Press Release, 03/08/2016
++ FlixBus to integrate the Postbus-network into its green mobility platform: “one brand for all customers” ++ long term synergies between FlixBus and Deutsche Post DHL Group ++ improve network to rural areas instead of running parallel services between cities – customers benefit by strong alternative to individual transport ++
Munich/Berlin/Bonn, 03/08/2016 – FlixMobility („FlixBus“) and Deutsche Post DHL Group today announced the acquisition of „Postbus“, the long-distance coach network of Deutsche Post DHL Group. From 1 November 2016, the first Postbus-services will be integrated to the international FlixBus mobility platform. Via long-term marketing and sales cooperation, both companies want to develop new customer segments for their respective core businesses.
FlixBus is a European long distance mobility provider and brand of the FlixMobility group. The startup was founded and launched in Germany after the deregulation of the national market in 2013. By 100.000 daily connections to 900 destinations in 20 countries, FlixBus is now providing Europe’s largest network of long-distance coaches.
Deutsche Post Mobility – full subsidiary of Deutsche Post DHL Group, the world’s leading logistics company – operates under the name „Postbus“ long-distance coach services to 120 destinations within Germany and to neighboring countries.
Long-term synergies by long-term cooperation
In a long-term sales and marketing cooperation, FlixBus products will be distributed in 5.000 Post partner retail outlets by the end of this year. At the same time, Deutsche Post products will be displayed via FlixBus channels. André Schwämmlein: „We are building on long-term synergies and cooperation with the world leader in logistics. Therefore, we will instantly attract a new target group for our young brand and in the long run convince more travelers of green mobility.”
In a pilot project, Deutsche Post has already tested same-day parcel deliveries via long-distance coaches between Hamburg and Berlin. Joachim Wessels, managing director of Deutsche Post Mobility: „Together with FlixBus, we are now analyzing how to extend this same-day service via long-distance coach and to establish it on the logistic market.”
Disrupting transportation – FlixBus expects a total of 30 million passengers in 2016
In 2015, FlixBus transported 20 million travelers all over Europe. By 2016, the provider expects an increase of 50 percent and a total of 30 million passengers. By paperless check-in via QR code, booking and delay management via mobile app, live GPS tracking of the vehicles or dynamic pricing similar to airlines, FlixBus set new standards in the industry.
As a combination of tech-startup, e-commerce-platform and transportation company, FlixBus established domestic networks and national entities in Germany, France, Italy, Austria and the Netherlands, as well as cross-border services to currently 20 countries. Within this year, FlixBus will import the “green formula” to CEE countries.