SNCF Geodis

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 Chairman of SNCF  Guillaume Pépy
 CEO SNCF Geodis  Marie-Christine Lombard
 Chief Financial Officer  Alain Guyard
 Executive Vice President, Freight Forwarding Division  Kim Pedersen
 Vice President, Road Division  Olivier Royer
 Vice President, Groupage Division  Olivier Melot
 Vice President, Supply Chain Solutions  Jean-Paul Vignal

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SNCF Geodis is the transport and logistics division of SNCF Group. SNCF is a state-owned company.

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SNCF Geodis is the transport and logistics division of SNCF Group (Geodis Group was wholly acquired by SNCF in 2008).

SNCF Geodis is divided into three divisions, Global Offerings (Geodis and STVA), Rail Freight Transport (Fret SNCF) and Fleet Management (Akiem and Ermewa).

Within SNCF Geodis' Global Offerings segment lies Geodis, a global multimodal logistics provider that is based in Europe. It has five core divisions:

  • Geodis Calberson - Groupage and Express
  • Geodis Logistics - Contract Logistics 
  • Geodis BM - Road Division (FTL & LTL)
  • Geodis Wilson - Freight Management Division (Freight Forwarding)
  • Geodis Global Supply Chain Optimisation - 4PL.
In 2013, SNCF Geodis recorded revenues of €9.14bn.

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For SNCF Geodis 2013 was a year of characterised by consolidation and disposals in order to focus on its core businesses. After a number of acquisitions were undertaken in 2012 those entities were integrated into the group during 2013. The year was also marked by the finalisation of the company’s restructuring efforts begun in 2012. The most significant development from this restructuring, apart from the more definite separation of STVA from Geodis, was the disposal of Novatrans, its intermodal shuttle business.  Another significant disposal, as yet only planned, is the selling off of Geodis Ciblex, Geodis’ parcel delivery division. This is part of the company’s consolidation and refocusing upon its core and more profitable businesses.

At an operational level the company launched domestic intermodal freight services in China, with a view to launching intercontinental services between Asia Pacific and Europe at a later date. Such an undertaking clearly demonstrates SNCF Geodis’ global ambitions for the future; this forms a stark contrast to the divestments the company is currently engaged in.

Further developments on the level operations include; a new partnership between Geodis Messagerie and Liebherr for the delivery of spare parts via theFrance Express network;  a two-year agreement between Geodis Wilson and Delsey for the global management of the luggage manufacturer’s logistics operations; a three-year agreement between Geodis BM and Heineken France for the management of all its transport flows; a contract for Fret SNCF to transport track-mounted vehicles for Caterpillar as well as new business from Gefco, diverting the traffic from road to rail.

Over 2014 SNCF Geodis plans to implement an ‘Industrial Efficiency and Development programme’ which is designed to generate efficiency savings and increase productivity. The company has also stated an aim to move its freight delivery services towards a door-to-door delivery and to effect a ‘Distropolis’ model of urban distribution. SNCF Geodis intends to develop the door-to-door service through the adoption of more multi-modal solutions and greater supply chain visibility. Under the ‘Distropolis’ model the company will attempt to encourage forwarders to direct cargo onto its trains and off the road network.

The company’s acquisition policy, which formerly focussed on developing its parcel and LTL delivery network, appears to have changed and is now placing greater importance upon improving profitability. The disposal of Geodis Ciblex demonstrates this change most clearly. Indeed in pursuit of profits SNCF Geodis has stated its desire to concentrate its resources on the small parcels segment. This, along with the disposal of the unprofitable Novatrans, is symptomatic of the overarching aim to improve profitability by concentrating on its core businesses. The rest of SNCF Geodis’ endeavours over the course of the year support this general business strategy, with the move into China marking the only real expansion.

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Following the events of the business in 2012, SNCF Geodis expects that 2013 will be characterised by improved profitability for all division segments.

The business underwent restructuring and expansion through acquisitions and contracts throughout 2012.

Acquisitions

In 2012, SNCF Geodis completed several acquisitions. It acquired 51% of the Romanian automobile logistics operator Benga Autologistics. It also acquired MF Cargo, a Hungarian road transport company in March. In addition, in April, its subsidiary Geodis Calberson took over 48 agencies from Sernam. Geodis continued its acquisitions in 2012 with control of Avirail and Avirail Italia.

Contracts

For SNCF Geodis, the main commercial successes inlcuded the signing of a 15-month contract between the French Ministry of Defence and Fret SNCF for the transport of army personnel and equipment across mainland France, and also the renewal of a Fret SNCF contract with Evian and Volvic representing a production volume of over 1,200 trains annually. The business was also selcted to provide logistics and distribution services in Southern Europe for Mattel, as well as logistics services for the Bayer Pharma group. The latter contract made Geodis one of the main logistics service providers in France's health sector.

Other expansion was seen in the signing of a $50m contract between Geodis and the steelmaker Cimolai, as part of an expansion programme for the Panama Canal.

STVA, a subsidiary of SNCF Geodis and a provider of finished vehicle logistics in Europe won bids for the distribution of Renault group vehicles in Germany and the UK. Also, its subsidiary, GTSM, was awarded the sub-contracting of the Tangier Med Vehicle Terminal handling activities.

Through its parternship with Hupac, the companies have develop their combined transport networks on the European East-West line via France and Belgium. Since April 2012, SNCF and Hupac have combined their networks on the Antwerp-Dourges line operated by SNCF Geodis.

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