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.
F.A.M.I.L.Y – Our Corporate DNA
Hellmann remains a family business 150 years after its foundation. We are proud of that. And that is why we are committed to what family means: integrity, understanding, trust, and cooperation. This is the basis of our corporate DNA. Our common goal is to ensure the long-term development of Hellmann so that the company can continue to offer many opportunities for future generations. In short: Hellmann means F.A.M.I.L.Y.
First, people first
The success of a company depends on its employees. That is why we create an attractive and professional environment at Hellmann, which captivates, binds, and promotes the interest of good employees. Through training, remuneration, and recognition, we encourage our employees to develop their talents in a climate of mutual respect and trust. They determine how our company is perceived externally. They directly influence the satisfaction, enthusiasm, and loyalty of our customers and we know that. That is why people always come first.
All about the customer, always
We are constantly looking for ways to expand and improve our services so that we can exceed the requirements and expectations of our customers. It is our goal to offer our customers around the world the knowledge and experience they need most. We achieve this by listening to them and taking the time to get to know them better. The customer is always our focus. We ensure that all our tasks are handled with a view to our customers. This leads to long-term customer relationships, which we are rightly proud of.
Making it work better, everyday
Through business processes with high-quality standards, we are continuously improving our organizational agility and operational efficiency. We use every opportunity to increase efficiency by improving productivity and maintaining excellent supplier relationships. As a result, we not only contribute to our results but also improve the added value for our customers. In addition, we consistently live the Continuous Improvement Process (CIP).
Innovation and entrepreneurship
At Hellmann, we promote creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurial spirit in all areas and create an environment in which risks are allowed. We encourage our employees to develop unconventional ideas and to drive the adaptation of our services to our customers‘ wishes. We want to meet the constantly changing requirements and expectations of our customers.
At Hellmann, we are serious about providing services on the principles of economical, ecological and social sustainability to create opportunities for future generations. We are sensitive and responsible to people, communities and environments within the regions in which we are active. Through these principles of a sustainable development, we ensure the future of our family-owned business.
You and me!
Every day, we set new goals and face new challenges. Whether it is a successful shipment, a change of work process, or new concepts that are still under development - „You And Me“ makes it possible. The guiding principle stands for mutual responsibility. A responsibility that gives us support in times when we have to rely on each other. „You And Me“ also stands for cooperation which encourages us to support others and to motivate us to develop solutions together for our customers.
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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 2020, the Hellmann Group achieved a turnover of around EUR 2.5 billion with 10,601 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.
150 Years of Hellmann
2021 marks the 150th anniversary of the company's founding. What began in 1871 with modest means in Osnabrück has developed into a truly global player in logistics. Today, the members of Hellmann F.A.M.I.L.Y. are spread all over the world. And they are all united by a common heritage that has been passed down through generations.
In the year of our 150th anniversary, we, therefore, look back with pride on eventful company history, but also turn our gaze to current developments and future innovations. Because we are determined to successfully shape our future as well.
Under the motto "150 Moments," we will be building bridges between the past and the future with a wide range of activities in 2021.
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.