Hellmann Worldwide Logistics has opened its first direct load branch in Switzerland.
The new branch in Kloten is of strategic importance, the company says, because of its central location between France, Italy, Austria and Germany. This location is expected to enable Hellmann to open up another important market in the center of Europe. The company intends to offer both existing and new customers a one-stop network expanded to include direct load, to serve the demand for transportation solutions into and out of Switzerland.
Since the beginning of June 2023, partial and full truckloads have been dispatched from Kloten to all European countries and Switzerland. This initiative also forms part of the company’s plans to expand its market presence in Switzerland beyond the air and sea freight product offerings, which Hellmann became active in on the Swiss market at the beginning of 2023 through the acquisition of its partner company ATS-Hellmann Worldwide Logistics.
As part of its growth strategy, Hellmann has already invested in the direct load network in recent years – most recently in February 2023 with the opening of the branch in Kufstein, Austria, and previous inaugurations in France, the Netherlands, the Benelux countries and the Czech Republic, among others.
Additionally, Hellmann Worldwide Logistics is expanding its direct load activities in the European network, which is already represented in nine other European countries with more than 40 locations. In this context, Christian Wanner was appointed head of direct load Switzerland in May 2023.
Jens Wollesen, chief operating officer of Hellmann Worldwide Logistics, said, “We are delighted that, following the establishment of our Swiss national subsidiary just under six months ago, we have been able to reach another milestone in the further development of the Hellmann network with the opening of our new branch in Kloten. This is of strategic importance for us in two respects. On the one hand, by opening up this inner-European hub, we are strengthening our connections between Northern and Southern Europe. Additionally, by adding direct load services to our product portfolio, we are also further strengthening our competitive position in Europe and Switzerland – a market in which we want to continue to grow sustainably in the future.”
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