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
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