Founded in 1890, Kuehne+Nagel initially focused on providing freight forwarding services. The Swiss group’s 130-year-long history can still be felt in its operations today. Although the logistics services provider now employs more than 80,000 people worldwide, “the entrepreneurial mindset of the early days is still strongly present within the group’s corporate culture,” points out Gerry Bosmans, director of contract logistics BeLux at Kuehne+Nagel.
The company first saw opportunity in Flanders as a gateway to major European markets back in 1956, when it opened a department in Antwerp. Gradually, Kuehne+Nagel started adding freight forwarding by sea, air and land to its offering. Today, the firm positions itself as a digital logistics player and aims to excel in providing complex solutions for companies who are looking to distribute their products and solutions in Europe and far beyond.