K+N’s acquisitions in 2018 included the purchase of Quick International Courier, a company that provides transportation and logistics solutions for time-critical deliveries including “next day out” and “next flight out” services. It specializes in services for the aviation, pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. Other acquisitions included the purchase of the remaining 50 percent of Kuehne + Nagel Drinkflow Logistics (Holdings) Ltd. in Great Britain, Panatlantic Logistics S.A. in Ecuador and PT Wira Logitama Saksama in Indonesia.
The company offered these comments about individual market segments:
K+N said it handled 4.7 million TEUs of containerized cargo in 2018 — or 7.7 percent more than in 2017 — and by gaining market share, strengthened its position as the global market leader in seafreight forwarding.
It said significant new business was won with KN ESP, a new digital supplier management system for key accounts introduced in early 2018. The company also launched another new digital platform, Sea Explorer, to provide customers with “detailed comparisons for carrier services.”
K+N said its airfreight tonnage grew by 11 percent to 1.7 million tons, “thereby achieving significantly higher growth than the overall market. Industry-specific solutions for the pharmaceutical and healthcare and aviation industries played an important role in this growth.”
It said it pursues an active merger and acquisition strategy that includes last year’s purchase of Quick.
K+N said net turnover in is overland business grew by 13.1 percent. “Business in European groupage and less-than-truckload shipments were the primary growth drivers, as well as intermodal shipments and transport management for major customers in North America,” it said.
• Contract logistics
In contract logistics, K+N said it increased net turnover by 9 percent and gross profit by 8.8 percent and said it grew significantly in the U.S. and Asia. It said growth rates were more than 40 percent in e-commerce fulfilment. However, it said EBIT in the segment fell 14.3 percent when compared to the prior year “due to the review of the project portfolio and investments for a new global warehouse management system, used for the operational control of the Group’s worldwide fulfilment centers.”
It said acquisitions strengthened its “position as a leading international logistics provider for China’s automotive industry and expanded its e-commerce offering in Indonesia.”
K+N managed 11.6 million square meters of warehouse and logistics space for its customers.