Dear readers, DB Schenker has just been nominated the official logistics partner of the German teams at the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in South Korea and at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. From the Olympics it is only a short stretch to Formula 1 racing: a few days ago, we successfully completed our third season as the Official Logistics Supplier for Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport at all European races. You can read a behind-the-scenes reportage from the Belgian Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in this edition of “logistics NewsFeed.”
Top sporting events such as these are also a logistical tour de force – because they give DB Schenker the opportunity to present itself on a major international stage. And what’s even more important, these spectacles with their meticulously organized processes provide an outstanding chance for our teams from the traditional transport sector to demonstrate their true potential! Take Spa-Francorchamps, for example, where our Formula 1 crews worked under tremendous time pressure: the next race was already scheduled for the following weekend – some 1,100 kilometers away in the Italian city of Monza.
Our Olympic logistics experts face enormous challenges as well. They are responsible for ensuring the timely delivery of tons of freight to South Korea and Japan on behalf of numerous teams competing in various disciplines as the athletes need to have their equipment on hand immediately after landing. We see this both as a confirmation and an incentive: the Olympic athletes have been placing their trust in us for many years – and as far as Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport goes, our logistics experts will be back and ready for the racing action to begin in 2018.
Chairman of the Board of Management at Schenker AG