GLS and DB Schenker begin parcel partnership in Germany

DB Schenker and the GLS Group have announced the commencement of their contractual partnership in Germany. In addition to securing new B2B customers, GLS and DB Schenker have announced plans to take advantage of potential for B2C customers through e-commerce.

GLS is now expected to deliver national parcels in Germany for the logistics affiliate of Deutsche Bahn and is also due to handle international consignments. In return, DB Schenker is also expected to transport part loads (pallets) for GLS customers in the future. With this expansion two companies are now working together in the parcel segment in four countries – they already collaborate in Denmark, Sweden and Austria.

Ewald Kaiser, Head of Land Transport at Schenker AG and CEO of the Europe region, said, “Our goal is for DB Schenker to offer Europe-wide parcel logistics through GLS.” He added, “We want to set up parcel services under our own brand to complete our product range in land transport.” It is now expected that DB Schenker’s German customers can now consign everything to the logistics company, from individual parcels to full loads.

The master agreement for the strategic partnership at the European level, which the two companies signed in September 2015, was fleshed out in a European parcel cooperation agreement in February to clear the way for the partners to finally begin collaborating in Germany. The partners are already preparing to expand their non-exclusive collaboration to other countries.

Source: DB Schenker