What one question would Dr Thomas Lieb, Chairman of DB Schenker Logistics, ask 3PL CEOs?

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eyefortransport’s CEO, Chris Saynor recently conducted a phone interview with Dr Thomas Lieb, Chairman of DB Schenker Logistics. Dr Lieb shared with eyefortransport the one question that he would ask 3PL CEOs, amongst other surprisingly frank comments.

Dr Lieb indicated that he would ask 3PL CEOs how they see economic development from 2012 and going forward. Dr Lieb commented, “I think all of us are busy with that question because, depending on the answer to that question, you have to plan and execute your capacities and work out how to steer a global organization like Schenker.” Echoing this view, Chris Saynor commented, “As always as in the past 3 or 4 years, we’ve been asking ourselves what’s happening every 6 months and every time, the situation looks different.”

In a more positive light, Chris & Dr Lieb also discussed the biggest opportunities for 3PLs going forward. 2 years ago, Dr Lieb shared in a written interview, his answer to the very same question. In 2010, his opinion was that emerging markets and opportunities for green solutions would represent the biggest opportunities for growth.

This year, Dr Lieb shared Schenker’ s strategy for growth from 2012 onwards. Emerging markets once again represent a significant opportunity, with global logistics providers “needing to have infrastructure in those countries where we see highest growth” according to Dr Lieb. That strategy, he says, will not change for the next 5 years. Green solutions still also represent an opportunity for Schenker – Dr Lieb indicated that they want to become a “pioneer in the environmental area”.

Also discussed is whether there are still significant opportunities to gain market share through consolidation and acquisitions or whether we have seen ‘big deal’ activity concluded. Dr Lieb shared Schenker’ s strategy, indicating a focus on selective acquisitions to create opportunities for completing their global network.

To listen to the full 11 part interview, click here: http://events.eft.com/eu3pl/content2.php

For more information on this interview or the 3PL Summit taking place in Antwerp, October 22-24, contact Sarah Reynolds – sreynolds(at)eft(dot)com

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