2018 Integrated Report – On track towards a better Railway

Development of business units

Markets and strategy

DB Schenker holds a leading market position in all market segments – European land transport, global air and ocean freight, as well as contract logistics. Our vision is to be the leading integrated supplier of transport and logistical services with a global reach. We want to strengthen and ex­­pand our leading market position. With its PRIMUS strategy, DB Schenker intends to significantly increase profitability and focus its portfolio even more on international growth markets.

A comprehensive transformation program was launched to drive change in the three core areas of growth, efficiency and culture.

The individual business lines of land transport, air and ocean freight and contract logistics are developing measures and putting them into practice. In addition, over­arching issues are being managed centrally. Examples include comprehensive programs to increase efficiency, which in­­volve implementing new management practices among other plans.

Digitalization is increasingly gaining in importance as a driver of disruption in the logistics industry. DB Schenker therefore has a dedicated digitalization unit. This unit’s mission is to promote data-driven business models, online platforms and technical innovations worldwide.

  • Economic dimension: The central challenge is to be able to respond more quickly to market demand. For this, we rely on processes distinguished by standardization as well as industrialization. By consistently adapt­­ing supply chains we meet customer expectations while deepening the customer relationship. The focus is also on the further expansion of integrated and innovative solutions for the entire logistics chain. Our objective is to grow profitably and increase the EBIT margin on a sus­­tainable basis. We strive toward growing more strongly than the market in all segments and maintaining our leading market positions. In pursuing this goal, we are further enlarging and developing our global network. Particular focus is on the expansion and harmonization of our global IT landscape. We are also developing new digital products and services that improve both cooperation with our subcontractors and our ability to deliver on our promise of performance to customers.
  • Social dimension: We aim to be the top employer in logistics. Satisfied employees are a prerequisite for satisfied customers. In order to achieve our targets, we are strengthening our corporate culture and expanding our individual and international career development programs. Moreover, we offer a modern, family-friendly and diverse working environment.
  • Environmental dimension: We actively build upon our extensive know-how in green logistics. We use our Eco Operations to record, assess and increase the energy and material efficiency of our internal processes. With Eco Procurement, we focus on the purchase of CO₂-friendly services from our carriers and sub-providers. The tools we use in this effort include our preferred carrier portfolio, our carbon reduction agreements and our environmental partnerships with top carriers. Eco Transparency includes instruments that can be used to calculate the carbon footprint even more precisely. Through Eco Consulting no. 12, we offer our customers consultation services through which they can improve their carbon footprint.