Deutsche Post DHL acquires minority stake in Relais Colis

German postal operator and worldwide delivery company Deutsche Post DHL has acquired a minority stake in French e-commerce logistics specialist Relais Colis. This will enhance access for the DHL divisions and their customers to the third largest e-commerce market in Europe.

The German company has bought a 27.5% stake in the French company. This will support the further development of Relais Colis’ network of pickup points and its customised delivery solutions for end customers. In turn it will allow DHL’s divisions (and in particular DHL Parcel) to open up additional channels and expand its offering of value added logistics services for e-commerce customers to the French market. Relais Colis will in turn benefit from increased volumes from the Deutsche Post DHL networks. The German company has a lot of experience in logistics and this expertise should help grow the French company significantly in the coming years.

The French e-commerce logistics company is currently a trusted partner of a number of top tier e-commerce players, thanks to its range of specialist solutions. These include pickup point deliveries and larger package home deliveries. The company currently employs 450 people, and has a network of three national hubs, 22 branches and 4800 pickup points located close to end consumers.

DHL is not the first major delivery company to announce an acquisition this week in the French logistics and delivery market. Apex Insight reported yesterday that online giant Amazon has bought the remaining 75% of national delivery company Colis Prive. The French e-commerce market is set for very good growth in the coming year, and acquisitions of this sort can provide a fast track access to markets such as France. What with UK mail operator Royal Mail owning another French parcel company, it seems that major players from around Europe have interests in this sector in the country.