DB Schenker is the preferred partner when complex logistics services are called for. The company belongs to the Deutsche Bahn AG and supports industry and the retail trade with tailored concepts for the global exchange of goods – by overland transport, worldwide air and sea freight, in contract logistics and supply chain management. Around 5,000 employees are involved in contract logistics in 25 facilities across Germany. ATOSS Workforce Management is tasked with optimizing the highly complex duty schedules in this area, increasing planning quality and flexibilizing the deployment of staff.
Managing the large number of different qualifications at individual locations presents a particular challenge. In Leipzig, where the pilot project was conducted, 1,500 employees supply components to a renowned German automobile manufacturer in China and South Africa. Every day, more than 100 containers are professionally packed and readied for shipment. These operations require around 1,300 different qualifications. No problem for our Enterprise Solution, as the scheduling process also incorporates qualifications besides statutory regulations, collective pay-scales, company agreements as well as special rules. The planning staff benefit from the clear display of workplaces and the relevant requirements. Warnings prevent breaches of the rules and point out if training sessions are needed. To further enhance the quality of planning, in future DB Schenker will also be relying on the Automatic Duty Plan to generate a rule-based duty plan proposal. Following the successful pilot project in Leipzig, the solution will be successively rolled out across Germany. Five additional locations are on the agenda for 2017.
Source: ATOSS Annual Report 2016
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