DHL acquires majority stake in Dutch e-commerce specialist Monta

By Rebecca Jeffrey

Leonard Aerts, chief customer officer DHL Supply Chain EMEA and Edwin van der Ham, owner and chief executive of Monta. Photo: DHL

DHL Supply Chain has announced the acquisition of a majority stake in Dutch e-commerce specialist Monta.

Both companies are aiming for a strong partnership to serve small and mid-sized “webshops” in e-fulfilment and online sales.

The deal is subject to review by the antitrust authorities.

DHL said that in accelerating the international roll out of Monta’s logistics services, it will be able to respond even better to the specific needs of SME’s and smaller webshop customers and Monta will be able to better serve its customers.

Founded in 1999, Monta is a major provider of e-commerce and e-fulfilment services in The Netherlands.

With a workforce of 1,000 people and 14 fulfilment locations, the company handles 12 Mio e-commerce orders and generated an annual revenue of more than €100m in 2021.

Monta currently services around 1,500 small and mid-sized fast-growing online shops and e-sellers through a wide range of software-enabled fulfilment services and warehouse management software.  

 Oscar de Bok, chief executive for DHL Supply Chain, said: “With its dedicated team of 1,000 logistics experts, a strong footprint in the e-commerce market, proven processes and an outstanding track record in growing their customers through strategically leveraging cutting edge technologies such as AI, Data Science and collaborative robotics, Monta is a perfect match for us to grow their service internationally.

“We will maintain and build upon Monta’s valued current capabilities, expertise and culture to provide excellent, customer centric solutions in the fast growing e-commerce segment.”

Edwin van der Ham, owner and chief executive of Monta, commented: “Our vision is to roll out our successful business model in the Netherlands across the border, to help our customers scale their business internationally as well.

“Monta has recently expanded internationally, which already led to the international expansion of several Monta customers.

“This transaction further accelerates this development. For our staff, this transaction also expands their long-term career perspectives.

“We have been working with DHL for numerous years and experienced an excellent cultural fit. I am looking forward to a true partnership between the teams of Monta and DHL Supply Chain.” 

 

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