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Amsterdam Airport Schiphol’s Smart Cargo Mainport Program (SCMP) has come a long way since its launch two years ago.
The aim of SCMP is to shape Europe’s smartest cargo hub and we highly value the ability of the Cargo Community around Schiphol to cooperate and work together to enhance the flow of freight through the Schiphol hub.
SCMP is the biggest example of how we are effectively driving innovation through cooperation. Within this program we tackle three kinds of cargo related bottlenecks: 1) digital information (centrally accessible and making use of it), 2) landside logistics (such as truck planning), and 3) vertical optimization.
Amongst other initiatives, SCMP is working on:
- Optimal Landside Logistics in the form of Landside Pickup and Delivery to ensure seamless transport of cargo by road
- Automated Nomination to utilise smart software algorithms to speed up the nomination on ULD pallets of imported cargo to be able to identify and deliver the goods sooner to the receiving exporter
- The Compliance Checker, that allows shipments to be checked against customs regulations of the importing country, even before the shipment has left the exporting country.
As we now move into implementing the above initiatives, the SCMP recently appointed Edwin Wenink as the new SCMP Program Manager.
Edwin worked with Royal FloraHolland for twelve years before joining SCMP. He is also a passionate advocate of the benefits of collaboration, making him the ideal candidate to lead the ongoing SCMP project, as he explains in the Q&A below.
During my previous role at Royal FloraHolland, I worked closely with KLM and Schiphol in the Holland Flower Alliance. Alongside that role, from 2014 until 2016, I was responsible for Q7 Air Cargo, a joint venture between Royal FloraHolland and Onyx Logistics. The project primarily focused on cut flowers moving by air from Nairobi, Kenya to the Netherlands, which gave me exposure to perishable air freight trade lanes operating between Southern Africa and the Netherlands.
The experience taught me about the complexities of the air cargo supply chain - particularly from emerging markets in Africa into Schiphol - and also gave me exposure to the specific challenges involved in growing the already strong position of Schiphol as the major European air freight hub for perishable traffic.
Joining SCMP as Program Manager is a challenging assignment, but one that I am excited about. During the last 12 years, I have been responsible for many collaborative projects in the flower industry and collaboration is something that I enjoy. Working with others is not always easy because everyone has their own objectives, so it can be challenging to find a way forward that works for all stakeholders involved. I am looking forward to tackling these challenges and finding suitable solutions.
I believe that, if we are trying to make things better, the solution should be beneficial for everyone, not just for one group of people. Otherwise it won’t be a sustainable model and people won’t want to cooperate with each other. However, for a collaborative project to be a success, there should also be a focus on each individual company and their needs, so that is what I intend to incorporate into SCMP.
SCMP is very important for the future of Schiphol as an air cargo hub because industries are becoming more transparent and people are now communicating easily and quickly. SCMP can further facilitate that. Schiphol is very efficient with a continuous focus on operational process improvement. That can only be achieved by collaboration. Winning the award for Airport of the Year 2019 at the recent Air Cargo Week World Air Cargo Awards is something that we are very proud of and is a stimulus to keep working on the SCMP projects.
Sustainability is also a key component of SCMP, such as reducing Co2 emissions from trucks when they are waiting. This is not just a responsibility for Schiphol in terms of ensuring an efficient air cargo supply chain, but it is also a responsibility for us on a local level to reduce congestion for the benefit of the environment and surrounding areas.
By creating a platform where people can find and meet each other, SCMP is helping companies to work together – especially those that don’t have the time or the means to develop alliances independently. SCMP can facilitate the process and allow users to communicate and interact easily with each other.
For more information about SCMP, visit schiphol.nl/cargo