Deutsche Post DHL has announced plans to invest in a minority stake in Relais Colis, a French e-commerce logistics company, in order to enhance access to one of Europe’s largest e-commerce markets.
According to the announcement, Deutsche Post DHL will acquire a 27.5% stake which is expected to support the further development of Relais Colis existing French e-commerce logistics network of pickup points and its customized delivery solutions for end customers. This is expected to allow DHL’s divisions, primarily DHL Parcel, to open up additional channels and expand its offering of logistics services for e-commerce customers to the French market. Relais Colis is also expected to benefit from additional volumes from the Deutsche Post DHL Group’s networks as well as experience in the German parcel market.
Relais Colis is currently operates pickup point deliveries and home deliveries for larger packages. It currently employs about 450 people, with a network of 3 national hubs, 22 branches and 4,800 pickup points conveniently located close to end consumers.