C.H. Robinson acquires Italian logistics company

C.H. Robinson continues to expand its global footprint with its second acquisition of 2019. The company has acquired Dema Service, an Italian-based provider of European road transportation.
“The acquisition of Dema Service is an exciting milestone for C.H. Robinson and will strengthen our existing footprint in Italy, one of the largest road transportation markets in Europe. We are eager to work with Dema Service’s customers to offer our full suite of logistics services to help improve their supply chains,” Jeroen Eijsink, President of Europe for C.H. Robinson said.
The company recently acquired the freight forwarding group Space Cargo, which expanded C.H. Robinson’s presence in Spain and Columbia.
Dema Service is a privately-owned logistics company providing road transportation services across Europe. Headquartered in Pescara, Italy, Dema Service has approximately 100 employees and three offices located in Italy, Poland and Czech Republic.
“We are excited to join C.H. Robinson, one of the world’s largest third-party logistics (3PL) providers, and contribute to the company’s strong presence in Europe. Our extensive local market knowledge in combination with C.H. Robinson’s global network will allow us to provide world-class service to customers,” Mauro de Lellis, Co-Founder of Dema Service said.
C.H. Robinson will integrate Dema Service into its European Surface Transportation division and single global technology platform, Navisphere.

CHR appoints Andrew Coldrey new vice president of Oceania

Global third-party logistics provider C.H. Robinson has named Andrew Coldrey as vice president, Oceania, following the retirement of Mike Smith in December 2018 after more than 30 years of tenure. Andrew will report to Mike Short, president Global Forwarding at C.H. Robinson.
“I’m excited to have Andrew lead the Oceania team, where his main focus will be to increase customer success, and create greater focus on C.H. Robinson’s global product development,” said Mike Short, president, Global Forwarding at C.H. Robinson. “Andrew’s expertise and leadership skills will drive regional growth and advancement of Global Forwarding within Oceania, in close alignment with his teams in Australia, New Zealand and the rest of the global network”.
Andrew has held various roles throughout the business, having started his career in freight forwarding with C.H. Robinson. Since 1995, he has been an integral member of the Oceania management team. He managed the New South Wales office, generated opportunity for regional growth as manager of international development, and led successful operational and commercial teams as regional director.
“I am thrilled to be leading the Oceania team, and I look forward to continuous learning, development and innovation in support of our people and customers,” Andrew said. “The greater focus of our operational and commercial teams will allow for more collaboration and overall business excellence.”
C.H. Robinson continues to deliver expertise and logistics services to global and local Australian and New Zealand companies. C.H. Robinson focuses on product development and innovation, which includes the expansion of Australian domestic services to include a local air service that complements coastal shipping. Further developments include customised technology that creates greater visibility for customers over their supply chains.
 

C.H. Robinson announces five-year contract with Austal

Third-party logistics provider C.H. Robinson has entered into a five-year contract to provide freight forwarding and customs clearance services to Australian shipbuilder Austal.
“Having recently expanded C.H. Robinson’s offering in Australia, we are delighted to announce our contract with Austal,” said Andrew Coldrey, Vice President, C.H. Robinson. “It is a testament to our professional and passionate employees, deep industry expertise, innovative technology solutions, and global network. Austal is an iconic Australian company with customers around the world and we look forward to supporting their continued growth and success.”
C.H. Robinson will support Austal’s logistics and supply chain needs by matching the company with local experts in Adelaide and Perth, and further comprehensive expertise in Oman, the Netherlands, Germany and the Philippines.
The Austal win marks C.H. Robinson’s first defence industry contract announcement since the company’s entry into the Australian market, following the acquisition of APC Logistics in 2016.
“We are pleased to be working with C.H. Robinson, which will provide logistics services to our operations across Australia and internationally (excluding the United States),” said Penelope Patterson, Head of Supply Chain, Austal. “Our work together will support both defence and commercial projects.”
 

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