Setting up a new company: Raben East, launching a dedicated R&D Department, the acquisition of four businesses and readiness to open own logistics network in Germany. Also establishment of two new depots in Romania and the purchase of a 20% stake in Italian Sittam. These are just some of the last year highlights of Raben Group.
For Raben Germany, 2017 has been marked by preparations for the launch of its own transport network planned for the beginning of next year. Since the market entry in 2005 in Germany, Raben has continued to develop. The company now is ready to provide nationwide transports using its own structure from the beginning of 2018. The independent network of Raben Germany is now based on 29 network locations. In less than 15 years after the appearance on German roads, around 3,000 employees work for the national company in the Federal Republic of Germany in order to meet the requirements of the customers.
Raben Logistics Czech was awarded the second place in the national edition of the Logistics Project of the Year 2017 contest for their unique project of a warehouse with a special sauna where the Skittles manufactured by Wrigley Confections ČR are matured.
In mid-December, the magnificent 16 competed in two categories for the championship in the grand finale of Dances with Pallets. The contest is organized for fork-lift operators and its objective is to acknowledge and promote safe behaviours in the warehouse. This has been the fourth edition of the contest.
On December 8, 2017, the results of the 16th edition of the Logistics Operator of the Year Survey 2017 were announced during the Gala of Logistics, Transport and Production in the Sofitel Victoria Hotel in Warsaw. The honorary mention in the category Most frequently recommended provider of transport services in the production sector was awarded to Raben Transport. The award was presented to Paweł Trębicki, the General Director.
Sometimes even ordinary biscuits are more precious than gold!
Two years ago, truck drivers drove over two thousand kilometres in a single day with dozens of tonnes of donated food. Last year it was four thousand km, and this year, on Saturday 11 November, almost five thousand. It was the third time Raben Logistics Czech was the main transport partner of National Food Collection, and 32 drivers and trucks transported donated food from 77 shops to food banks and various non-profit organizations in nine regions. “In the end, we brought an unbelievable 66 tonnes of food and hygiene products in a single evening to food banks and non-profit organizations,” says the marketing and PR specialist of Raben Logistics Czech, Martina Netuhová.
Ewald Raben assumed the patronage over the charitable Christmas parcel convoy organised by the Round Table and Ladies’ Circle in Germany this year. Volunteers from Germany will transport Christmas packages which have been donated for children in need in Romania, Ukraine, Bulgaria and the Republic of Moldova for the 17th time this year – in more than 40 trucks. Raben Group in conjunction with many other volunteers has been very active in ensuring that children in remote and rural areas in Eastern Europe receive Christmas presents for six years now.
Delivery of the goods is smoother if we work with a supplier who has more than one site in the given country so the products can be delivered from one point to another via a reliable and flexible route. Taking this into consideration Raben opened its fourth site in Sibiu (Nagyszeben) on 18 October 2017 and now Raben Logistics Romania can provide its customers in Romania with 5,400 m2 of x-dock warehouses and close to 40 skilled workers.
Raben Group volunteers, together with the Aeris Futuro Foundation and the local community, planted 2,300 trees near Murowana Goślina last Saturday (21.10.2017). The planting was a part of the “e-invoice=higher culture” program which the company uses to encourage its customers to replace paper invoices with their electronic equivalents. Each consent to receiving e-invoices means one tree planted on behalf of the customer. So far Raben has planted over 10,000 trees all almost Poland.
Last summer Raben Group established cooperation with a strategic partner, Borusan Lojistik. This alliance has expanded the portfolio of Raben services with regular groupage connections between the European Union and Turkey. The Turkish partner is a leader with over 44 years of experience in the Turkish logistics sector.
Raben Group has implemented the independent global communication standards GS1 XML used for electronic data interchange between partners. The implementation will contribute to the cost reduction and shorter time of system integration between business partners.
For many parents it can be challenging to find childcare over summer holiday. Even summer camps and the additional support from the grandparents don’t seem to cover the two-and–a-half-month long period. Raben Trans European Hungary Kft. again has organised a daycare summer camp for 4 weeks in site in Dunaharaszti.
In response to the growing interest in the Eastern direction, in July Raben Group made a decision to launch Raben East sp. z o.o. company. The new business provides services of international road transport including regular groupage connections to countries like Russia, Turkey, Kazakhstan. The company will operate as an independent entity using the Group solutions available in Europe.
Transport and logistics virtually without paper, application of early warning mechanisms to predict possible changes in delivery times, using advanced image processing algorithms to measure shipment height on entering the warehouse - these are the tasks for Genius Lab. At the beginning of 2017, the Research & Development Department was opened in Raben Group. It deals with widely understood innovations which cover both optimisation of already existing processes and developing completely new models of operations.
At the end of last month Raben Group signed a contract for the acquisition of Busse Logistik located in Kassel. The company employs over 140 people and offers services of domestic and international transport. The acquisition is a part of the long-term development plan for the Group on the German market. The acquisition will be finalized after the approval of antitrust authorities.
Close to 12,000 pallets and 7,000 tons of transported food – it is the result of almost two years of cooperation between Raben Group and Food Banks in Poland. In this way the company saves food from waste and transports food offered by benefactors to people in need. The campaign is a part of the sustainable development strategy of the Group.
Already for the second time the "Golden Leaf" of Polityka weekly has been presented to Raben Group. The distinction is presented to businesses which run operations in accordance with the principles of corporate social responsibility. The ranking was prepared by Polityka weekly in cooperation with the consultancy Deloitte. The contents partner of the ranking is the Forum of Responsible Business.
On May 18, 2017, Raben Group officially opened a new investment in Gądki. Warehouse no. 10 is an innovative high storage warehouse with the capacity of 20,500 m2, suitable for storing 34,000 pallets, with a designated 400 m2 area for rendering VAS services and 570 m2 of office space.
On May 11, 2017, Raben Group received the first place on the platinum level in the Ranking of Responsible Companies 2017. In this manner, once again it has been listed among businesses which are best at managing corporate social responsibility in Poland. The Gala was organized by Gazeta Prawna Daily during the European Economic Congress in Katowice.
The new site of Raben Logistics Romania in Cluj-Napoca opened on 15 May 2017, so the company now has 4,300 m2 of x-dock warehouse at three sites (Bucharest, Arad and Cluj-Napoca) to serve its customers in Romania.
Mannheim, May 3, 2017 - Raben Group acquired a site in Kamen from SCHMALZ + SCHÖN Logistik-Gruppe in the North Rhine-Westphalian region of Germany with its approximately 100 employees. The acquisition exemplifies the growth strategy of Raben in Germany. It will take effect on June 1st , 2017, and is subject to approval by the cartel authorities.
Raben Group took over a 20% share in Sittam, a leader on the Italian market of international groupage transportation on road, sea & air, with its main office & central hub in Cornaredo near Milan. The purchase is intended to confirm the strengthening partnership between the companies.
On 11.03.2017, for the first time in Raben Ukraine, the competition for forklift operators called “Dances with pallets” was held. The initiative was supported by Sun One Agency and the Intex Group which acted as partners of the event. The purpose of the event is to improve the skills of forklift operators including mandatory compliance with all safety standards when performing warehouse operations.
The next edition of the Transport Logistic exhibition in Munich will be held on May 9-12, 2017. The event is the meeting place for representatives of the logistics industry from all over the world.
Fresh Logistics was set up in 2002. Since the onset of operations, the core business for Fresh Logistics Polska was transport and storage of fresh products in controlled temperatures from +2 degrees Celsius to +6 degrees Celsius.
On January 1, 2017, Raben Trans European Germany took over operations of former Rhenus branches located in Fellbach and in Weilimdorf. The acquisition had been approved by antitrust authorities. The purchase agreement for the locations was signed in July 21, 2016. Raben Group will continue operations in these branches under its own name.
Driving a truck on Saturday? Happy to do that because of food collection! Raben trucks drove 4 000 kilometres with the donated food
Just like last year, Raben Logistics Czech was the exclusive transport partner of the National Food Collection which took place on November 12th. This year’s collection, in which people donated more than 300 tons of food to people in need, broke records as well as record were the kilometres gone by Raben trucks to food banks and non-profit organizations. “The event with an unpredictable result, but it was managed professionally and without any mistake,” Martina Netuhová from Raben Logistics Czech praises the employees’ activity.
Raben Group is increasing the range of its transport and warehouse operations in Southern Germany. The contract for the acquisition of GS Frachtlogistik, which has been operating since 1991, was signed in July 2016 and a month later it was approved by anti-trust authorities. The company employing over 50 workers, located in Garching, reached the sales revenue of 12 million Euro in 2015.
Romania has the 49th place in the world in terms of GDP. It is the European gateway to the Balkans, Turkey, Asia and North Africa.
The TNS surveys corroborate that the Poles acknowledge that Polish companies are defined through authenticity, proximity and reliability. Such companies are also seen as those which greatly care for employees. Family businesses usually have a long tradition and share responsibility for the good image of the company, whose operations are backed by the owner's name.
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