Today’s increasingly complex logistics call for a willingness to drive further developments

Photo: Max Lautenschläger
Photo: Max Lautenschläger

Dear readers, the market analysts of eyefortransport recently published quite a revealing study: the “2017 Global Supply Chain Report.” Their analysis is based on a survey conducted among senior-level supply chain executives from manufacturers and retailers who were questioned on the biggest challenges they currently faced. The issues mentioned most frequently ranged from inventory management over the coordination of operations across multiple sales channels up to fluctuating consumer demand.


The rather broad spectrum of responses comes as no surprise to me because numerous customers approach us with a similarly diverse range of challenges. There is no question about it: supply chain management and logistics in general are sophisticated and demanding issues that are only made more complex through mega-trends like e-commerce with its same-day, scheduled and rerouted deliveries. What counts now more than ever is the extensive expertise that an integrated logistics service provider like DB Schenker can offer on various levels.


This expertise is not just limited to knowledge of the industries and their specific logistical requirements. Increasingly, it also involves the ability to evolve and develop even further – so as to anticipate trends and exploit new technologies. To name but one of many examples, that is precisely what our fairly recently established team “Data Strategy and Analytics” is doing by working towards network optimization. That means, we at DB Schenker have taken on another challenge, one that concerns countless executives according to the “Global Supply Chain Report,” namely keeping pace with technology.


Kind regards,

Jochen Thewes 

Chairman of the Board of Management at Schenker AG