PostNL buys stake in CB Healthcare

In the face of growing demand for healthcare logistics, Dutch PostNL has announced it is to buy a minority stake in CB Healthcare.

The plan of the partnership is for PostNL to provide a range of logistics operations including last mile delivery of healthcare products to senior citizens at home and care homes in the country. The transaction is set for completion in July.

Thanks to improved quality of life, older people are living independently at home for longer and healthcare is provided remotely. The CB Healthcare/PostNL partnership addresses this need in providing a more personalised, friendly service. The two companies are also responding to logistics demands from hospitals and care homes.

Hans Willem Cortenraad, Managing Director at CB, commented: “CB has been focusing on the healthcare market for a fair few years now. We’re able to shorten logistics supply chains in healthcare while adding personalised service, helping care providers to spend less time on logistics and better facilitate consumer health requirements. Our collaboration with PostNL will help us to better respond to changes in the healthcare market and to scale up to meet the increasing demand for products and services that can be personalised and delivered at any time. By joining forces, we’ll both be smarter, faster and more efficient in healthcare logistics.”

Liesbeth Kaashoek, PostNL’s Parcels and Logistics Director, added: “PostNL and CB have been partnering successfully for years, drawing on our granular, specialist network. Care is increasingly provided in people’s home environment and we see a growing demand for logistics services from our clients. By taking on the logistics end, we help care professionals to focus on providing care. PostNL and CB share an ambition to make the logistics process smarter and more tailored to the needs of patients and care providers. By working closely together, we expect to be able to accelerate the achievement of our plans.”