The e-logistics sector in the Netherlands is registering one of the highest growth rates in Europe, thanks to the exponential increase in the ecommerce market, which is now worth more than €25bn ($30.3bn), according to Statista. As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, more than 80% of the Dutch population between the ages of 12 and 65 now regularly buys online. The number of online shops and mail order companies increased from an estimated 5,195 in 2007 to 49,415 in 2020 (Statista).
However, Dutch online retailers are not the only ones enjoying increased sales; other countries are having a similar experience, causing a surge in growth of shipment volumes from various European Union countries, especially Germany and Denmark, and countries outside the EU, such as China, the UK, US and Canada.
The Sitma and VMS partnership allows Sitma to strengthen its presence in the market, while VMS is able to complete its offer of supply chain solutions for intralogistics.
“Here and Now” is the defining phrase for this collaboration, which was created to take advantage of, in a timely and effective manner, opportunities related to the need for packaging in the logistics field stemming from ecommerce growth.
"Sitma solutions are perfectly placed in the context of technological integration in the intralogistics field, which in VMS we have built over the last 10 years, through the offer of complete solutions for packaging operations, production processes and internal logistics ranging from robotics to sorting and palletizing to AGVs,” said Niels van der Sloot, owner and founder of VMS.
"The know-how and competence of VMS’ technical team allows the company to provide support and maintenance on complex high-speed machines in high demanding markets,” said Gianluca Rossi, director of sales and marketing of Sitma.
“The back-office support with spare parts and supplies is certainly a plus, in addition to the deep knowledge of the logistics market, which immediately made us lean towards this collaboration. It is extremely important for us to make Sitma and its solutions known, but it is even more important to be there for customers even after the sale.”