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Get the market intelligence you need to turn the challenges of digital commerce into profitable business models along the entire logistics chain.

Even today’s market leaders will need help

The Commerce Logistics Specialists provide the advice and support you need to succeed in tomorrow’s digital commerce & logistics environment.


IT Solutions

We provide IT services and solutions powered by our partners. We understand the individual needs of your business, and can tailor solutions to fit your current and future business objectives.. Whether developing web presences, managing logistics, or shop networks, or to ready-to-use software for shop shipping and managing e-commerce – we provide a complete solution for your business.

Engineering Solutions

It's all about the smart combination of software and hardware. Together with our partners we design solutions for your e-commerce business which combine state-of-the art IT with flexible and sustainable hardware. Our focus lies on the eCommerce value & supply chain, from intra-logistics through fulfillment and advanced automated sorting, to fleet management. We ensure you have sustainable infrastructure.

Tariffs & WorldwideShipping

We provide access to multi-carrier shipping worldwide via our extensive partner network. Find the best tarrif for your preferred requirements, access our IT platform with over 1000+ tariffs, and be supplied with labels and tracking data. We can connect your own software to tariff IT platform, or offer our own, easy-to-use shipping software. We also cover added services such as collections, customs clearance and logistics.

Merchants & Marketplaces

Online merchants & marketplaces are the dominant players in global ecommerce. Their capacity to sell goods & services through a variety of sales channels, and offer their customers digital services and multiple shipping solutions, depends on a clear understanding of digital commerce & logistics industry trends, and a high degree of digitalization.

We help merchants & marketplaces comply with new global and EU regulations (e.g. VAT, customs, compliant product declarations), leverage commercial and postal delivery channels, and benefit from market developments, e.g. parcelization.

Postal Operators

For decades, exclusive access to the global postal network, its delivery standards and preferential customs treatment, have allowed designated postal operators to dominate ecommerce delivery. These days are over: parallel networks have emerged; delivery processes are digital and the standards universal.  

We help postal operators adopt new global ecommerce business models to reduce dependency on digitally superior marketplaces and 3PL/4PL, and to avoid relegation to “commodity” supplier status by extending their upstream and downstream value chain.

CEP Operators

Courier–express–parcel (CEP) operators are major stakeholders in the advanced cross-border logistics industry, and deeply integrated into digital, cross-border supply chains. Operating multimodal transport systems, they manage customs clearance and multi-channel, last mile solutions.

We help CEP operators access the postal channel, remain compliant with changing EU regulations, and acquire new and enhanced IT/digital competence for multi-stakeholder service execution driven by the first logistics operator.

3PL / 4PL Providers

3PL and 4PL providers are specialists in integrated warehousing operations, pick and pack, fulfilment, IT services and shipping, organizing and overseeing the supply chains of online merchants. They have become indispensable components in the ecommerce value chain and digitalizing the logistics industry.  

We help them digitalize further and implement competitive, multichannel / multicarrier shipping solutions to benefit from the upcoming EU 3rd Mobility Package which will redefine the new digital landscape over the coming 5 to 10 years.

Post, CEP & Logistics Automation

Operators collecting, sorting, transporting and delivering commercial letters, packages and parcels must upgrade operations to handle larger volumes, faster, more cheaply, and using data received in advance of the physical consignments. Data-driven automation is essential to match transport IDs (barcodes, RFIDs, NFC, etc.) with content information, payable duties and taxes, and sustainability requirements.

We help operators stay competitive and flexible over the short, medium and long term, and to comply with the legal and regulatory frameworks being implemented in the next 2/5/7 years.

IT Service Providers

Today’s digital commerce environment relies on an interconnected, ever-changing ecosystem of IT services. Advanced IT providers facilitate digital customs & VAT clearing, payment, shipping solutions and related digital (trust) services.

We help IT service providers fully understand the demands and (future) needs of the commerce & logistics industry, to meet current and future regulations and standards, and to connect seamlessly with postal, commercial and other stakeholders.

Industries

eCommerce Service
Providers

For decades, exclusive access to the global postal network, its delivery standards and preferential customs treatment, have allowed the designated postal operators to dominate eCommerce delivery. These days are over: parallel networks have emerged; delivery processes are digital and the standards universal.

We help postal operators adopt new global eCommerce business models to reduce dependency on digitally superior marketplaces and 3PL/4PL, and avoid relegation to “commodity” supplier status by extending their upstream and downstream value chain.

eCommerce Service
Providers

For decades, exclusive access to the global postal network, its delivery standards and preferential customs treatment, have allowed the designated postal operators to dominate eCommerce delivery. These days are over: parallel networks have emerged; delivery processes are digital and the standards universal.

We help postal operators adopt new global eCommerce business models to reduce dependency on digitally superior marketplaces and 3PL/4PL, and avoid relegation to “commodity” supplier status by extending their upstream and downstream value chain.

eCommerce Service
Providers

For decades, exclusive access to the global postal network, its delivery standards and preferential customs treatment, have allowed the designated postal operators to dominate eCommerce delivery. These days are over: parallel networks have emerged; delivery processes are digital and the standards universal.

We help postal operators adopt new global eCommerce business models to reduce dependency on digitally superior marketplaces and 3PL/4PL, and avoid relegation to “commodity” supplier status by extending their upstream and downstream value chain.

CLS Advisory

One Stop Europe

From 1 July 2021 the EU VAT eCommerce Package revolutionizes and digitalizes customs clearance & import VAT regulations, creating a single, fully digital ecommerce market. Explore the business models leveraging these new rules.

Digital Postal Services

The postal world is changing rapidly. New regulations mean postal operators must digitalize to stay in the market, while commercial operators and marketplaces need to add the postal channel to their solution portfolio. Interested in becoming a first mover?

Omnichannel & Carrier

Digitalization is fundamentally changing the nature of logistics – leading to  real-time control of the supply chain, switching between carriers & delivery channels based on rules, price and service level, and new digital value added services. Be part of the revolution!

Applied Technology

A fully digital supply chain relies on a technology and digital infrastructure ecosystem. It's about new software, flexible and scalable hardware requirements, about machine learning, and make/partner/buy decisions. Discover your path to success.

CLS Projects

Digitalizing X-Border Ecommerce

We’re the brains behind a new European multi-carrier facilitator, advising on their IT & partner management, regulatory affairs, tariff & product management, operations, and logistics.

By mapping the global UPU/WCO data model and the EU customs data model to the UN/EDFACT model, we’ve created the blueprint for a harmonised, seamless x-border ecommerce ecosystem.

Data Protection Models

The fuel powering digital commerce and logistics is personal data  belonging to individuals.

Compliance with regional & global data protection standards along the entire delivery chain is essential for any commerce business. We've developed business models leveraging the opportunities offered by a sector-specific data protection framework for commerce logistics.

2nd Designated Operator

We helped a parcel delivery service become the first ever 2nd designated postal operator (DO) in a UPU member State, with extra-territorial offices of exchange (ETOE) and full integration into the UPU’s IT backbone system IPS.

Our client now enjoys the preferential rates and conditions enjoyed by other DOs, paving the way for other major CEP stakeholders to follow suit.

Investment Confidence

We provide background information and due diligence on the European commerce & logistics market for capital investors anxious to base their investment decisions on a sound footing.

We explain national and regional differences, identify key players, outline technological developments & regulatory changes, analyse competitors and business models so clients can be confident of getting the returns they seek.

Who We Are

We’re independent, experienced and unbiased.

We’re recognised players in the post, IT and ecommerce markets.

We support businesses and stakeholders in the post, courier, logistics and ecommerce sectors in overcoming the challenges of the digital commerce & logistics industry.

We have the ear of decision-makers and are actively involved in shaping the European and international standards upon which global digital commerce & logistics are based.

We navigate you though these choppy waters, charting the open channels, avoiding the shoals, and guiding you into safe harbours.


35+ Year's Experience

We serve a wide variety of European & international clients in all areas of Digital Commerce & Logistics.

Powerful Network

We work directly with the EU Commission, UPU, public authorities, regulators, global associations & major industry stakeholders.

Shaping the Industry

We are international experts in our field, chosen to help determine tomorrow’s European and global standards.

“The amateurs discuss tactics: the professionals discuss logistics.”

Napoleon Bonaparte

We support businesses and stakeholders in the post, courier, logistics and eCommerce sectors in overcoming the challenges of the emerging communication logistics industry. We navigate you though these choppy waters, charting the open channels, avoiding the shoals, and guiding you into safe harbours.