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DB Schenker organises third Supply Chain Day for students at Thomas More

Schenker NV and Thomas More College work together as ‘Partners in Education’. In doing so, Schenker and this Mechelen college aim to give students a taste of what business is all about.

(Antwerp, 28 April 2017) On 27 April, as part of ‘Partners in Education’, DB Schenker organised its third Supply Chain Day for 60 first-year students studying for a Bachelor in Logistical Management & Business Management at Thomas More College.

In 2015 Schenker NV signed a framework agreement as ‘Partners in Education’ with Thomas More College in Mechelen. The aim of this partnership is to allow young people to find out more about business on a structural level. DB Schenker gets involved in providing logistical training which is closely linked to real-life requirements. This is the reason why DB Schenker is organising its third Supply Chain Day in its logistical branch in Willebroek. The 60 first-year students in the department of Logistical Management & Business Management were given the theory behind the activities in the warehouse before following an identical path in the warehouse to the goods themselves. The students were given a peek behind the scenes of an automated warehouse equipped with the very latest technology. The warehouse in Willebroek features an automated robot, which is able to unload an lorry without human help. In the process the students also discover that DB Schenker is an attractive employer.

Earlier this academic year, in December 2016, second-year students from Thomas More were lectured on the Belgian kilometre-based toll by the guest speaker Stefaan Bertels, Head of Collection & Distribution BeNeLux. Stefaan Bertels was responsible for providing Schenker with a standardised method to assess the implications of this toll on groupage consignments. “Our primary focus was to promote a clear understanding of this Belgian kilometre-based toll. Although this may appear an easy task at first sight, when you look more closely it soon becomes clear that the impact is far greater than expected. Messages in the media soon gave rise to an interesting and open discussion with the students about the pros and cons of this type of toll.”

“It is always an eye opener for first-year students to see how logistics works in practice. We want the students to discover more about this particular field. We also aim to help them with their bachelor studies and are pleased to help in providing an apprenticeship”, confirms Berlinde Picavet, Operations Manager Willebroek.

DB Schenker is among the top 3 logistical service providers in the BeNeLux. With around 4,000 employees, and 28 strategically-located logistical centres and offices, Schenker is able to offer a fully integrated service when it comes to land transport, air freight, sea freight, fairs & events, contract logistics and supply chain management. Schenker Logistics BeNeLux joins the nine other clusters in Europe to complete the European region.

Last modified: 28.04.2017


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