We know your customers
Even though Danske Fragtmænd has grown into a large, modern group, we haven’t lost touch with our local roots. On the contrary. We have 40 carriers distributed all over the country with good, close relations with the local business communities. They have often been in the same area for several generations, and carry out their work locally with the same enthusiasm, quality and service that characterise our group as a whole. This gives us a strong corporate culture and gives our customers reliable deliveries and a high level of service and safety – every time. After all, it’s an advantage to know the area like your own driver’s cab.
It’s safe to say that logistics is in our DNA. Danske Fragtmænd’s cornerstone was laid more than 100 years ago, when carriers increasingly began to specialise in transport between the merchant towns and established the first actual freight routes in Denmark. At that time, transport took place by horse-drawn carriages and trains, and even the smallest locality had its own local carrier.
More recently, it was with the three carrier associations in Zealand, Funen and Jutland that Danske Fragtmænd began to make its mark as a business entity. Our logo consists of three wheels, representing each of these three main regions of the country.
In 1990, Danske Fragtmænd a.m.b.a. was founded, and the cooperative idea was the commercial basis for Danske Fragtmænd until 2007, when Danske Fragtmænd A/S was founded with headquarters in Aarhus, and all our competencies were gathered in one powerful organisation.
One of Denmark’s first actual carrier businesses is established by Sophus Larsen in Copenhagen when he receives official documentation stating that he operates a freight carriage and commission business. This carrier later came to be called Viggo Petersens Eftf., which is still our carrier in Taastrup and is now run by the family’s third generation.
Københavns Fragtmandshal on Halmtorvet opens.
Aarhus Fragtmandscentral opens on Toldbodgade.
Funen’s carriers open Odense Fragtcentral.
The association Foreningen af Danske Fragtmænd is established, creating a need for a common identity. The logo with the three wheels, representing the business regions of Zealand, Funen and Jutland, sees the light of day.
Danske Fragtmænd opens its first warehouse hotel on Teglholmen in Copenhagen, and the first design manual for painting and decorating lorries is published.
Foreningen af Danske Fragtmænd changes its name to Danske Fragtmænd and moves its secretariat from Grenaa to Søren Frichs Vej in Aabyhøj.
Danske Fragtmænd a.m.b.a. is founded by 330 carriers.
Danske Fragtmænd acquires DSB Stykgods for DKK 246 million. Almost 500 DSB employees are incorporated into Danske Fragtmænd’s operation and administration.
All 118 freight companies in Danske Fragtmænd a.m.b.a. vote to establish Danske Fragtmænd A/S. All competencies are gathered into one powerful organisation, including the 23 freight centres that were previously owned decentrally.
Danske Fragtmænd begins a comprehensive reorganisation of its route and terminal structure, as the previous structure is no longer up to date or geared to future demands for efficient and environmentally friendly delivery.
The new route and terminal structure is finally in place: there is now only one carrier operating in each postal code area. The restructuring has made Danske Fragtmænd a competitive logistics and transport group both locally and nationally.