Hellmann acquires overnight express specialist OptimNet

OptimNet, founded in 2016 in Prague, has developed very successfully in Czech Republic and in Slovakia since 2018.

Hellmann acquires overnight express specialist OptimNet

(Left to Right): Tobias Maue (CEP Pricing & Tender Mgmt), Ondřej Zíta (Managing Director CEP CZ/SVK), Wilfried Hesselmann (Head of CEP Europe) and Gennaro Ippolito (M&A Legal), Hellmann

Global full-service provider Hellmann Worldwide Logistics is taking over Czech and Slovakian-based overnight express provider OptimNet Solutions s.r.o.

"Hellmann is thus continuing its successful expansion strategy in the overnight express services segment and tapping into another important part of the Central and Eastern European market," according to an official announcement.

"The shareholder Ondřej Zíta remains Managing Director and will seamlessly carry on the operational business together with Wilfried Hesselmann (Head of CEP Europe, Hellmann Worldwide Logistics) to continue business relationships with all customers as usual."

OptimNet, the overnight express specialist founded in 2016 in Prague, has developed very successfully in recent years both in the Czech Republic and, since 2018, in Slovakia.

Hellmann has already tapped into the Hungarian and Romanian markets with the acquisition of Innight last year. With the takeover of OptimNet, Hellmann will further expand its overnight express services, particularly for the agricultural and automotive sectors, and will thus meet the steadily growing demand for a smooth and fast supply of spare parts in this strategically important core customer segment.

"With the expansion of our overnight express service in Eastern Europe, we are taking another consistent step in our growth strategy, which we initiated at the beginning of last year and have successfully developed in the meantime," says Jörg Herwig, Chief Operating Officer, Road & Rail, Hellmann Worldwide Logistics.

"I am pleased that we are taking on all 37 OptimNet employees. On the one hand, this will secure jobs, and, on the other hand, we will be able to smoothly build on the business relationships that have already been successfully established in the Czech Republic and Slovakia in recent years, to continue growing here and beyond Eastern Europe," adds Wilfried Hesselmann, Head of CEP Europe, Hellmann Worldwide Logistics.

"As a new member of the Hellmann F.A.M.I.L.Y, I look forward to working with our new colleagues to further develop the Eastern European market and drive expansion into new industries," says Ondřej Zíta, Managing Director CEP CZ/SVK, Hellmann Worldwide Logistics.

The Hellmann Group reported sales of around €4 billion in 2021 with 12,348 employees.

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