Supply Chain Day

“It’s amazing how much know-how is involved!”

On Supply Chain Day 2019, around 270 companies and organisations opened their doors and allowed visitors to take a look behind the scenes of operations that are normally hidden from view – thereby once again prompting many of the 23,000 visitors to express their amazement during this twelfth annual day of action.

Amazon opened all twelve logistics centres in Germany, Edeka and Rewe showcased their logistics activities, and Hornbach also opened its doors. At the F. W. Neukirch company in Bremen, it was all about how coffee finds its way into the cup. During the tour, one of the visitors was unable to hide his surprise: “You’re telling me this is a chaotic storage system? But everything’s perfect and so tidy.” The logistics story behind waste disposal is equally complex and exciting, as visitors to the Alba Group
in Berlin found out. “It’s amazing how much know-how is involved!”, one visitor said, “this is something you normally never get to see.”

Steffen Bilger, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Transport Ministry, took part in the event organised by the BEHALA port and warehousing company at its Westhafen port. In a presentation before around 80 undergraduates and school students, Bilger described the wide range of logistics operations and the exciting challenges that lie ahead. “Germany is logistics world champion according to a World Bank study. You are all aware that the title of world champion is something you need to earn over and again – and that it’s easy to lose. Making sure we have good employees is our best chance to defend our title”, said Bilger.

Interested listeners also had the chance to hear what companies, above all transport and transshipment providers, do to ensure that their activities are as sustainable as possible. Bremenports, for example, organised a tour across the “Luneplate” compensation area in Bremerhaven, where birds and plants as well as water buffalos and Galloway cattle have found a new home. In Augsburg, participants took a walk through the GVZ freight transport centre, where they not only saw the companies who operate in the centre but also learned about the bees and insects that live on the site.

What is also little known is the sheer innovative power of logistics. Self-controlled drone swarms and assistant robots in the warehouse are just two examples. Qualified employees are essential to the efficient deployment of new tools and methods, and more than ever the focus was on attracting specialists and up-and-coming talents. By organising their own events or taking part in career fairs, companies took the opportunity to showcase themselves to interested members of the public, undergraduates and school students as attractive employers. The biggest career fairs with up to 1,000 visitors included “From Click to Doorbell” On Supply Chain Day 2019, around 270 companies and organisations opened their doors and allowed visitors to take a look behind the scenes of operations that are normally hidden from view – thereby once again prompting many of the 23,000 visitors to express their amazement during this twelfth annual day of action. in Neuss, the training fair in Duisburg-Rheinhausen and “Logistics Night” in Osnabrück.

“Best Logistics Brand”

On the eve of Supply Chain Day, BVL and logistics magazin “Logistik heute” presented their joint “Best Logistics Brand” Award. The 33 award winners were presented with their trophies at an entertaining Award Night held in the Bertelsmann offices in Berlin. Brands were once again nominated in eleven categories in 2019. The categories covered major fields of logistics – from  logistics property developers and logistics consultants, through manufacturers of industrial trucks and containers, service providers for transport management, through to airports, truck manufacturers and CEP and logistics services on road and water as well as in the air.