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Logistics made easy with DB Schenker and what3words

Logistics companies around the world face a global challenge: imprecise addressing.

Large sites such as factories, warehouses or event spaces often have several access points, making specific drop-off locations or delivery entrances extremely hard to identify and navigate to.

DB Schenker is paving the way in the logistics industry, by adopting new technologies like what3words in to the DB eSchenker platform. what3words is a UK based company that has developed a revolutionary new way of talking about location.

How it works:


what3words has divided the world into 3m x 3m squares, each with a unique address made from three dictionary words – a 3 word address. This means that everywhere now has an address, for example ///smiling.always.seating refers to the exact 3m x 3m square of the front door to the DB Schenker Head Office in Essen.

The what3words integration into the eSchenker Portal will enable more than 110,000 DB Schenker clients, who make over 500,000 bookings a month, to optimize their supply chains by specifying pick-up and drop-off points using a 3 word address.

Markus Sontheimer (right), CIO/CDO of DB Schenker says: “Our cooperation with what3words is another new service of DB Schenkers connect strategy towards a fully digital eco-system. Especially with regard to trade shows or exhibitions, it provides our drivers with exact delivery points and thus allows us to serve our customers even faster and better.” 

Giles Rhys-Jones (left), CMO of what3words adds: “In a recent study conducted in Germany, we found that 73% deliveries struggle to find a home or business address. And, in more than a quarter of cases, delivery drivers have to seek additional information in order to locate an exact drop-off point. what3words solves this problem for both sides - improving efficiencies and improving customer experience.”