DB Schenker celebrates 30th anniversary in Vietnam

02-Dec-2021 Intellasia | Vnexpress | 5:02 AM Print This Post

DB Schenker has opened a new office in Vietnam to marking 30 years of orchestrating the logistics industry in the country.

A ceremony took place on November 23 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of DB Schenker in Vietnam and the opening of its new corporate office at the Viettel Complex Tower A in Cach Mang Thang 8 Street, District 10, HCM City.

Commenting on the event, Andy Lim, CEO of DB Schenker in Vietnam, said: “We are proud and grateful to be one of the main logistics providers in the country today and to play such an important role during the pandemic when the market conditions we operate in continue to be disruptive and far from normal. Our logistics experts have been working hard to keep the supply chains moving and helping to deliver essential goods across the country via land, air and ocean, as well as by continuing to provide warehousing activities.”

Josefine Wallat, Consul general of Germany in HCM City, expressed her delight at seeing a German company operating for a long time and constantly growing in Vietnam. “The pandemic has been a challenge worldwide for everyone, including German companies in Vietnam. But I trust that companies in Vietnam will come out of this challenge faster than others. What we are seeing at the moment is just a setback and Vietnam will be back on track very, very quickly,” she said.

During the pandemic, provinces and cities went into lockdown, air and ocean carriers were restricted to a few cargo freighters a week due to port control and commercial flights ceased operation. Strict preventive and control measures caused delivery delays and cost of shipping increased to historical heights.

“At first, we thought the pandemic would have a tremendous impact on our business, but things were actually different. Covid-19 has highlighted the urgency of the need for smooth transportation of goods more than ever. It is a challenge but also an opportunity for DB Schenker to showcase our capability and adaptability during such critical times,” said Lim.

All key services provided by DB Schenker, including Air, Ocean, Contract Logistics and Land Transport, were in full operation during the pandemic.

Most of DB Schenker employees have been working from home during the pandemic. However, there were also colleagues who had to come to the office, spent time on the road for deliveries, or stayed on site in the warehouses.

Hundreds of warehouse employees have been away from their families for many months. Customer service representatives worked around the clock, including weekends, regardless of time zone differences. Drivers were required to get tested for Covid-19 every 72 hours and had to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) while making deliveries.

To meet customer demand during this critical period, DB Schenker had to adapt and come up with logistics and supply chain alternatives to keep the business of its customers moving. The company also had to manage escalating fuel costs, price increases for Air and Ocean and invest in health and safety measures for the employees.

In 1991, DB Schenker was one of the first international logistics companies entering Vietnam. From one representative office in HCM City with only three employees, DB Schenker now has over 1,000 employees, more than 100,000 square meters of warehouse space and 21 offices and warehouses across the country with key ground operations at key ports and terminals.

The company’s growth is in line with the massive expansion of Vietnam’s logistics industry. “Information technology and innovation are the key drivers of the Vietnamese freight and logistics market. Today’s industrial parks have the highest security, environmental and health standards in place. We continue to develop and introduce new technologies to provide the best supply chain experience to our customers and make DB Schenker their first choice,” said Lim.

After 30 years, DB Schenker has grown to become one of Vietnam’s leading logistics and forwarding service providers and a strategic partner to many air and ocean carriers. The company not only transports goods via air and ocean but also provides domestic land services and offers an efficient LANDbridge cross-border trucking solution connecting Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and China.

This year, DB Schenker in Vietnam also started offering rail services between HCM City and Hanoi, in addition to the existing EurAsia LANDbridge Rail service. The EurAsia LANDbridge Rail service is an alternative for the transportation of goods between Europe and Southeast Asia.



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