Dachser continued to grow in fiscal year 2016, generating consolidated gross revenue of around €5,71 billion – representing a consolidated revenue increase of 1,7% on the previous year. The number of shipments rose by 2,4% to 80 million, and tonnage by 2,4% to 38,2 million tonnes. The growth was driven by European overland transport as well as food logistics.
“Despite the volatility of the global economy, we were able to maintain our stable market position through organic growth at the previous years’ levels, while simultaneously developing solutions for tomorrow’s market,” says Dachser CEO Bernhard Simon.
In the Road Logistics business field, which accounts for 75% of Dachser’s total revenue, the European Logistics (EL) business line profited from the company’s consistent export strategy, which resulted in a 2,4% increase in net revenue to €3,5 billion. Shipments and tonnage increased by 2,2 and 2,3%, respectively. “Our country organisations have benefited all around from the strong demand for cross-border transports in the European single market. As far as the exchange of goods is concerned, Europe is and will remain stable and closely interconnected,” comments Simon.
Dachser Food Logistics once again achieved the highest growth rate, with revenue increasing by 9,5% to €812 million. It has been buoyed primarily by strong domestic business in Germany’s consumer goods sector. The second component in its success is the European Food Network for cross-border food transport.
With 13 partners, 10 associate members and regular line haul services among 34 countries, the Food Network has the greatest geographic coverage in Europe. “Our market-leading level of quality and the positive effects of the European Food Hub in Erlensee near Frankfurt contributed to this satisfying growth,” says Simon.
In the Dachser Air & Sea Logistics business field, revenue decreased by 3% to €1,54 billion, while the number of shipments remained constant. The decrease in revenue was due to low international freight rates, especially in sea freight, and negative currency effects. “We know how to deal with the volatile nature of international air and sea freight, and are consistently expanding this business field,” says Simon.
Meanwhile, Dachser has increased the volume of its planned investments from €125 million in 2016 to €177 million in 2017. The main focus of these investments lies on expanding network locations, IT systems and research and development. “We are intensively studying all aspects of the logistics solutions of the future and the extent to which they can be digitalised. Dachser has launched group-wide innovation processes at numerous levels in order to maintain its pioneering role in the industry,” says Simon.
The logistics provider has also invested in the expansion of its contract logistics services, creating more than 350 000 m² of additional warehouse space providing room for over 300 000 pallets in the past two years alone. Dachser can thus now offer its customers over two million pallet spaces in almost 200 warehouses on four continents.