Transport), coupled with the company’s truly global reach thanks to a global network spanning nearly 170 countries, is reflected by its top business rankings: no. 1 in France and no. 7 worldwide. In 2021, GEODIS employed over 46,000 people globally and generated €10.9 billion in revenue.


[1] Source:  ecommerceDB.com

GEODIS announces agreement to acquire Keppel Logistics – boosts its Contract Logistics footprint in Asia-Pacific

GEODIS, a global leader in the transport and logistics sector, today announced that it has signed a binding agreement to acquire Keppel Logistics. The project will significantly increase GEODIS’ Contract Logistics footprint and eCommerce fulfillment services in Singapore and Southeast Asia.

Marie-Christine Lombard, Chief Executive Officer of GEODIS, commented: “The acquisition of Keppel Logistics will mark a key milestone in GEODIS’ Asia-Pacific ambitions. Keppel Logistics is a well-established regional player, with a strong focus on innovation. Through this acquisition which will combine GEODIS’ worldwide leadership with Keppel Logistics’ robust local footprint, we believe we can create great value for our customers, facilitating their growth, particularly in the eCommerce Asian market”.

Based in Singapore, Keppel Logistics is a Contract Logistics specialist with close to 500 employees. Active throughout Southeast Asia, Keppel Logistics (ranked in the top 5 contract logistics players in Singapore) owns over 200,000m2 of warehouse space in Singapore, Malaysia and Australia. The company offers end-to-end B2B and B2C logistics solutions, from warehousing to last mile delivery, with strong skills in eCommerce omnichannel service offerings thanks to its fast-growing UrbanFox platform.

This project is a significant step along GEODIS’ strategic roadmap for the Asia Pacific region, where GEODIS currently employs 3,700 people spread over 76 sites. The acquisition will reinforce GEODIS as a leading logistics service provider, further expanding its footprint by adding to recent investments in contract logistics sites in India, South Korea and Australia.

Onno Boots, President and CEO of GEODIS Asia-Pacific said: “As one of the leading logistics providers, we are continuously looking for ways to evolve the region’s supply chain and our clients’ eCommerce ecosystem. The acquisition will strengthen our contract logistics and digital omnichannel capabilities, elevate our end-to-end logistics solutions and bring greater value to customers across the region. By enhancing our eCommerce services, we will provide brands with the ability to scale their online presence seamlessly and effectively navigate supply chain challenges to accelerate their growth in this region”.

Thomas Pang, CEO of Keppel Telecommunications & Transportation added, “For over 50 years, Keppel Logistics has been providing customised integrated logistics in Singapore. We believe the integration of Keppel Logistics as part of GEODIS will help accelerate Keppel Logistics’ growth, allowing it to scale up and provide even better value propositions to both its customers and internal stakeholders”.

The acquisition is subject to regulatory review and approvals, which are expected to be obtained by end of Q2 2022. Both companies will operate as independent businesses and run their operations as usual until that time.

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GEODIS – www.geodis.com 

GEODIS is a top-rated, global supply chain operator recognized for its commitment to helping clients overcome their logistical constraints. GEODIS’ growth-focused offerings (Supply Chain Optimization, Freight Forwarding, Contract Logistics, Distribution & Express, and Road Transport), coupled with the company’s truly global reach thanks to a global network spanning nearly 170 countries, is reflected by its top business rankings: no. 1 in France and no. 7 worldwide. In 2021, GEODIS employed over 46,000 people globally and generated €10.9 billion in revenue.

GEODIS takes center stage at the Computer Weekly Innovation Awards APAC

High-tech features of GEODIS’ road transportation system praised for enhancing the networks’ resilience to supply chain disruptions 

GEODIS, a global leading transport and logistics services provider, was named the winner in the transportation category at this year’s Computer Weekly Innovation Awards APAC for its innovative use of Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Machine Learning (ML) in the development and design of its road services.   

The awards, presented by TechTarget, celebrate the best digital transformation projects across sectors such as transportation, retail, manufacturing, healthcare, and finance. GEODIS’ high-tech road transportation solution was selected by TechTarget’s members across APAC for its strategic integration of technology to afford customers greater control and visibility over their cargo.

GEODIS’ road transportation system recognized at the awards includes an advanced truck system designed to track and streamline scheduling processes by leveraging robust data collected from the deployed trucks, as well as other digital solutions that provide real-time updates and visibility across the journey of the cargo.

“Amidst an increasingly complex supply chain landscape, digitalization as well as being at the forefront of change has never been more essential for the industry. This is why we are relentless at driving innovation here at GEODIS” said Evelyn Ooi, Chief Information Officer, Asia Pacific, GEODIS. “We are honored to have the technology used in our road transportation system recognized. We believe that it serves as a testament to our sustained efforts towards thinking outside the box and delivering the most dynamic, agile, and competitive solutions to our customers.”

GEODIS’ road transportation system has already been rolled out across Southeast Asia from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. GEODIS plans to further expand this system to operations in China and India, amongst other key markets.

GEODIS – www.geodis.com 

GEODIS is a top-rated, global supply chain operator recognized for its commitment to helping clients overcome their logistical constraints. GEODIS’ growth-focused offerings (Supply Chain Optimization, Freight Forwarding, Contract Logistics, Distribution & Express, and Road Transport), coupled with the company’s truly global reach thanks to a global network spanning nearly 170 countries, is reflected by its top business rankings: no. 1 in France and no. 7 worldwide. In 2021, GEODIS employed over 46,000 people globally and generated €10.9 billion in revenue.

GEODIS End-to-End Services deliver resilience in a beleaguered market

With supply chain disruption remaining a consistent problem for shippers around the world, GEODIS has introduced a fully integrated and customized logistics service designed to withstand the unpredictability of today’s global trade environment.  Flexibility is key to achieving consistent reliability and GEODIS is pulling its various resources and experience together in its end-to-end services offering.

At its core, GEODIS End-to-End Services has simplicity – to move customers goods from origin to destination with control and complete visibility. Through real-time data intelligence comes the ability to monitor milestones, anticipate delays and manage exceptions at an early stage, maintaining proactive control throughout the shipment’s journey along the supply chain.

“Throughout the recent months when disruption resulting from pandemic lockdowns, variable spikes in demand, transport capacity shortages, congestion at ports and other hubs and geopolitical upheaval, GEODIS developed alternatives to ensure that the delivery of customers’ goods was maintained,” says Eric Martin-Neuville, Executive Vice President, Freight Forwarding. “This flexibility and innovative philosophy are now engrained in the service offered by GEODIS End-to-End Services. Devising contingencies, solving potential blockages caused by disruption and optimizing our customer’s business logistically, are at the heart of GEODIS End-to-End Services.”

The service combines the existing functionality of Origin Services, Carrier Contract Management, Destination Services, Visibility, Customs Clearance Services, and the critical over-sight of the Control Tower. What is new is the co-ordination of these functions via a digital ecosystem connecting customers’ logistics data with real-time information on the status of shipments. This enables the mining of insights to reinforce and support flexible decision-making at critical junctures and guide their implementation by each GEODIS operational function. A team of dedicated experts analyzes the data and provides recommendations to optimize the supply chain whatever the external disruptive circumstances.

Joseph Fordney is Senior Vice President of Global Business Development of GEODIS’ Freight Forwarding activity: “We serve as a strategic partner to our customers to turn their supply chains from a cost center into a strategic asset,” he says. “GEODIS End-to-End Services will achieve this by creating resilience while striving to continuously optimize, helping our customers proactively overcome the challenges they are increasingly facing, and to grow their businesses.”

GEODIS – www.geodis.com 

GEODIS is a top-rated, global supply chain operator recognized for its commitment to helping clients overcome their logistical constraints. GEODIS’ growth-focused offerings (Supply Chain Optimization, Freight Forwarding, Contract Logistics, Distribution & Express, and Road Transport), coupled with the company’s truly global reach thanks to a global network spanning nearly 170 countries, is reflected by its top business rankings: no. 1 in France and no. 7 worldwide. In 2021, GEODIS employed over 46,000 people globally and generated €10.9 billion in revenue.

GEODIS and its employees take action in support of Ukraine

  • Provision of logistics capabilities for the transportation and storage of essential goods
  • Fundraising campaign in collaboration with the French Red Cross

 GEODIS, an international leader in transport and logistics, has committed to offer humanitarian aid to the people of Ukraine. This aid will be provided through the mobilization of the Group’s logistics capabilities for the transportation of essential goods, alongside a fundraising initiative in collaboration with the French Red Cross.

GEODIS will provide free transport and storage of goods from France and other European Union countries to the regions that have taken in Ukrainian refugees. To deliver these services, the Group will rely on its local teams, who are already setting up the appropriate transport and logistics resources to support the humanitarian aid and relief efforts. In particular, GEODIS will provide warehouse sites in strategic locations close to the Ukrainian border.

The management of GEODIS has also decided to support the French Red Cross in its operations through a fundraising campaign which will be open for all employees of the Group to contribute to.  Every euro donated will be matched by GEODIS on a one-for-one basis. All donations received by the French Red Cross will be used to support people directly affected by the conflict by helping to meet their needs for water, basic necessities, medical supplies, first aid and psychological and social support.

Marie-Christine Lombard, Chief Executive Officer of GEODIS, said: “We want to express our support for the Ukrainian people, who are experiencing the horror of the conflict. In addition to financial donations, the entire GEODIS Group has decided to contribute to the humanitarian effort by exercising its expertise in organizing transport and storage. Our network and our teams, whether at head office or at the local level, are fully dedicated to facilitating the flow of goods linked to international solidarity.”

GEODIS – www.geodis.com 

GEODIS is a top-rated, global supply chain operator recognized for its commitment to helping clients overcome their logistical constraints. GEODIS’s growth-focused offerings (Supply Chain Optimization, Freight Forwarding, Contract Logistics, Distribution & Express, and Road Transport), coupled with the company’s truly global reach thanks to a global network spanning nearly 170 countries, is reflected by its top business rankings: no. 1 in France and no. 7 worldwide. In 2021, GEODIS employed over 46,000 people globally and generated €10.9 billion in revenue.

GEODIS in China Receives GDP Accreditation, Strengthens Presence in the Healthcare Market

Good Distribution Practice (GDP) Accreditation ensures pharmaceutical product integrity throughout the supply chain

GEODIS, a global leading transport and logistics services provider, has obtained Good Distribution Practice (GDP) Accreditation in China as the company ramps up its logistics services to meet the demands of the growing healthcare market. With COVID-19 exposing the emerging risks and weaknesses of the pharmaceutical industry’s supply chain, this accreditation underscores GEODIS’ commitment to ensuring the quality and integrity of pharmaceutical products for its customers across the logistics ecosystem.

The implications of the accreditation are extensive, given the stringent requirements published by the Chinese Ministry of Health (MOH) in 2013. The GDP certification requires comprehensive audits of operational procedures in warehouses, ensuring that they are compliant with the highest industry standards to handle pharmaceutical products.  This review process further highlights the role that logistics services providers play as vital partners in the healthcare supply chain.

“GEODIS is fully committed to ensuring our pharmaceutical and healthcare customers’ success in maintaining their delivery standards and reputation for high-quality products,” said Onno Boots, President and Chief Executive Officer, Asia Pacific, GEODIS. “This GDP accreditation demonstrates our continued dedication to providing industry-leading solutions and services in every aspect to meet the high standards set by China’s Ministry of Health.”

India, Korea, Thailand and Singapore are also in the process of receiving certification from the IATA Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics (CEIV Pharma), which ensures international and national compliance to safeguard product integrity, whilst specifically addressing the requirements for air cargo handling and transport. 

GEODIS – www.geodis.com 

GEODIS is a top-rated, global supply chain operator recognized for its commitment to helping clients overcome their logistical constraints. GEODIS’ growth-focused offerings (Supply Chain Optimization, Freight Forwarding, Contract Logistics, Distribution & Express, and Road Transport), coupled with the company’s truly global reach thanks to a global network spanning nearly 170 countries, is reflected by its top business rankings: no. 1 in France and no. 7 worldwide. In 2021, GEODIS employed over 46,000 people globally and generated €10.9 billion in revenue.

Nashville Soccer Club and GEODIS announce landmark stadium naming rights partnership

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 10, 2022) – Nashville Soccer Club’s new 30,000-seat stadium will officially be known as GEODIS Park. Today, the club unveiled a historic naming rights partnership with global supply chain operator GEODIS during a special banner display ceremony at the stadium. Scheduled to be completed next month, GEODIS Park will be the largest soccer-specific stadium in the United States and Canada. 

Photo credit : ‘Nashville SC.”

“We have repeatedly said that the new stadium will become the spiritual home of Nashville Soccer Club,” said Nashville SC CEO Ian Ayre. “The commitment of logistics specialist GEODIS as the naming partner and the unveiling of ‘GEODIS Park’ is a landmark part of the history and journey of the club,” continued the former Liverpool FC CEO. “I am hugely proud of the incredible work that Will Alexander, our Chief Revenue Officer, and the partnership team played in bringing this opportunity to where we are today. Having had the opportunity to meet with GEODIS members throughout the formation of this partnership, I can confidently say that their people, culture and values are very similar to those of our organization and that makes them the perfect partner for this huge next step.” 

GEODIS, a France-based industry-leading global supply chain operator with its North American headquarters based in Brentwood, Tenn., is one of the fastest-growing logistics companies in the United States, employing more than 15,000 teammates across 19 campuses and more than 230 sites. GEODIS is also a major employer in the Middle Tennessee area with more than 2,000 teammates in the region.

“At GEODIS, we are proud of our rich history in the Nashville community that dates back more than 70 years,” said Mike Honious, GEODIS Americas President & CEO. “With this historic new partnership—and the first of its kind for our company—we will be able to use GEODIS Park as a platform to strengthen our commitment to building a strong community alongside a like-minded organization who shares that same vision to make an even greater impact alongside one another. Ultimately, GEODIS Park will be the place where GEODIS, Nashville SC and our community will keep rising together.”

As a global showcase for the company, GEODIS will receive prominent branding on the stadium’s exterior, interior and rooftop, including flagship signage above the main entrance welcoming attendees to GEODIS Park. Additionally, the partnership features naming rights to one premium club and several innovative programs to support the Nashville community. For example, GEODIS will serve as the presenting partner of both a new soccer league focused on underserved neighborhoods in the surrounding community and the “One Nashville Under Gold” flag, a photo-mosaic with a collection of images representing Nashvillians from all walks of life that will be presented at every home game.

Excel Sports Management’s Properties division sourced and negotiated the stadium naming rights deal between Nashville SC and GEODIS.

Built in the heart of Nashville’s Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood, GEODIS Park is set to become one of the premier sports and entertainment destinations in the United States. The 30,000-seat stadium will feature a 360-degree canopy, a 65-foot-wide shared concourse and a safe standing supporter’s section. Just 150 feet of distance will separate the last row in GEODIS Park and the touchline. In addition to being the official home to Nashville SC, GEODIS Park will serve as a leading multipurpose venue for concerts and community activities as well as a hub for Nashville-area businesses to utilize throughout the year.

The excitement leading up towards the opening of GEODIS Park has been evident across Middle Tennessee with approximately 20,000 season tickets sold to date and very few premium tickets remaining. All private suites, loge boxes and the stadium’s three largest clubs are sold out ahead of the 2022 season.

GEODIS Park will officially open its doors on May 1 when the Boys in Gold host the Philadelphia Union at 3 p.m. CT on ESPN and ESPN Deportes. Come on “N” and be a part of history when Nashville SC opens the gates to GEODIS Park by visiting NashvilleSC.com/Tickets or calling 615-750-8800 to secure your seats.

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About Nashville SC 

Nashville SC is a Major League Soccer club initially founded by local supporters in 2013 as an amateur soccer organization called Nashville Football Club. It officially became Nashville Soccer Club in 2016 when it earned a USL Championship club and as it began its bid to join Major League Soccer. On Dec. 20, 2017, Nashville SC became the 24th organization to be awarded an MLS club. In its inaugural MLS season, Nashville SC defeated expectations by becoming the second MLS expansion side to win and advance to the Conference Semifinals in the 2020 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs. Nashville SC returned to the 2021 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs in its sophomore season after becoming just the seventh team in MLS history to go unbeaten at home in a season. Nashville SC is set to move into GEODIS Park, the largest soccer-specific stadium in the United States and Canada at 30,000 seats, on May 1, 2022. For more information, visit NashvilleSC.com and follow the club at @NashvilleSC on InstagramFacebookTwitter and Spotify.

About GEODIS

GEODIS is a top-rated, global supply chain operator recognized for its commitment to helping clients overcome their logistical constraints. GEODIS’ growth-focused offerings (Supply Chain Optimization, Freight Forwarding, Contract Logistics, Distribution & Express, and Road Transport), coupled with the company’s truly global reach thanks to a global network spanning nearly 170 countries, is reflected by its top business rankings: no.1 in France and no.7 worldwide. In 2021, GEODIS employed over 46,000 people globally and generated €10.9 billion in revenue. 

About Excel Sports Management

Excel Sports Management is an industry-leading agency representing top-tier talent, blue-chip brands and marquee properties. Excel’s Properties division is the go-to solution for commercial strategy development and the sale of world-class partnership assets, including stadium naming rights and on-uniform branding. Excel has twice won Sports Business Journal’s Best In Talent Representation and Management, and is consistently named as one of the most valuable sports agencies in the world by Forbes. The agency has offices in New York, Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas and London.For more information, visit excelsm.com.

Renault Trucks and GEODIS join forces to develop a new electric truck adapted to urban logistics

Renault Trucks and GEODIS are combining their industrial, logistics and engineering expertise to design an electric heavy truck dedicated to urban logistics, meeting the requirements of city-center freight transport.

Changes are occurring in urban freight transport, whether in terms of emission regulations, restricted access, or the proliferation of modes of mobility (cargo bikes, bicycles, scooters, etc.) sharing the public space.

For reasons of massification [1], vehicles with a tonnage of over 3.5 tonnes will remain at the core of urban distribution. With a complete range of electric vehicles manufactured in France ranging from 3.5 to 26 tonnes, Renault Trucks has been working for ten years on reducing the environmental footprint of city logistics. GEODIS, whose ambition is to reduce its CO2 emissions by 30% by 2030, has undertaken to provide carbon-free deliveries to 37 cities in France by 2023.

Through their new collaboration, the constructor and its logistics partner are taking this approach a step further and combining their know-how to develop a brand new 16-tonne electric urban truck, at a comparable cost (TCO [2]) to that of a diesel vehicle, which is a prerequisite for the widespread adoption of alternative power units.

Marie-Christine Lombard, Chief Executive Officer of GEODIS, said: “The environmental emergency combined with the growth of e-Commerce and the implementation of low-emission zones in major French cities mean that we urgently need to step up the decarbonization of transport. This is the objective of GEODIS in forming this partnership with Renault Trucks. We want to quickly provide concrete answers to the issue of sustainable urban logistics.”

Bruno Blin, president of Renault Trucks, added: “We have noticed that the image of the truck is changing; at last it is being perceived as an indispensable tool. The purpose of the Oxygen project, in which Renault Trucks is working alongside GEODIS, is to design a truck that will seamlessly blend into the urban landscape, among other road users in areas with traffic and even in pedestrian zones. This new truck will be designed for the driver’s working comfort and safety, and for the safety of city dwellers.”

A truck that seamlessly blends into the urban landscape

Thanks to the collaborative work carried out from the design stage onwards, this vehicle (project name: Oxygen) will make it possible to integrate all the requirements and functions of city-center delivery: elimination of nuisances such as pollution and noise, and improvement of active and passive safety in order to better manage co-existence with all road users (pedestrians and people using soft modes of transport).

In the early phases of work, the following areas of focus were identified:

  • Improved safety for the driver and the public thanks to a lowered cab giving the driver an excellent direct view for optimal protection of road users; a large windshield and multiple cameras instead of rear-view mirrors, offering a 360° view; a sliding side door on the passenger side restricting the door opening angle.
  • Greater comfort for the driver, who will be able to get out of the truck on either side, left or right. Climbing in and out of the truck will be made easier by a much lower access height than on a standard delivery truck.
  • Optimal ergonomics and easier access to the cargo space. To achieve this, a three-way partnership with a bodybuilder is under consideration with a view to improving loading/unloading operations in an urban environment.
  • Connected tools enabling drivers to optimize their delivery operations and their routes.
  • To ensure that this vehicle blends into the urban landscape perfectly and with a view to enhancing both the comfort and the self-esteem of the driver, Renault Trucks designers have completely redesigned both the exterior lines of the truck and the interior of the cab.

Delivery of the prototype is scheduled for the end of 2022. It will be produced at Renault Trucks’ site in Blainville-sur-Orne, France, the first European plant to manufacture series production electric trucks since 2020.

The truck will be trialed for urban deliveries in Paris, starting in 2023. This real-world testing will be followed by a phase of adaptation of the vehicle incorporating feedback from drivers covering comfort of use, practicality, recharging, etc., and then by a study to optimize the total cost of ownership.


[1] TCO = Total Cost of Ownership, i.e. the overall cost of an asset or a service throughout its life cycle.

[2] One 12-tonne truck is equivalent to more than 3 LCVs (light commercial vehicles).

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About GEODIS

GEODIS is a top-rated, global supply chain operator recognized for its commitment to helping clients overcome their logistical constraints. GEODIS’ growth-focused offerings (Supply Chain Optimization, Freight Forwarding, Contract Logistics, Distribution & Express, and Road Transport), coupled with the company’s truly global reach thanks to a global network spanning nearly 170 countries, is reflected by its top business rankings: no. 1 in France and no. 7 worldwide. In 2021, GEODIS employed over 46,000 people globally and generated €10.9 billion in revenue.

www.geodis.com

About Renault Trucks

Building on the legacy of more than a century of French truck know-how, Renault Trucks supplies transport professionals with a range of vehicles (from 2.8 to 120 T) and services adapted to the segments of distribution, construction and long distance. Renault Trucks vehicles are sturdy and reliable with low fuel consumption that enables them to deliver greater productivity and control operating costs. Renault Trucks distributes and maintains its vehicles through a network of more than 1,500 service points around the world. The design and assembly of Renault Trucks vehicles, as well as the production of most of the components, are carried out in France.

Renault Trucks is part of the Volvo Group, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks, coaches, buses, construction machines, and industrial and marine engines. The group also offers complete financing and service solutions. The Volvo Group employs around 105,000 people, has production plants in 18 countries and sells its products in more than 190 markets. In 2020, Volvo group sales amounted to €33.4 billion (338.4 billion Swedish crowns). The Volvo Group is a listed company with registered offices in Gothenburg, Sweden. Volvo shares are listed on the Nasdaq Stockholm Stock Exchange.

Record performance for GEODIS in 2021

GEODIS has achieved the targets of its “Ambition 2023” plan two years ahead of schedule, demonstrating the reliability of its business model

  • Revenues: €10.9bn, +28% compared to 2020 and +33% compared to 2019, at constant perimeter and exchange rate
  • EBITDA[1]:€948m, 33% above 2020 level and 38% higher than in 2019
  • Very strong generation of operating cash flow leading to a substantial reduction in net debt

Marie-Christine Lombard, Chief Executive Officer of GEODIS, declared:

“In 2021, GEODIS met the targets of its ‘Ambition 2023’ strategic plan two years ahead of schedule, both in terms of revenue and EBITDA. This performance validates the Group strategy and confirms the value creation for its shareholder, SNCF.

“In less than 10 years, GEODIS, the French leader, has become the 4th largest European player in the logistics sector and the 7th largest in the world, with revenues that have grown by more than 50% and an operating margin that has increased fivefold during this period. I would like to thank our customers for their trust (89% satisfaction rate), as well as our employees for their unwavering commitment to the Group (80% satisfaction rate).

“In 2022, GEODIS will continue implementing the three pillars of its strategic ambition: the development of an end-to-end service offering for freight delivery, the strengthening of its e-commerce logistics offering, and a policy of targeted investments in both strategic assets (logistics real estate including robotics, decarbonated trucks) and acquisitions to bolster our presence in key countries (North America, Europe and Southeast Asia).

“In 2022, GEODIS will strengthen its commitment to ESG by including environmental and social responsibility issues in the variable compensation for top management.”

A historic year for GEODIS in a favorable market environment

  • Revenue of €10.9bn, +33% compared to 2019 on a like-for-like basis[2] (+28% compared to 2020), driven by sustained activity across all the Group’s Lines of Business and regions. In particular:
  • The Freight Forwarding Line of Business benefited from a very positive market environment owing to a favorable price effect and increased volumes. Its revenue in 2021 stood at €4.9 billion, +66% compared to 2019.

In a context of extreme tension in the air and sea freight market, GEODIS managed to secure transport capacities to ensure the continuity of its customers’ supply chains, by:

  • Chartering vessels and securing long-term shipping capacity between Asia and Europe,
  • Strengthening its air charter program and launching a dedicated cargo aircraft.
  • The contract logistics business has been boosted by the boom in e-commerce and market dynamism in the United States and Europe.

The Group’s activities linked to e-commerce now represent more than a quarter of sales in 2021, which illustrates GEODIS’ ability to adapt its offering to market expectations.

  • Record results, well above pre-pandemic levels: post-IFRS 16 EBITDA rose by +38% compared to 2019 (+33% versus 2020) to €948m, resulting in an EBITDA margin of 8.7%thanks to the combined effect of relevant commercial initiatives, strong operational performance and tight cost management.
  • Sound financial position: strong generation of operating cash flow, allowing a substantial reduction in net debt and a leverage ratio[3] below 1x.

Structural investments in 2021 focused on GEODIS’ sustainable growth

In line with its “Ambition 2023” plan, GEODIS carried out strategic and targeted investments in 2021 that contributed to the Group’s sustainable growth, both through external growth operations and the acquisition of transport and logistics capacities.

  • GEODIS made some bolt-on acquisitions to meet customer demand with an enhanced service offering and a stronger geographic presence in strategic markets:
  • The acquisition of Pekaes and Transport Perrier will reinforce the Road Transport Line of Business’ network for palletized freight in Poland and France.
  • The Distribution & Express Line of Business, which is experiencing strong growth, has expanded its offer in the healthcare sector through the acquisition of Gandon Transports, a leading player in the transport of temperature-controlled pharmaceutical products in France.
  • As part of its objective to reduce its CO2 emissions by 30% by 2030 (compared with 2017 levels), GEODIS has ramped up the implementation of low-carbon and carbon-free transport solutions:
  • Implementation of a Sustainable Fuels offer, providing customers with a sustainable alternative fuel for air and sea freight, in addition to the solutions already available for road freight.
  • Ordering 330 light commercial vehicles and heavy trucks from Iveco running on bioNGV fuel. This investment will help reach the target of ensuring 100% carbon-free deliveries in the city centers of 37 French metropolises by 2023.
  • Already the French leader in multimodal transport, GEODIS intends to develop its offering, in particular through the recent launch of a new France-Italy rail-road transport route.
  • GEODIS is investing in strategic assets. The Group has purchased land in Venlo, the strategic logistics hub in Holland close to the German border, with the intention of building a 130,000 m2 logistics facility incorporating the latest environmental standards.

Development of the digital offer

  • Upply,a marketplace launched in 2018, trebled its sales in 2021, driven by strong growth in its transport price benchmarking activity. In 2022, the company intends capitalize on its position as the European leader in benchmarking and expects increasingly rapid growth for the marketplace.
  • The eLogistics offer, developed to meet customers’ expectations in the context of the e-commerce boom, gained momentum in 2021 with three new sites in the United States. It will soon be launched in Europe.

Responsible growth rooted in an ambitious ESG approach

  • ESG rating: the GEODIS ESG strategy has been awarded the EcoVadis Gold rating for the last ten years. This is a recognition of the commitment of both management and employees.
  • Diversity and inclusion: beyond the environmental ambition of reducing its CO2 emissions, GEODIS has made inclusion one of its priorities. In 2017, women held 13% of the Group’s top management positions. By 2021, this figure had risen to 20% and it will reach 25% by 2023.
  • Governance: starting in 2022, GEODIS has decided to include ESG as one of the criteria for up to 25% of the variable remuneration of Executive Committee members and the 150 Top managers. This criterion will cover the environment, gender parity and employee commitment.

A promising outlook in the short term

The Group’s objective is to maintain a favorable growth dynamic in a context where the logistics sector remains favorable in the short term, but where medium-term uncertainties persist: inflationary trends, pressure on capacities (particularly regarding sea freight), geopolitical issues, and the continuing uncertainty surrounding the ongoing public health crisis.


[1] Post-IFRS 16 EBITDA (Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization) consists of revenues and related income minus expenses directly attributable to the business

[2] At constant perimeter and exchange rates

[3] Leverage ratio = Net Financial Debt / pre-IFRS 16 EBITDA

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GEODIS is a top-rated, global supply chain operator recognized for its commitment to helping clients overcome their logistical constraints. GEODIS’ growth-focused offerings (Supply Chain Optimization, Freight Forwarding, Contract Logistics, Distribution & Express, and Road Transport), coupled with the company’s truly global reach thanks to a global network spanning nearly 170 countries, is reflected by its top business rankings: no. 1 in France and no. 7 worldwide. In 2021, GEODIS employed over 46,141 people globally and generated €10.9 billion in revenue.