Hellmann Worldwide Logistics
Since its foundation in 1871, Hellmann has developed into one of the largest international logistics providers. With our high-performance products Airfreight, Seafreight, Road & Rail, and Contract Logistics, we always offer the right solution for the complex logistics requirements of our customers and rely on future-oriented digital services for maximum transparency and more efficient supply chains.
Hellmann has been a family business for over 150 years. We are proud of that. Our unique corporate culture has always stood for integrity, understanding, trust and cooperation.
Our corporate culture - the Hellmann Promise - is the basis of our success. At the same time, the global Hellmann FAMILY is united by a common vision that is reflected in everything we do: At a time when the world is changing rapidly, we as a global family business not only want to deliver first-class service to our customers, but also join forces to make our contribution to overcoming the social and environmental challenges we all face worldwide. For the better. Together.
For the better. Together.
In our vision, we yearn and strive for a better world: A world where humankind takes care of the environment, quality of life is improved and social equity is reality. We can only realize this world together! Fostered by sustainable economic development and driven by creative minds and innovation.
As the global Hellmann Family it is our greatest responsibility to create this future jointly – in worldwide logistics.
We care passionately for people and economies everywhere. Delivering reliable integrated logistics solutions powered by technology, expertise and entrepreneurial spirit. Connecting the world every day. Sustainably.
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Facts & Figures
Today, Hellmann Worldwide Logistics is represented by a Worldwide Network of 489 offices in 173 countries with more than 19,500 people. In 2022, the Hellmann Group achieved a turnover of EUR 5.0 billion with 13,949 employees.
1871: Founding Father
Carl Heinrich Hellmann founds the company as a one-man business transporting goods by horse-drawn cart.
1925: Introducing Freight Cars
Hellmann is one of the first companies in Germany to successfully replace its horse-drawn carriages with freight cars
1961: The Last Horse-Drawn Cart
Until 1961, additional horse-drawn carriages were in use. "Lisa" was the last horse at Hellmann to pull a cart.
1968: The Fourth Generation
After over 20 years of growth and expansion in post-war Europe, the company's shares are transferred to the fourth generation: to Jost and Klaus Hellmann.
1976: Parcel Service
Hellmann is a founding member of DPD.
1982: International Expansion
With the opening of the Hong Kong branch, the foundation stone is laid for internationalisation, which continues to make steady progress today. In the following years further offices are opened in China, Taiwan, Singapore, South Korea and later Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Japan and Bangladesh.
1987: Hellmann Down Under
Operations are also launched in Sydney, followed by the opening of further branches in Australia and New Zealand.
1988: The Americas
A new office is opened in Long Beach, California. Expansion continues with offices in 18 U.S. cities, six Canadian cities, and offices in Mexico and South America. A branch office is also opened in South Africa in 1988.
1992: Eastern Europe
The partner network in Eastern Europe is expanded. In the 1990s, branches in Latin America are added.
1993: Night Star Express
Hellmann is a founding member of the Night Star Express cooperation.
1996: 125 Years
Hellmann celebrates its 125th anniversary and enjoys enthusiastic customers and a global network of 341 branches in 134 countries.
2000: South America
New locations are opened in Brazil and Chile.
2002: Industry Solutions
Services become increasingly industry-specific with products such as Perishable, Automotive, Fashion, and Contract Logistics is established as an important additional product.
2003: Middle East
Opening of the Dubai branch in the United Arab Emirates as a hub for the Middle East region, later opening of the branches in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.
Construction work on the new air freight warehouse in Shanghai is completed. Business activities have now expanded to seven A-licenses and 23 branches in the People's Republic of China.
2006: Award of Excellence
Hellmann is awarded the coveted "Award of Excellence" by the Global Institute of Logistics.
2007: India & Pakistan
Hellmann opens branch offices in India and Pakistan.
2008: Best Office Award
Hellmann receives the "Best Office Award" from Wirtschaftswoche and Kölnmesse for the new working worlds in "Speicher III", Osnabrück.
2011: Joint Venture
Rudolph & Hellmann Automotive opens a new distribution center for Ford in Dubai.
2013: Iron Silk Road
With its rail solution "Rail Solutions International", Hellmann establishes weekly train connections between Europe and China and revives the "Iron Silk Road".
2017: Change in Legal Form
With the change in legal form to an SE (Societas Europaea), Hellmann creates the structural conditions for further growth.
2019: Worldwide Logistics
Through ongoing internationalization, the group of companies is now represented by 263 branches in 56 countries
2021: 150 Years
Hellmann celebrates its 150th anniversary.
The Wild Geese
More than a Company Logo
The V-shaped formation of the wild geese is for us a symbol of perfect cooperation. None of the animals could manage the journey alone. The migratory birds plan their flights down to the smallest detail, weigh risks together, and have excellent communication. Wild geese are loyal to each other for a lifetime and have a strong sense of responsibility.
For us, these are characteristics that also make an excellent logistics service provider. Therefore the wild goose is more than a logo for us, it symbolizes our philosophy as a family business and forms the basis for our success. The wild goose is a trademark that suits us.