Webfleet Solutions to provide real-time vehicle tracking for DB Schenker

DB Schenker has chosen Webfleet Solutions as its preferred telematics partner to provide improved real-time monitoring of its vehicles.

The common goal of the partnership is to optimise supply chains through connectivity and to enable greater transparency in the movement and global exchange of goods.

“Through our partnership with Webfleet Solutions, we are reaching a major milestone on the way to higher data connectivity,” explained Florian Kemmerling, head of Internet of Things, Global Digital Solutions at DB Schenker.

“We at DB Schenker can see that many freight carriers already use telematics, but the reliability and quality of the information transmitted can vary significantly. This makes the networking of data more difficult, particularly in the case of more complex consignments, because the dimension of the delivery and information on the complete transport plan is not easily accessible. Industry 4.0 requires connectivity of all parties involved.

“Real-time data for position and remaining travel time are the key factors to further optimise supply chains.”

With around 76,000 employees in more than 130 countries, DB Schenker is one of the world’s largest logistics service providers.

The industry still works with very large target times and time windows within its supply chains, which include high security margins. This prevents optimum utilisation of loading ramps and times.

Increased connectivity in production also requires reliable data at all times - including supplier data, especially in "just-in-time production".

WEBFLEET, Webfleet Solutions’ Software-as-a-Service solution, enables its customers to share shipment information across different means of transport via open APIs. In this way, the complete delivery process can be seamlessly traced - in compliance with legal and data protection regulations.

“Often not all vehicles and means of transport involved in the supply chain are already connected,” said Taco van der Leij, vice president at Webfleet Solutions Europe. “And even if they are, this data is only visible to the owner and can only be used in the direct context of the delivery.”

“Shipment information and telematics data still come together too rarely. Via our telematics solution WEBFLEET, fleet operators can very easily share explicit data, for example at sub-fleet level.

“In this way, DB Schenker receives position data in real time and can track the complete progress of the selected shipments."

With this partnership, DB Schenker is making a further step in optimising freight movement through better utilisation of shipping methods via connectivity between all stakeholders in the supply chain. 

Fleet News Awards + Commercial Fleet Awards 2021

The Fleet News Awards is moving to a new date for 2021.

Traditionally held in March, next year the awards night moves to June 29 at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. It will also for the first time incorporate the Commercial Fleet Awards to create an unparalleled celebration that honours and recognises excellence across every part of the fleet sector.

Stephen Briers, editor-in-chief of Fleet News, said: “With the industry in turmoil due to the coronavirus pandemic, we had a chance to reflect and review our awards proposition for 2021. While going virtual is an option, and one we are very excited about with our Fleet & Mobility Live show in November, we believe that an awards evening is also a networking evening and a chance to meet old friends and make new acquaintances in a relaxed environment.

“For many guests, it’s their industry highlight of the year. That’s why we decided to move the date to give us a better chance of being live at the Grosvenor House.”

Fleet News Awards 2021, incorporating Commercial Fleet Awards, will offer a unique opportunity to bring together the entire fleet sector to celebrate and honour the best people, companies and vehicles.

It is set to become the biggest and most important night in fleet. Further details about awards categories, judges and auditing will be released in January when Fleet News officially launches the Fleet News Awards 2021.

If you can’t wait until then, and want to know more, please email

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