On 7 December 2015, dbh Logistics IT AG (dbh) extended an invitation to its traditional Nikolaus Open House (NOH) at its Bremen headquarters on Martinistraße. Just shy of 130 guests accepted the invitation and helped to make this year's event an unforgettable occasion once again.


There was a cosy atmosphere in the dbh house from 1:30 pm as guests from industry and trade, the freight forwarding and logistics sectors and shipping and ports descended on the company headquarters to enjoy some Christmas punch and light refreshments. After a welcome by Marco Molitor, CEO of dbh, it was then time for the first round of talks — with two highly topical subjects.

Daniel Braß, Key Account Manager IT Services at dbh, kicked off proceedings by answering the question "Cloud computing — hype or perspective?". Uwe Liebschner, Consultant for Customs and Foreign Trade at dbh, followed with a look at the topic "The truth about the Union Customs Code: Regulations, grey areas and consequences". As Chairman of the IPCSA Customs Committee, Mr Liebschner is involved in many bodies of the European Commission and is therefore able to provide qualified, first-hand information.

There was also plenty on offer during the break. As well as short presentations on dbh products and exhibitions about EU projects in which dbh is involved, there was time for meet and greets before the second round of talks began. During this session, Sven Weitzmann, General Director of MediaLex Verlag GmbH, spoke about the "National Single Window: Experiences, status, outlook", with a particular focus on the import and transshipment of goods required by vets. Guests also enjoyed a talk by another external speaker: Markus Lohmann, Managing Director of Vallée und Partner - Beratung für Logistik und IT (logistics and IT consulting services). Mr Lohmann provided an impressive explanation of "Industry 4.0 from a logistics perspective".

Before the established event drew to a close with the Christmas buffet and lots of networking at the Nikolaus Open House bar, there was time for one last important announcement from dbh.


After some 29 years, dbh CEO Reimund Ott is leaving the company to enjoy his well-deserved retirement. He began his career at dbh as an IT organiser and progressed to become an authorised officer and managing director before becoming CEO, a role that Mr Ott was appointed to in 2001 when the company became a joint-stock company. "During his many years with the company, Reimund Ott has helped to transform dbh from purely a port service provider into a software manufacturer and data centre service provider that is recognised across Europe. He has shaped dbh greatly with his work and leadership," summarises Marco Molitor. And, of course, the last word belongs to the departing CEO.

"I would like to say thank you for the support and, above all, for the trust that was placed in me and dbh," said Reimund Ott. He continued: "Please continue to give this trust and support to Marco Molitor — he has the fantastic task of taking the company forward alone from 1 January 2016."

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