Asendia Group acquires wnDirect as part of global e-commerce strategy

01 March, 2019

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Asendia has acquired wnDirect. As part of their strategy to develop and grow international e-commerce delivery solutions, Asendia Group and wnDirect are pleased to announce that, following an acquisition process, the global e-commerce business wnDirect Ltd will be joining the Asendia Group.

Asendia Group’s overall global ambition is to become a major player in the international e-commerce and mail market. The capabilities of wnDirect, with their international commercial delivery network, people & knowhow, and their technologically driven delivery innovations will complement and add value to help the Group achieve this ambition, both within the UK and worldwide.

wnDirect are global e-commerce delivery specialists, with over 100 employees, and with customers in the UK, Europe, Asia and the USA. Two-time National Business Award winners, wnDirect, have disrupted the international e-commerce distribution market since launching in 2011; the company has grown rapidly and has a leading cross-border commercial delivery network via best-in-class partners, and a range of innovations including PUDO (Pick up Drop Off) options and Returns solutions. DPDgroup, part of Groupe La Poste, has been a partner and shareholder of wnDirect almost since its formation. As part of this acquisition, wnDirect will move to be part of the Asendia Group division.

Asendia Group was formed in 2012 as a joint venture between Groupe La Poste and Swiss Post. Asendia Group is a global business with a presence in 15 countries with over 1,500 employees and is focused on providing global delivery solutions to its customers to support the growing cross-border e-commerce market.

wnDirect will start to be merged with Asendia UK, operating as Asendia UK, creating a new, larger, e-commerce focused, technology driven business with an expanded range of commercial and postal delivery services, mail solutions, and fulfilment capabilities. This will be under the leadership of Simon Batt, who is currently the CEO of wnDirect.

The Management Board of the new UK company will be made up of team members from both Asendia UK and wnDirect to ensure a sense of continuity into 2019 and beyond.

Marc Pontet, Chief Executive Officer of Asendia Group: “We are delighted that wnDirect is joining the Asendia Group. wnDirect is a perfect complement to our existing business. On behalf of all of Asendia’s 1,500 staff around the world, as well as our shareholders Swiss Post and La Poste, I welcome the entire wnDirect team to Asendia.”

Simon Batt, Chief Executive Officer of wnDirect: “I am very excited to see wnDirect start a new chapter in its journey. The partnership with Asendia is a perfect fit, giving our new merged company an expanded product portfolio to offer our customers plus we’ll continue to develop new innovative solutions as we have always done. Our strategy to expand across the globe, now as part of Asendia Group, is one we will continue to follow. I very much look forward to working with the worldwide Asendia team”.

About Simon Batt

Simon has worked in the mail and parcels industry for 19 years; the last 10 years within the international arena.After graduation, he held a number of senior roles in Royal Mail Group including as International Director (Parcels), managing the Parcelforce Worldwide international business and global relationships, before joining DPDgroup HQ in Paris in 2011. There he held Board positions within several international investments, led product / sales development in overseas markets as Managing Director of DPD Global Solutions, and worked on market entry strategies. Simon took then over as CEO of wnDirect in January 2017. Simon has an MBA from Warwick Business School.

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