Röhlig continues to rely on personal customer contact

Massive network expansion with rising revenues – Expansion in contract logistics – Digitization in full swing

Röhlig continues to rely on personal customer contact

The owner-run logistics company Röhlig can look back on a successful financial year 2017. Compared to 2016, its sales increased by 10.9 per cent to EUR 609.2 million. At the same time, the company generated a gross profit of EUR 133.9 million, which corresponds to an increase of 1.7 per cent. As was expected, the operating result EBIT fell to EUR 2.2 million because of investments.

However, the leader of the pack, with a growth in gross profit of 27 per cent, was the contract logistics division, which is expanding worldwide. From a regional perspective, Asia grew substantially with an increase in gross profit of 19 per cent. Business in Australia and New Zealand also grew quickly, recording an increase of 7 per cent compared with the previous year.

“In 2017, we achieved a huge expansion of our worldwide Röhlig network. Within just a few months, we opened twelve new offices in six countries and integrated them into our global process and IT systems within a very short space of time. Today, we have the largest Röhlig network in the company’s history, and the Röhlig name has a global presence. In this way, we created an important basis in 2017 for our future commercial success”, says Philip W. Herwig, Managing Partner of Röhlig Logistics.

For 2018, Röhlig is planning to achieve moderate growth geographically and, in particular, to carry out a number of projects in the area of digitisation. On this point, Philip W. Herwig says, “One of our most important principles is and remains personal contact with our customers. We want to target the deployment of digital technology in those areas where it can enhance the overall benefit to our customers. Our customers should have the choice of whether they have analogue or digital access to us.” 

With Röhlig Real Time, for example, Röhlig already offers its customers its own track & trace tool, which enables the entire process of a shipment to be tracked and managed online. Furthermore, with Sirius, the company offers a vendor management system with which customers can in future manage their entire supply chain effectively.

Röhlig was founded in 1852 in Bremen. The core business of the owner-managed company is sea and air freight. In addition, complex services in the areas of project logistics and contract logistics are available.