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DB Schenker silver warehouse in Teresin

At the end of 2017, DB Schenker warehouse in Teresin was assessed for the second time according to Xsite, the global standard of operational excellence. The result of the audit was successful. The Polish location, as the first one worldwide in DB Schenker contract logistics, achieved the silver status.

At the end of 2017, DB Schenker warehouse in Teresin was assessed for the second time according to Xsite, the global standard of operational excellence. The result of the audit was successful. The Polish location, as the first one worldwide in DB Schenker contract logistics, achieved the silver status.

Tom Schmitt, board member, Chief Commercial Officer and Contract Logistics, awards the prize to Janusz Walczak, a member of the warehouse team in Teresin. In the picture from the left: PhD Rafał Tarasewicz, Operational Excellence Director Europe / CL-SCM,  Tom Schmitt, board member, Chief Commercial Officer and Contract Logistics, Janusz Górski, CEO North & East Europe  Janusz Walczak, a member of the warehouse team in Teresin and Dariusz Doroś, VP Contract Logistics North & East Europe.

Xsite – a global business maturity standard

Xsite is a global business maturity standard implemented since 2016 in all DB Schenker contract logistics facilities. Now, it operates in about 40 locations, including two warehouses in the North & East Europe cluster, in Teresin and Chorzów. Implementation is currently underway at the third DB Schenker location in Poland – in Nadarzyn near Warsaw. The assessment of the standard covers the following areas:

  • customer and supplier relations management,
  • finance management,
  • employees and leadership in lean culture,
  • process optimization,
  • health, safety and environment.

Each area is associated with specific questions. The answers indicate the unit’s stage of maturity. The assessment is carried out on four levels: developing, bronze, silver and gold. Xsite is very restrictive and failure to meet even one condition in compulsory areas excludes the warehouse from the fight for a place on the podium.

“The success of our logistics warehouse in Teresin as the best one among 800 Schenker warehouses worldwide is based on Lean Management and continuous improvement of processes. Continuous improvement is possible only by engaging employees in this process. As a result, the level of their involvement and their impact on the organisation is also growing. These are the key elements of the Lean culture that we have been building in Schenker for 5 years,” says Janusz Górski, DB Schenker North & East Europe Cluster CEO.

During the assessment, special attention was paid to the safety of employees and visitors, risk management, daily audits and observation of potentially dangerous events in order to eliminate them. The high level of management of employee competence as well as development plans and daily table briefings

in each team were also appreciated as one of the elements of building the Lean culture. The monitoring of KAMISHIBAI standards was also included (i.e. daily random checks of critical process standards in the warehouse). The assessors also highly rated the level of visual management in the location and improvements in this area.

In 2016, the warehouse in Teresin obtained the bronze status. At that time, it was also the best result among all locations worldwide where Xsite was being implemented. The commitment and effort of nearly 60 people working in this facility on a daily basis paid off and during the last audit the warehouse in Teresin obtained an even higher rating – silver.
“The audit carried out by international experts confirmed that Teresin is one of the most mature locations, operationally and leanwise, in the entire contract logistics of DB Schenker. The Polish location received the silver rating as the first one worldwide. It would not have been possible without the hard work, passion and motivation of people employed in Teresin,” says Rafał Tarasewicz, Operational Excellence Director in DB Schenker Europe contract logistics.