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Rhenus Takes Over Warehouse Logistics for Sony Consumer Electronics in Ukraine

Sony Ukraine LLC has handed over the warehousing operations for its electronics products in Ukraine to Rhenus Revival, which is part of the Rhenus Group.

Rhenus Revival, the specialist for transportation and logistics services in the countries that were formerly part of the Soviet Union, has been providing storage capacities for Sony at its warehouse in Kiev since the beginning of September 2011.

Rhenus Revival has been operating a multi-user warehouse measuring 10,000 square meters in Stoyanka in the Kiev District and handles companies’ products, which include items from the FMCG sector. Sony high-value goods are now kept in a separate area and are monitored by video round the clock. The warehouse, which is equipped with a high-security personnel access system, meets the highest security standards in order to protect the high-value goods.

“Rhenus convinced us during the selection phase that it adopts high standards for handling quality electronics items with its flexible and secure warehouse concept. The short start-up phase proves the professional handling capabilities and endorses our decision,” said Svetlana Papushina, Deputy General Manager of Sony Ukraine LLC, Finance and Operations.

“We’re proud to be able to extend our present services for Sony – i.e. importing goods from Europe to Russia – to the warehouse logistics operations in Ukraine,” says Uwe Oemmelen, Member of the Rhenus Board. By including the warehouse space in Kiev, it has been possible to optimize logistics processes. “With our expertise, we are ensuring that the goods reach their destination even more efficiently,” Uwe Oemmelen adds.

The customer also benefits from Rhenus Revival’s many years of experience as a customs broker specialist. After customs duty has been paid, the consignments are handed over to domestic distribution corporations. In an ideal case, Ukrainian wholesalers are able to gain access to orders on the very same day. In addition to the customs clearance, the logistics services provider also makes available value added services like labelling and kitting at its Kiev business location.

The takeover of warehousing operations for Sony fully reflects the growth course being pursued by Rhenus Revival in Ukraine. The Rhenus subsidiary currently operates approx. 46,700 square meters of warehousing space at four different business sites and is therefore one of the leading logistics partners in the country.

About Rhenus and Sony

About Rhenus

The Rhenus Group provides logistics services around the globe and has annual turnover amounting to EUR 3 billion. Rhenus employs more than 18,000 people at more than 290 locations worldwide. The Rhenus business areas – Contract Logistics, Freight Logistics and Port Logistics – manage complex supply chains and provide a wealth of innovative value-added services.

About Sony

Sony is a leading global provider of audio, video, communications and information technology products for both the consumer and professional markets. Sony is renowned around the globe for its audio-visual products, like BRAVIA™ LCD high definition (HD) televisions, Cyber-shot™ digital cameras, Handycam® camcorders, “α” (Alpha) digital SLR cameras, Walkman® MP3 players and its VAIO™ notebooks and HD professional broadcasting systems, particularly the XDCAMTM HD series models . Sony is the only corporation to provide a complete high definition value chain and is one of the world’s leading digital entertainment brands with its electronics, music, film, games and online divisions. Sony employs approximately 170,000 people worldwide.
Sony has attracted huge enthusiasm from many soccer fans around the globe with its long-term commitment to the sport – as official sponsor of the UEFA Champions League until 2012, an official FIFA partner until 2014 and a global sponsor of the FIFA World CupTM in 2010 and 2014.

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