With connect 4.0, DB Schenker strengthens platform economics

The platform economy has also spread in logistics: the idea of using Internet-based business models to bring freight forwarders and customers together quickly and easily via a digital platform has many advantages. For this reason, DB Schenker has developed platforms as part of its digitization strategy in order to be able to serve customers faster and more easily.

With Connect 4 land, customers throughout Europe have access to a new platform for the simple and fast booking of smaller shipments. It is part of the Connect 4.0 family, which also includes air and sea freight. Connect 4 land is primarily aimed at new customers, but also at existing customers with smaller consignments and high flexibility. New customers have to register, existing customers can log in with their SIMS login data in the Connect 4.0 platform. “With connect 4 land, we are taking another important step towards a digital future,” says Jochen Thewes, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of DB Schenker. “Of course, direct and personal communication with our customers will remain an important aspect of our core business. Nevertheless, the new digital booking platform now offers small and medium-sized customers easy access to the professional services of DB Schenker. “DB Schenker will be presenting the platform, for instance, at the” transport logistic “trade fair in Munich.

Information about price and shipment data

Booking and online registration are possible at connect 4 land via an easy-to-use user interface. The product range initially includes the national standard product and international general cargo products.

The system uses the three key data – what, when and from / to – to determine price and shipment data immediately. Subsequently, possible additional services, for example time-defined services, are being offered. After completing the booking process, the customer will receive an e-mail including the booking overview and the routing label for printing.

With connect 4.0, DB Schenker addresses the changing needs of logistics customers: Shippers are benefiting from the rise of platform economics, which began in the 1990s with e-commerce marketplaces such as Amazon and Ebay. Today, platforms are no longer only active in B2C, but also in B2B. DB Schenker has been operating a web portal with eSchenker since 2017, which links all business partners around the globe. Customers around the world are thus accessing the range of services according to a uniform global standard.

Specialized platforms

Through the online platform Drive4Schenker, independent transport companies have easy and quick access to part and full loads. With the special digital solution Logistics Orchestrator, DB Schenker specifically addresses customers from the industrial and aerospace sectors to centrally manage all spare parts orders within a global sales network.

“ #DB Schenker and connect 4 land: Customers all over Europe have access to a platform for simple and fast booking of smaller shipments. #LogisticsConnected“

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connect 4 land has already been successfully launched in Spain, Germany, France and the Netherlands and will be launched in other European countries by the end of 2019. The online booking systems for air and sea freight, connect 4 ocean and connect 4 air will also be available shortly.

DB Schenker at transport logistic in Munichn

June 4-7 – Hall B6, Booth 209/310 

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