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In 1958, German-born Henning Harders, 23, boarded the turbine freighter, the “TS Essen” in Hamburg, and sailed to Sydney to establish an office for his employer, a world renowned logistics company.
Henning went on to forge a career in global logistics, dividing his time between Australia and Germany. He also met his wife, Gabriele, and had two sons, Christian and Sebastian, and a daughter, Daniela.
His dream was to build a company of his own, a family business that would become his legacy. In 1987, this vision began to take shape. Henning Harders Pty Ltd., an international freight-forwarding and customs-brokerage business, opened its doors in a small office in Sydney’s Margaret Street. At Henning’s side, his eldest son, 23-year old Christian Harders.
Ever since then, the company has kept on growing, establishing offices in Melbourne, Brisbane, Orange and Perth – as well as Auckland and Wellington New Zealand with the acquisition of the global logistics company, Profile Global.
In 2007, Henning’s children became co-owners of the company. Two years later, Henning, aged 74, passed away, leaving his family with wise business advice: “Make friends and help people”.
Today, the extended Harders family counts over 130 staff members, many of whom have been with the company for many years. Their commitment to “treat every shipment as if it were their own” is the reason why the Henning Harders success story continues.
Staying on top of industry developments and innovations has always been an important part of our business. Take the current digital transformation of our industry, which is driven by a trend towards customisation, individualisation and faster turn-around times. We play an active role in this development, because it gives us the opportunity to share new ideas with our clients and to continuously improve and optimise their supply chain.
Industry 4.0 will facilitate the seamless connection of production, demand and inventory planning, fulfilment and distribution. At the same time, mass customisation and individualisation will require even more flexible supply chains. Thanks to a culture of innovation, we are well equipped to deal with the challenges ahead. For many of our clients, we already synchronised their supply chain with planning, production and retail processes. With our “Logistics 4.0” initiative, we can assist with cost-reduction strategies, forecasting and inventory capabilities, supply chain integration and process optimisation.
Talk to your Key Account Manager or Harders Advisory to discuss how we can future-proof your supply chain.
Henning Harders Logistics 4.0