Rhenus Home Delivery in Hoppegarten delivers as many as 850 packages to consumers in Berlin and Brandenburg every day. In order to cope with the huge growth in the online mail order business and making deliveries to final customers, the logistics specialist has expanded its headquarters in Hoppegarten to provide 70,000 square metres of storage space. About 150 customers, employees and representatives from the worlds of politics and business celebrated the opening of the new building on 8 September, following construction work that had lasted one year.
If we include the new building, which measures 13,000 square metres, the headquarters of Rhenus Home Delivery in Hoppegarten now consists of four warehouses and an office complex. The first expansion work involving about 21,000 square metres took place two years ago and the company has now been able to move into its second extension.
“Our assembly and delivery teams are in action on the streets of Berlin and Brandenburg day by day. We’re experiencing annual growth of more than ten percent and have already been able to create many jobs. Manufacturers, which produce their goods in Central Europe, particularly make use of our gateway in Hoppegarten. The extension is enabling us to set a clear pathway for the future and create attractive working conditions for our employees,” says Nicolas Rottmann, Managing Director of Rhenus Home Delivery.
Cupboards, kitchens, mattresses as well as many other furniture items and large appliances from furniture stores or electrical shops are stocked at the logistics centre. Once orders have been received, two-man teams transport the items to final customers. The services offered by Rhenus Home Delivery not only include the transportation, but also assembling and connecting the units.
The new warehouse has been specially equipped with electrical charging points, because sustainable business operations are of primary importance to Rhenus Home Delivery. The logistics specialist already tested a hybrid truck from the Mercedes Benz Innovation Fleet in 2011 and was the first company in Germany to do so; it also started using three fully electric FUSO eCanter vehicles and trucks powered by natural gas this year.
“We’re promoting the careful use of resources both in the warehouse and on the roads. This includes integrating alternative types of drive systems and making deliveries without any paper, using solar power collectors on top of our storage areas and energy-saving LED lamps inside,” Rottmann adds.
The Rhenus Group is a logistics services provider with global business operations and annual turnover of EUR 4.8 billion. Rhenus has business sites at 610 locations worldwide and employs 29,000 people. The Rhenus business areas – Contract Logistics, Freight Logistics, Port Logistics and Public Transport – manage complex supply chains and provide a wealth of innovative value-added services.