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Data link-up helps Schiphol keep track of flower shipments

[ March 14, 2018   //   ]

Schiphol airport has launched a scheme that links flower shipment information with airwaybill numbers through its Smart Cargo Mainport Program (SCMP) portal.

The scheme has been piloted by the Holland Flower Alliance Data Sharing Working Group, which piloted the scheme.

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 code that gives all users access to all the data in one place.

The system has been piloted on shipments from Nairobi, Kenya, to the flower auction in Aalsmeer in the Netherlands. Flowers remained traceable, in real time and on shipment level, throughout the journey, including both product and shipment information, said the airport.

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 its own internal systems.

This gives more information, earlier in the chain, allowing shipments to be tracked and traced in real time along the whole journey.

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.




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