DB Schenker Rail is to start using a software platform supplied by Quintiq, the supply chain planning and optimisation provider, 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, which the company said would increase profitability, as well as lower costs and reduce waste.

The platform will be used across the DB Schenker Rail fleet, which includes 5,300 freight trains running daily, to manage freight planning. This will also include the management of driver qualifications, processing traction knowledge and ensuring locomotive and track restrictions are adhered to.

DB Systel, which provides information communications technology (ICT) services in Germany, will set up a support centre for the platform with its own staff and certified consultants from Ab Ovo and Quintiq.

“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. “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."

DB Schenker Rail’s European rail freight network generates revenue of around €4.92m. Automotive is one of its core sectors.