In response to substantial growth volumes recently experienced by global logistics specialist GEODIS Netherlands, the company announced the launch of its Airside Gateway – an innovative airfreight handling system located at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport hub, right next to the runway.
The Gateway offers 2500 m2 of warehouse and office space and serves as another step towards the company’s goal of streamlining efficiencies using innovation for the customer’s benefit.
“We estimate that Gateway will bring a significant decrease in airfreight handling times, ensuring quicker delivery of cargo and a better service to our customers,” Ellis de Jong, Operations Director Freight Forwarding said in the announcement. “Export wise, with Gateway we gain more efficiencies on the consolidation side.”
This effort not only supports meeting the increase in demand, but paves a way for a jump start in efficient delivery of goods while enhancing security measures. The announcement confirms the company is following the growth strategy set in place involving innovation and the Amsterdam Gateway.
“The opening of the Amsterdam Gateway is the next important step in both our regional planning and in our global growth ambitions. It will substantially increase our competitiveness and reinforce the crucial hubbing function of our airfreight operation in the region,” concluded Thomas Kraus, President & CEO North, East and Central Europe.
Europe’s fourth largest air cargo hub, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol teams up with the Holland Flower Alliance to support efforts surrounding the Ideal Flowerbox initiative. The goal of the initiative is to create a system of standardization and space efficiencies in shipping flowers, benefiting the flower supply chain in the region.
“The shipment of flowers is an important activity at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, so we are very supportive of the Ideal Flowerbox project and we are excited about the initial trial results showing how the box can improve sustainability in the supply chain,” said Roos Bakker, Director Business Development, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.
“We actively encourage innovation within the air cargo community, and we believe that collaboration with the HFA partners will continue to yield positive results for all stakeholders involved in the shipment of flowers.”
After a successful first trial run led by Royal FloraHolland’s Senior Consultant Christo van der Meer, a second phase for the trial period is in the works and could lead to future implementation of the strategy on additional flower routes in 2019.
“The initial trial was very successful with a 15 per cent increase of weight on airline pallets and boxes on the Nairobi to Amsterdam route, which demonstrates the value of collaboration between Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, KLM Cargo, and Royal FloraHolland,” said van der Meer.
“The results show that with the use of the Ideal Flowerbox we are able to optimise the aircraft’s load factor, which is beneficial for a sustainable and efficient operation.”