In 2017, DB Schenker increased its sales in Austria and Southeastern Europe by 10.9 per cent to around EUR 1.48 billion, compared with EUR 1.36 billion in the previous year. EBIT improved by 25 per cent to EUR 50 million. At the same time, around EUR 21.5 million were invested to expand the network and modernise the locations, Helmut Schweighofer, CEO of DB Schenker in Austria and Southeastern Europe, and his colleague CFO Michael Meyer announced at the annual press conference.
In the Southeastern Europe cluster, DB Schenker handled a total of more than 11.25 million consignments – as air and sea freight as well as by land transport. Thus, the logistics service provider was able to increase the number of shipments in 2017 by 2.6 per cent compared to the previous year and by more than 10.2 per cent compared to 2015.
The number of airfreight shipments in Austria rose by 20.8 per cent to a total of 92,829 in Austria, and by 13.2 per cent to a total of 202,038 in the Southeastern Europe cluster. In land transport, shipment volumes increased by a total of 2.5 per cent to around 10.9 million units, which represents an increase of 2.5 per cent in Southeastern Europe compared to 2015. In Austria, a total of 7.43 million shipments were transported by land, an increase of 5.6 per cent on 2016. In sea freight, the volume of 251,440 TEU remained stable in Austria and Southeastern Europe.
In contract logistics, DB Schenker posted total sales of EUR 138 million in the Southeastern Europe cluster in 2017, an increase of 22.6 per cent over the previous year. In Austria, an increase of 14.1 per cent to EUR 42 million was achieved. Slovenia (+ 26.3%), Romania (+ 22.5%), Turkey (+ 11.1%), Bulgaria (+ 9.3%) and the Czech Republic (+ 18.5%) were among the largest national branches with strong growth rates in Southeastern Europe.
DB Schenker is currently implementing the new program MOVE. In the future, this shall strengthen the branches in Austria by uniformly defining project goals, measures and a timetable – across hierarchies, developed and implemented by employees for employees. “The goal is to delight customers with our products and services,” explained Helmut Schweighofer.
The digitization of DB Schenker’s core business is also firmly anchored in the strategy for 2018. “We are on the way to become an e-forwarder,” says Helmut Schweighofer. The aim is a completely digitized business process, from offer to invoice.
DB Schenker is currently represented with its entire product range throughout Austria and Southeastern Europe, with around 7,000 employees at over 80 locations in 14 countries – from Austria to Turkey. In the financial year 2018, investments of around EUR 40 million are earmarked for Austria and Southeastern Europe.
There will be a big report in issue 12/2018 of Austrian Magazine for Transport and Logistics.