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BONN: May 08, 2017. DHL Global Forwarding has opened a rail competence center in Stuttgart to coordinate its growing rail business between Germany and Asia.

Volker Oesau, company CEO for Germany and Central Europe, said the move was prompted by a 10-fold increase in rail volumes between Germany and Asia in one year. "In order to meet ever-increasing demand, the onus is on us to grow, optimize processes and create synergies," he explained.

DHL Shanghai railDHL Global Forwarding's rail team provides end-to-end logistics support for customers in the automotive, technology, mechanical engineering and retail sectors, with seven door-to-door rail services per week in Eurasia.

The trains connect via the trans-Kazakh western corridor and the trans-Siberian northern corridor to a network of rail hubs in China, Taiwan, Japan and South Korea. Service options include LCL, FCL and reefer services with pre-carriage and onward carriage by truck or combined rail transport.

DHL thinks logistics - whatever the mode - will play a major role in shaping the new 'Sharing Economy' in a report based on sharing, not owning, assets. The research provides insights to help understand the concept, learn best practices from other industries, and presents practical applications of the Sharing Economy within the logistics value chain.

"Logistics providers can really benefit from sharing their own assets, as well as facilitate the sharing of goods that are a hassle to transport," said Matthias Heutger, senior vice president Strategy, Marketing & Innovation, DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation.

"Digital sharing platforms give instant access to what's available from online networks of users, including but not limited to hotel rooms, taxis, construction equipment household items and even people's personal time or skills.

"Logistics providers can leverage these developments via more cost-effective usage of warehouse space, more efficient transportation and delivery methods, or flexible staffing models," he added.

Click here to download the report.

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