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DB Schenker partners Magento to boost ecommerce

Steve Rogerson
January 22, 2019
DB Schenker is working with the Magento open-source ecommerce platform to equip small and mid-size merchants with a seamless connection between the front-end and back-end on a global scale.
Combining Germany-based DB Schenker’s fulfilment experience with global logistics markets with the customisation and flexibility of the Magento ecommerce platform will provide retailers with the seamless connection. Being available through Magento Marketplace, the extension delivers a quick, convenient and cost-efficient way to connect web shops and warehousing services.
The partnership evolved from increasing customer demand for web-shop order tracking. The offered service includes all related warehousing activities, especially pick and pack, and delivery status updates along the entire supply chain.
“At DB Schenker, we are actively investing in new products and channels and herewith looking forward to partnering with Magento to set new standards in global supply chain management,” said Jochen Thewes, CEO of Schenker. “I fully believe that our new solution will help significantly improve our customers’ ecommerce business.”
Customers will be able to use DB Schenker’s network of shared facilities to enable ecommerce order fulfilment. As a strategic partner, Magento will provide merchants with a flexible shopping cart system based on open source technology.
“We are pleased to welcome DB Schenker as our newest global logistics partner and look forward to helping our joint merchants achieve a smooth end to end ecommerce experience,” said Ryan Murden, head of business development at Magento Commerce.
• Whether by land, air or water, the Connect 4.0 platform from DB Schenker lets users dispatch freight consignments quickly and conveniently online. It combines all its transport activities on a single platform. At the click of a mouse, business users can access the company's international transportation network and dispatch shipments using any mode of transportation.
"Our new Connect 4.0 platform makes professional logistics simpler than at any time in the past,” said Thewes. “We have merged our main transportation services on a single platform, which represents a significant step in our on-going digitalisation strategy. For our customers this connects digital ease of use with our global network of logistic professionals.”
Launched in August 2018 for land transportation in Germany and Spain, Connect 4.0 now supports air and ocean services. Customers can use the online platform to ship air freight from all over Germany to top export destinations. By ocean, they can ship to 50 countries on a door-to-door basis covering thousands of port combinations.
Markus Sontheimer, CIO of Schenker, added: “We designed the Connect 4.0 application from the customers point of view. With this platform, the online shopping experience arrives in B2B logistics business.”
Be it a large corporation or SME firm, every DB Schenker commercial customer can use the platform to generate a quote in real time, an estimated delivery time and freight consignments. They can also use the platform to track goods, as well as create and distribute consignment reports.