News: Quintiq to optimize DB Schenker Rail’s pan-European operations

October 8, 2013 - Quintiq, a global leader in supply chain planning and optimization (SCP&O) platform, announced today that it will provide its optimization platform to DB Schenker Rail AG, a leader in rail freight transport, to integrate its rail network across Europe. Quintiq will work with IT consultants Ab Ovo and DB Schenker Rail’s in-house IT department to implement the platform, increasing profitability as well as lowering costs and wastage.

DB Schenker Rail operates one of the largest freight car and locomotive fleets in Europe, with 5,300 freight trains running daily and covering 100 billion metric ton-kilometers annually. To manage the need for large-scale efficiency improvement, Quintiq’s platform will be deployed across the organization to solve intricate rail freight planning puzzles, including managing driver qualifications, processing traction knowledge and ensuring locomotive and track restrictions are adhered to.

Included in the terms of the deal is the creation of a support center for DB Schenker’s Quintiq solution. The center will be set up by DB Systel and staffed by DB Systel, Ab Ovo and Quintiq, which has agreed to make available its certified consultants for the joint enterprise.

“We chose Quintiq because they are able to deliver solutions configured to address all of our needs, empowering us to create a Europe-wide integrated operations network while reducing costs and improving customer service,” said Oliver Barthel, chief information officer at DB Schenker Rail GmbH. “DB Schenker Rail has used Quintiq for several years across its Netherland, German and Danish networks, and have had positive experiences and excellent results. We are excited to extend our relationship with Quintiq for the duration of this project."

“We are proud to continue working with DB Schenker Rail, an industry leader in transportation and logistics,” said Arjen Heeres, chief operations officer at Quintiq. “DB Schenker Rail’s decision to partner with Quintiq is affirmation of our company’s expertise and ability to deliver an integrated planning platform to support the world’s largest and most complex planning puzzles.”

About DB Schenker Rail

DB Schenker Rail AG, the rail freight company of Deutsche Bahn, is the leading provider in European rail freight transport with approximately 4.92 billion euros in revenues and 32,500 employees.

DB Schenker Rail has its own companies, subsidiaries, affiliates and joint ventures operating in 15 countries in Europe. Thanks to its international organization, DB Schenker Rail offers efficient transport solutions in the block train, single car system and intermodal segments. The Steel & Coal; Chemicals & Mineral Oil; Building Materials, Industrial and Consumer Goods; Intermodal; and Automotive Industry Segments are its core areas.

For more information on DB Schenker Rail, visit the company's website at

About Quintiq

Every business has its supply chain planning challenges. Some of those challenges are large. Some are complex. Some seem impossible to solve. Since 1997, Quintiq has been solving each of those challenges with a supply chain planning & optimization software system. Today, approximately 12,000 users in over 80 countries rely on Quintiq software to plan and optimize workforces, logistics and production. Part of Dassault Systèmes (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), Quintiq has offices in the Netherlands, the USA and around the world.