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DB Cargo switches to digital track with AX4:

myRailportal becomes central customer system for rail services

 

Pfaffmann DB Cargo new 350The digital revolution is bringing greater transparency and higher quality of service to supply chains, including rail cargo. DB Cargo has just rolled out myRailportal, which makes ordering transport services from Europe’s largest rail cargo company as easy as shopping online. The key component of the B2B portal is the AX4 logistics platform from AXIT, a Siemens Company.

 

 

DB Cargo’s customers, who represent a broad diversity of industries, now have an end-to-end digital environment for managing their freight consignments – everything from ordering empty railcars and booking transports to tracking individual railcars and issuing invoices. “We used AX4 to develop a solution that offers our rail freight customers a full suite of IT services and complete visibility of all rail movements,” explains Dr. Eric Pfaffmann, Head of Customer Service Logistics & Head of IT Projects Sales at DB Cargo AG.

myRailportal provides an interface where customers can check availability and request empty railcars by simply entering the type and number of cars needed along with the departure and destination stations. Once the order has been confirmed, customers can check its status at any time – and that of the actual transport as well. AX4 collects tracking data from various rail systems and consolidates it down to the individual train and railcar. myRailportal uses this data to generate information on departure and transit times and show the current position relative to the planning targets, including any deviations. Graphical reports and dashboards can be generated for analysis as needed with a few simple clicks.

DB Cargo also offers an app built on AX4 mobile for reporting damaged railcars. Customers logged into their myRailportal account can simply take a photo and report the damage to customer service immediately – replacing manual report forms with a fully digital documentation process that is faster, simpler, and ultimately more cost-effective.

DB Cargo is planning to partner with DB Systel, an affiliated IT service provider in the DB Group, to run the AX4 logistics platform as a separate instance. The objective is to enable easy, end-to-end integration of DB systems and more flexibility in customer integration. “Running our own instance of AX4 in the DB Cloud puts us on track to integrate additional services on myRailportal,” says Dr. Pfaffmann, explaining this innovative step. The idea is to use APIs and web services to transmit sensor data from the DB Cargo fleet through AX4 to myRailportal for analysis.

 

Siemens is continuing to drive digitalization in logistics forward with its acquisition of LOCOM


  • Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics incorporates a company that specializes in logistics consulting and software solutions
  • Bundling of the AXIT and LOCOM activities in a corporation is planned
  • Expansion of the portfolio for holistic management of value-added networks and supply chains
  • Customers benefit from integrated, cloud-based supply chain solutions

20180607 Siemens LOCOM 350Through the acquisition of LOCOM, Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics (SPPAL) and its subsidiary AXIT have expanded their market position for consulting and IT services in the logistics sector. Based in Karlsruhe, LOCOM is successfully engaged in the market for logistics consulting and innovative planning, simulation and optimization software. LOCOM is regarded as a trailblazer and one of the leading companies in its field of business. Among the customers are leading German companies and logistics service providers in Europe. The transaction was completed on June 7, 2018. The companies have concluded a non-disclosure agreement about the financial details.

"After the acquisition of AXIT in 2015, this is a further, consistent step toward a strategic expansion of our portfolio. In this way, we are strengthening our market position in the important growth field of digitalization in logistics. We are planning to bundle the AXIT and LOCOM activities into one company in the new fiscal year. In conjunction with the SPPAL expertise we see tremendous potential for our customers," said Michael Reichle, CEO of SPPAL.

With its own software portfolio, SPPAL already offers outstanding digital solutions for intralogistics in the postal, parcel and airport market, whether it involves optimizing the operations of parcel centers with real data on a daily basis or improving the flow of goods at airports. In combination with the cloud-based logistics platform AX4 from AXIT, customers also benefit from the global control of their logistics networks. Thus, companies can manage their supply chains more easily, more transparently, and more reliably. The competencies of LOCOM – especially their sophisticated planning and optimization algorithms and subsequent simulation – strengthen and supplement the entire software portfolio up to a holistic supply chain management system. Thus, in the future, customers will be able to use the already validated and consolidated data from the transport management of the AX4 logistics platform for planning and simulation processes at the push of a button. In this way, they can flexibly optimize their supply chains and respond very quickly and with more agility to changing boundary conditions, for example.

Whereas the logistics industry is still essentially relying on isolated silo solutions, Siemens customers benefit from the implementation of a continuous optimization and control process from a single source along the entire logistics chain. On the one hand, this includes strategic and tactical planning with the help of data analysis, simulation and visualization of processes as well as optimization recommendations. On the other hand, the optimized shipments are handled via a digital platform: All of the participants are integrated, the information and shipment management is automated.

The resulting end-to-end visibility creates a high degree of efficiency and security for the connected companies. As a supplement to this, the combination of many years of cross-industry consulting competency and software solutions represents considerable added value for the customer, for example, in regard to working out a digitalization strategy and developing new IT-based service offers. Holger Schmitt, CEO of AXIT, emphasizes: "Customers from industry, trade and logistics service providers benefit considerably from the linking of the solutions from AXIT and LOCOM: The combination of planning, optimization, digitalized shipment management and end-to-end transparency leads to a clear boost in efficiency, security, reliability and success in supply chain management."  

Volker Klohr, founder and CEO of LOCOM, adds: "With Siemens as a well-known brand around the world, this is the right way for LOCOM to offer our portfolio and our competencies more intensively in international markets in the future. In this way, we can benefit even more from the global growth in the digitalization field."

 

Zeppelin Rental Builds Its Business on AX4

Digitizing the process for assigning transports optimizes equipment logisticsDigitizing the process for assigning transports optimizes equipment logistics

 

Schmidt Zeppelin Rental 350Equipment rental and construction logistics specialist Zeppelin Rental uses AX4 to organize shipments of its construction equipment and attachments. Zeppelin’s 120 locations in Germany use the IT platform to assign and coordinate the transport of its high-tech rentals to customer sites. Three carriers and two parcel service companies are linked to the system, and preparations are currently underway to link an overnight express service provider as well.Equipment rental and construction logistics specialist Zeppelin Rental uses AX4 to organize shipments of its construction equipment and attachments. Zeppelin’s 120 locations in Germany use the IT platform to assign and coordinate the transport of its high-tech rentals to customer sites. Three carriers and two parcel service companies are linked to the system, and preparations are currently underway to link an overnight express service provider as well.

 

Zeppelin uses a standardized process to send out over 1,000 rental equipment items to customers each month with AX4. It’s easy to calculate transport prices, shipping options, and equipment delivery dates in advance, because all the rates and master data of the linked logistics partners are stored centrally on the AX4 platform.

Zeppelin insisted that AX4 be able to integrate with its proprietary IT system. AX4 uses web services to ensure a smooth exchange of data between the two systems. Zeppelin’s employees continue to work in their familiar interface and don’t need to learn their way around various supplier portals. Nor is there any need to set up and manage users.

“Using the digital solution of AX4 to manage our transports helped us unlock large potential savings in our processes,” reports Michael Schmidt, Head of Logistics at Zeppelin Rental. “Before, each of our offices booked transports with different regional carriers. Today, it all follows a clearly laid-out process that begins with the automated price query.” Another benefit: Using AX4 to standardize transport assignments allowed Zeppelin to centralize its invoicing and transport audits as well.

Digital transport management also offers advantages in communications with the carriers. The platform is used to generate waybills, barcode labels, and consolidated lists. AX4 even makes it possible for managers at Zeppelin Rental’s headquarters in Garching outside Munich to monitor the activity of all its field locations and see the latest status of any shipment at any time. “This transparency allows us to use of our assets more effectively. We can also optimize the regional distribution of transports to minimize our environmental impact. Because the best transport is the one you can eliminate through good planning,” concludes Schmidt.

 

About Zeppelin Group

 

Zeppelin Group operates 190 sites around the world. In the 2017 fiscal year, its more than 8.000 employees generated sales of 2.75 billion euros. Group-wide collaboration in Zeppelin Group revolves around a management holding company and six strategic business units: Construction Equipment EU (sales and servicing of construction machines), Construction Equipment CIS (sales and servicing of construction and agricultural machines), Rental (rental and project solutions for the construction and industry sectors), Power Systems (drive, propulsion, traction, and energy systems), Plant Engineering (engineering and plant engineering) and Z Lab (new digital business models). Zeppelin GmbH is the Group holding company. It is legally domiciled in Friedrichshafen and has its head office in Garching near Munich. For more information, visit zeppelin.com.

 

About Zeppelin Rental

 

From rental machines to project solutions. Being a leading rental services company as well as specialist in logistics management and optimization of projects we provide our clients with customized solutions in the areas of equipment rental services, construction logistics and temporary infrastructure. The latter ranges from construction site and traffic safety to electrical construction site facilities and energy supply, to modular buildings for rent or sale or as operator model. With more than 1.300 employees at more than 135 locations in Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia we serve customers in construction industry, trade, the public sector, landscaping and event. They benefit from latest technology, professional services and know-how. For more information, visit zeppelin-rental.com.From rental machines to project solutions. Being a leading rental services company as well as specialist in logistics management and optimization of projects we provide our clients with customized solutions in the areas of equipment rental services, construction logistics and temporary infrastructure. The latter ranges from construction site and traffic safety to electrical construction site facilities and energy supply, to modular buildings for rent or sale or as operator model. With more than 1.300 employees at more than 135 locations in Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia we serve customers in construction industry, trade, the public sector, landscaping and event. They benefit from latest technology, professional services and know-how. For more information, visit zeppelin-rental.com.