Parcel company B2CEurope from Almere will soon be acquired by a major international player, the Danish container company Maersk. It was agreed. Only the AFM, the supervisor of financial markets, has yet to give permission. Maersk wants to expand its activities to become a full-fledged logistics service provider.
According to commercial director Martijn van der Geer of B2CEurope, the acquisition of the Almere-based company is part of a master plan for Maersk. “They want to take care of the entire logistics from factory to consumer,” Van der Geer says.
Millions of packages
B2CEurope currently processes 35 million packages annually. They do this for web stores. Including big names like L’Oreal, Amazon, eBay and Wish. However, the company is not known to the public. This is because it never makes it to the consumer’s door. The company is a kind of intermediary between large online stores and package delivery companies such as DHL, PostNL and DPD. It has its own trucks that transport parcels from online stores to the distribution centers of parcel delivery companies, after which they are delivered to customers. It happens internationally. In all kinds of countries, they can use different postal networks, with which they have contracts.
120 different stickers
What is special is that Almere has developed a program to select the best delivery person based on the customer’s wishes and print the appropriate labels for all the different parcel companies. “We currently have over 120 carriers, so we can print 120 posters,” Van der Geer says.
B2CEurope was created 20 years ago by former PostNL managers. The company now has offices in the Netherlands, Great Britain, France, Spain and China. The head office was previously in Weesp, but according to Van der Geer, it moved to Almere a year ago in order to continue growing. We were supposed to expand to 10,000 square meters in the coming years, but it happened very quickly due to the arrival of Corona. The acquisition is expected to allow the company to continue to grow. According to the commercial director, going from 35 million to 50 million packages a year is not a crazy idea.
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