Amsterdam Airport Schiphol makes major move to transport key commodity for Netherlands efficiently

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Dec 20, 2018: Amsterdam Airport Schiphol recently took a major move to support the sustainability in the shipment of flowers by working with Holland Flower Alliance (HFA) to implement the Ideal Flowerbox, standardized packaging solution for flower shipments.

Explaining it in detail, the airport states in its release, “The Ideal Flowerbox, funded by HFA, is a standardised box and pallet to make the shipment of flowers more efficient and sustainable.”

HFA is an alliance between Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, KLM Cargo, and Royal FloraHolland. The HFA successfully completed a two-month trial on the Nairobi, Africa to Amsterdam, Netherlands route, which increased the weight on airline pallets of flower shipments by 15 percent, resulting in a more efficient and sustainable process for transporting flowers – a key commodity for the economy of the Netherlands.

“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.

The Ideal Flowerbox project was launched to reduce unused space between flower boxes and pallets on shipments by introducing a standardised size, and to increase sustainability in the flower supply chain.

Christo van der Meer, Senior Consultant Supply Chain Innovation at Royal FloraHolland, led the pilot project task force and is preparing for the second phase of the trial.

“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.”

Pending a successful second phase of the trial, the HFA will evaluate the results and consider implementing the Ideal Flowerbox on more flower shipment routes in 2019.

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