Due to lockdowns and more difficult general conditions, the logistics sector is also currently struggling. This also applies to PS Food Logistics, a specialist in fruit and vegetable transport based in Neckarsulm. The difficult situation has prompted Managing Director Konstantin Popov to launch several online initiatives together with his colleagues in the sector. The purpose of the thing, he says, is to better network the various stages of the supply chain and thus to join forces.
Almost a year after the first outbreak of the Corona virus, Popov has now taken the time to look back on an eventful year. "During the first lockdown, we were particularly affected by the entry stops and the subsequent uncertainty in the industry. Accordingly, capacity utilisation was significantly lower than usual. Now, during the second lockdown, the order situation for us forwarders is also rather modest."
Networking the entire supply chain
According to Popov, joining forces and close, overlapping cooperation are the key to success, even in the long term. That is why he and his business partner created the Dako Log online platform a few weeks ago. There should be no dumping prices on the freight exchange even after the crisis, things should be fair there, they plead. "DAKO LOG is a web-based business platform for the transport and food logistics industry with a focus on process optimisation. Freight and loading space offers are an integral part of our business platform."
However, the project does not only focus on forwarders and transport companies, but on all stages of the supply chain. "We want to connect producers and traders as well as logistics service providers. The farmer can register with us and then know within a very short time what to expect in terms of the market. In concrete terms, we want to take the pulse of the times and simplify and digitalise the entire process, from purchasing to delivery. In the food sector, people still too often fall back on traditional means of communication, such as fax."
DAKO LOG focuses primarily on the German market, but an English platform for the international sector will also be launched in the near future, Popov confirms.
Upcoming harvest season
Regardless of all future-oriented initiatives, Popov is rather critical about the upcoming German harvest season. "It is difficult to predict what is still to come, we just have to wait and see how the season rolls on. Especially for traditional German products, such as asparagus and soft fruit, I expect sales figures to decline again this year. Because I don't think we can rule out new entry bans. So in 2021, too, it's a case of observe, analyse, act."