Dear readers, the distance from the German city of Essen to Christchurch is around 18,600 kilometers as the crow flies – some 30 to 40 hours by plane depending on the flight connection. There is hardly a place in the world that could be further away from the headquarters of the Schenker AG than the largest city on the South Island of New Zealand. But for a few months, DB Schenker has now been represented right here under its own name. This was made possible by the acquisition of a local logistics company with which our colleagues in New Zealand have been cooperating closely for years.
This small success story illustrates just how close-knit DB Schenker’s global network is – and how far it reaches. In total, we have a presence at 2,000 locations in some 130 countries on all continents. In many cases we operate through our own national company, and occasionally we cooperate with strong local partners. Although our domestic market may be Germany, we have long since grown into a quintessentially international company. Wherever a customer might require our support, we are there; and no transport destination is too remote for us.
But irrespective of whether we are talking about Essen or Christchurch: ultimately, this network draws its strength from the people and the commitment and expertise they bring to the table. The team on New Zealand’s South Island, for example, that is now actively working under our name, comprises a staff of some 50 employees. At the halfway point this year, DB Schenker’s global workforce was made up of precisely 69,370 so-called full-time employees, almost 1,000 more than in the previous year. In that respect, I think it is fair to say: our global network is truly deserving of its name. Now more than ever.
Chairman of the Board of Management at Schenker AG