transport logistic 2019: The mindset for a digital future

“This has been an extraordinary and impressive week at the transport logistic trade fair in Munich,” says Jochen Thewes, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of DB Schenker. “We have shown the audience that we are well-positioned for the future.” Indeed, the trade fair, which takes place every two years, attracted a record number of visitors this year: Around 64,000 visitors —five percent more than last time—came to view the products of 2,374 exhibitors from 63 countries.

DB Schenker played a key role in shaping the trade fair

DB Schenker played a key role in shaping the trade fair with its products and active participation in the discussions. DB Schenker’s elaborate and impressive exhibition booth, which was set up by 40 stand builders in 10 days, thrilled trade visitors as much as its comprehensive program did.
On the first day of the fair, the logistics company presented its T-Pod, an all-electric self-driving truck, which has been put into operation in Sweden just recently. The presentation was also attended by Andreas Scheuer, Federal Minister of Transport, and Alexander Doll, DB Board Member for Finance, Freight Transport and Logistics.
In addition to the T-Pod, products such as connect 4.0 and an intelligent scanning glove, a smart solution for order picking, were presented at DB Schenker’s booth.

Discussion forums and panels

Digitization and industry changes were the key topics of discussion. Representatives of the company participated in many forum discussions and events. The panel “Artificial Intelligence in Transport Logistics” by the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML focused on the opportunities offered by big data and self-learning software in the industry. “The biggest challenge is improving data quality and integration into heterogeneous IT landscapes,” emphasized Dr. Joachim Weise, Senior Vice President Data Strategy and Analytics. Erik Wirsing, Vice President Global Innovation at DB Schenker, discussed the demands that customers place on their service providers at the forum “Digitization and cybersecurity threats in the transport and logistics industry”. “Cybersecurity is one of the most critical issues logistics companies face—from major players to small and medium-sized enterprises. Data and process security must be ensured,” stresses Wirsing. “For us, cybersecurity is at the core of our business processes.”

Interaktion mit Virtual Reality am Stand von DB Schenker. © DB AG / Max Lautenschläger

Virtual Reality at the DB Schenker stand. © DB AG / Max Lautenschläger

Erik Wirsing, Vice President Global Innovation bei DB Schenker, beim Forum „Digitalisierung und Cyber-Sicherheitsbedrohungen in der Transport- und Logistikbranche“. © DB AG / Max

Erik Wirsing, Vice President Global Innovation at DB Schenker, at the forum “Digitization and cybersecurity threats in the transport and logistics industry”. © DB AG / Max Lautenschläger 

Der aufwändige Stand von DB Schenker wurde in 10 Tagen von 40 Crewmitgliedern aufgebaut. © DB AG / Max

DB Schenker’s elaborate and impressive  was set up by 40 stand builders. © DB AG / Max Lautenschläger

    A passion for excellence

    In a discussion about the skilled labor shortage in the industry, Thomas Schulz, Chief Human Resources Officer at DB Schenker, explained what makes DB Schenker so attractive to young professionals: “With our international teams, we achieve global cooperation—day after day. Thus, we are able to impress our clients with the right mindset—with a passion for excellence,” says Schulz.

    “#DBSchenker has made a significant contribution to #TransportLogistic2019 with its exhibition highlights. #LogisticsConnected“

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    Even in the run-up to the trade fair, DB Schenker was able to demonstrate its logistical capabilities: As an official logistics service provider, the company’s employees ensured that the exhibits were set up in a timely manner and that supplies such as advertising materials and beverages were available at the stands when they were needed—which was not an inconsiderable challenge in such hot weather.

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