Exel, global leader in supply chain management, has extended its existing contract with Verlagsunion (VU), one of the largest magazine distributors based in Germany, to include reverse logistics. Exel will now also retrieve magazines, CDs, DVDs, surprise bags and toy supplements that are no longer required by retailers on Verlagsunion's behalf.

Verlagsunion and Exel have worked together for seven years developing innovative logistics solutions for the German magazine market, which includes the largest number of special interest titles worldwide.

An Exel team of twelve manages the Verlagsunion relationship from a state-of-the art facility in Hnxe, Germany. Alexander Schneider, Exel's Site Manager, said, "Over the last seven years Exel has developed a close relationship with Verlagsunion. This extension of our contract with them is testimony to the high quality of work that we deliver."

Exel manages the returns and processing of 5 million copies that are distributed across 500 different outlets. The Company also manages the recycling of waste paper from outdated, damaged magazines and other items that can no longer be used. From the warehouse in Hnxe, Exel also picks, packs and dispatches individual magazines as well as supplements. All inventory is monitored using leading-edge inventory management technology implemented by Exel.

Verlagsunion is a leading national magazine distributor in Germany servicing more than 240 publishers covering nearly 600 different titles. The company distributes on a large-scale to railway station booksellers and provides publishing services that span from magazine design to the strategic market placement.

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