DB Schenker set for reorganisation

By Damian Brett

Photo: DB Schenker

Freight forwarding giant DB Schenker is planning to restructure in order to “simplify” and “reduce administration costs”, according to Air Cargo News sister title DVZ.

Following up on reports in the Loadstar, sources confirmed to the German publication that the move would streamline management at individual country level, replacing them with clusters made up of several countries.

“We want to simplify our organisation, reduce administration costs and optimise internal processes,” a DB Schenker said.

The spokesperson told DVZ: “We will reposition ourselves in 2023. In order to achieve clearer responsibilities and faster decisions, we want to simplify our organisation, reduce administrative costs and optimise internal processes.”

This includes a streamlining of the administrative structures, in the course of which positions would be eliminated or reporting lines would change, DVZ said.

“In this new organisation, everyone who had a task will continue to have a task,”  the spokesperson added.

The restructuring will place greater emphasis on clusters, each of which will be assigned several countries. At the same time, the management level on a country basis is to be largely abolished.

So-called general sales (field sales) are to be integrated into sea, air, land and contract logistics and report to respective product managers.

Large customers, who usually have requirements for different products, are then looked after by the sales department of the respective cluster.

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Damian Brett

Damian Brett
I have been writing about the freight and logistics industry since 2007 when I joined International Freighting Weekly to cover the shipping sector. After a stint in PR, I have gone on to work for Containerisation International and Lloyds List - where I was editor of container shipping - before joining Air Cargo News in 2015. Contact me on [email protected]