DB Group is pursuing compensation for damage against the airlines that were part of the so-called air freight cartel, which, according to the findings of various competition authorities around the world, agreed on kerosene and security surcharges, among other things, from 1999 to at least 2006 at the expense of freight forwarders such as DB Schenker. We have now concluded the proceedings in the US with out-of-court settlements relating to all the airlines involved. In addition, out-of-court settlements relating to the proceedings in Germany have now been concluded with four airlines. Settlement negotiations are being conducted with additional airlines to settle these proceedings.
Digitalization and innovation
DB Schenker and Cisco are working together to shape the digitalization transformation. A joint innovation lab was opened in Houston, Texas/USA for testing and marketing new technologies for logistics.
Customers can use the eSchenker online portal to configure and order 3-D printing. For example, stainless steel medical devices, plastic robot grippers or customized packaging materials are currently being printed.
New groupage services are standardized available across the board in Europe: DB Schenker launched its “Premium 13” service in the first half of 2018, delivering goods by 1:00 p.m.; its “Premium 10” service guarantees customers delivery by 10:00 a.m. on the following day.
For the third time in a row, DB Schenker received the award for best logistics services provider in the Rail category at the Asian Freight, Logistics&Supply Chain Awards (AFLAS). Continuous improvement of rail freight transport shipments between Europe and Asia in terms of costs, delivery time and service options means we occupy a leading position in trans-Eurasian rail connections.
DB Schenker operated the first block train carrying fresh agricultural produce from China to Russia. In the trial a train loaded with refrigerated containers took 17 days to travel from Chengdu to Moscow.