PostNord is one of the largest logistics
companies in the Nordic countries, with
more than 40,000 employees, and it is the result of a merger between Swedish Posten AB and Post Danmark A/S, which took place in 2009. In addition to being responsible for handling mail in Sweden and Denmark, the company also runs operations involving logistics and information logistics, first and foremost in the Nordic countries but also to some extent in Europe. The merger was a result
of increasingly fierce competition, with a growing need for cross-border transport.
“We operate in an industry that is characterised by a high rate of change, with fierce competition and price pressure, and this means that it is constantly essential to work on cost adaptation. With this as the starting point, it is becoming increasingly important to be large in order to take advantage of economies of scale,” explains Johan Åhlander, head of Posten Logistik Produktion, which is responsible for logistics in Sweden.
The rigorous environmental standards that currently apply are also imposing demands on logistics companies and their vehicles.
“First of all, there is legislation with which we have to comply, but, over the years, developing our operations so that they are less dependent on fossil energy sources has become an increasingly import - ant question in terms of business strategy,” says Johan Åhlander.
So, when the 175 new Volvo trucks are delivered, they will all be equipped with Euro 5 EEV engines, the highest environmental classification that currently exists on the market.
“We are also taking part in a field test with Volvo Trucks in which two trucks are running on DME and, over a five-year period, we are going to lease two electric-hybrid vehicles with a reduction of up to 20 per cent in fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions,” says Hans, adding that this, too, is a way of living up to customer expectations.
“Many of our customers want their goods to be transported in an environmentally sustainable manner. If we fail to comply, there’s a risk that we will lose them to a competitor.”
: SEK 42 billion
Parcel pick-up points
in the Nordic countries: 4,400
Carbon emission reduction
target by 2020: 40%
Letters every day
: 29 million
Parcels every day
Pallets every day
: 25,00 in the Nordic countries: 4,400