DB Schenker marks 150 anniversary milestone by giving back


DB Schenker has been elevating lives and building a better future for society since 1872. Billed as one of tomorrow’s most promising transport solutions, the company has introduced the VoloDrone into its lineup of stellar logistics solutions.

DB Schenker has been shaping the way the world connects – from transporting dinosaur bones in Nova Scotia (Canada) to Santa Barbara (California), to delivering supplies to schools and orphanages in Haiti after Hurricane Matthew.

Celebrating a century and a half of logistic excellence, DB Schenker will be celebrating its anniversary surrounding the theme Elevating Lives with events for employees, customers and partners as well as on-the-ground events across Malaysia.

Chief executive officer (Malaysia and Southeast Asia Cluster), Robert Reiter, is proud that DB Schenker has been able to sustain and execute an evolving business model for 150 years and is excited to be part of the celebrations as he participates in the global fitness event by the company.

“There is a long list of global events in all the countries we operate in (to celebrate the milestone). One of the events is the greatest fitness exercise ever conducted by the company.

“Employees can count their steps and track all kinds of exercise in a smartphone app.

For every km they achieved, donations will be given to charity,” he said, adding that he too has clocked in his fair share of running and biking activities for this year-round event.

What’s more, in Malaysia, he added, the company has teamed up with HOPE worldwide Malaysia, whereby DB Schenker volunteers participated in one of their monthly grocery distribution programs.

“With over 40 years of experience in Malaysia, we have been able to respond quickly to the lockdown measures and minimise the impact for Malaysian businesses,” said Reiter.“With over 40 years of experience in Malaysia, we have been able to respond quickly to the lockdown measures and minimise the impact for Malaysian businesses,” said Reiter.

Heavy-hitter, trendsetter

A true pioneer, DB Schenker has been elevating lives and building a better future for society since 1872, through its ongoing innovative, digital and sustainable supply chain solutions.

The company was among the first to consolidate rail shipments a century ago and is now staying true to its pioneer status it has ventured into, developing cargo drones for the supply chains of the future.

Billed as one of the most promising transport solutions, the VoloDrone is a heavy lift cargo drone that is emission-free and significantly quieter in operations compared to other air-cargo solutions such as a helicopter.

“We are doing a lot on the environmental front that is part of Elevating Lives and one of our many initiatives.

“Our sustainability initiatives include the reuse of rainwater to wash our vehicles, reuse and recycle packaging materials as well as pallets. We consistently optimize our route planning using our Transportation Management System (TMS) to avoid empty trucks on the roads to reduce emission,” Reiter said.

He added that some warehouses in Malaysia and Southeast Asia are equipped with solar panels, whereby the solar electricity is used to operate the warehouse and office buildings making them self-sustainable. The facilities in Malaysia and Vietnam are pilot projects for a Southeast Asia wide initiative.

Warehouses in Malacca and Penang are equipped with solar panels covering a total roof area of 1,994sqm and projected to produce 37,714 kWh/month of green energy or approximately 452,568 kWh per annum.

A partner for decades

DB Schenker has been operating in Malaysia since 1979 when it opened its first office in Kuala Lumpur. Since then, it has grown with the local logistics landscape and companies.

The company provides service and price-competitive solutions to local small, medium and large size businesses, many of which have been with the company for decades and worked together through difficult times such as the Covid-19 pandemic.

“With over 40 years of experience in Malaysia, we have been able to respond quickly to the lockdown measures and minimise the impact for Malaysian businesses,” Reiter said.

For instance, a leading medical device manufacturer in Johor and long-time DB Schenker customer faced a steep increase in demand during the pandemic, while experiencing interruptions in the global supply chain.

Together with the customer, DB Schenker Malaysia analysed the bottleneck issues and set out to strengthen the resilience of the supply chain.

By optimizing the value-added processes through automation, it was possible to substantially increase the throughput capacity at DB Schenker in Johor. It was transformed into a regional hub, serving national distribution centres in the region with an improved service level and shorter lead times.

For more information, visit www.dbschenker.com/my

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