Reliability: our number-one priority

Logistics chains are always changing. Shippers and freight forwarders are expected to consistently anticipate deviations – on time and at acceptable costs. And the key word throughout is: reliability.

A lack of reliability leads to considerable waste in the chain. And it is precisely activities like inland transport – at the start or end of the supply chain – that can have a major impact on warehouse planning. This calls for insight into factors like lead times, the modal split, costs (hidden or otherwise) and an activity’s carbon footprint.

However, we currently lack the standards and tools necessary for monitoring and analysing the performance of this hinterland transport stage.

SCOPE: a joint approach to optimise the supply chain

As a port authority, we strive to create added value for shippers and freight forwarders by helping them improve their supply chains via Rotterdam.
One of the services we offer in this context is SCOPE: the Supply Chain Optimisation and Performance Engine.

This service provides insight into the performance of a shipper’s inland supply chain, based on the historical data shared by the firm regarding its container flow between Rotterdam and a location in the hinterland.

SCOPE invites the various chain parties involved to discuss this objective insight, so they can jointly identify and implement options to improve chain performance. This consultation takes place during two workshops, during which all parties in the chain are welcome to pull up a chair.

Besides the shipper, this includes the freight forwarder, the inland terminal and deep sea terminal operators and, in some cases, the shipping line. The Port of Rotterdam Authority facilitates this process and performs the analysis.

White paper: Moving towards more efficient inland container transport with SCOPE

Read how DSM increased the reliability and efficiency of their supply chain and how SCOPE can help you to cut cost, reduce lead times and your carbon footprint.

Benefits SCOPE

  1. SCOPE offers a transparent picture of the chain’s performance and processes as well as underlying interests within the chain.

  2. SCOPE helps to gain insight into demonstrable bottlenecks based on a solid analysis of the data.

  3. SCOPE offers a joint approach for measurable improvements.

  4. SCOPE increases the reliability, efficiency and sustainability of the chain running from Rotterdam to the hinterland and vice versa.


Would you like to know more about SCOPE? Download the English-language flyer here.

Interested in SCOPE?

Are you a shipper with a substantial container flow to or from an inland terminal via the port of Rotterdam? And are you interested in improving the reliability and efficiency of your supply chain, gaining insight into your costs, carbon footprint and lead times – as well as reducing them – and learning from your supply chain partners?

Feel free to contact one of the Business Managers from our Shippers & Forwarders Team:

Ellen Naaijkens
Ellen Naaijkens
Sr. Business Manager Shippers & Forwarders
+31 (0)6 3038 7320
Daniel Bollard
Business Manager Shippers & Forwarders
+31 (0)6 3066 6929

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