Swiss Post makes logistics company acquisitions

Swiss Post has made three acquisitions of Switzerland and Germany based logistics companies.

The first firm the postal operator bought is Stella Brandenberger Transporte AG, based in Pratteln, Switzerland. With 77 employees, it specialises in transporting international shipping containers around the country.

Swiss Post also acquired Hugger GmbH, based in Aldingen, Germany, a road transport freight forwarders with 217 staff. Finally it has taken on shares in the storage services company Logistic Center Villingen GmbH (LCV) based in Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany.

The acquisitions will involve no changes in staffing or branding for the firms, though with Hugger and LCV the postal operator will bolster its Villingen-Schwenningen based subsidiary Bächle Logistics GmbH, a company owned by Swiss Post since 2018.

No details of the acquisitions have been released by any of the parties involved. “The increases in the flows of goods we’re seeing, especially through online retail, are not focused on national borders, but on customers and production sites,” says Johannes Cramer, Head of Logistics Services at Swiss Post. “This is why we’ll continue to expand the range of logistics and customs clearance services, including abroad, that we offer our business customers. Acquiring Stella Brandenberger, LCV and Hugger will help us achieve the expansion we need, broaden our expertise and secure key resources such as storage options, vehicles and a skilled workforce. The pandemic has made it absolutely clear that a secure supply chain can only be guaranteed if you have sufficient resources,” explains Cramer.

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