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Dachser UK

Dachser Strengthens Management Structure in the UK

Northampton, 1st December 2022

Dachser UK has recently announced two new appointments designed to strengthen its business growth potential in the UK and Ireland. Mark Cosgrove fills a newly created role as Regional Sales and Commercial Manager responsible for both countries in a move that will bolster the Company’s ambitious growth plans, while Chris Radley as Branch Manager, Air & Sea Logistics, Northampton assumes full responsibility for Dachser’s Air & Sea Logistics (ASL) activities across the UK.

Changing trading conditions for exporters and importers in both the UK and Ireland have brought new opportunities for customers which Dachser’s extensive road distribution services within Europe, as well as its logistics capabilities, can help them exploit. Cosgrove’s lengthy management experience will strengthen the UK and Irish subsidiary of Europe´s second largest distribution company in the groupage market segment coordinating key customer relationships. Radley’s task will be to build on the momentum created by record growth in its ASL business unit last year.

Mark Cosgrove

In announcing the appointments Mark Rollinson, Dachser UK’s Managing Director said, “Mark Cosgrove has an enviable depth of experience in the UK and Ireland’s road logistics market. I am convinced that his expertise in the sector along with his extensive market knowledge will be instrumental in the development of our services over the coming years, and will add significantly to the growth of our business in the UK and Ireland.”

Having most recently held the post of Head of Commercial Land Transport within the UK and Ireland cluster with DB Schenker and a previous twenty five year career with Redhead International, where he spearheaded that organisation’s development into one of the market leaders in the UK/Ireland trade lane, Cosgrove is well-placed to enhance Dachser’s role in the current competitive trading environment.

Cosgrove is relishing the challenges of his new role, “Dachser’s reputation in the European distribution and logistics arena is undoubted. We are the leaders for quality and innovation in the market and thrive on the reliability of our services,” he said. “New opportunities abound, especially given our significant investment in our customs infrastructure and I am confident that with the accomplished team of professional sales and customer service people already in place, we can help grow our customers’ business as well as our own.”

Chris Radley

Radley has nearly thirty years’ experience within the forwarding sector. Highly qualified, he has a career spanning both large and small ocean and air forwarding organisations with an extensive period holding both operational and commercial roles with DHL Global Forwarding. Recent and continuing dynamic conditions that characterise global trade offer many opportunities for shippers to re-configure their supply chains to their economic advantage. Radley will lead Dachser’s assistance to customers with the multiple service options that the Company offers across Europe which will play a significant part in such re-engineering when needed.

Commenting on Radley’s role Mark Rollinson commented, “The growth trend of ASL provides us with an ideal opportunity to invest further in this element of our business. The international freight forwarding sector continues to be an attractive market and the synergies we can offer customers with our interlocked ASL & European Road distribution and logistics services are highly beneficial. Chris will be taking a leading role bringing these offerings to the market”

About Dachser:

Dachser, a family-owned company headquartered in Kempten, Germany, provides transport logistics, warehousing, and customized services in two business fields: Dachser Air & Sea Logistics and Dachser Road Logistics. The latter is divided into two business lines, Dachser European Logistics and Dachser Food Logistics. Comprehensive contract logistics services and industry-specific solutions round out the company’s offerings. A seamless shipping network—both in Europe and overseas—and fully integrated IT systems provide for intelligent logistics solutions worldwide.

Thanks to some 31,800 employees at 376 locations all over the globe, Dachser generated consolidated net revenue of approximately EUR 7.1 billion in 2021. The same year, the logistics provider handled a total of 83.6 million shipments weighing 42.8 million metric tons. Dachser is represented by its own country organizations in 42 countries on five continents. For more information about Dachser, please visit dachser.com

Dachser revenue exceeds EUR 7 billion for the first time

2021 was an exceptional year: Increases in volume and high freight rates generated record growth; 78.3 percent jump in air and sea freight


Kempten, April 5, 2022. In the 2021 financial year, Dachser increased its consolidated revenue by 26.0 percent to EUR 7.1 billion. After the lockdown-driven lateral detour of the previous year, the logistics provider is back on a dynamic growth track. The positive outcome for 2021 is due to organic growth in shipments and tonnage of 6.3 percent, or 7.7 percent at the Group level. High freight prices, caused by the shortage of load capacity experienced by all carriers, set the seal on this jump in revenue.

“There’s no question that 2021 was exceptional in many ways, with some extreme challenges to overcome,” says Dachser CEO Burkhard Eling. “It was marked by Brexit, the COVID-19 pandemic, and global supply chains pushed to breaking point, all of which caused great uncertainty among our customers. Even in this situation, we managed to offer logistics solutions while still maintaining a high level of quality and service. In this way, we strengthened ties with customers and pursued targeted expansion of business, especially with our major accounts. This was an extraordinary achievement, where the difficult conditions meant that our teams had to give their all.”

Business development in detail

Dachser’s Road Logistics business field—which comprises the transport and warehousing of industrial and consumer goods (European Logistics) and food (Food Logistics)—increased its revenue by 12.3 percent to EUR 4.99 billion in 2021. After lockdowns across southern Europe in 2020 led to a 2.2 percent drop in revenue, the result represents a significant increase—even over the pre-COVID year 2019.

The European Logistics business line raised its revenue by an impressive 13.1 percent to EUR 3.92 billion.Following several years of stagnation, the number of shipments increased significantly by 6.8 percent to 72.0 million; tonnage went up by even more, 8.5 percent, to 30.0 million. All regional business units—Germany, North Central Europe, France & Maghreb, and Iberia—recorded double-digit increases in revenue. Despite COVID-related restrictions for restaurants and hotels in Germany, the acquisition of new customers ensured that the Food Logistics business line achieved revenue growth of 9.8 percent. This is the first time the business line surpassed one billion, achieving revenue of EUR 1.07 billion.

In 2021, air and sea freight business was characterised by supply chain disruptions, a shortage of freight capacity, and correspondingly high rates. As a consequence of this development, the Air & Sea Logistics business field was able to achieve record revenue growth of 78.3 percent. Shipments handled rose by 9.1 percent and tonnage jumped 20.9 percent. One particular success was the further expansion of air freight charters to a network of regular transports between Asia, Europe, and North America. Dachser completed a total of 230 charters in 2021. “Reliably available freight capacity gives customers planning certainty—and that was the key to our success in 2021. In addition, we were able to feed goods arriving from overseas directly into our own European overland transport network for distribution and delivery, which proved to be very advantageous,” Eling explains.

Strategic and future-oriented action

Volatility and challenges continue to shape the marketplace in 2022. The war in Ukraine is causing extreme human suffering, and will also leave deep marks on the global economy. Then there are the record energy and fuel costs, the further exacerbation of the driver shortage, and persistent disruptions to global supply chains. This last is caused in part by further outbreaks of COVID-19 such as happened recently in China and Hongkong. “We must accept that we’re in for yet another year in which maintaining supply chains will require crisis management, flexibility, and resilience,” Eling says.

Nevertheless, Dachser is also providing for the future by investing in logistics facilities, digital technologies, and equipment. After investing around EUR 100 million in 2021, the company plans to spend some EUR 200 million in 2022. “This includes lighthouse projects such as our fully automated high-bay storage warehouse in Memmingen. Featuring 52,000 pallet spaces, this facility will open in October,” Eling explains. “At the same time, we’re also making substantial investments in digitalisation, climate protection, and especially in our employees—after all, logistics is and will always be a business run by people for people.” In 2021, Dachser hired some 1,000 new employees worldwide, and around 2,200 young people are currently doing an apprenticeship at Dachser locations across the globe. Dachser’s high equity ratio of approximately 60 percent provides strong support for the company’s investment policy.

About Dachser:

Thanks to some 31,800 employees at 376 locations all over the globe, Dachser generated consolidated net revenue of approximately EUR 7.1 billion in 2021. The same year, the logistics provider handled a total of 83.6 million shipments weighing 42.8 million metric tons. Dachser is represented by its own country organisations in 42 countries. For more information about Dachser, please visit www.dachser.com.

DACHSER expands zero-emission vehicle fleet

The logistics provider will invest in battery-powered trucks and company cars as well as in the requisite charging systems. Tests with hydrogen-powered trucks are also in the pipeline.   

Kempten, February 3, 2022 – Logistics provider DACHSER is to step up its use of zero-emission vehicles. Zero-emission vehicles are trucks and cars that do not directly produce any emissions of greenhouse gases or air pollutants. In an initial step, the family-owned company will introduce at least 50 additional battery electric trucks on European routes by the end of 2023. DACHSER is also planning to add around 1,000 electric passenger cars to its fleet of company and service vehicles. In parallel, the company will press ahead with a range of pilot projects to develop and test hydrogen-powered trucks equipped with fuel cell technology. DACHSER plans to have hydrogen-powered vehicles from a range of manufacturers operating within its network by no later than the beginning of 2023.

“The only way for the transportation sector to meet the global community’s long-term goal of net zero emissions is by using zero-emission vehicles. That’s why such vehicles form a key plank of our own climate protection strategy,” explains Stefan Hohm, Chief Development Officer (CDO) at DACHSER. “We’re going to significantly expand our use of environmentally friendly vehicles in the coming years, which will give us valuable practical experience and also help us increase the number of units.”

At present, DACHSER primarily uses battery-powered vehicles for urban deliveries within its groupage network. In Europe, the company has electrically assisted cargo bikes in daily operations and, above all, electric vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of up to 7.5 metric tons. There are still very few all-electric production vehicles available in heavier weight classes. At present, the only vehicle of this type DACHSER has in service is a preproduction model of the 19-metric-ton Mercedes-Benz eActros in Stuttgart, the capital of Baden-Württemberg, as part of an innovation partnership with Daimler.

In the next two years, DACHSER will introduce at least 50 additional zero-emission trucks, including heavy battery-electric motor vehicles and truck tractors from a range of manufacturers, either through direct purchase or in cooperation with transport partners.

“We’re actively promoting the use of zero-emission vehicles in our European network with a view to incorporating them as effectively as possible in our transportation processes. These are investments in the future, which will pay off in the long-term,” explains Alexander Tonn, Chief Operations Officer (COO) Road Logistics at DACHSER. “We’ll be expanding our use of zero-emission trucks to the areas of regional and, in particular, shuttle transports this year. We also intend to use battery-powered vehicles to move around swap bodies and semi-trailers at our branches.”

Electric company cars

DACHSER also plans to ensure that by the end of 2023, one in two company cars at its locations in Europe is a battery electric vehicle. This represents approximately 1,000 passenger cars in total. Company car drivers and DACHSER branches will be able to choose between different models from various manufacturers. Since all-electric vehicles do not yet offer the technical specifications required for every kind of user profile, this transition will be gradual. In addition, since delivery times are currently very long, short-term demand cannot be met right now. For members of the DACHSER Executive Board, the switch to electric company cars will be completed in 2022.

New charge spots delivering green electricity
To accompany these measures, DACHSER will ensure adequate availability of charge spots at its branches. In addition, there are plans to create over 40 fast charging stations for trucks, each with a charging power of 180 kW. All of these charge spots are to be supplied with green electricity, which will be either bought in or produced by the company’s own photovoltaic systems.

Dachser renews IATA CEIV Pharma certification in Frankfurt

Frankfurt Airport branch demonstrably meets the highest service and quality standards in the transport of life science and healthcare products

Kempten/Frankfurt, November 4, 2021 – Dachser’s Frankfurt air and sea freight branch has once again received certification from IATA’s Centre of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics (CEIV Pharma), demonstrating its capabilities in logistics services for the life science and healthcare industry.

The transport of life science and health care products must meet exacting standards. Drugs and other pharmaceutical products are often temperature-sensitive, urgent shipments that must be handled in compliance with a complex regulatory environment. As an industry standard, CEIV Pharma certification covers the specific requirements of senders of pharmaceutical products with regard to safe, correct, and efficient air freight services. “This recertification confirms our expertise in the life science and healthcare sector,” says Timo Stroh, Head of Global Air Freight, who is also responsible for the Life Science and Healthcare Logistics Business Field Solution at Dachser. “It certifies the highest standards of service and quality, which we provide to our customers through consistent processes and a GDP-compliant network.”

The same standards apply for recertification as for initial certification. CEIV Pharma certification requires internal and external training, a review of procedures for handling temperature-controlled life science and healthcare shipments, and an extensive assessment of these complex processes by two independent auditors.

“We consider it absolutely essential to meet international standards in the worldwide transport of sensitive products,” Stroh explains. “This benefits our customers. Our location at Frankfurt Airport is immensely important for our global network. As an international air freight gateway with its own charter connections, its direct link to Dachser’s tightly knit overland transport network, and the established CEIV Pharma setup, the location is crucial for the further development of our industry solution for customers in the life science and healthcare sector,” Stroh says.

Dachser Air & Sea Logistics CEIV Pharma certified on three continents

In addition to the Air & Sea Logistics branch at Frankfurt Airport, the other Dachser locations with this IATA certification are Shanghai, China; Mumbai and Hyderabad, India; and Atlanta, US. The Life Science and Healthcare Logistics Quality Management System is implemented on a global level to ensure uniform processes in all countries.

CEIV Pharma provides the pharmaceutical industry with a globally standardised and recognised certification for the handling of pharmaceutical products that meets and exceeds international standards and guidelines. These include the Good Distribution Practices (GDP) as defined by the European Union and the World Health Organisation, the standards of the United States Pharmacopeia, and the IATA regulations for temperature-controlled transport.

About Dachser:

Dachser, a family-owned company headquartered in Kempten, Germany, provides transport logistics, warehousing, and customised services in two business fields: Dachser Air & Sea Logistics and Dachser Road Logistics. The latter consists of two business lines: Dachser European Logistics and Dachser Food Logistics. Comprehensive contract logistics services and industry-specific solutions round out the company’s range. A seamless shipping network—both in Europe and overseas—and fully integrated IT systems ensure intelligent logistics solutions worldwide.

Thanks to some 30,800 employees at 387 locations all over the globe, Dachser generated consolidated net revenue of approximately EUR 5.6 billion in 2020. The same year, the logistics provider handled a total of 78.6 million shipments weighing 39.8 million metric tons. Dachser is represented by its own country organisations in 42 countries on five continents. For more information about Dachser, please visit dachser.com

Dachser switches completely to green electricity

The logistics provider obtains 100 percent of its electricity worldwide from renewable sources; it will quadruple the amount of green electricity it generates itself using photovoltaic systems.


Kempten, October 28, 2021 – As of January 1, 2022, Dachser will be purchasing only electricity generated from renewable resources. This means that the logistics provider, which operates 387 of its own locations in 42 countries, is increasing its proportion of green power from around 60 percent to 100 percent. In Germany and the Netherlands, the family-owned company had already switched to green power beforehand. In addition, Dachser will significantly step up its in-house generation of renewable energy and, as a first step, is installing and expanding photovoltaic systems on the roofs of its European logistics facilities and office buildings. By 2025, its current capacity will more than quadruple, to over 20,000 kWp of installed capacity.

Stefan Hohm, Chief Development Officer (CDO) at Dachser

“We’re implementing two basic building blocks of our climate protection strategy by switching to purchasing electricity solely from wind, solar, and hydropower worldwide, while also expanding our own production of green electricity,” explains Stefan Hohm, Chief Development Officer (CDO) at Dachser. “These actions are reducing our carbon footprint. At the same time, our demand strengthens the production of green power and contributes to the expansion of capacity in Europe for generating electricity from renewable sources.”

Long-term climate protection strategy

Efficiency, innovation, and inclusive responsibility: these are the cornerstones of Dachser’s long-term climate protection strategy. The family-owned company’s initiatives aim at efficient logistics processes, energy savings, and technological innovation. Dachser believes this is the best way to limit GHG in line with the 2-degree target set by the Paris Agreement as well as the climate protection targets of the European Union and many other countries. To this end, the company works together with customers and partners who are also keen to actively shape how logistics moves to adopt low- and zero-emission technologies. Employees too are closely involved in climate protection activities, with a commitment to society and social issues that goes beyond Dachser’s own direct business interests.


About Dachser:

Dachser, a family-owned company headquartered in Kempten, Germany, provides transport logistics, warehousing, and customised services in two business fields: Dachser Air & Sea Logistics and Dachser Road Logistics. The latter consists of two business lines: Dachser European Logistics and Dachser Food Logistics. Comprehensive contract logistics services and industry-specific solutions round out the company’s range. A seamless shipping network—both in Europe and overseas—and fully integrated IT systems ensure intelligent logistics solutions worldwide.

Thanks to some 30,800 employees at 387 locations all over the globe, Dachser generated consolidated net revenue of approximately EUR 5.6 billion in 2020. The same year, the logistics provider handled a total of 78.6 million shipments weighing 39.8 million metric tons. Dachser is represented by its own country organisations in 42 countries on five continents. For more information about Dachser, please visit www.dachser.com

Dachser Erfurt continues along its growth trajectory

Kempten/Erfurt, October 21, 2021 – Logistics provider Dachser is once again expanding its logistics center in Erfurt, Germany, and adding some 3,200 m2 of transit terminal space to its stock warehouse in the nearby Thörey commercial zone. This means that the Dachser location now has 6,100 m2 of floor space available for industrial goods and a total of about 3,300 m2 for food. Operations at the new addition began on schedule at the start of September.

DACHSER Logistik baute in Thörey einen Anbau an das Bestandsgebäude. Foto: Paul-Philipp Braun

Adding space to the transit terminal creates an extra 49 gates for loading and unloading trucks. “The expansion allows us to make procedures and processes for handling cargo even more efficient,” says Dr. Rimbert J. Kelber, General Manager of Dachser’s Erfurt logistics center. “In addition to being better placed to cope with daily fluctuations and workload peaks, we are also creating ideal conditions for our continued growth.” The expansion of the warehouse creates ten new jobs at the location. In summer 2022, Dachser is also planning to add new offices, complete with sanitation and storage space, as well as a state-of-the-art break room with a total area of 640 m2 for the location’s employees.

A reliable partner even in challenging times

“By investing in the future of this location, we’re ensuring that at all times, we’ll be able to provide our customers in the region with logistics services of the high quality they are used to,” says Alexander Tonn, COO Road Logistics. “Thanks to the tremendous commitment of our employees during and after the restrictions imposed during the pandemic, we’ve always been able to reliably maintain our delivery capability. We’ve been and we remain a stable partner for our customers and a reliable supplier in the region.”

Dachser opened its first location in the German state of Thuringia in 2004 and provides logistics services for customers from the industrial and food sectors. Only last year, Dachser invested in this location by adding a 20,000 m2 warehouse with office space to the logistics center.

About Dachser:

Dachser, a family-owned company headquartered in Kempten, Germany, provides transport logistics, warehousing, and customized services in two business fields: Dachser Air & Sea Logistics and Dachser Road Logistics. The latter consists of two business lines: Dachser European Logistics and Dachser Food Logistics. Comprehensive contract logistics services and industry-specific solutions round out the company’s range. A seamless shipping network—both in Europe and overseas—and fully integrated IT systems ensure intelligent logistics solutions worldwide.

Thanks to some 30,800 employees at 387 locations all over the globe, Dachser generated consolidated net revenue of approximately EUR 5.6 billion in 2020. The same year, the logistics provider handled a total of 78.6 million shipments weighing 39.8 million metric tons. Dachser is represented by its own country organizations in 42 countries on five continents. For more information about Dachser, please visit www.dachser.com

Dynamic Consumer Buying Patterns Challenge the Flexibility of Supply Chain Management

Northampton, UK: 18th October 2021

The buying patterns of UK consumers have changed dramatically, resulting from lockdowns and travel restrictions imposed by the pandemic. The surge in DIY and home-based leisure activities and the sales of related products have boomed and seem here to stay. The dominant means of purchasing has shifted with online sales almost doubling during the first few months of the pandemic. DACHSER DIY Logistics specialist services have aided retailers in coping with both trends.   

The sudden growth in online shopping and the dynamic activity in the e-commerce economy made sales forecasting, inventory planning and supply chain engineering challenging to say the least. Previously infrequent e-commerce consumers found a new way of sourcing their DIY tools and materials. Statista reported the buying activity to have increased by more than 50%, jumping from 6% up to 14% of total sales in the first six months of the crisis, according to management consultant Accenture. More significantly, this level appears to have stabilised in the relatively less-restricted post-crisis period. 

Dachser’s industry solution specific for the DIY sector helps with these challenges, providing individually tailored logistics services for customers in the DIY, garden and home leisure sectors. Established twenty-two years ago, DACHSER DIY Logistics currently has an annual shipment volume of 7.7 million consignments. These figures indicate the significance of this sector-specific logistics solution and how the Dachser team continue to react to the demands placed on the DIY suppliers and retailers by the changing buying patterns of consumers.

The e-commerce boom in the DIY and household goods sector is here to stay. However, so too are the logistical challenges of delivering a huge range of products quickly and efficiently across the UK and Europe from source regions around the world. It is clear that retailers who have not positioned themselves for an e-commerce future will face particularly severe challenges. They must come up to speed as soon as possible.

Suppliers also experience other challenges brought about by the characteristics of an online marketplace, including irregular demand spikes that require sudden changes in supply capacity. These unpredictable order sizes can make managing the distribution difficult, for instance, direct delivery, holding inventory in intermediary hubs, last-mile delivery, proof of receipt and handling product returns.

Consequently, Dachser focuses on a range of tailored eLogistics services to adapt to the continuing digitalisation of its customer’s order processes and supply chains. Providing access to all relevant data concerning customer shipments and a system that has a direct connection with the Dachser transport and warehouse management systems, has proved beneficial to the customer. eLogistics provides quick and accessible information about all processes along the supply chain. There are numerous functions available for handling, control and transparency. Crucially in circumstances where online sales demands are immediate and fluctuating, there is the ability to track in-depth process sequences both in transit and in the warehouse when necessary.  

With variations in routing, volumes, delivery criteria and unexpected disruptions occurring, maximum transparency of the product supply chain is vital in a DIY supplier’s competitive advantage within the future of online sales.

ABOUT DACHSER UK

DACHSER, a family-owned company headquartered in Kempten, Germany, provides transport logistics, warehousing, and customised services in two business fields: DACHSER Air & Sea Logistics and DACHSER Road Logistics. Comprehensive contract logistics services and industry-specific solutions round out the company’s offerings. A seamless shipping network—both in Europe and overseas—and fully integrated IT systems provide for intelligent logistics solutions worldwide.

Thanks to some 30,800 employees at 387 locations all over the globe, DACHSER generated consolidated net revenue of approximately EUR 5.6 billion in 2020. The same year, the logistics provider handled a total of 78.6 million shipments weighing 39.8 million metric tons. DACHSER is represented by its own country organisations in 42 countries on five continents. For more information about DACHSER, please visit dachser.co.uk

DACHSER to showcase its bespoke Chemical Industry Supply Chain Solution at CHEMUK 2021

CHEMUK 2021 Expo is hosted at the NEC Birmingham this year, 15-16 September 2021, and the size has doubled since the inaugural event in 2019. DACHSER, one of Europe’s largest logistics operators, is delighted to be exhibiting for the first time, showcasing their bespoke industry solution specifically designed for the chemical industry – DACHSER Chem Logistics. 

DACHSER Chem Logistics pulls on decades of industry experience to create customer-specific supply chain solutions. At the forefront of this is compliance. The continually evolving regulations and demands of environmental sustainability demand care and diligence. Accomplishing this task requires a well-tuned dangerous goods process and chemical industry expertise for both transport and handling. With a dedicated team of Dangerous Goods Officers and over 12,700 staff trained in the safe movement of chemicals every year, DACHSER is in a prime position to transport sensitive goods reliably, quickly and flexibly.

DACHSER Chem Logistics has built a reputation for quality and reliability, demonstrated through SQAS and ISO27001 accreditation. Utilising the extensive DACHSER global network, DACHSER Chem Logistics manages the complete supply chain from procurement to final distribution.

CHEMUK is the UK’s only trade show dedicated to bringing together the multi-layers of chemical product development, specification, and the processing and manufacturing communities, with crucial supply chain supplier groups.

DACHSER UK will be exhibiting in Hall 1, Stand J34, from 15-16 September 2021. For further information about the event, please click here

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ABOUT DACHSER UK

DACHSER, a family-owned company headquartered in Kempten, Germany, provides transport logistics, warehousing, and customised services in two business fields: DACHSER Air & Sea Logistics and DACHSER Road Logistics. Comprehensive contract logistics services and industry-specific solutions round out the company’s offerings. A seamless shipping network—both in Europe and overseas—and fully integrated IT systems provide for intelligent logistics solutions worldwide.

Thanks to some 30,800 employees at 387 locations all over the globe, DACHSER generated consolidated net revenue of approximately EUR 5.6 billion in 2020. The same year, the logistics provider handled a total of 78.6 million shipments weighing 39.8 million metric tons. DACHSER is represented by its own country organisations in 42 countries on five continents. For more information about DACHSEER, please visit dachser.co.uk

Dachser creates more loading space

Successive conversion of semitrailers in the European Logistics business line optimises capacity utilisation and at the same time improves the climate footprint of transports

Kempten, May 26, 2021 – Since April 2021, Dachser has opted exclusively for so-called ‘mega trailers’ when purchasing new semi-trailers in Germany. Because of their more generous cargo space dimensions – with otherwise the same length and width – the mega trailers achieve better fuel economy than standard semi-trailers, especially over long distances. Full conversion of the German fleet is scheduled to be completed by 2027, with some 680 new mega trailers in total. In the next few years, Dachser will also start replacing its fleets in the 24 other European countries where it is represented through its European Logistics business line.

So-called Mega trailers have the same length and width as a standard semi-trailer, and their overall height remains below 4 meters, the maximum vehicle height permissible in Germany. They boast an additional 20 centimetres in interior height, as the loading area is just under 100 centimetres above the road surface. This results in a total of 8 cubic meters more cargo space. With double‑deck loading, a mega trailer offers space for 67 euro pallets. It thus comes close to the capacity of a semi-trailer truck with two swap bodies—however, as this offers five more pallet spaces than the mega trailer, it will remain Dachser’s preferred option for now. 

“The limiting factor in the groupage business is usually not the maximum permissible total weight of 40 metric tons, but the available loading volume,” explains Christian Schütz, Department Head Technics/Technical Purchase at Dachser. “More cargo space means better capacity utilisation; in the case of the mega trailer, that can be as much as 18 percent. This is efficient and also good for our carbon footprint, as it saves us trips.”

“Dachser pioneered the introduction of the swap body 50 years ago, and it remains the benchmark in terms of cargo space efficiency. Today, we want to be the first major groupage provider in Europe to use mega trailers instead of standard semi-trailers,” says Alexander Tonn, COO Road Logistics at Dachser. “Mega trailers are more expensive to purchase, but they make up for it over their service life through their greater cost-effectiveness. In addition, this progress in process efficiency contributes to our long-term climate protection strategy.”

In pursuing this strategy, Dachser focuses on efficient logistics and technological innovation. The company believes this is the best way to achieve the 2-degree target set by the Paris Agreement as well as the climate protection targets of the European Union and many other countries over the medium and long term. To this end, Dachser works together with customers and partners who are also keen to actively shape how logistics moves to adopt low- and zero‑emission technologies. Dachser concentrates its climate protection initiatives on four key fields of action: process efficiency, energy efficiency, research and development, and corporate citizenship. The latter refers to a commitment to society and social issues that goes beyond Dachser’s own direct business interests.

About Dachser:

Dachser, a family-owned company headquartered in Kempten, Germany, provides transport logistics, warehousing, and customised services in two business fields: Dachser Air & Sea Logistics and Dachser Road Logistics. The latter consists of two business lines: Dachser European Logistics and Dachser Food Logistics. Comprehensive contract logistics services and industry-specific solutions round out the company’s range. A seamless shipping network—both in Europe and overseas—and fully integrated IT systems ensure intelligent logistics solutions worldwide.

Thanks to some 30,800 employees at 387 locations all over the globe, Dachser generated consolidated net revenue of approximately EUR 5.6 billion in 2020. The same year, the logistics provider handled a total of 78.6 million shipments weighing 39.8 million metric tonnes. Dachser is represented by its own country organisations in 42 countries on five continents. For more information about Dachser, please visit www.dachser.com

Customer confidence strengthened: Dachser is satisfied with the year’s results

Virtually no dip in company revenue in 2020, the year blighted by Covid-19, with the strong second half offsetting the impact of the European lockdowns in April and May. Investments of EUR 190 million earmarked for logistics capacity, technical equipment, and digital systems.

Kempten, April 13, 2021 – Dachser can look back on a successful 2020, which was characterized by the loyalty and climate of mutual trust between the logistics provider, its customers, and its transport partners. Dachser’s consolidated net revenue totaled EUR 5.61 billion, a slight decrease of 0.9 percent compared to the previous year.

“We have delivered on our promise to be a rock of stability during the coronavirus crisis,” says Dachser CEO Burkhard Eling. “The enormous encouragement of our customers and partners has been a great source of motivation. Special thanks are due to our staff and all those who drive on behalf of Dachser, who made last year such a success. Despite the extra burdens imposed by Covid-19, their performance was remarkable and they shouldered the responsibility that comes with systemic relevance at all times.”

Dachser kept its customers’ global supply chains running without interruption and came up with flexible solutions to capacity bottlenecks, particularly on intercontinental freight services. At the same time, the company provided the best possible protection for its employees’ health and supported its longstanding service partners in Europe.

In contrast to the decline of 2.2 percent in the Road Logistics business field, the Air & Sea Logistics business field saw growth of 5.2 percent. The business field benefited from having air freight charter capacity of its own as well as from high freight rates for intercontinental transport. At the Group level, the number of shipments dropped by 2.5 percent to 78.6 million, while tonnage fell by 2.9 percent to 39.8 million metric tons.

“Following a solid first quarter, the lockdowns in many European countries meant sometimes drastic declines in overland transport shipments,” says Dachser CEO Eling. “There was a clear improvement by June, however, with volumes remaining more or less consistently above 2019 levels. Our business model has proved that it can withstand crises, at the same time boasting strong growth potential and adaptability,” Eling is delighted to report.

Business development in detail

In 2020, Dachser’s Road Logistics business field—comprising the transport and warehousing of industrial and consumer goods (European Logistics) and food (Food Logistics)—once again lost none of its growth momentum. However, even by the end of the year, it was impossible to fully compensate for lockdown-driven reductions in European volume in April and May, with the European Logistics business units in France and on the Iberian Peninsula the hardest hit. This caused the consolidated net revenue of the Road Logistics business field to drop by 2.2 percent to approximately EUR 4.5 billion.

While the European Logistics business line saw a decline of 3.2 percent to EUR 3.52 billion, Dachser Food Logistics upped its revenue to EUR 982 million, an increase of 1.9 percent. This business line faced a relatively turbulent 2020, marked on the one hand by panic buying in supermarkets and on the other by repeated closures in the catering, hospitality, and events industries in Germany. Nonetheless, it managed to make up for the decline in shipments in these sectors by acquiring new accounts and obtaining larger volumes of business from food retailers. Over the course of the year, Dachser Food Logistics increased the tonnage transported by 1.6 percent.

Revenue at the Air & Sea Logistics business field benefited from the shortages in air and sea freight capacity, and the corresponding rise in freight rates, throughout 2020. Buoyed by its activities in Asia, the business field upped its revenue by 5.2 percent to a total of EUR 1.2 billion. “We responded swiftly to the bottlenecks in air freight capacity by chartering aircraft to expand our own capacity, initially for medical supplies, later also transporting other goods for our customers. Overall, we operated around 150 charter flights between Europe, Asia, and the US during 2020,” Eling says. The sea freight situation was no better, with scarce capacity and the acute lack of empty containers resulting in a volatile market and soaring freight rates. The LCL routes, known as “ocean groupage,” benefited in particular from this development. “Given the great potential we see for this premium service, we aim to further enhance the frequency, capacity, and quality of our LCL routes and push ahead with connecting them seamlessly to our European groupage network,” Eling says.

Staying in the driver’s seat

Eling emphasizes that Dachser refused to let the coronavirus crisis dictate its actions. This applies both to the generational change on the Executive Board—prepared in 2020 and finalized on January 1, 2021—and to investment planning. “Last year, we invested EUR 142.6 million in our global logistics network. This year, we are earmarking some EUR 190 million to create additional contract logistics capacity and forge ahead with digitalizing processes and business models.” The newly created IT & Development executive unit headed by Chief Development Officer Stefan Hohm will figure prominently in this regard.

According to Eling, the high equity ratio of 61.6 percent and the shareholders’ clear allegiance to the family-owned company give Dachser the support it needs to continue its tried-and-true policy of growth by drawing on its own resources. Moreover, the coronavirus crisis has reinforced Dachser’s commitment to training, particularly for drivers and logistics operatives, that is deeply rooted in its corporate culture. In 2020, despite the constraints of the coronavirus crisis, 625 new trainees and students on dual degree programs started their careers at Dachser in Germany.

“Our goal is to preserve the company’s strengths while enhancing its agility. In other words, we are expediting the integration of our networks and the introduction of digital technologies for use in areas such as machine learning or swap body localization. We will also be stepping up our sustainability and climate protection efforts,” Eling says. “Over the next two years, we intend to start by expanding our DACHSER Emission-Free Delivery areas to at least eleven European cities, while deploying more battery electric trucks and electrically assisted cargo bikes. What’s more, as a member of the German Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association, we are actively supporting the research and testing of hydrogen fuel-cell drives for trucks.”

Overview of net revenue:

Net revenue (in EUR millions)2020 (provisional)2019Change in 2020
vs. 2019
Road Logistics4,4974,596−2.2%
European Logistics3,5153,632−3.2%
Food Logistics982964+1.9%
Air & Sea Logistics1,1961,137+5.2%
Consolidation
(deducting revenue from company interests of 50% and lower)
−86−75 
Group5,6085,658−0.9%


About Dachser:

Thanks to some 30,800 employees at 387 locations all over the globe, Dachser generated consolidated net revenue of approximately EUR 5.6 billion in 2020. The same year, the logistics provider handled a total of 78.6 million shipments weighing 39.8 million metric tons. Dachser is represented by its own country organizations in 42 countries on five continents. For more information about Dachser, please visit www.dachser.com