PostNL and CB to collaborate via CB Healthcare partnership
The Hague, the Netherlands, 30 April 2020 – Logistics service provider and PostNL today announced that PostNL intends to acquire a minority stake in CB’s healthcare arm. In response to the growing market for healthcare logistics, PostNL and CB are – through their new CB Healthcare partnership – seeking to collaborate even more closely, supporting healthcare sector clients with a wide range of logistics solutions, such as deliveries of wound care and incontinence products to people’s homes and care institutions. The transaction is expected to complete in July 2020.
More straightforward and patient-oriented
Senior citizens are living independently in their own homes ever longer, and care is increasingly being provided remotely. These changes call for a more straightforward and patient-friendly set-up of logistics in the decades ahead. This partnership between CB and PostNL responds to a growing societal need for direct deliveries of (preventive) care to the elderly and patients in the home. In addition, both companies are seeing growing demand for logistics support from hospitals and care institutions.
Personalised and at any time
Hans Willem Cortenraad, Managing Director at CB, commented: “CB has been focusing on the healthcare market for a fair few years now. We’re able to shorten logistics supply chains in healthcare while adding personalised service, helping care providers to spend less time on logistics and better facilitate consumer health requirements. Our collaboration with PostNL will help us to better respond to changes in the healthcare market and to scale up to meet the increasing demand for products and services that can be personalised and delivered at any time. By joining forces, we’ll both be smarter, faster and more efficient in healthcare logistics.”
Improved logistics solutions
Liesbeth Kaashoek, PostNL’s Parcels and Logistics Director, added: “PostNL and CB have been partnering successfully for years, drawing on our granular, specialist network. Care is increasingly provided in people’s home environment and we see a growing demand for logistics services from our clients. By taking on the logistics end, we help care professionals to focus on providing care. PostNL and CB share an ambition to make the logistics process smarter and more tailored to the needs of patients and care providers. By working closely together, we expect to be able to accelerate the achievement of our plans.”
We are PostNL, the mail and logistics solutions provider for all. With our mail and parcel deliverers who get everywhere, our over 4,800 PostNL locations and 11,000 postboxes, we are always nearby. We aim to be our customers’ favourite deliverer by making it as easy as possible for them to send and receive parcels and letters. Our over 37,000 people are right at the heart of society. On weekdays, we deliver an average 1.2 million parcels and 8 million letters across the Benelux region. Our focus is on quality for our customers, creating opportunities for our people and adding value for our stakeholders through growth, digitalisation and sustainability initiatives.
We optimise and support our physical networks by using smart digital solutions and launching new propositions that create value for our customers. We build long-lasting working relationships by acting as a good employer and client for everyone who works for and with us. To make our deliveries as sustainable as possible, we cover a lot of kilometres on foot or by bicycle or e-bike, provide innovative city logistics, use cleaner fuels, and use electric vans and light electric trucks. PostNL NV is a listed company with revenues of €3.5 billion in 2021. We provide deliveries of mail and parcels, logistics solutions for e-commerce, and cross-border solutions.