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Körber Acquires Siemens Logistics’ Mail and Parcel Business

Körber says it expects complementary offerings to help businesses respond to e-commerce with digitization.

Körber AG today announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Siemens Logistics' global mail and parcel business. The international technology group said the acquisition will “significantly” complement its supply chain offerings.

Siemens Logistics said it provides mail and parcel technology and fully automated systems for digitized mail and parcel processing for leading global logistics companies. With about 1,200 employees, the Siemens business unit generates annual revenue of about €500 million ($569 million U.S.).

“The recent outstanding development of Siemens Logistics’ mail and parcel business demonstrates that our concept for our portfolio companies is enabling us to further develop businesses and make them fit for the future, even when they are not part of our core business,” said Ralf P. Thomas, chief financial officer of Siemens AG.

As a leading provider in Europe with a strong market presence in North America and a foothold in the fast-growing Chinese market, the mail and parcel business of Siemens Logistics is well-positioned for further growth, said the companies.

E-commerce fulfillment drives parcel volumes

The rise in e-commerce and changing consumer behavior continue to drive demand for automation and digitization throughout the entire supply chain, and especially in parcel processing, said Körber. Parcel volumes are rapidly increasing, it added.

At the same time, the growing need to cope with higher delivery demands and increased pressure for shorter transportation times. Siemens Logistics’ mail and parcel business addresses this need with a range of products and solutions to support hubs and end-to-end network processes.

With the parcel automation market expecting double-digit annual growth in the coming years. Siemens’ business unit is ideally positioned to benefit from these global trends together with Körber’s existing strengths.

“The team from Siemens Logistics’ mail and parcel business impressively combines machine-based processes with intelligent, digital automation technology creating comprehensive, value-creating solutions for major global logistics players,” said Dirk Hejnal, CEO of Körber Business Area Supply Chain. “Siemens Logistics’ expertise in this area will no doubt strengthen our offerings and enhance our technology leadership.”

Körber provides automation, software

Körber Supply Chain said it provides companies around the world with software and automation along the entire supply chain. The company added that its customers can benefit from tailored and integrated supply chain offerings including automation, software, SAP consulting, voice, robotics, and material handling.

The acquisition of Siemens Logistics’ mail and parcel business will complement Körber's existing supply chain offerings and provide leading solutions in mail and parcel logistics, said the company. Körber is opening a complementary product offering and gaining access to the world’s leading logistics providers. This creates new opportunities for partnerships, it said.

“Siemens Logistics, as a key player in the global courier, express, parcel, and e-commerce market, is very well-positioned with its global customer base,” said Stephan Seifert, CEO of the Körber Group. “With Siemens Logistics’ mail and parcel business, we broaden and complement our market offering as a globally leading partner to the supply chain and e-commerce industry – covering all relevant solutions such as hardware, software, digital and system integration.”

“I am very excited about the combined opportunities of being a leading and trusted partner for the industry and our customers,” he said. “One thing is certain: We are and will continue to be their technologically leading and reliable partner.”

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.

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