In safe hands: how DB Schenker tackles the challenge of handling luxury goods

Photo: Max Lautenschläger
Photo: Max Lautenschläger

Dear readers, our list of customers boasts internationally renowned suppliers of high-end goods. Like the luxury fashion brand Prada, which uses DB Schenker as its exclusive logistics service provider in  China. You can read more about it in this edition’s top story! Gaining the trust and confidence of such prestigious companies is a favorable reflection on any service provider. But as we see it, this accolade also comes with a special responsibility.


After all, by their very nature these valuable luxury goods are at acute risk of theft. So the proviso is that no criminal even gets close to these kinds of consignments; meaning at no point along the supply chain, which can sometimes extend across thousands of kilometers. Basically, our reasoning is simple: we wouldn’t let criminals get close to any consignment we transport! Or more to the point: DB Schenker is committed to ensuring maximum supply chain security throughout and at all levels. Yet it goes without saying that our service offers numerous extras in sensitive cases.


The security measures we have installed at our warehouses are extensive, and many comply with the standards laid down by the Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA), of which we are a member. We offer tracking across all modes of transport, such as with the DB SCHENKERsmartbox. When using airfreight, we give preference to top airlines who attach just as much importance to the topic of security as we do. And if our customers require that decisive little extra, we have additional and very often customized solutions – ranging from teams that are specially trained in handling precious goods over particularly secure and theft-proof packaging right up to personally accompanied transport. In short: we do all this to ensure that every single high-end handbag ends up in the right hands.


Kind regards,

Jochen Thewes 

Chairman of the Board of Management at Schenker AG