March 31th 2009
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Good results
in 2008 for
ID Logistics

2008 turnover increased by 12% to 307.6 M Euros, operating profits that climbed 108% to 8.2 M Euros, profit before tax of 5.2 M Euros and a large reduction in debt: at French 3PL ID Logistics, all lights are on green despite the crisis. A success which was the result of an increase of 15% in logistics activity which represents 81% of turnover at 249.3 M Euros (31 sites in France, 24 foreign sites). “The fact that the economic situation is not good is more a growth factor for us”, recognizes Eric Hémar, the company’s President and founder. First explanation: in a changing regulatory context and with strong pressure on prices, the major general distributors, ID Logistics’ "historic" clientele, are initiating projects to reduce the cost of financing stock, similar to the Carrefour Group’s consolidation and collaboration centres project. In addition, ID Logistics continues to extend its target to specialist distribution, as well as to manufacturers like Heineken, Danone and Pepsico (dry product business), the most recent, for whom the company is managing a site in Fretin in Nord-Pas de Calais (formerly operated by MGF Logistique), which will move to Libercourt in September to premises of 25,000, then 30,000 m2. JLR

United Kingdom
Tarmac opts
for Chep

A supplier of heavy construction materials in the United Kingdom, Tarmac intends using Chep pallets to distribute its products to the British do-it-yourself market. Its reasons are to protect the environment and to make savings as compared with the initial exchange of reusable pallets, thanks in particular to the better quality and strength of blue pallets. The contract relates to 250,000 movements a year. CP

United States
Aldi sets up
the RedPrairie

The Aldi supermarket chain has chosen the TMS (Transport Management System) in order to coordinate despatches within its north American distribution centre network. This tool was chosen for its “shop oriented” approach to the logistics chain. RedPrairie software rationalizes the various transport sequences and offers a collaborative planning and scheduling environment through which the shops, distribution centres, suppliers and haulage firms are able to manage the various facets of their activity more easily. Aldi has 1,000 shops in the United States and 18 million customers per month. JPG

Geodis acquires
2 of Giraud

The French Geodis Group has just acquired two of Giraud International Group’s divisions (Iron and Steel and Eastern Europe) representing turnover of €127 M. The Iron and Steel division will be integrated into Geodis BM, the Group’s road division, early in the second half of the year. With turnover in 2008 of 72 million Euros, this unit which has specific resources, mainly serves iron and steel companies. In France Arcelor-Mittal is its main customer and accounts for 50% of its turnover. As far as the “Central Europe and Eastern Europe” division is concerned, this will be integrated into Geodis Calberson, a unit in Geodis Logistics Division. This new development in terms of external growth comes just a few months after the successive acquisitions of TNT Freight Management, Rhode & Liesenfeld, Oughtred & Harrison Shipping and more recently, IBM's Global Logistics platform. “With this new acquisition, we are broadening our transport offering for customers who are increasingly moving their production sites to the countries of Central and Eastern Europe”, comments Jean-Louis Demeulenaere, Geodis’ Deputy CEO. In 2008 the Geodis Group achieved turnover of 5.1 billion Euros with a staff of 26,000 employees in 120 countries. It should be remembered that the Giraud International Group has been majority owned by Butler Capital Partners since 2005. JPG

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