DPD Netherlands announced the acquisition of Cool Runnings Transport BV. This acquisition is in line with DPD Netherlands strategy to expand in the food and healthcare market. Cool Runnings Transport BV, based in Gilze (NB), specialises in conditioned transport, particularly of fresh and frozen foods in the Netherlands and Flanders.
DPD Netherlands has been active in the field of conditioned transport for some time now. Last year DPD Netherlands acquired BK Pharma Logistics and BK Sneltransport. BK specialises in conditioned transport for major national and international businesses in the healthcare, food and laboratory industry. From its state-of-the-art distribution centre in Boxmeer, the storage and transfer of pharmaceutical products is assured in a secure and conditioned environment. By acquiring Cool Runnings Transport BV, DPD Netherlands now further expands its services to include fresh food transportation.
The E-shopper Barometer, a study that Kantar TNS carries out each year for DPDgroup among 23,000 e-shoppers in Europe, also shows that the percentage of online orders for beverages and fresh food has risen significantly. Fresh food and beverages being the category that has experienced the highest growth in the Netherlands between 2019 and 2021. 42% of Dutch online shoppers have ordered fresh food and beverages since January 2021. DPD Netherlands is now responding to this through its collaboration with Cool Runnings Transport BV. DPDgroup already delivers fresh food in other countries including Belgium, France and Spain.
The expansion of its services means that DPD Netherlands will take over the 65 employees of Cool Runnings Transport BV. Nothing will change for customers of all the parties. They will remain the customer of the organisation from which they buy their services. Cool Runnings Transport BV and DPD will continue to exist alongside each other, and the organisations will continue to be managed independently.