Schiphol votes for in­no­va­tion and lead­er­ship

Mem­bers of Am­s­ter­dam Air­port Schiphol’s lo­gis­tics com­mu­nity sup­port the con­tin­u­ing drive for in­no­va­tion and in­dus­try lead­er­ship, and want it to be jointly led by the air­port’s cargo depart­ment, Air Cargo Nether­lands and Carg­onaut (the Schiphol cargo commu

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At a cargo event or­gan­ised by Carg­onaut to re­search views on fu­ture in­no­va­tion, the del­e­gates were privy to three pre­sen­ta­tions and then they voted on 13 ques­tions. Al­most all del­e­gates felt Schiphol should con­tinue to play a lead­ing role in global air cargo and agreed that it would be nec­es­sary to work dif­fer­ently to sus­tain growth within the air­port’s cur­rent foot­print.

Del­e­gates agreed that a uni­fied in­for­ma­tion plat­form would be a dif­fer­en­tia­tor and that an air­port in­for­ma­tion plat­form such as Carg­onaut is an es­sen­tial el­e­ment in the lo­gis­tics data pipe­line. Most del­e­gates said they would willingly share more in­for­ma­tion with the au­thor­i­ties, sub­ject to cer­tain un­der­tak­ings and that fu­ture im­prove­ments in pro­cess­ing should fo­cus on trusted trade lanes and trusted traders.

Del­e­gates ranked plan­ning and trans­port, trade fa­cil­i­ta­tion and com­pli­ance and in­fra­struc­ture and ca­pac­ity as their three high­est pri­or­i­ties. Asked what they felt were the big­gest in­hibitors to in­no­va­tion, they cited ac­count­abil­ity, dis­trust and per­ceived lack of ur­gency. Most del­e­gates felt that in­no­va­tion re­quires real-life trial rather than re­search, and al­most half said they were pre­pared to play an ac­tive part in fu­ture in­no­va­tion projects.

Luc Schei­del, Com­mer­cial Di­rec­tor, Carg­onaut, says, “The in­dus­try wants to set the agenda and ex­e­cute the in­no­va­tion but it wants Schiphol Group, Air Cargo Nether­lands and Carg­onaut to fa­cil­i­tate this. Our next step will be to or­gan­ise the man­age­ment

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