DHL acquires Suppla in Colombia
DHL Supply Chain, part of Deutsche Post DHL Group, has acquired Suppla Group, which is a company that specialises in providing logistics services in Colombia. Suppla is a well-known as a reliable and established provider with local expertise and longstanding customer relationships.
DHL notes that Suppla has a solid local presence in five regions and coverage across 25 cities in Colombia, about 500,000 square metres 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 and then can enable expansion into the wider Latin American region. DHL Supply Chain’s already has concerns in Colombia including Service Logistics operations and a warehouse hub in the capital Bogota.
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. Colombia has ambitious investment programs in the coming years, and we are confident that this acquisition will strengthen our presence to provide integrated and customized solutions to our local and regional customers.
– Javier Bilbao, CEO DHL Supply Chain Latin America
Latin and South America are becoming increasingly interesting to ecommerce logistics suppliers and marketplaces and numerous investments are being made. Amazon, for instance, is making significant advances in Brazil.
Several countries in the region are enjoying significant economic growth and large populations that are an attractive prospect and potentially huge customer base. The problem however lies with the huge areas that they represent and challenging topography and sometimes weak infrastructure.