New structure at Rhenus to shorten delivery times

Rhenus Group

Rhenus Road Freight is updating the structural process behind its European groupage freight network, with the goal of cutting transit times and boosting reliability.

The system is called Groupage Network 2.0 and Rhenus has now strengthened the first routes in various European countries – and particularly in Germany – during a pilot phase. The solution will be rolled out in the new year to include all cross-border services in Europe.

The new structure is designed to enable transit times of no more than 96 hours (premium service) for almost 90 per cent of all the consignments within the groupage freight network. The newly defined processes also create greater transparency within the network, the company said.

“By offering daily departures from all the regions of Europe to all the destinations, and setting up a central European hub at the same time, we’re enabling our customers to organise their production, dispatch operations and ordering behaviour along their supply chains without having to pay attention to just individual departure days,” said the Managing Director of Rhenus Road Freight, Carsten Hölzer.

The company has set itself the goal of transporting a much larger proportion of consignments in a significantly shorter time, with countries working on the new structure for more than two years in order to gradually establish the processes.

Since 1962, the Rhenus Group has been providing its customers with road services that consolidate small consignments, cartons and pallets weighing up to three tonnes via its European groupage freight network. Daily, closely synchronised, scheduled departures have only been common at highly industrialised centres such as Paris, London, Milan, Barcelona or the Rhine/Ruhr region up until now. As a result, Rhenus sometimes only offered two departures per week, depending on the region concerned, however the Groupage Network 2.0 system will connect all European regions on a daily basis .

“We’re testing its introduction locally in order to recognise any emerging problems at an early stage, identify further features and actively adjust things so that the Europe-wide process runs smoothly from January onwards,” said Hölzer.

In future, the general cargo network will become a standard European communications platform for tracking the entire transport process and therefore create the condition for ensuring that customers at each site in each country obtain the same product promise.

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