This is how logistics works in RLP – SWR Aktuell

April 21 is the nationwide Day of Logistics. Companies, organizations and institutes in Rhineland-Palatinate open their doors on site or online – so that everyone can take a look behind the scenes.

Recently, logistics companies from the country have been struggling with various problems. The shortage of long-distance drivers has been a challenge for the industry for a long time. In addition, the effects of the Ukraine war can be clearly felt: the rising fuel prices are currently causing tension in the market.

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What is meant by logistics?

There is an extensive logistical process behind every product in the supermarket, every package delivered and every new car. Almost all sectors of the economy depend on the availability and strength of logistics.

When it comes to logistics, one often only thinks of transport, handling and storage. But the intelligent planning and control of value chains also counts in this area. Logistics is responsible for ensuring that a good is available in the right quantity, in the right condition, in the right place, at the right time, for the right customer and at the right cost. So, for example, local public transport, parcel deliveries at weekends and military logistics also fall into this area of ​​work.

How big is the industry?

With a turnover of around 279 billion euros in 2020 and more than three million employees, logistics is the third largest economic sector in Germany after trade and the automotive industry. The logistics sector is also an important part of the economy in Rhineland-Palatinate, where more than 100,000 people work. For companies, Rhineland-Palatinate has the advantage of being close to the major markets of Benelux, Rhine-Ruhr, Rhine-Main and Rhine-Neckar. In addition, all transport routes are available in this country: roads, rails, waterways and the air.

This is what companies offer on the day of action

This year, three companies from Rhineland-Palatinate are offering events on Logistics Day: The dangerous goods specialist DB Cargo BTT, headquartered in Mainz, is offering a digital event. Employees talk about their work. The inventory manager Bernd Schäfer from Osthofen offers online and telephone consultation appointments on the subject of inventory management for companies. And in Germersheim there will be a face-to-face event at which the company G. Peter Reber Möbel-Logistik will present itself.

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