With Columbus’ Crossborder Purchasing, buying/procurement from EU suppliers is almost as easy as from a Swiss supplier.
With Columbus, a Swiss company can order small quantities abroad at low transaction costs. The hurdle of customs/forwarding and freight is eliminated.
Delivery takes only one day longer than domestic orders.
Today, purchasing abroad is usually only worthwhile if you order a larger number of pieces or several pallets. You pay EUR 120.- for the delivery and another EUR 100.- for customs clearance, and then you wait five days for the delivery.
With Columbus’ Crossborder Purchasing, e.g. German wholesalers can be integrated as suppliers into one’s own ERP – in order to then make daily smaller orders, which are delivered to Switzerland within 24 hours, without the transport/customs clearance costs becoming a factor. In addition, the purchase prices are converted into CHF on a daily basis.
Columbus integrates the product and price list of the desired EU wholesaler into the backend software and provides the dealer with a price list in CHF. The dealer orders via his normal order processes (from the EU wholesaler) and sends Columbus a copy each time. The EU wholesaler then delivers to the EU location of Columbus, which does the import and sends the shipment to the dealer (or directly to end customers).
This service can also be combined with the product Switzerland Logistics, so that Columbus delivers not only to the main warehouse of the retailer, but also to his stores or end customers.