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PodcastHow the rail freight operator should get out of the crisis with digital technology

Sigrid Nikutta wants to get the rail freight operator out of the crisisimago images / Rüdiger Wölk

Artificial intelligence, blockchain or social bots – the future is digital. But how digital is Germany actually? In the podcast “So techt Germany” the best digital experts provide insights into the tech scene.


The train is seen as an environmentally friendly alternative to road transport by truck. But freight transport by rail has been in crisis for years. Last year the DB Cargo rail division posted a loss of 488 million euros.

Sigrid Nikutta, CEO of DB Cargo, wants to turn the world around in freight transport. The main goal is to replace the truck as the most important means of transport in logistics. “It’s not enough to buy organic. It must also have been transported organically, ”she says. The more environmentally friendly solution is rail transport.

Digitization is the “game changer”

In addition to the aspect of the environment, digitalization is playing a central role in the transition at DB Cargo. She is the “game changer”. Where today the individual wagons still have to be manually linked, which is time-consuming, digital technology should soon ensure automation. 500,000 wagons will be digitally upgraded and equipped with an automated coupling. “With that I really have a digital pull chain,” says Nikutta.

As head of the Berlin transport company, she already proved that the manager knows how to be successful. She has no problem calling herself a “quota woman”. Nikutta saw things differently at the beginning of her career. She is now even a fan of the women’s quota and a supporter of the “Stern” campaign. The quota currently applies to 105 German companies, but changes with the new law.

In the new episode of “So techt Germany”, Sigrid Nikutta explains why there is a male quota in Germany and what further steps are planned with DB Cargo.


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