Freight Village (GVZ) Augsburg: Powerful contract logistics at an economic hotspot

The region is an economic hotspot and the signs continue to point toward growth. Its logistical center is one of the most efficient freight transport centers in Germany. We are talking about GVZ Augsburg. Centrally located between Stuttgart and Munich, it acts as a heavily frequented hub for national and international freight traffic in the economic area of Augsburg/Bavarian Swabia.

DB Schenker is one of the logistics companies that has played a significant role in the development of GVZ Augsburg since its opening ten years ago. The latest commitment is the opening of a state-of-the-art logistics warehouse with a total storage area of 38,000 m2 in the fall of 2019. The international automation group KUKA and the omnichannel dealer MediaShop Group will be in charge of the contract logistics. Including this warehouse, DB Schenker has 78,000 square meters of well-equipped space for contract logistics in the GVZ Augsburg. The Augsburg region has a total of 7 logistics locations with a total of 140,000 square meters and a workforce of 700 employees.

Logistics as a factor of success

The GVZ forms a strategically important location factor for the entire region and the production and trading companies based there. The neighboring cities of Augsburg, Gersthofen and Neusäß are promoting the development of this freight traffic center in a correspondingly dynamic and cooperative manner.

Martin Thum, Logistics Manager DB Schenker Augsburg

Our new hall represents the largest single project in the GVZ Augsburg. The logistic equipment and the IT infrastructure are of the finest.

The most recent highlight is the 38,000 m2 of DB Schenker logistics space for KUKA and MediaShop, which was fully occupied this year. Martin Thum, Logistics Manager at the DB Schenker Augsburg office: “Our new hall is the largest single project in GVZ Augsburg. It’s not just big, though, above all it’s of the highest quality. The building meets the highest sustainability standards. 12,000 square meters of photovoltaic system produce enough electricity to supply 300 single-family homes. The logistic equipment and the IT infrastructure are of the finest. “

DB Schenker celebrates the next milestone in its contract logistics at GVZ Augsburg. Also present was the 1st mayor of the city of Neusäß and vice-chairman of the GVZ committees, Richard Greiner (2nd from the left) © DB Schenker/Michael Neuhaus

DB Schenker celebrates the next milestone in its contract logistics at GVZ Augsburg. Also present was the 1st mayor of the city of Neusäß and vice-chairman of the GVZ committees, Richard Greiner (2nd from the left) © DB Schenker/Michael Neuhaus

Such a successful investment justifies a celebration. Celebrities from politics, the administrative and logistics managers of the two customers KUKA and MediaShop, as well as high-ranking representatives of DB Schenker met at GVZ Augsburg on October 8th for a festive event including three discussion forums on GVZ and contract logistics.

Karl-Heinz Emberger, CEO Schenker Deutschland AG

Our growing engagement in Augsburg represents a highly successful win-win situation for the region.

On this occasion, Karl-Heinz Emberger, CEO of Schenker Deutschland AG, emphasized the distinct importance of the new logistics complex: “Our growing commitment in Augsburg represents an extremely successful win-win situation for the region. As a globally established logistics company, we provide the economy with an integrated logistical network that is essential for its competitiveness.”

Production logistics and omnichannel fulfillment in contract logistics

Characteristic of DB Schenker’s logistics activities at GVZ Augsburg are large contract logistics projects with a high level of service. A good example is the cooperation with FESCO, a subsidiary of the renowned leather goods manufacturer Fossil. And with the robot manufacturer KUKA and the new customer MediaShop Group, the activities that are overseen in the new logistics hall are also marked by strong partnership-based business models.

In the ongoing production operation, DB Schenker has completed for KUKA the consolidation of the sales and production warehouse into a central warehouse for the D-A-CH region. Added to this is the integration of goods receipt processing from the neighboring KUKA factory into the central warehouse, including a shuttle concept.

Size, quality and sustainability - Contract logistics by DB Schenker in the new hall in GVZ Augsburg. © DB Schenker/Michael Neuhaus

Size, quality and sustainability – Contract logistics by DB Schenker in the new hall in GVZ Augsburg. © DB Schenker/Michael Neuhaus

The entrepreneurial importance of this tailor-made logistics solution was expressed by Klaus König, CEO of KUKA Robotics at a discussion forum on the occasion of the location opening: “The new Augsburg central warehouse is gaining strategic importance as a hub in the supply chain. Good transport connections, modern warehouse technology and DB Schenker as a global partner enable KUKA to reliably receive goods and provide optimal warehousing and dispatch. “

Also for the new customer MediaShop Group, different warehouse locations have been combined to form a central warehouse for the D-A-CH region. There, DB Schenker looks after incoming goods, goods issue, transports, returns and customs clearance. And that for both the retail trade for end customers from the sales channels teleshopping and e-commerce as well as for the wholesale business.

Philipp Nachbaur, CEO of the MediaShop Group. “Due to our strong growth, a merger of the locations into a central warehouse for the DACH region was essential. Great expectations were attached to this, such as faster processes, as well as greater transparency and quality. DB Schenker has fulfilled these expectations in Augsburg. “

In the GVZ, a new chapter in successful contract logistics business was opened. And given the economic dynamism of the region, the GVZ Augsburg success story should continue for a long time.

Celebrating a new milestone in contract logistics at GVZ Augsburg: (left to right) Philipp Nachbaur (CEO, Media Shop Germany), Martin Thum (Branch Manager Augsburg Logistics Schenker Deutschland AG), Christof Prange (Head of Business Development, Goodman Germany GmbH), Dr , Thomas Böger (Executive Vice President Contract Logistics / SCM Europe, Schenker Europe GmbH), Klaus König (CEO, KUKA Deutschland GmbH), Karl-Heinz Emberger (CEO, Schenker Deutschland AG) © DB Schenker/Michael Neuhaus

Celebrating a new milestone in contract logistics at GVZ Augsburg: (left to right) Philipp Nachbaur (CEO, Media Shop Germany), Martin Thum (Branch Manager Augsburg Logistics Schenker Deutschland AG), Christof Prange (Head of Business Development, Goodman Germany GmbH), Dr , Thomas Böger (Executive Vice President Contract Logistics / SCM Europe, Schenker Europe GmbH), Klaus König (CEO, KUKA Deutschland GmbH), Karl-Heinz Emberger (CEO, Schenker Deutschland AG) © DB Schenker/Michael Neuhaus