the 990 logistics companies in the Basel region handle almost 20 million tonnes of economic goods every year. The companies benefit not only from the outstanding geographic position, but also from a strong economy with countless companies dependent on logistics services. World-leading logistics companies are established in the Basel region and offer comprehensive solutions for supply chain management – they include Panalpina, Kerry Logistics, DHL Switzerland, the M+R Spedag Group, Gondrand, Ziegler, Fracht AG, Fiege and Agility. Thanks to its outstanding geographic position and end-to-end infrastructure, Basel also has a long tradition as a city of trade and commerce that stretches back to the Middle Ages. The benefits of this location are exploited today by companies as diverse as Oettinger Davidoff (tobacco), Dufry (retail trade), Valora (a retail and trading group), Coop (Switzerland’s second-largest retailer), Transgourmet (wholesaler for the catering industry), Manor (Switzerland’s largest department store chain) and also Work in Progress and Tally Weijl (both fashion companies). And the US fashion giant Fossil has also relocated its European headquarters to Basel. The company is by no means the exception: for example, the bicycles of the well-known US producer Cycling Sports Group are sold all over Europe from Basel. Basel was already established as a financial centre back in the Middle Ages. Today there are more than 40 banks, around 50 asset management companies, and a further 50 insurance companies based in the region. The greater Basel area also has the highest density of foundations in the world: there are no less than 1100 foundations domiciled in the region. And Basel is also home to an institution of global importance in the shape of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS). The prosperity of the Basel region is further reflected in an established creative industry. Major graphic artists, gallerists, architects and designers work in the Basel region – for example, the furniture makers Vitra and the internationally renowned architecture office of Herzog & de Meuron, as well as the prestigious specialist publisher Karger. In addition, the MCH Group stages two major annual events of global importance in the shape of the art fair ArtBasel and the watch and jewellery fair Baselworld.