Short routes, clear lines
Responsibility, commitment & trust: as a medium-sized, owner-run company, our management philosophy is based on these principles:
We don’t waste time talking, we act. We are transparent, open and honest with our clients, and deal with them at eye level.
The owner and managing partner Karl-Martin Pfenning is supported in the daily business by his family and managers of many years’ standing.
Management of pfenning logistics group
Rana Matthias Nag
Managing Director and Spokesman of the Management Board
Chief Executive Officer of the holding company
At the age of 25, Karl-Martin Pfenning, who studied business administration, joined the management of his parents’ company. Quite early on, he developed a feel for logistical trends and turned them into operational successes. Over the decades, the thoroughbred entrepreneur has turned the pfenning Group into a crisis-proof, nationwide full-service provider for contract logistics. Today, with 6,900 employees from 60 nations at 110 locations in Europe and a total storage area of 750,000 m², 1,000 of its own trucks reliably supply customers and consumers every day. The portfolio extends beyond logistics: car dealerships for motor vehicles and commercial vehicles, metal construction expertise, personnel services for a variety of industries as well as supply chain services for manufacturing industrial companies – the list is very long.
Pfenning joined his parents’ forwarding business in his 20s, first industrialised the transport business, founded the first contract logistics cooperation in the German forwarding industry and realised the outsourcing of their warehousing business with renowned customers. The entrepreneur also developed the suitable logistics properties himself. In 2012, this enormous knowledge led to the creation of ultra-modern logistics centres called multicube, which set standards across Europe in terms of efficiency, quality and sustainability and, despite all the crises of recent years, are experiencing extensive expansion in Germany and France. Since 2020, the patron, together with his management team, has opened up numerous new business areas such as e-commerce, general cargo logistics, 2-man handling, mobility solutions and integrated up to 3,000 additional employees. This has also enabled the company to enter new sectors such as fashion and medical technology.
Logistics is a team effort
Our logistics solutions provide stable merchandise management cycles and logistics solutions that are important building blocks in our clients’ market success.
Contract logistics is a team effort at the pfenning group. Every single person on the team is vital for the company’s success. It’s like football: the ball has to go into the goal so the clients can cheer. Short routes among the management and to our staff are a matter of course to us. This results in quick decisions and fabulous results. Many renowned clients have been putting their trust in the pfenning group for decades. Which isn’t to be taken for granted on a market that is as highly competitive as logistics.
Owner-run, approachable and future-orientated
Under the guidance of our owner Karl-Martin Pfenning, a working atmosphere has flourished that is highly typical of family companies. Even today, the whole Pfenning family is actively involved in the group’s success. The owner’s wife, two daughters and son-in-law hold different positions, working side by side with everyone else in the company. The family atmosphere at the pfenning group offers people the change to grow on a personal level: basic and further training, personnel development, awards for project achievements – there are numerous measures that we at the pfenning group use to create a motivating working environment.
This is family for us
Employees who feel a respectful and honest relationship between each other feel that they are in good hands. They are committed to the company, contribute their own ideas and suggestions – and are prepared to accept criticism and change if necessary. There is a pronounced relationship of trust with the entrepreneurial family – which also includes the support of each individual in private problems. 60 nationalities mean a striking mix of different languages, cultures and values. At the pfenning group, we respond to the different personalities of our employees and help them to develop personally and professionally. The determined rejection of any form of discrimination is a matter of course for us. Because the dynamism created by the strengths of the different personalities is what contributes to the success of our company.
The pfenning group at a glance
6,900 members of staff
All families live by their diversity – as does the pfenning family. Which is why we employ a wide range of talents. From warehouse operators to executives.
There is plenty of room for all sorts of things at the pfenning group’s locations: they are used for production, goods processing and the individual added-value services we provide for our customers.
We have the perfect fleet park equipment for the many and varied requirements of our industries: contemporary, flexible and powerful.
Top 3 retail logistics provider
With an extensive warehouse and distribution network and special vehicles, pfenning logistics is one of the Top 3 retail logistics service providers in Germany.
750,000 m² of warehouse space
Around the clock, seven days a week. Companies have room for all kinds of goods on the 500,000 m² of our logistics area.
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