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Every day, more than 50 people take a leap of faith in Switzerland and become independant or found their own company. Matters of distribution logistics as a means of a link to customers are often under-estimated in the early stages.
For years, many company founders have been placing their trust in DPD Switzerland. With innovative solutions in all aspects of parcel distribution and IT-connections, we accompany young companies in their different stages of growth.
Our special offer for young Swiss companies is aimed at founders of new businesses and freelancers in classical industries as well as start-ups with innovative business ideas driven by technology.
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Internationalisation is a key factor in the success of Swiss SMEs and startups because there is only limited scope for economies of scale in the small domestic market. DPD Switzerland offers bespoke cross-border solutions for accessing EU countries and talked about these services at its first joint event with the IFJ Institute for Young Companies.
Every day, more than 50 people in Switzerland take a leap of faith and become self-employed or found their own company. Many young companies that survive the initial set-up phase – whether they are in established or ground-breaking sectors of industry – face one key challenge: the Swiss market is limited and in many respects saturated. Growth can only be achieved by expanding beyond national borders.
With the EU, we have a huge market of over half a billion people right on our doorstep. Indeed, Germany, France and Italy, three of our four main trading partners, border directly on to Switzerland and we also speak their official languages. So it goes without saying that young companies in Switzerland target the EU as a potential sales market. However, most startups obviously have no expertise on matters of logistics, customs duties or taxes.
At a kick-off event in early July under the slogan: "Thinking about new markets? We can take you there", DPD Switzerland explained how founders of new businesses in Switzerland can access the EU market without having to set up a marketing organisation over the border or even having to think about relocating. Despite the wonderful summer weather, over 30 people accepted the invitation to find out more about ways of sending goods abroad to private and business customers, how to manage returns, warehousing and fiscal representation.
The venue for this event was our site in Hésingue (FR), where TD Express SA, a 100% subsidiary of DPD Switzerland AG, has a branch just over the Swiss border in the EU. Among other things, this provides customs clearance, warehousing and commissioning services for small-scale Swiss shippers.
Jonathan Martin, Customs Clearance Manager, DPD Switzerland AG, addressed all aspects of exporting in detail and answered numerous questions from the audience. Afterwards, Francesco Spagnolo, CEO of David AG, explained how his company serves the whole of the EU from Switzerland and, thanks to DPD, is able to concentrate on its core business.
This information event, which was organised in cooperation with our partner the IfJ, the Institute for Young Companies in the Basel region, was a great success. It demonstrated that, for many Swiss startups, expanding into the EU market is a matter of the highest priority. It is important to be well-prepared before taking this step, to ensure that cross-border deliveries run as smoothly as those within Switzerland.