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30 April 2020

PostNL and CB start collaboration in CB Healthcare

Logistics service provider CB and PostNL announced today that PostNL intends to take a minority stake in the healthcare part of CB. Through the new partnership CB Healthcare, PostNL and CB want to intensify their collaboration and provide customers in the healthcare sector with a wide range of logistics solutions, such as the supply of wound care products and incontinence materials at home and at healthcare institutions.

With this step, PostNL and CB are responding to the growing market for healthcare logistics. The transaction is expected to be completed in July 2020.

Simpler and more patient-oriented

Elderly people are living independently at home for longer and longer. Care is increasingly provided at a distance. In the coming decades, these changes will require a simpler and patient-friendly approach of logistics activities. With this partnership, CB and PostNL are responding to society's growing need for direct delivery of (preventive) care to the elderly and patients at home. In addition, both companies see an increasing demand from hospitals and healthcare institutions for logistical support.

Personalised and at any time

Hans Willem Cortenraad, CEO of CB: "CB has been focusing on the healthcare market for a number of years now. We are able to shorten logistics chains in the care sector and provide personal service, which means that care providers spend less time on logistics and consumers are better facilitated in their care needs. The collaboration with PostNL enables us to respond more flexibly to changes in the healthcare market. And we will become more scalable in response to the increasing demand for personalised services and products that can be delivered at any time. By joining forces, we will become smarter, faster and more efficient in healthcare logistics together".

Better logistics solutions

Liesbeth Kaashoek, Director of Parcels and Logistics PostNL: "PostNL and CB have been successfully working together as partners for many years. We have an intricate, specialist network at our disposal. Care is increasingly being provided at home and our customers' demand for logistics services is increasing. By taking logistics out of their hands, healthcare professionals can concentrate on providing care. PostNL and CB share the ambition to organise the logistics process smarter and more from the perspective of the needs of the patient and care provider. Through intensive cooperation, we expect to be able to accelerate the realisation of our plans".

PostNL: take logistics out of your hands

PostNL supports senders and receivers in healthcare with a wide range of logistics solutions. Examples include the refrigerated transport of medicines, the delivery of medical devices and the shipment of, among other things, blood samples and heel pricks.

CB: logistics with care

CB is an independent specialist in warehousing, fulfilment and value added services in two sectors: Media (books) and Healthcare. A reliable partner with years of experience in logistics. From various locations in the Netherlands and Belgium, it provides logistics and related services worldwide for the media sector and for a wide range of healthcare professionals and consumers.

PostNL and CB start collaboration in CB Healthcare