4. May 2021 | Press release
DPD Netherlands acquires BK Pharma Logistics and BK Sneltransport
Boxmeer (Netherlands), 4 May – DPD Netherlands announces the strategic acquisition of BK Pharma Logistics and BK Sneltransport, two logistics experts specialised in temperature-controlled transport of food and pharmaceuticals. The COVID-19 pandemic caused a rush in demand for the parcel delivery industry, esp. in healthcare & food markets has produced an unprecedented rise in demand for deliveries of food, pharmaceuticals and healthcare products. BK Pharma Logistics and BK Sneltransport specialise in conditioned pharmaceutical transport for major national and international firms in the pharma and healthcare industry. It is precisely because of this specific knowledge that DPD has approached BK Pharma Logistics and BK Sneltransport to embark on a cooperative venture.
A rush in demand
The year 2020 was a year of extremes for parcel delivery firms. The COVID-19 pandemic caused a rush in demand for the parcel delivery industry, with nationwide lockdowns, home isolation and preventive measures generating a huge rise in parcel deliveries. The health crisis has meant that trends that had not been expected until 2024 have taken hold much earlier, such as an unprecedented rise in demand for deliveries of food, pharmaceuticals and healthcare products.
BK Pharma Logistics and BK Sneltransport specialise in temperature-controlled transport for major national and international companies in the healthcare, food and laboratory sectors. This requires highly specific knowledge in the area of temperature-controlled transport. From the state-of-the-art warehouse in Boxmeer, the transport of pharmaceutical and healthcare products is organised in a safe, temperature-controlled way from a validated environment.
Independence for rapid growth
DPD Netherlands will encourage rapid growth, allowing BK Pharma Logistics and BK Sneltransport to continue business independently. The expansion of services and growth opportunities in the market will give the 130 employees of BK Pharma Logistics and BK Sneltransport more opportunities for individual growth and development. For customers of BK Pharma Logistics and BK Sneltransport as well as customers of DPD, nothing will change either. They will remain customers of the organisation where they purchase their services. Paul Bouwmeester, Managing Director of BK Pharma Logistics and BK Sneltransport:
“This cooperation with DPD will be of huge benefit to us. By working with DPD Netherlands, we will have the opportunity to grow faster, and it also gives us access to a network of larger, international customers, bringing benefits to both our customers and employees.”
A cooperative adventure
By pooling expertise, DPD Netherlands aims to expand its core activities by 2025. This strategic acquistion will also allow DPD Netherlands to enter a market requiring in-depth knowledge, extensive experience and specific conditions.
Eric Dietz, CEO DPD Netherlands:
“We are delighted to be working with BK Pharma Logistics and BK Sneltransport. We can learn much from each other, enter new markets together and thus grow our activities in temperature-controlled transport for the pharmaceutical, healthcare and food sectors. This holds with our ambitions and the growth markets that we, at DPD, have identified as having huge potential.”
About BK Pharma Logistics
Healthcare – Clinical trials - Cool chain
BK Sneltransport specializes in temperature-controlled transport for leading national and international companies in the healthcare, food and laboratory industry. This requires very specific knowledge in the field of temperature controlled shipments. From the advanced warehouse in Boxmeer, the transport of pharmaceutical and healthcare products is provided in a safe, temperature-controlled and validated environment. Precisely because of this specific knowledge, DPD approached BK Sneltransport for a collaboration. BK Sneltransport sees many advantages in this collaboration; faster growth of the company and more development opportunities for employees.
About BK Sneltransport
Refrigerated courier, Hospitality, Supermarkets, Wholesalers, Meat processing industry
Project Logistics, One-off 800 addresses per day (cooled, uncooled), Sampling, recall projects, backorders
Laboratory Logistics Covid test, soil samples
Dangerous goods ADR
DPDgroup is the largest parcel delivery network in Europe.
We combine innovative technology and local knowledge to provide a flexible and user-friendly service for both shippers and shoppers. With our industry-leading Predict service, we are setting a new standard for convenience by keeping our customers in close contact with their delivery.
With 97,000 delivery experts and a network of more than 58,000 Pickup points, we deliver 7.5 million parcels each day – 1.9 billion parcels per year – through the brands DPD, Chronopost, SEUR and BRT.
At DPDgroup we aim to be a reference in sustainable delivery and become a leading enabler of the e-commerce acceleration.
DPDgroup is the parcel delivery network of GeoPost, which posted sales of €11 billion in 2020. GeoPost is a holding company owned by Le Groupe La Poste.