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Danzas AG, headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, one of Europe’s leading logistics groups, the European leader in overland freight-forwarding and logistics, and the world’s leading air cargo forwarder. The company, with approximately 29,000 employees, has a strong logistics network on all continents. Founded in 1815, its history traces back to the European conflict that culminated in the battle of Waterloo.
Danzas’s acquisitions at the turn of the millennium include Air Express International, ASG AB, and Nedlloyd ETD, bringing total sales to nearly SFr 12 billion and expanding the company’s worldwide workforce to nearly 40,000. Danzas has also been expanding throughout Eastern Europe, notably in Hungary, with its takeover of that country’s Danubiasped, and in South America, with the integration of Chile’s Deca Express SA.
Danzas is divided into three business units: Danzas Solutions, Danzas AEI Intercontinental and Danzas Eurocargo. Danzas Solutions develops and implements logistics solutions, in particular for the automotive, electronics, pharmaceutical, telecommunications, fast moving consumer goods, as well as fashion market segments. Danzas AEI Intercontinental is the leading service provider worldwide for airfreight and one of the leading providers for ocean freight, as well as project forwarding. Further, Danzas Eurocargo operates the densest transport network for general cargo shipments in Europe, offers customs services, trade show service, and transportation of foodstuffs and, with Danzas Euronet, has specialists in the management of logistics networks.
Danzas is part of Deutsche Post World Net, a world leader in air freight and ranked second in ocean freight.
Description and history
The Danzas Group is one of the world’s leading logistics providers. Founded in 1815, Danzas is now present in 50 countries on all five continents with a very strong base in Europe. The network is continuously being extended on the basis of strategic considerations, the ultimate goal being to establish a strong presence in all of the world’s important markets.
In recent years, Danzas has transformed itself from a classical freight forwarder into a provider of IT-supported, integrated logistics services. This transformation has been accompanied by concentration on the Group’s core competences and restructuring into the three Divisions of Eurocargo, Intercontinental and Logistics.
1) Consumer Solutions emerged from the Logistics Division in 1998 to cover the special needs and demands of consumer goods logistics. Consumer Solutions offers customized all-in logistics solutions for the entire supply chain. Sophisticated information technology is used to adapt solutions quickly to the specific requirements of Danzas clients. Around the clock, around the globe.
The Consumer Solutions Business Unit offers full service right through the supply chain. Information systems enable it to link the chain together as required. Consumer Solutions provides value-added services such as packaging, labeling, pricing, cash-on-delivery, co-packing, sampling, perpetual inventory management, kitting, assembly, quality control and handling of returns, and is continually expanding its offering.
In business-to-consumer distribution, fast and flawless logistics is crucial to success. Whether you’re talking about nonessentials, cosmetics, electrical devices or temperature-sensitive foods: Danzas Consumer Solutions covers the entire range of goods and contributes to customer satisfaction by making sure consumers receive the goods in perfect condition.
2) The Industry Solutions Business Unit concentrates on conceiving and delivering logistics and supply chain solutions for industrial goods. In today’s business environment, ever-increasing numbers of manufacturers are involved in re-engineering their supply chain. However the success of this process is reliant upon finding a reliable logistics partner. Danzas’ philosophy is based on building strong customer relationships. Thanks to its large experience in the area of industrial goods and this close cooperation with clients, Danzas is well versed in the special needs of individual industries and can always offer just the right solution, anywhere in the world, on exceptional terms.
The logistics specialists from Industry Solutions recognize that every company’s supply chain is unique. Through detailed reviews with the client, tailor-made solutions are developed which are focused on the specific requirements of the client:
Distribution – inbound and outbound
as well as value-added services which range from price marking, kitting, co-packing and invoicing right through to processing of returns, complement the logistics operations ideally.
Danzas Industry Solutions, the link to and from the manufacturer and its customers, offers specific solutions for many different industries -such as pharmaceuticals/healthcare, automotive, spare parts, textiles, specialty chemicals, and electronics/telecommunications.
The Industry Solutions Business Unit provides comprehensive, integrated logistics solutions by utilizing advanced information systems and experienced industry professionals. The quality processes designed by Danzas aim to optimize efficiencies across the customer’s supply chain and accelerate the flow of materials and information, in order to give them a competitive edge. We relieve our customers of the burden of many related activities and allow them to focus on their core competencies. By doing so, our customers enjoy shorter lead times, reduced inventories, simplified administration, improved order visibility worldwide and enhanced communication. This ultimately leads to reduced supply chain costs and improved customer satisfaction.
3) Business Unit Intercontinental is a leader in air and ocean freight forwarding as well as the project business. The Business Unit has built up and is expanding a tight-knit network that covers the leading business regions on all five continents for Danzas customers. All operations are certified by the quality standards ISO 9002. Sophisticated information technology guarantees efficient and transparent handling of orders.
The Intercontinental Business Unit forwards ocean and air freight of any size or shape. Danzas Marconnect stands for regularly scheduled connections of oceanfreight consolidations (less than containerload/LCL). Additionally Danzas operates worldwide full containerload shipments (FCL) at attractive conditions based on a core-carrier policy to ensure both service and equipment availability. Depending on the shipper’s requirements, cargo is handled door-to-door or port-to-port. With its Danzas Starconnect product Danzas provides a broad range of worldwide air freight services: from small consignments based on consolidation schedules with time definition to direct shipments and including part and full-charter service loads.
In addition to classic ocean and air freight, customers can also opt for the multimodal solution Danzas Sea/Air. By combining sea and air services, Danzas provides its customers with significant cost and transit time savings.
Intercontinental’s project forwarding specialists work for clients with transportation needs involving dimensions and shapes that preclude the use of standard solutions. Typically, these customers are active in oil and gas production, mining, government and private infrastructure projects, as well as power plants.
Danzas has also accumulated a wealth of experience in some demanding intercontinental business specialties, such as the forwarding of wines and spirits, aeronautic and naval spare parts, catering and hotel logistics, and the handling of perishables such as fruits, flowers and meat. Moreover the Intercontinental Business Unit offers value-added services such as cargo insurance, trade finance, and specialized customs brokerage services (duty drawback, VAT recovery) including buyers consolidation industry quality control.
One thing air and ocean freight have in common is the importance of advanced information technology in moving goods efficiently between the continents. The Danzas Tracking & Tracing system allows customers to follow the progress of their consignments on the Internet whenever they like. The Order Monitoring System (OMS) gives the customer the additional possibility of being able to query information about their purchase order (P.O.) up to detailed line items of each P.O. This interchange of data between Danzas and the client constitutes an important basis for up-to-the-date planning and decision-making in supply chain management.
4) The Eurocargo Business Unit is one of Europe’s largest suppliers of Groupage and Full Load Services for general cargo as well as specialized transport solutions such as Fairs & Exhibitions traffics or perishable transport.
Danzas Eurocargo offers groupage services between roughly. 100 terminals in the most important Western and Eastern European economic areas linked regularly by more than 1.100 lines. Customers can choose between the express freight system Eurapid, offering daily connections at transit times generally within 24/48 hours, and the standard Euroconnect service – the line-haul system for groupage and part loads. Both services offer regular timetables and uniform liability conditions.
Full loads are transported by road, rail or intermodally. These services are offered on an ad-hoc basis as well as regularly for major customers. Danzas controls a major fleet of trailers, swap-bodies and rail wagons, guaranteeing flexibility at optimal costs. For goods moving across borders, Danzas Transit Team customs specialist’s clear shipments at every major crossing point.
Specialties such as the transport of perishable goods (food and flowers) and a broad range of fair services round out the offering. Danzas is the official Fairs & Exhibitions forwarder at a number of major European fair sites, and supplies transportation and related services to and from across Europe. Eurocargo has dedicated and specialized personnel to cater for the special requirements in this business regarding documentation, speed and flexibility. In perishable transport, Eurocargo can offer specialized vehicles, e.g., for liquid or temperature-controlled transport.
Danzas Eurocargo keeps intensifying the information flows alongside the physical goods flows externally as well as internally. Customers can track the status of their shipments over the Internet in real time. With the introduction of Eurian Plus, a modern and uniform IT application that will streamline and simplify operational and administrative processes, Eurocargo has laid the foundation for effective and efficient workflow – with major benefits for its customers in terms of transparency, reliability and costs.
5) With the new Business Unit Specialties, we round out our logistics services with solutions for the chemical as well as for the garment industry.
Specialties offers a complete range of logistics services for the chemical industry. We provide you with a single point reference (one-stop shopping) for all queries and assignments from the chemical industry. This includes:
The physical transport and storage of dry and liquid bulk goods (in tank containers, tank trailers and silo containers)
Transport in packaged form (barrels and sacks)
We manage your entire logistics chain, maintaining stringent safety, quality and environmental standards. All chemical logistics sites have been fully approved in accordance with the SQAS system, used and accepted in the chemical industry. The standards also apply to all sub-contractors. Fashion Services
With our fashion services we offer a wide range of fashion industry related logistics services. Combining extensive knowledge of seasonal fluctuations and client-specific preferences with the special equipment needed to store and transport hanging garments through an intricate distribution network. This allows us to offer the logistics fashion services you demand. Within our European network around 350 million garments are transported annually.
Value added services include:
Any additional client-specific requirement
It goes without saying that a European network of this magnitude is based on an advanced data and communications system.
Its history traces back to the European conflict that culminated in the battle of Waterloo
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Phone: +41 61 268 77 77
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Country address: SWITZERLAND
Website url: www.danzas.com