Kick-off for our new IT platform!

ONLINE Systemlogistik und Frachtwerk beim Kick-off für die neue IT-Plattform

The development of our new IT platform has begun. Once again, the system isn’t “off the shelf” but rather specifically tailored to our processes. We attach particular importance to user-friendliness, with the applications, therefore, intended to be even more intuitive, so that users can familiarise themselves with the system even more quickly. In addition, we want to network the existing functions more closely with each other. Together with our IT department, experts from the partner network, and with advice from the digitalisation experts at Frachtwerk GmbH, we will successively develop our new IT landscape.

Photo: Representing the entire development team, employees from OSL and Frachtwerk met up for the kick-off in Schlitz. Back row, from right to left: OSL Managing Director Petra Welling, ZUB Operations Manager Damian Voß, Paul Knötgen from Frachtwerk, OSL Authorised Signatory Mike Wüllner, OSL IT Administrator Frank Pieper, Friedrich Ellmer from Frachtwerk. Front row right: Marcella Rennecke, Head of Quality and Environmental Management at OSL, next to her, Nicole Kovács from Frachtwerk.

Transco site in Singen becomes system partner!

Transco Suisse has been a system partner in the general cargo network of ONLINE Systemlogistik since 2008. Now the Transco site in Singen, Germany, is also part of it. The system partnership began on 1 June. Previously, Transco had been operating here as a service provider for OSL since January 2022; the company serves the area in the northwest of Lake Constance.

“Service providers” and “system partners” have different rights and obligations. In contrast to partners, service providers do not feed in any cargo themselves, but distribute and procure exclusively on behalf of the partners. OSL plans to have only system partners in the network in the medium term. Then all participants will be on an equal footing, and special regulations for service providers can be omitted.

Transco at a glance

The Transco Group is a logistics service provider headquartered in Singen am Hohentwiel, Baden-Württemberg. Founded in 1970, the company has 31 sites in ten countries and employs around 700 people. In the forwarding sector, Transco has over 700 company-owned transport units; in the logistics sector, the company implements customer-specific logistics concepts on 130,000 square metres of warehouse space.

30 percent more handling space: ONLINE Systemlogistik with new West-HUB

The general cargo cooperation ONLINE Systemlogistik (OSL) will put a West-HUB into operation in Bottrop this summer. The location is the facility of the system partner Rottbeck. Goods handling is to start on 1 August at the latest; 52 gates and 6,000 m2 of logistics space are available for this purpose. The western hub is primarily intended to relieve the central hub in Schlitz.

Eight new partners joined at the beginning of 2022, and the central goods handling facility in Schlitz with 221 gates and 15,500 square metres of space reaches its capacity limits at peak times. “With the West-HUB, we are taking into account both the growth through new partners and the high volume of consignments in the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region,” says authorised signatory Mike Wüllner. “We will also connect our depots in the Netherlands and Belgium. Strategically, we are also planning daily departures to the HUB of our French partner cooperation Astre Palet System south of Paris.”

Online Systemlogistik already maintains four transshipment points: two logistics facilities at the central HUB in Schlitz near Fulda, the northern HUB in Porta Westfalica at the partner Meyer-Jumbo, and the southern HUB in Nördlingen at the partner Döderlein.

Ecologically and economically sensible

More than 30 of the total of 89 logistics companies in the OSL general cargo network benefit directly from the expansion: “For system partners from the region,” Petra Welling sums up the advantages, “the new HUB offers the possibility of saving kilometres with transhipment in Bottrop and of optimising the main leg load ecologically and economically.”

In addition, the partners can use the loading and unloading service in Bottrop. Spedition Rottbeck has good technical prerequisites as well as an experienced logistics team for efficient goods handling.

Online system logistics continues to expand general cargo network

At the beginning of the year, eight companies strengthened the general cargo network of Online Systemlogistik (OSL): Werner Transport & Logistik and 17111 Logistik in the north, Spedition Vögele, Grieshaber Logistik (Weingarten) and Allgäu Frachtlogistik in the south, Kurt Rothschild in Rhineland-Palatinate and Rottbeck Spedition (Bottrop) and Wwe. Th. Hövelmann in North Rhine-Westphalia.

When it comes to expanding our network, the focus is currently on optimizing supply,” explains Petra Welling, Managing Director of Online Systemlogistik. “When changing partners or strengthening our general cargo network, we pay more attention than ever to ensuring that every system participant has the shortest possible routes in their region. That was always the goal, but sometimes it was not possible to implement it operationally. For reasons of sustainability alone, we set our priorities differently today. Short distances mean less energy consumption and less CO2 emissions.”

Reinforcement, change, start-up

The companies 17111 Logistik and Werner Transport & Logistik strengthen the network in Schleswig-Holstein, together they take over the area of ​​the previous service provider Sprint from Neumünster. Kurt Rothschild replaces the Gräfen forwarding company in Rhineland-Palatinate. In the west of NRW, the new system partners Hövelmann and Rottbeck relieve the neighboring partners; Wwe. Th. Hövelmann had previously worked as a service provider for OSL.

The newly acquired companies Vögele and Grieshaber share the former area of ​​the former system partner Fecht in southern Baden-Württemberg with the existing system partner Transco Süd. In the south of Bavaria, the newly founded company Allgäu Frachtlogistik takes the place of Fecht Allgäu. In the course of the founding, Allgäu Frachtlogistik took over the former Fecht location in Weitnau, Managing Director is Markus Hofer.

Service providers as a preliminary stage to the partnership

OSL distinguishes between system partners and service providers for the companies that take part in HUB traffic: Service providers operate procurement logistics for the system partners and distribute shipments in the destination area, but do not feed them into the network themselves. “OSL’s goal is not to have any service providers in the system in the medium term,” says OSL authorized signatory Verena Käuper. “However, in order to adjust structures step by step and slowly build up new system participants, 17111 Logistik, Grieshaber Logistik and Werner Transport & Logistik initially started as service providers on January 1st.” Grieshaber and 17111 Logistik will become system partners on April 1st, 2022, Werner on January 1st January 2023. The system partnership of Rottbeck Spedition starts on February 1st. Vögele, Rothschild, Allgäu Frachtlogistik and Wwe. Th. Hövelmann have been system partners since January 1st.

Hintzen and Transland now drive for ONLINE Systemlogistik

The Transland logistics location in Haiger

Hintzen Logistik GmbH, Eschweiler, and Transland Spedition GmbH, Haiger, are new partners in the general cargo association Online Systemlogistik (OSL). Since 1 October, Hintzen has been responsible for the Eifel region and the Eschweiler area, while Transland has been strengthening the North Rhine-Westphalia area since 1 November.
At the same time as the new partners join, OSL is changing the division of its territory. “It has proven successful to work with several partners in conurbations and to optimise the territories themselves by making them smaller,” explains OSL Managing Director Petra Welling. “In this way, we are countering the increased volume of consignments – we are relieving the individual partners and once again increasing the quality of our service with the network density.”

New regional distribution in North Rhine-Westphalia

Online Systemlogistik has used the departure of the Kost forwarding company on 31 October for a new division of the region: The region east of Cologne has been taken over by the partner Heuel Logistics since September, and the adjacent area in the Siegerland/Sauerland region between Schmallenberg in the north and Burbach in the south has been served by Transland since November. The company is headquartered in Haiger in Hesse. There and at the Herborn location, 200 employees and 62 local transport vehicles are in operation; a double-decker semi-trailer drives in the OSL main run. Transland has been part of the Zufall Group since 2007. Transland was already a system partner of OSL from 1995 to 2008.

The Eifel region in the western part of North Rhine-Westphalia bordering Belgium and the region around Eschweiler has been covered by Hintzen Logistik GmbH since 1 October. Hintzen thus relieves the system partner Gräfen. Hintzen employs 125 people at its headquarters in Eschweiler and at its Bergheim site. Of the total of 65 vehicles, one truck is on the main run and 26 distribution vehicles are on the road for OSL.

Online Systemlogistik invests 2.5 million euros in new building at central hub

Purchase of land in winter, start of construction in autumn: With the symbolic ground-breaking ceremony in September, Online Systemlogistik (OSL) underlines the importance of the new office and social building, which is being built directly at the central hub in Schlitz near Fulda. Spacious break and changing rooms as well as modern sanitary facilities are planned for drivers, as well as a training room, offices and 120 car parking spaces. The 800-square-metre, energy-saving building in timber construction is scheduled for completion in mid-2022.

“We are very pleased to be building a new facility in Schlitz and to be able to offer our employees better working conditions there,” says Petra Welling, Managing Director of Online Systemlogistik GmbH & Co. KG. “The previous premises are getting on in years and are not tailored to the recent growth in staff.” For the new building, the OSL real estate company, which consists of system partners, has acquired the corner plot of around 10,000 square metres adjacent to the central hub.

Photovoltaics also generate electricity for the Hub – “Efficiency House 55

A photovoltaic system on the roof of the new building generates energy. It will not only cover the fully air-conditioned building’s own needs at all times of the year, but also supply the central hub with electricity. In anticipation of increasing electromobility, charging stations for e-cars will be installed at the staff car park.

The new building is designed to meet the KfW criteria for an “Efficiency House 55”: Compared to a reference building that meets the requirements of the Building Energy Act (GEG), it requires only 55 percent of the primary energy such as coal or mineral oil. At the same time, the thermal insulation is 30 percent better, and the timber construction offers high energy efficiency. “Sustainability is a must for us – and also economically more attractive,” explains Petra Welling. “The investment costs are higher at the beginning, but this is offset by the lower maintenance costs.”

Time for modernisation

As soon as the new building is occupied, the renovation of the old rooms is to start. “We will start with the basic renovation of the handling office, which is located directly in the hub, very soon,” says Petra Welling. “The sanitary facilities will follow as soon as we can move into the new building.”

The new building in a nutshell:

  • 10,000 m2 plot
  • 3,000 m2 outdoor area (access road and parking spaces)
  • 800 m2 of usable building space on two floors
  • Photovoltaics, heat pump, ventilation system with heat recovery and the wooden construction minimise the CO2 footprint
  • Total investment 2.5 million euros (2.2 million for the building, 0.3 million for the land)
  • Address: Fraurombacher Strasse 5, 36110 Schlitz

HEUEL LOGISTICS joins ONLINE Systemlogistik

Josef Heuel GmbH, Meinerzhagen, has been a new partner of the general cargo association Online Systemlogistik (OSL) since 1 September 2021. OSL thus has a high-performance logistics service provider at its side that can reliably handle the increasing volume of consignments in the conurbation east of Cologne. The system partner Kost, Attendorn, who was previously responsible for the area, is leaving at the end of the year.

“As a renowned, owner-managed logistics company, Heuel Logistics is a very good fit for us, and we also have the same high quality standards,” explains Petra Welling, Managing Director of Online Systemlogistik GmbH & Co. KG. The membership of Heuel Logistics is the first step for a new distribution in the postcode areas 51, 57, 58 (Bergisches Land / Sauerland). Currently, four lorries per night leave from there in the direction of the OSL HUBs, feed consignments into the network and take loads back for distribution: Heuel Logistics drives to the central HUBs I and II in Schlitz near Fulda as well as the northern HUB in Porta Westfalica with one lorry each; one lorry is provided by the forwarding company Kost. Another partner is to be added to the region before the end of the year.

Strong together in Europe

By becoming a member of Online Systemlogistik, Heuel Logistics strengthens its transport handling throughout Europe. The international services of the family-owned company, founded in 1926, include not only general cargo but also long goods, thermal and hazardous goods.

In addition to its headquarters in Meinerzhagen, Heuel Logistics operates four other locations: in Drolshagen, 15 kilometres away, in Nabburg in the Upper Palatinate, as well as in the Czech Republic and Poland. 380 employees send 1,800 consignments on their way every day. 30 trucks are used for feed-in and disposal in the OSL network, the entire fleet comprises 250 vehicles. More information at

ONLINE Systemlogistik optimises B2C business

Stückgutumschlag am Zentral-HUB von ONLINE Systemlogistik

Fluctuating consignment volumes, unusual dimensions and individual deadlines – B2C consignments pose major challenges for general cargo logistics providers. In order to make the processes more efficient, the general cargo association ONLINE Systemlogistik (OSL) is now breaking new ground.

Ten percent more consignments and 13 percent more tonnage were recorded by OSL compared to the previous year. A large part of this is due to the increasing demand in the B2C business. In order to deliver goods punctually and reliably in the future, the general cargo association is reorganising its processes: From 1 September, the receiving forwarder will no longer take over the notification of national shipments with a fixed date, but the shipping forwarder. This means that it is already clear at the beginning of the supply chain when the delivery is to take place. This means more planning reliability for all parties involved.

New processes for more efficient transport planning

In future, the procedure will look like this: When a shipping agent receives an order from his customer to deliver a shipment within Germany to a private recipient, he picks up the goods from the customer and parks them in his depot for a short time. He then arranges a delivery date with the recipient by telephone or e-mail. Only after successful confirmation of the appointment does he feed the consignment into the ONLINE Systemlogistik network. The receiving forwarder is automatically informed about the arrival of the consignment and the advised delivery date at the final recipient: He already knows whether he has to reserve space for temporary storage or organise a quick onward transport.

If desired, the private recipient will receive an e-mail notification one day before the agreed delivery – if the notified date no longer suits, a new date can now be arranged. In addition, if a telephone notification is desired on the day of delivery, the driver will announce his arrival one hour before delivery.

Compared to the previous process, OSL thus makes the delivery to end customers even more efficient and ensures a smooth flow of information between the logistics partners and the customers in the B2C sector. Unplanned, unforeseen shipments in the receiving depots and time-consuming rescheduling are now largely eliminated.

Existing product range covers everything

“Since we guarantee our system partners a fixed loading contingent at the HUB, we are in a position to meet the deadlines at almost any time – apart from natural events and other external factors,” explains Marcella Rennecke, who heads quality management at OSL and played a major role in developing the new process in the “Operative Working Group”. “But the upstream and downstream transport processes must also be plannable and transparent in order to function optimally. Flexibility is often at the expense of quality – if you ‘squeeze in’ shipments, you risk other deliveries not arriving on time. And this is precisely the danger that our new notification process avoids.”

With the new processes, the existing fixed-date products and the automatic recipient notification by e-mail, OSL is well positioned for the national B2C business and other deliveries with appointments. A special B2C product is not planned.