Logistics Live! in the summer term of 2015
Two-day field trip to the companies Adam Opel AG, DB Schenker and Bosch Rexroth AG
In the summer term of 2015 the Department of Management and Logistics again organized the two-day event “Logistics Live!”. The focus of the trip was to gain valuable insights into the logistics divisions of different companies (OEM, first-tier supplier and logistics service provider) and to learn more about job-relevant key qualifications. 35 bachelor and master students of the TU Darmstadt who put an emphasis of their studies on logistics attended the event. Over two days the participants had the opportunity to get to know the companies Adam Opel AG, DB Schenker and Bosch Rexroth AG at the locations Rüsselsheim, Rodgau and Lohr am Main. Furthermore, they got the chance to make contacts to the practice partners on the management level. Thereby, the students were able to experience the fields of activities as well as the duties of logistics managers and capture impulses for their own professional orientation.
The first stop of “Logistics Live!” was the tradition-rich production site Rüsselsheim of the Adam Opel AG. This location can look back on 150 years of traditions. Today, mainly the two models Insignia and Zafira leave the production line at this plant. After a welcome from Mrs. Schad (HR Talent Acquisition) in the Adam Opel House, the students got the opportunity to take part in a tour through the production plant. They followed the whole process of car manufacturing, starting in the classic and vintage car workshop. From there, they visited the pressing plant, the car-body construction and followed the cars till their final assembly. In a following presentation Mr. Scholl (Director Opel / Vauxhall Supply Chain) impressively illustrated the students what the challenges of their supply chain are. Thereby, he presented topic “Order Slotting”, which is a new process concerning real-time order processing by comparing available stock. This demonstrated how the collaboration can significantly be improved by digital, cross-functional implementation of new processes. In February 2015 Opel was rewarded for their new Order Slotting process by the VDA (Verband der Deutschen Automobilindustrie). Afterwards the students were invited to join a Job-Speed Dating, where they were able to ask the four directors and six managers of the divisions SC Planning, SC Operations Europe, SC Order Fulfillment and SC Logistics Europe in small groups target-specific questions.
The second stop of the trip was the Logistics Operations Excellence Center (LOEC) of DB Schenker in Rodgau. DB Schenker represents the business field of transportation and logistics of Deutsche Bahn und is one of the world’s largest transportation and logistics service provider. As one of the few LOEC at DB Schenker, the warehouse in Rodgau is an outstanding example for the integration of lean management standards and the implementation of continuous improvement processes in the area of warehousing.
Right at the beginning Mr. Dr. Tran (Research and Innovation Management) introduced DB Schenker and gave the students an idea of the company. Following the presentation, a highlight was the guided tour through the high rack warehouse. During this conclusion of the first day the processes in the warehouse were explained to the students in a very illustrative way.
This year the students traveled for the third station of the event “Logistics Live!” to the headquarters of Bosch Rexroth AG in Lohr am Main. Bosch Rexroth is one of the leading specialists for drive and control technologies. Again the focus of the visit at the plant was the intensive exchange between the representatives of the company and the students. After Mrs. Güther (Employee Marketing and Talent Management) started with a presentation about the company, the logistics plant manager, Mr. Lindemann, introduced and explained the logistics division at Bosch Rexroth in more detail. He guided the students for an one-hour tour through the plant. During and after the tour the students had the chance to ask Mr. Lindemann questions about the different processes, from the arrival of incoming goods to the fully automated high rack warehouse, the production line and the shipment of goods. Moreover, they were able to discuss solutions for logistical problems with Mr. Lindemann.
After all participants were invited for lunch, the career options at Bosch Rexroth were presented. In this context a member of the PreMaster Program (entry with a bachelor degree) and a member of the Graduate Specialist Program (entry with a master degree) talked about their development and showed the students possible directions for careers in the field of logistics.
Adam Opel AG: Julia Schad, Michael Scholl, Marzell Bandur, Peter Ludwig Deuer, Andreas Graffe, Andreas Ginkel, Arne Sell, Michael Gorny, Andre Dammel, Miriam Wolak, Julia Kennel, Matthias Hecker
DB Schenker: Dr. Chung Anh Tran, Ralf Schröder, Marion Müller
Bosch Rexroth AG: Maria-Luise Güther, Dr. Eckhard Lindemann, Alexander Lintl, Michael Albers
Attendance: 35 students