DHL Supply Chain buys Colombian logistics provider Suppla

22 / 05 / 2018

DHL Supply Chain, the contract logistics specialist within Deutsche Post DHL Group, has acquired Suppla Group, a Colombian logistics provider.

Suppla’s product portfolio includes warehousing and packaging services across life sciences and healthcare, retail, consumer, and technology sectors.

A longstanding national logistics provider, Suppla has a local presence in five regions and coverage of 25 cities of Colombia, about 500,000 sq m of storage capacity and around 4,500 employees.

This experience in local logistics market is enabling DHL Supply Chain to “significantly improve its footprint in Colombia,” said the German-owned global logistics company.

Javier Bilbao, chief executive of DHL Supply Chain Latin America, said: “The expansion into the developing Andean region in South America, specifically in Colombia, is key to achieve our Strategy 2020 targets and allows us to unlock further growth potential.

“With Suppla’s proven business results, professional operations and a strong overlap to DHL Supply Chain’s culture, products, sectors and customers, we are taking one more step to tap the potentials of a promising market environment and be ready to serve our national and international customers.”

DHL Supply Chain’s services in Colombia currently include Service Logistics operations, supported by a recently inaugurated warehouse in Bogotá.

The acquisition will allow DHL Supply Chain to strategically expand its portfolio in the market. added Bilbao: “Colombia has ambitious investment programmes in the coming years, and we are confident that this acquisition will strengthen our presence to provide integrated and customised solutions to our local and regional customers.”

Robinson Vásquez Escobar, president for Suppla, said: "Becoming part of DHL Supply Chain is spectacular news for us.

“Since our founding in 1944, we have developed people, capabilities and geographies throughout out the country. We are looking forward to merge our local market knowledge with the resources and competencies of a global player, projecting our people in the most global logistics company and giving our customers service opportunities beyond our frontiers.”

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