Global learning for local markets
Hellmann Worldwide Logistics specialises in tailored logistic solutions for different industries. Its services include logistic services, freight transport, IT solutions and consultancy. Hellmann was founded in Osnabrück in 1871 and has been a family-owned company over four generations.
Hellmann has been noted for consistently growing with its customers. The company now boasts a complex global partner network with over 19,000 employees in 157 countries. This multitude of countries and heterogeneous learning cultures – with drivers and warehouse employees on one hand, and administrative employees on the other – presents a particularly big challenge in learning and further training. Hellman was using several different learning solutions and only offered classroom-based training. “We lacked a global, transparent approach to learning”, explains Birgit Kindermann, learning & development specialist and project lead for the learning management system. “We could neither refer to reports nor quickly generate a detailed overview of our employees’ training.”
The aim was to create a consistent, systematic approach to learning. Hellmann wanted to invest in the development of its employees as away to foster mobility and fill in competency gaps. In 2012, Hellmann decided to invest in Cornerstone OnDemand. “We wanted a global uniform learning platform that was flexible and easy to use for our employees and HR”, explains Milena Beledelli, HR specialist for learning & development. “Our aim was to boost the reach of our learning programme and make tailored training available globally.”
The cloud-based system also gave Hellmann the opportunity to reach employees who don’t have access to the Hellmann network. “At first, we were quite skeptical about using a cloud solution”, says Kindermann, “but in the end, we were won over by the advantages of the tailored solution, which we can use toplug any existing gaps in our learning programmes.”
The global roll-out began in in October 2012, and was done in March 2015. “Cornerstone was at our side every step of the way as we transitioned to a globally uniform learning platform, and it used its expertise to support the implementation process from start to finish.”
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