Andreas Pietsch

By rail to China

By rail to China

In the 20th century, there were two means of transport for the exchange of goods between China and Europe: ship and plane. The first one is relatively cheap, but you have to calculate up to 6 weeks for the sea transport depending on origin and destination. Air freight takes only a few days, but costs more money. Now, there is a third way! The New Silk Road - "One belt - one road" In 2011, the port of …

Fehmarnbelt Tunnel: Danes are about to start

Fehmarnbelt Tunnel: Danes are about to start

Crossing the Baltic Sea between Puttgarden in Germany and Rödby in Denmark has always been possible: by boat. But already in the 1960s, the call for a stable connection was loud: A fixed Fehmarnbelt crossing is supposed to help people, cars and trains to avoid the changeover to the ferry. Various models have since been considered. The question has always been: under or above? A tunnel through or bridge …

Relocation Management: “The first friend in a foreign land”

Relocation Management: “The first friend in a foreign land”

What’s the best way to arrive in Germany as a new employee from abroad? For relocation managers like Bettina Stamm-Müller, that's a crucial question. And she knows the perfect answer: "It's best to smile and say: 'Hello, I'm new here.'" She learnt this from an Indian who participated in one of her workshops. His experience: When you mumble this sentence in a somewhat understandable German, you …

Heavy transport of the sort “extra wide”

Heavy transport of the sort “extra wide”

131 tonnes on the highway! Normally, the maximum weight for a truck on German roads is 40 tons. In Combined Transport it may be 44. And suddenly, there are 131 tons on a DB Schenker truck travelling 800 kilometers through the Republic! Of course with regulatory approval. 131 tonnes: cargo plus vehicle. It's like stacking three trucks with the maximum allowed weight and splitting everything into 12 …

Nancy Polomsky and her 12-Tonner

Nancy Polomsky and her 12-Tonner

Professional truck driver. A job just for men? Nancy Polomsky demonstrates that in the environment of forklifts, pallets and rustic interjections, a woman can assert herself. She has succeeded at it for almost 2 decades. The mother of two already has 18 years in the saddle. For her, driving is a dream job. Portrait of a woman trucker on German TV The Institute of German Business has determined that …

Malt & more for Namibia

Logistics for Africa and the Middle East (part 3)

Malt & more for Namibia

In Namibia, tourism represents the second most important sector of the economy, just behind mining. Every year, around 1.6 million people visit the country in South-West Africa. Popular destinations are the sites of natural beauty, particularly the Etosha National Park in the north. Anyone looking forward to a refreshing beer in the evening after a sweaty tour through the wilderness won’t be …

Heavy transport: with 100 tons through the bottleneck

Heavy transport: with 100 tons through the bottleneck

"In my professional life, I often took the curve", jokes Karl Hammerschmidt of DB Schenker in Hagen. For the head of heavy and special transport this is more than just a casual saying, but part of his core competence. To make it around the bend! With a 150-ton colossus on the road, the topic takes a serious turn. Vehicles as long as half a football field and roughly 10 meters in width are not to be …

Decoration for Dubai

DB Schenker in Africa and Middle East (Part 2)

Decoration for Dubai

Qatar, Oman and a lot of oil and sand. This cliché of the Arabian Gulf and its neighbors is just as wrong as the Fata Morgana on a thirsty camel ride through the desert. Because the region has more to offer than caravans and conveyors. Much more. The world's trade in goods is flourishing and people are shopping more than ever. Customs Union like the EU An important role is played by the Gulf …

Why DB Schenker disassembles new vehicles

Why DB Schenker disassembles new vehicles

Although it seems as if there was only a difference in gradation, the difference between Semi Knocked Down (SKD) and Completely Knocked Down (CKD) is more than that. In the first case, new vehicles are partially disassembled, in the other case, they are not even built. At least not in the country of dispatch. DB Schenker practices SKD in Düsseldorf and CKD a few kilometers down the Rhine in …