Jochen Thewes

We are strong by ourselves – but often we deliver even more impact with a suitable cooperation partner!

Photo: Max Lautenschläger

Dear readers, in the lead-up to this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona at the end of February, one of the big German car manufacturers put the subject of cooperative ventures on the agenda. As we become more open to new ideas and ways of doing things, strategic partnerships are of increasing importance, according to a statement issued by this company. It went on to say that such partnerships were a key contributor to successful digitalization. I can only share this assessment.

Here at DB Schenker we can feel proud of what we are able to achieve of our own accord – whenever the fast-moving logistics business allows respite for reflections of this kind. Explicitly included in these achievements is the accumulation of extensive expertise relating to digitalization. For example, we employ many experts who are busy developing innovative services based on intensive data analyses. Still, we should not fall prey to the illusion that we can manage everything by ourselves, using only our own resources.


On the contrary, it is now more important than ever for us to join forces with powerful partners, especially when taking on forward-looking projects. Such partners may come from the scientific community, as is the case at our DB Schenker Labs. They may also be start-ups presenting us with exciting concepts that could advance our efforts. Or they may be customers cooperating with us in trying out new technologies. The latter example in particular shows clearly that cooperation and partnerships are firmly embedded in our DNA. After all, we have always regarded our customers as our partners as well – and we did so long before the arrival of digitalization.


Kind regards,

Jochen Thewes 

Chairman of the Board of Management at Schenker AG