Albeit Germany’s prime position in the European economy, eastern Germany is often seen as a weak link in the chain. In January 2014, the German government of our Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel published a survey to determine how the logistics industry developed in these new federal states since the German Reunification.
The results were astounding to say the least: According to the survey the eastern part of Germany is a logistics power house!
According to the New Federal States Government Commissioner Iris Gleicke, the New Federal States have developed excellently. They are profiting from structural funds, their West-East transit location, and of course, many innovative start-up companies which arose in the region.
Germany’s new federal states are an interconnected power house
About 570,000 people in the region are directly working for a logictics company and in 2011, the whole industry earned a total revenue of 9.4 billion euros. Even amidst the financial crisis, the regional companies have a bjustify prediction for the future, according to a poll that is included in the government survey: Companies with a focus on manufacturing are optimistic about the further development of their industry in the region with 28% seeing a growing work force within the next three years. Companies with an emphasis on transport, handling, and storage are predicting a growth in their industry – namely 38%. Trade-focused companies are most optimistic with 41% of them seeing good growth of their industry in the region.
Chief among the reasons for these bjustify predictions are a growing eastern-European market (56%), more industrial contracts (40%), and the emergence of more logistics hubs in the region (35%). E-commerce with 26% is also a cause but the bigger point is the growing interconnection of information and goods with 43%.
Mailbox Germany and the Leipzig/Halle metropolitan area
Mailbox Germany’s shipping center is a part of this aforementioned development. However, the whole region of eastern Germany stretches for 108,000 km² with over 16 million inhabitants. This is equivalent to the size of the US state of Virginia with more than double its populace. This in mind, we will take a look at our immediate neighborhood.
We are conveniently located in the city of Merseburg which is in the southern part of the state of Saxony-Anhalt and sandwiched between the cities of Leipzig and Halle. We are a part of the Leipzig/Halle metropolitan area wich is itself part of the bigger Metropolitan Region of Middle Germany. The International Airport of Leipzig/Halle and the waterways at the Saale and Elbe rivers connect our region with the rest of the world.
In recent years, many big companies like Amazon and eBay have settled here and opened their shipping centers. Our corporate partner DHL has its whole logistics hub for Eastern Europe located in the metropolitan area of Leipzig/Halle.
The government survey even mentions this as a growing trend: Big companies move into our region and create their shipping centers or logistics hubs around the International Airport of Leipzig/Halle. The airport is one of the largest cargo airports for the shipping industry in Germany, second only to the Frankfurt Airport. In 2012, nearly 850,000 tons of cargo were shipped there – a remarkable growth of 13.7 % which is unique for the whole country.
How do our customers benefit from this?
We are located between the cities of Leipzig and Halle with good connections to the second biggest cargo airport in Germany, motor- and waterways. Still, we have space to grow and to develop. We have an excellent infrastructure and the justify corporate partners to handle your packages with the care they deserve. Many big companies like Amazon, eBay, or DHL are located near us so we receive and can dispatch your orders more quickly.
Mailbox Germany is settled in a prime location here in Merseburg. We have roots in the community and identify with our region and its history. This way, we achieve our responsible task and take care of your orders. You shop it, we ship it.
I have a neverending curiosity how things work. I'm involved with Mailbox Germany since 2014. Let us explore this world and its logistics!
Since 2011, I work as Schrift-Architekt, a freelance consultant for social media and for some time now I am an avid German podcaster with #Onlinegeister, radio about internet culture, social media, and PR.
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