Dear readers, this editorial revolves around two very pleasant topics. Firstly, I would like to welcome Alexander Doll, who took his seat as the new board member for Freight Transport & Logistics at Deutsche Bahn AG at the beginning of the month. In this position, he is responsible for overseeing this new department, which was established in 2017. I am very much looking forward to an exciting exchange of ideas with my highly respected colleague! I am convinced that the appointment of Alexander Doll marks another important milestone in the ongoing positive development of DB Schenker.
Allow me to briefly review the 2017 financial year. For DB Schenker this was the most successful year to date, with record figures in terms of revenues and earnings. It is particularly encouraging to note that we have been able to post increases in all our segments, some of them substantial, but first and foremost in air and ocean freight. This makes DB Schenker one of the drivers in what is a positive economic development for the Deutsche Bahn Group as a whole. You can find a breakdown of the individual figures here.
This result proves the validity of our strategy, which was fine-tuned over the course of the past years, offering integrated transport and logistics services on the basis of close customer relations, our profound knowledge of the industry and lean, efficient processes. While we appreciate this achievement, we do not intend to rest on our laurels but will instead continue to focus on developing new, innovative solutions and business models.
As a case in point I would like to refer to one particular example: our new digital platform DB SCHENKEReasy. It makes booking transports and all related processes, ranging from real-time tracking of the shipments to secure online payments up to managing the transactions, simpler and more convenient than ever before for our customers. In a first step, the platform is being rolled out in our land transportation network in France. Other markets are set to follow. Find out more about DB SCHENKEReasy here.
Chairman of the Board of Management at Schenker AG