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GEODIS Expands Growth in E-Commerce

New logistics centre in Oberhausen under construction

Levallois-Perret, 7 March 2019 – GEODIS will open a new warehouse in Oberhausen this summer. The 40,000 square-meter building is being built by SEGRO, a UK industrial real estate group, with which GEODIS has already implemented other major projects.

GEODIS will hire up to 500 employees for the extensive warehousing and order picking operations in Oberhausen. The combination of a strong, available pool of skilled workers and an attractive logistic location with very good transportation connections make Oberhausen the ideal choice for this new location. In addition, the logistics center will be implemented with an innovative warehouse concept that combines maximum space utilization with maximum productivity. Over the years, GEODIS has developed this industry-specific and highly automated process.

With this new opening, GEODIS is continuing to expand its long-standing e-commerce strategy. In recent years, the company has significantly expanded its contract logistics business on a national and international level with well-known companies in this sector. With Oberhausen, a total of six of the 14 logistics centers operated by GEODIS in Germany alone will specialize in e-commerce.

We have been pursuing a very successful growth strategy in this market segment for years,” says Thomas Kraus, President & CEO North, East and Central Europe. German e-commerce has been growing steadily for years. Market sales have increased to 63 billion euros in 2018, an increase of around ten percent compared to 2017.[1]  “The demand for modern and innovative logistics concepts in this area is high, because the goods are to be delivered to the end customer as quickly, cost-effectively and efficiently as possible. Thanks to our many years of experience, we have been able to develop a high level of expertise and concrete unique selling propositions in this area. This makes e-commerce one of our core competencies, both in Germany and internationally,” adds Kraus.

Further information on GEODIS can be found at http://www.geodis.com

GEODIS – www.geodis.com 

GEODIS is a top-rated, global supply chain operator recognized for its passion and 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 direct presence in 67 countries, and a global network spanning 120 countries, translates in top business rankings, #1 in France, #4 in Europe and #7 worldwide.

In 2017, GEODIS accounted for over 40,500 employees globally and generated €8.1 billion in sales.


[1] According to the industry report Online-Handel 2018 of the IFH Cologne.

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GEODIS appoints a Global Head of E-Commerce

Ashwani Nath Sept 18

Ashwani Nath, Vice-President & Global Head of e-channel solutions

GEODIS announces the creation of a global position for e-commerce with the appointment of Ashwani Nath as Vice-President & Global Head of e-channel solutions. Reporting to Philippe de Carné, Group CCO, Ashwani Nath will be responsible for building and promoting end-to-end e-commerce omni-channel solutions, gathering all existing physical & digital expertise in the company.

By creating this position, the Group intends to strengthen its position in the booming e-commerce logistics sector in Europe and around the world by developing e-fulfillment infrastructure in warehouses, order management systems for cross border last mile & customer service for end to end visibility. This new role also goes along with the recent evolution of the GEODIS’ organization which aims at facilitating an easy access to the GEODIS services for its customers.

“I am confident in Ashwani’s ability to create value for both our customers and our Group by designing innovative global e-commerce solutions. Ash’s deep experience and knowledge of the logistics market make him the real expert to optimize our customers’ supply chains with end-to-end solutions dedicated to the omni-channel e- commerce sector.” declares Philippe de Carné.

Ashwani Nath, was previously Global Market Line Director – Retail for GEODIS. Starting his career after graduating in economics & management, he records more than thirty-three years of experience in the logistics sector. He has held various regional & global leadership roles within global logistics companies, based in India, Sri Lanka, Italy, The Netherlands and France.

GEODIS – www.geodis.com

GEODIS is a top-rated, global supply chain operator recognized for its passion and 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 direct presence in 67 countries, and a global network spanning 120 countries, translates in top business rankings, #1 in France, #4 in Europe and #7 worldwide.

In 2017, GEODIS accounted for over 40,500 employees globally and generated €8.1 billion in sale

 

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Antje Lochmann – New Managing Director of GEODIS Freight Forwarding Germany

Antje Lochmann Nov 18

Antje Lochmann, Managing Director of GEODIS Freight Forwarding Germany

GEODIS announced the appointment of Antje Lochmann as the new Managing Director of GEODIS Freight Forwarding Germany. Beginning November 1, 2018, she will head up the German freight forwarding business for GEODIS headquartered in Hamburg.

Antje Lochmann joined GEODIS in 2011 and has held several positions where she was responsible for sales, marketing, key accounts, tender management, and sales controlling. Most recently, she was the Director National Sales & Marketing of GEODIS Freight Forwarding Germany. During her time at GEODIS, she has worked on many national and international projects and has established a good network.

“Antje Lochmann knows the market, the freight forwarding community and our organization through her years of experience. With her strong commitment, she has contributed significantly to the company’s success and will continue to do so in her new role. As part of our leadership approach, we at GEODIS put emphasis on career progression for our young executives. Therefore, I am very proud to be able to fill this important position with an in-house candidate such as Antje,” said Thomas Kraus, GEODIS President & CEO North, East and Central Europe.

Antje Lochmann succeeds Matthias Hansen, who was recently appointed Global Product Head of Ocean Freight. Along with his former role as Regional Vice President (RVP), EMEA, Matthias has been leading Freight Forwarding Germany for the past 12 months. He will be supporting Antje Lochmann during a two-month transition period through December 2018

GEODIS – www.geodis.com

GEODIS is a top-rated, global supply chain operator recognized for its passion and 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 direct presence in 67 countries, and a global network spanning 120 countries, translates in top business rankings, #1 in France, #4 in Europe and #7 worldwide.

In 2017, GEODIS accounted for over 40,500 employees globally and generated €8.1 billion in sales.

 

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GEODIS Awarded “2018 Logistics Player of the Year” in Italy

The Group took home the prestigious annual prize rewarding Italian companies that stand out for innovative approaches and solutions.

181029 Canova - Da Pra - Luigi Terzi (Logistics Awards presentation)

Pietro Lucio Canova, Business Area Director for Nord East Italy, GEODIS and Dario Da Pra, Site Manager for Bologna, GEODIS with Luigi Terzi from Assologistica

With the project “Aero roll-cages conveyor system,” GEODIS in Italy has been named “2018 Logistics Player of the Year” in the Innovation category. The well-known award, organized by Assologistica in cooperation with the magazine Euromerci and the association Assologistica Cultura e Formazione, is the most important prize for 3PL players in Italy.

Roll cages represent an evolution of trolleys, in which the unit load is hooked to the plank of the trolley through an automated system. This allows the handling of flat or hanging garments, even simultaneously. The transport chain develops on an aerodynamic architecture and grants total freedom of movement in the stock flows. In a nutshell, the handling capacity becomes highly flexible and multifunctional.

There are several benefits, including considerable savings on transport and transfer times—inbound-outbound and between floors—and a displacement of up to 20 cages for hanging garments, without overloading the operators. This solution also promotes order and cleanliness in the work areas and minimizes the need for handling equipment.

While evaluating applications in different fields, from environmental sustainability to training, from the internationalization of business to ITC, the scope of Research & Development from year to year increases the ranks of companies that are candidates for our Award,” asserts Assologistica’s Secretary-General, Jean François Daher. “This is very encouraging, as it testifies to the ability of our companies to respond to the challenges of a market in which technology has long been a dominant factor in growth and development.”

Technological innovation is a crucial element for the development of logistics, one of the most sensitive factors for the entire system. An initiative like ours is 100% in 2.0 supply chain perspective and launches GEODIS in Italy towards the future,” comments Francesco Cazzaniga, Managing Director of GEODIS in Italy.

GEODIS – www.geodis.com

GEODIS is a top-rated, global supply chain operator recognized for its passion and 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 direct presence in 67 countries and a global network spanning 120 countries, translates to top business rankings: #1 in France, #4 in Europe, and #7 worldwide.

 

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GEODIS reduces the carbon footprint of road freight between Germany and Spain by launching a new Rail-Road Service

Since February of this year, GEODIS has been running a new rail-road line for freight transport between Hendaye (French-Spanish border) and Metz (French-Germa181022 HQ_PRESSE_GEOFRET_Graphique_EN_03_HDn border). Since this summer, five to six trains per week have been using this route. Combined with a local “door-to-door” service, this alternative offering reduces congestion on European roads as well as the carbon footprint of freight on this corridor.

This new transport service is aimed at companies that export goods from Spain and Portugal to the north of France, Germany, Benelux countries and Eastern Europe, or that import from these countries, for sectors such as retail distribution, automotive and industrial. 

The service is operated by GEODIS which provides an end-to-end logistics solution with a 1,100 kilometers railway line between Hendaye and Metz, with local delivery by road for the final miles. In the long term, a Paris stopover at GEODIS’ logistics platform in Bonneuil-sur-Marne is planned.

This new multimodal service will take up to 11,500 trucks off the road each year,” says Olivier Royer, Executive Vice President Road Transport at GEODIS. “Beyond the driver shortage and road congestion situation which we are currently facing, we will see a real impact on the carbon footprint of freight between France and Spain by significantly reducing CO2 emissions per ton transported.”

The “door-to-door” service operated by GEODIS includes cross-docking in its own warehouses located at each end of the line, as well as freight transport from Metz to final delivery points in Northern Europe or the Iberian Peninsula, using its own fleet of vehicles.

This multimodal solution makes it possible to achieve flows with a transit time similar to that of road haulage,” explains Olivier Royer. “In this way we can guarantee high volume transport at a reasonable cost, while eliminating certain factors such rising diesel prices, seasonal fluctuations in heavy goods vehicle transport or the cost of return trips that normally impact transport by truck.

A freight tracking and management system has also been set up to allow customers to learn the location of their shipment in real time. GEODIS also ensures its customers guaranteed service by offering alternative transport by road with the help of 3,800 vehicles from the GEODIS fleet or from its transport partners in the event of an incident.

GEODIS – www.geodis.com

GEODIS is a top-rated, global supply chain operator recognized for its passion and 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 direct presence in 67 countries, and a global network spanning 120 countries, translates in top business rankings, #1 in France, #4 in Europe and #7 worldwide.

In 2017, GEODIS accounted for over 40,500 employees globally and generated €8.1 billion in sales.

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GEODIS organizes its first hackathon : “Smart Warehouse: Create the warehouse of tomorrow”

OCTOBER 15, 2018

LEVALLOIS-PERRET

At the cutting-edge of innovation, this first GEODIS hackathon will draw on the competence of selected start-ups and experts to meet the challenge of data prediction and data visualization.

On November 8th, GEODIS will hold its first hackathon in Paris in collaboration with BeMyApp, a digital transformation and developer relations agency. GEODIS will welcome talented IT and selected dataviz professionals together with experts in artificial intelligence during an intense one-day working session under the motto “Smart Warehouse: participate in the creation of the warehouse of tomorrow… today”. All startups or individual professionals willing to participate can apply on the event website page https://smartwarehouse.bemyapp.com/.

Contestants will provide innovative solutions to two challenges:

–        how to model relevant information to warehouse managers in order to optimize stocks thanks to 2D or 3D visualization

–        how to predict variations in activities in order to optimize human and material resources in a warehouse.

The winners will be selected according to both quantitative performance and qualitative and strategic assessment of their solutions by a panel of GEODIS judges. They will benefit from a substantial reward pool for each challenge and they will sign their first contract with GEODIS to prototype and develop their solutions in, at least, one of the Group’s platforms 

“Innovation lies at the very heart of GEODIS’ strategy”, says Laurent Parat, President & CEO of GEODIS Western Europe, Middle East and Africa. “In today’s fast-paced and changing environment data is key. That is why we believe that experts and talented start-ups can bring new visions to our Group and we look forward to partnering with those whose projects will bring concrete solutions that will allow us to offer a true competitive advantage for the ultimate benefit our clients”

The word hackathon is a compound of the words hack, as in “clever programmer”, and marathon, which implies endurance. This event, also known as a codefest, is a coding gathering that brings computer programmers together to find new solutions to company challenges over a short period of time.

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GEODIS – www.geodis.com

GEODIS is a top-rated, global supply chain operator recognized for its passion and 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 direct presence in 67 countries, and a global network spanning 120 countries, translates in top business rankings, #1 in France, #4 in Europe and #7 worldwide.

In 2017, GEODIS accounted for over 40,500 employees globally and generated €8.1 billion in sales.

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Thanks to its new TMS, GEODIS strengthens the efficiency of its French Distribution Network

A major change for GEODIS’ Distribution & Express line of business, the parcel delivery leader in France, which just deployed a new Transport Management System (TMS) in the 110 agencies comprising its network. Called TEOS, this new tool was developed on the basis of Alertran, the software created by the Spanish software publisher Alerce, which specializes in the transport and logistics sector.

This new transport management software, provides real-time tracking of all parcel delivery flows for GEODIS in France. Indeed, more than 370,000 parcels are processed daily via GEODIS hubs and then delivered to the final destination. Thanks to its web ergonomics and ease of use this new TMS simplifies the work of operational teams ensuring the smooth running of transport plans and shipment tracking.

“This TMS is a centralized tool that is on the cutting-edge of technology; it’s evolutionary, flexible and customized to support our clients’ growth. It is a valuable asset for the future, as it offers our clients impeccable service quality with increased proactivity in the management of shipments,” says Olivier Mélot, Managing Director of GEODIS’ Distribution & Express line of business.

Carried out in partnership with Spanish software publisher Alerce, the deployment took place over a period of several months. Alerce relied on its Alertran software, which manages production and invoicing operations, as well as on the Senda module for route optimization. More than one hundred people were involved in the various phases of the project: tool design, data collection, execution and user training.

“We are proud to have participated in a strategic project for both our companies and to continue supporting GEODIS. The introduction of this tool is a genuine success that gives us confidence and strengthens our growth in Europe through our subsidiary, Alerce France,” says Pablo Pardo, CEO of the Alerce Group.

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GEODIS – www.geodis.com

GEODIS is a global leader in transport and logistics, operating directly in 67 countries and serving 120 of them through its global network of partners.  In 2017, GEODIS had more than 40,500 employees and generated €8.1 billion in sales. In 2018, the Group was recognized as a Leader by Gartner in its “3PL Magic Quadrant.”

Alerce – www.alerce-group.com/

Founded in 1989, Alerce specializes in the transport and logistics sector. It brings its expertise to 150 clients in eleven countries around the world. In 2017, Alerce was named an innovative SME by the European Union.

 

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EcoVadis once again COMMENDS GEODIS for the quality of its CSR activity

EcoVadis, the ratings agency for social and environmental performance in global supply chains, has given GEODIS an overall grade of 70/100 for the quality of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activity.

This year, GEODIS was again commended by EcoVadis with the “Gold”* recognition level. GEODIS group has therefore continued its upward progression, compared to the previous year, with the overall grade of 70/100 (two points higher than in 2017). This excellent rating puts GEODIS among the top 300 companies out of a total of 30,000 assessed by EcoVadis. This means that EcoVadis recognizes GEODIS as one of the most advanced and committed businesses of any sector, in terms of environmental, social, ethical and responsible purchasing policies. Furthermore, the EcoVadis analysis shows that the average grade for evaluated businesses within the logistics sector to be 45/100. The overall score for GEODIS comes in at 25 points more than that.

This result, the highest since GEODIS’ first assessment in 2009, is the result of more than 10 years of working to carry out concrete and coherent actions concerning CSR. It reflects the commitment of the GEODIS Group to satisfy all of stakeholders, including society at large. In 2018, GEODIS has gone even further in its CSR commitment by announcing an overall goal to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030.

The EcoVadis evaluation focuses on four topics: social, environmental, business ethics and responsible purchasing. This year, as in 2017, GEODIS especially stood out on environmental issues, with an excellent score of 90/100.

As stated by Marie-Christine Lombard, Chief Executive Officer of GEODIS: “Environmental responsibility and sustainability: today, these two terms must be a part of the governance of every company. Beyond simply economic interests, it’s about taking a longer view and thinking of the company as an integral stakeholder in society, mindful of its impact, whose ultimate objective is also societal.

(*) 2018 evaluation based on 2017 data.

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GEODIS – www.geodis.com

GEODIS is a top-rated, global supply chain operator recognized for its passion and 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 direct presence in 67 countries, and a global network spanning 120 countries, translates in top business rankings, #1 in France, #4 in Europe and #7 worldwide.

 

 

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GEODIS and Maxi Sport strengthen their partnership with a new warehouse in Landriano, Italy

GEODIS, the logistics partner of Maxi Sport, opens a new dedicated storage space at its Landriano warehouse in order to ensure end-to-end delivery for the sportswear retailer throughout Italy.

GEODIS has been handling increasing volumes of both in- and outbound flows for Maxi Sport in Italy since 2012 in order to support its development.

This new storage space of 5,000 square meters located at the heart of the Landriano site fully meets the new storage location requirements of Maxi Sport. Landriano’s strategic location for Maxi Sport’s points of sale helps speed up deliveries to the retailers as well as to the end-users. Approximately one third of the 800,000 pieces of sportswear handled each year goes for e-commerce orders of the maxistore.com online site.

Furthermore, GEODIS provides a more flexible supply chain management to Maxi Sport when it comes to ensure management of seasonal peaks.

“Supporting the business of a leading customer like Maxi Sport drove us, once again, to search for new end-to-end solutions, especially in this sector where the care for the final product and smart logistics management are key elements” – says Francesco Cazzaniga, Contract Logistics Managing Director for GEODIS in Italy.

“Maxi Sport is a fast- growing and evolving company” – explains Ester Sala, Head of Marketing & E-Commerce at Maxi Sport – “Our most important demand is swiftness throughout the supply chain, from the choice of the product to the delivery to the final customer. This is the reason why the partnership with GEODIS is so successful, as they grant us high-level quality and yet flexible services.”

 

MAXI SPORT – www.maxisport.com   

Maxi Sport was founded in 1989 and is a sportswear retailer combining style and hi-tech design. With over 20,000 products of the best sports brands on the market, Maxi Sport offers wide range of sports clothing, sneakers and technical equipment for most sports.

With its three stores of over 8,500 square meters located in Lombardy, near Milan, and with its online shop www.maxisport.com, active throughout Italy, Maxi Sport successfully continues its expansion on the Italian market.

GEODIS – www.geodis.com 

GEODIS is a top-rated, global supply chain operator recognized for its passion and 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 direct presence in 67 countries, and a global network spanning 120 countries, translates in top business rankings, #1 in France, #4 in Europe and #7 worldwide.

 

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GEODIS lends its expertise to Cdiscount, French e-commerce leader

GEODIS and Cdiscount are expanding their logistics partnership with the opening of an 80,000 square meter storage facility in Moissy-Cramayel (in the Seine-et-Marne department of France) in order to manage products weighing less than 30 kilograms sold by the French e-commerce leader.

As part of its development strategy, Cdiscount has entrusted GEODIS with the operation of its new logistics platform in Moissy-Cramayel, located in the Seine-et-Marne department in the southern Île-de-France region of France. In less than three months, GEODIS teams have successfully opened this 80,000 square meter facility, which can store up to 18,000 items and which will, over time, handle the shipping of 3.5 million packages per year.

“With the location of this new facility, our promise to the customer is strengthened in the Paris region,” explained Grégory LOCQUENEUX, Logistics Director at Cdiscount. He emphasized, “GEODIS has demonstrated its expertise and agility, not only by supporting us through the start-up phase of this facility but also by working alongside us over time as a true partner in our development strategy.”

GEODIS has taken responsibility for all logistics services, from reception and storage to preparation of products weighing less than 30 kg, at widely varying volumes. The facility houses eight product categories, ranging from landscaping products and animal care to bedding, tools, healthcare products, small household appliances, childcare, small leather goods, home décor and tableware, and furniture.

“We are proud to be a trusted partner of Cdiscount’s e-commerce leader in France. An increased acceleration flow in this market, combined with the management of a large and complex volume of products, requires expertise on our side,” explained Frédéric PASQUAL, Contract Logistics France Managing Director at GEODIS for FMCG-Retail, High Tech and Healthcare. “With this partnership, GEODIS has strengthened its position as the contract logistics leader in France’s e-commerce pure player sector.”

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GEODIS – www.geodis.com

GEODIS is a top-rated, global supply chain operator recognized for its passion and 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 direct presence in 67 countries, and a global network spanning 120 countries, translates in top business rankings, #1 in France, #4 in Europe and #7 worldwide.

In 2017, GEODIS accounted for over 40,500 employees globally and generated €8.1 billion in sales.

 

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