In response to rising global demand for storage capacity as a result of coronavirus supply chain disruption, DB Schenker is implementing a global tool for tracking available space.
The ‘space scan’ service can identify and assess available idle space in all 794 of DB Schenker’s own contract logistics warehouses in more than 60 countries.
“In the current situation, logistics is crucial to businesses and therefore our daily lives,” says Xavier Garijo, board member for Contract Logistics at DB Schenker. “With DB Schenker’s global network of contract logistics sites, we can offer the required flexibility in all key markets. Square meters usually used for dedicated customers, for example to cope with market fluctuations, are now transformed into temporary space opportunities – to support companies that urgently need additional capacity.”
Changing customer behaviour due to COVID-19 has led to shipping backlogs in various regions around the globe. At the same time, growing consumer demand for certain goods, for example in the food or health care sector, have led to an increase in production. According to the German logistics company, this has created a need for additional space along two dimensions: Currently unsaleable items need to be stored temporarily, and companies must build up stocks to avoid interruptions in supply.
DB Schenker’s new offer helps companies that are urgently looking for vacant storage capacities and relevant Value Added Services during this critical period. By implementing a digital platform, a daily update of volume and relevant features of available space is possible, it says.
“We are convinced that there will be a higher demand for short-term storage capacity in the future. With our new service we not only serve the market during this transition to the new normality but improve the agility and flexibility of our customer’s supply chains”, adds Garijo.
DB Schenker says interest in the new service is already high with the first customers including online retailers, sports fashion and electronics manufacturers, as well as industrial companies.