About Us

1988

Columbus was founded

Amedeo Bianconi and Felice Schieppati, after years of working for Philips, decided to share their professional experience and entrepreneurial aspirations to create a new project. Elena Colombo joined them and together they established Columbus. This is the beginning of our history.



1989

The collaboration with Philips began

Philips decided to outsource its warehouse’s activities and entrusted us with the management.

We opened a first 1,500 square meters warehouse in Desio (which was enlarged to 3000 sq.m. in 1995). Subsequently, after winning the Philips tender for spare parts logistics (small appliances), we moved into a new office in Monza. Its operating area was larger, enabling us to meet the new storage and handling needs: 6000 sq. m. near the headquarters of the Dutch giant.

We directly collaborated with Philips’ management.



1991

We changed from SAS (limited partnership) to SRL (limited liability company)

Our ever expanding business led us to redefine our statutes, going from a simple SAS (limited partnership) to an SRL (limited liability company). This new definition reflected our organizational and structural development, better meeting the objectives of change in an increasingly competitive market.

We acquired the management of Pirelli’s logistics (merchandising catalog): a major challenge which broadened our skills and the sectors we operated in.

We introduced new management software for the mapping and codification of items (GECO and MATE).



1995-1999

Expansion

After purchasing a 6000 sq. m. warehouse in Sesto San Giovanni, conveniently located near Milan, we remodeled it and made it operational. Opening this location allowed us to expand our storage space and receive merchandise from new customers. The German giant VDO-Mannesmann was among these: it is a leader in tachograph and navigator productions, and we had our first in-house logistics experience with them, directly managing their warehouse.



2000

We created Columbus Promo

In just a few years, the market had changed and the services offered needed to be updated. Columbus Promo was thus created: a division of the Columbus Group that deals with the study, creation, and management of rewards catalogs and communications through objects.

Combining our logistics know-how and great creativity, the newly established division grew and created international projects for large and small customers from different sectors (including Pirelli).



2001

Company Reorganization

Columbus Logistics was reorganized to create a leaner and more efficient internal structure. We created a generational shift that led to tangible results, such as obtaining important certifications and hiring new management professionals to develop strategic sectors and improve process performance.



2004

A focus on innovation

We adopted a radio-frequency system in order to offer more efficient and competitive services.

The benefits were immediately obvious: time savings, a greater guarantee of accuracy, a reduction of errors, and optimized processes.



2005

We created Columbus Pharma

We formed a new company to meet market demands: Columbus Pharma S.r.l., specializing in pharmaceutical logistics. This is a strictly regulated and certified branch of the company that was specifically develop in Desio (2000 square meters).

In the meantime we were also awarded several tenders, including the management of in-house logistics for Watts, a leader in the hydraulic technology market.



2007

Constant evolution

To supporting company growth and rationalize and optimize our operational areas, we acquired a 12,000 sq. m. warehouse in Cormano. It is a modern building with 12 meter high warehouses and an office area. After making the space compliant with regulations, we opened the structure, with 10,000 square meters available in the warehouse.



2008

Columbus Pharma opened in Biassono

Columbus Pharma opened a new location in Biassono after acquiring the logistics of Bausch + Lomb (leader in optical products and services), ICF (veterinary sector), Aligest (dietary sector), and ABC Farmaceutici (pharmaceutical sector). The warehouse has 7500 square meters at controlled temperatures (+5 °C +25 °C), with features that perfectly follow regulations for the handling of human and veterinary medications and products that require special storage and transportation.



2009

New headquarters in Cormano

We opened a 7500 square meters warehouse in Cinisello Balsamo to manage Ricola products’ logistics, the Swiss multinational food/confectionery company.

We left the historic offices in Monza and moved into the new, convenient, efficient headquarters in Cormano. This officially became our headquarters with administrative and executive offices for Columbus Logistics and Columbus Promo, in addition to modern warehouses. This proximity often becomes a virtuous synergy to the customers’ advantage.



2012

New opening in Arese

We opened a new location in Arese to complete the logistics services for the Italian air conditioner company Valliant. Thus, we became their only Italian logistics representative.

Two professionals with vertical skills also joined the company this year: a computer engineer for ensuring the necessary continuity and growth of our IT systems, indispensable for optimizing and controlling processes and communicating with customer infrastructures; the second professional hired was a logistics engineer to design and implement leaner and more efficient logistic flows.



2015

We won the tender for in-house logistics

The year began with a major acquisition: the logistical management of the 20,000 sq. m. warehouse of the Gias Candy Group in Brugherio. The agreement included handling the shipment of over 200,000 replacement parts per year, destined for markets across Europe: a challenge that we win, every day.

At the beginning of the year, with the aim of diversifying activities and offering innovative services, we "entered" BN Document Logistics, Benako Group with a 50% stake; it is a company specialized in logistics and document management with locations in Stradella (PV).

We want to provide customers with superior logistics expertise, understanding their real needs and investing in technology and human resources.

Vision

To be the best partner for our customer.

We believe that our ambition for excellence must be customized for each individual customer, in every single logistical project.

We listen to and investigate all aspects of our business, without giving standardized responses. We seek harmony with those who have decided to entrust an important part of their business to us.

We adapt to individual needs to develop a personalized, timely, and accurate service.

Every day we create conditions for working smartly, emphasizing responsiveness, intervention speed, transparency, and the sharing of information.

We want to help our customers become a success story.

Divisions

Columbus Logistics

Columbus Logistics provides strategic logistic services, with a strong specialization in in-house management. We have worked with national and multinational clients for more than 25 years, providing them with tailor-made solutions that cover the entire supply chain up to delivery. Customer care, responsiveness, and the drive toward innovation guide these activities.



Columbus Pharma

Columbus Pharma provides services and tools for the logistics of chemical, cosmetic, hi-tech, and non-liquid pharmaceutical products. The company is officially licensed and certified, and its warehouses meet all industry standards and are temperature controlled (+5 °C +25 °C). Besides the safe storage of samples, it also takes care of packaging and transportation.



Columbus Promo

Columbus Promo offers concrete solutions to companies that want to seize communication opportunities through objects. A unique approach that has been refined over the years with passion and professionalism, ensuring unique solutions you can rely on when it comes to merchandising, presents, gadgets, and gifts.

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Where to find us

Operational headquarters

Via Dell'Artigianato 1
20032 Cormano (MI)

Legal headquarters

Via Vittorio Emanuele II, 36
20090 Monza (MB)


Via Dell'Artigianato, 1
20032 Cormano (MI)
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Via Brenno, 21
20853 Biassono (MB)
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Via Trento e Trieste, 105
20853 Biassono (MB)
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Via Fosse Ardeatine, 95
20099 Sesto San Giovanni (MI)
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Via Manuel Fangio, 11
20020 Lainate (MI)
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Via Comolli, 16
20861 Brugherio (MB)
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Cascina Monache
27043 Broni (PV)
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Viale Monastir, 8
09028 Sestu (CA)
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Via Boscofangone, 107
80035 Nola (NA)
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Research and development

We love to experiment, which is why we devote great attention to information technology: an operational area that can improve logistics efficiency with cost-reducing solutions.

We were among the first in Italy to adopt Google Apps to increase the connection between warehouses and optimize email use, also via mobile phones. We are also implementing a program to harness Data and Big Data to help with Business Intelligence forecasting.

Code of ethics

Our business is sustained and nourished by the principle of operating in line with the market and respecting its players: customers, suppliers, staff, and community.

We thus believe that it is necessary:

To share values, making solutions effective

We convey the values ​​that inspire us through our work. This gives meaning to our daily commitment and guarantees: correct behavior and valid performance.

To give stability to relations in order to achieve satisfaction and earn trust

Meeting expectations, immediate reciprocal understanding, and professional esteem: we need time to build a trusting relationship that provides the expected results.

To work with clarity, practicality, punctuality

The quality of our logistics service is based on these characteristics, which in hindsight, are simply the footprints of the how we do business.



Integrity
Loyalty
Respect
Passion
Innovation
Professionalism

Environmentally friendly

In over 25 years of activity, our interest in sustainable development has increased, and was confirmed when we obtained ISO 14001 certification. We also increased sustainable development with a number of good habits: optimization of the distribution network, intelligent use of energy in warehouses, reduction of paper in favor of electronic media, progressive reduction of hardware, selection of carriers with "Bollino Blu seals" (low emissions vehicles), highly regulated packaging control.

  • We installed flow reducers in all the company’s faucets
  • We use recycled paper and FSC certified cardboard
  • We installed photovoltaic panels on the warehouses’ roofs for a total of 500 square meters
  • We are gradually replacing old lighting fixtures with LED illumination

Community

No company is an island. Columbus Logistics is a conscious and well integrated member of its community. In fact, in addition to being part of trade associations (Confindustria, Assologistica), it has contributed and is contributing to various social initiatives and medical research projects. A practical response to community demands is a responsibility that connects back to our corporate behavior ethics.

Cancro Primo Aiuto

We support the Cancro Primo Aiuto Onlus Association for cancer patients and their families. It offers support for prevention and care as well as psychological, medical, and home assistance, primarily in the Lombardy region. We help them manage and fundraise for specific projects, as well as aid them in the purchase of machinery.

Certifications

We believe in quality and operate according to the most competitive and rigid industry standards. Our certifications are proof of this.

Work with us

We are always looking for new talent: motivated people, young or more experienced, who want to work in an ambitious Italian company.

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