Well-fed with noodles: secure supply chains for food

A lot of things are going differently these days and some are grinding to a halt. But you can still rely on DB Schenker’s transport chains. “We are maintaining the flow of goods in Europe and around the world,” says Christian Drenthen, member of the Land Transport Board at DB Schenker. “We’re handling this around the clock and at all times.”

Freight train with 400,000 pounds of spaghetti, penne and fusilli

How well this works is demonstrated by subsidiary DB Schenker Transa as well. The discounter ALDI SÜD commissioned the logistics company short-term to organize pasta transports from Italy to southern Germany by combined transport via truck and freight train. We’re talking about spaghetti, penne and fusilli; more precisely 200 tons of supplies per week for 650 discount outlets in southern Germany.

The Cucina retailer brand is manufactured in Nola, near Naples in southern Italy. DB Schenker drives the pasta directly from the production site to Anagni. From there it goes on by rail. Every week, 10 cars loaded with pasta roll towards northern Bavaria without intermediate loading.

The first 300 pallets with 400,000 pasta packages of 500 grams each reached Transa’s own railport in Nuremberg on March 31st. Railports are loading stations for combined transport, where the goods shift directly from the train to the truck.

Lisa Klonk, European Regional Account Manager at DB Schenker

“Our international structure is paying off in the current situation, because now we can react flexibly to current restrictions.”

“International structure is paying off”

Lisa Klonk, European Regional Account Manager at DB Schenker, coordinates the deliveries for ALDI SÜD: “We are still fully functional because we rely on a network of over 430 land transport locations in 38 countries in Europe alone.” This means, for example, that the national company Schenker Italiana was able to provide the necessary trucks and crew for transport from the production site to the freight yard on short notice.

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Logistically speaking, pasta is not an extraordinary challenge for DB Schenker. The company transports tens of thousands of tons of food and everyday products every week, including many durable items such as canned goods and hygiene items. “Of course we always meet the standards for such transports,” explains Klonk. “We don’t have to take any additional precautions for the well-packaged noodles.” – So, business as usual? “It’s normal for us to put such projects together,” is Lisa Klonk’s first answer. Very experienced. Then the 31-year-old thinks for a moment: “But what does business as usual mean today? We rarely have to develop and implement a comprehensive solution in so few days. And then there’s also the fact that the short-term nature of it is a result of the virus spreading.”

“#CombinedTransport for noodles. #dbschenker transports 400,000 packages from Italy to Nuremberg by truck and train. “

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Good for the Italian economy

The manufacturer in Italy and the discounter in Germany benefit equally from the smooth handling of pasta transports: “Thanks to the cooperation with DB Schenker, we can react flexibly to capacity bottlenecks,” says Andreas Kremer, Director of Supply Chain Management at ALDI SÜD. “This gives our manufacturer the certainty that we will continue to reliably accept their products, and our customers can rely on replenishments.” For Italy, which is particularly affected by COVID-19, important opportunities for the export of products remain in spite of the country’s economic restrictions.


Lisa Klonk
European Regional Account Manager
DB Schenker AG/ TRANSA Spedition GmbH
E-Mail: Lisa.Klonk@transa.de