Amsterdam Airport Schiphol said it is “increasing trust and transparency in the supply chain” by linking flower shipment data to air waybill numbers at source, part of its Smart Cargo Mainport Program (SCMP).
The SCMP aims to make Schiphol the ‘Smartest Airpor’t in Europe through increased use of data sharing and includes initiatives such as the Holland Flower Alliance Data Sharing Working Group, which piloted the scheme.
Flower shipment data such as number of boxes, flower type, and number of flowers and stems in each box, is linked to Air Waybill numbers by the portal, which then generates a unique GLN code that gives all users access to all the data in one place.
In successful pilots on journeys from Nairobi, Kenya, to the flower auction in Aalsmeer in the Netherlands, shipments of flowers remained traceable, in real-time and on shipment level, throughout the journey, including both product and shipment information.
The unique GLN code comprises of a shipment reference and an order code, creating a universally recognised format that cannot be duplicated and providing end-to-end visibility that each supply chain partner can access through their own internal systems.
This provides each party in the chain with more information, earlier in the chain, so that they can track and trace shipments in real time along the whole journey, more effectively planning their own operation and reacting in real time to changes in circumstance.
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol head of cargo, Jonas van Stekelenburg said: “Through close collaboration between the floriculture and air cargo sectors, we are now able to link two critical sets of data and increase trust between parties by making that data available to everyone at all times.
“The new portal uses a unique ‘global standard 1’ code (GLN) combined with an order number. This way the system excludes duplications of either order numbers or Air Waybill numbers.”
Holland Flower Alliance partners along with Kuehne + Nagel and Panalpina are now working towards user-friendly ways of presenting the data to the end customer.
Air France KLM EVP and Martinair MD, Marcel de Nooijer added: “This unique collaboration by means of SCMP and the Holland Flower Alliance is of great value for the precious supply chain of floriculture cargo.
“By joining hands, we are really working hard to increase efficiency and quality and to lower costs throughout the whole supply chain.
“The development and launch of this data sharing platform is a real example that we are doing ‘new stuff’ benefiting all stakeholders in the floriculture chain.”
The portal was developed after consultation with the Cargo Community identified priorities for the perishable cool chain, with the ability to track and trace on box level from farm to auction appearing as a unanimous priority for all parties.
The SCMP aims to increase efficiencies at Schiphol through increased use to data sharing, and projects that fall under the program include Pharma Gateway Amsterdam, and EU Green Fast Lanes.