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Rhenus Logistics seamlessly navigates new markets in Asia

Family-owned Rhenus Group leverages more than 100 years of expertise, bringing value-added services into clients’ supply chain management systems through its four business areas

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 02 March, 2017, 4:43pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 02 March, 2017, 4:43pm

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With more than 500 locations worldwide and close to 27,000 employees on the ground, Rhenus Logistics is one of Europe’s leading providers of international intermodal freight forwarding services.

“We think globally while maintaining our local focus, allowing us to deliver standardised and bespoke logistics solutions wherever clients may need us,” says Tobias Bartz, member of the Rhenus management board and CEO of Air & Ocean.

With its regional head office in Singapore supporting its Asian operations, Rhenus has subsidiaries in mainland China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, South Korea, Thailand, Taiwan and Vietnam. To capture further growth opportunities in the region, Rhenus set up 12 offices in Asia last year and plans to put up 11 more offices this year. It also established a joint venture under the name Rhenus Sankyo last year.

Family-owned Rhenus Group leverages more than 100 years of expertise. It brings value-added services into clients’ supply chain management systems through its four business areas: contract logistics, freight logistics, port logistics and public transport, which is mainly based in Europe.

Under contract logistics, Rhenus’ comprehensive solutions include procurement, production and distribution of goods. Its customers in Eurasia benefit from its close network of modern, multi-user facilities in Europe, while its warehouses in Asia conform to European quality and international standards.

For freight logistics, the company offers ocean freight, air freight, cross-border trucking and rail services, customs clearance, and fourth- and third-party logistics. It has more than 200 locations for road service across Europe. In Asia, it opened a road service connecting Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, with plans to expand into Vietnam and Myanmar within the next few months.

For port logistics, the company provides a complete range of port, customs and transhipment services in port and storage terminals.

Rhenus’ idea of quality is based on transparency. Its track and trace system allows clients to monitor consignment status in real time.

“We translate clients’ local needs into a single global software solution, giving us more flexibility, speeding up our processes, and keeping the complexity out,” Bartz says.

Rhenus’ smart sourcing concept, which monitors and manages the flow of supply chain information, received an award last year from the state of Baden-Württemberg for digitising value creation in the industry.

The company seeks to tap into the local industry centres worldwide, especially in Asia, and connect them with a wide-ranging portfolio of products and logistics services such as air and ocean freight, regional truck service, or fourth-party logistics. Rhenus is also open to local partnerships and mergers and acquisitions opportunities in the region.

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