Knowledge: white papers and digital experts


Step by step towards a digital port

Digitisation is a significant contemporary trend. All ports and maritime companies are aware of the need for change. The question is: how and where to start? This paper outlines a model for digital maturity that shows how we, as ports need to develop and exchange data in order to keep up with digital developments around us.

Data as fuel for the digital port

Data is the raw material for a digital port. But how do you guarantee the reliability of the data you work with? What is your primary purpose of data sharing? How do you handle it correctly and which other technical, economical and legal aspects play a part? In this paper you can read more about the importance and use of data.

Lessons learned from frontrunning industries

The digital transformation that is changing our society is also having an impact on our ports leading to fundamental changes, such as greater transparency, predictability and efficiency. This transformation is already in full swing in sectors such as food, retail, and travel. What inspiration do these sectors provide for our ports? Read the white paper.

Logistics market outlook Trends in warehousing and distribution

The flourishing economy is driving up the demand for logistics real estate. This is particularly true in the case of the Netherlands, which plays a prominent role in the facilitation of international trade and logistics. In 2017, the demand for new warehouses and distribution centres rose to unprecedented levels. This growth is expected to continue in the period ahead.

A closer look at what makes an attractive business climate for warehousing

For years, the Netherlands has been lauded as the ‘Logistics Gateway to Europe’. But the country doesn’t just have its geographical situation to thank for this. Its success rests on a number of pillars that are as least as important: multimodal facilities and infrastructure, strong logistics expertise and a favourable, internationally oriented business climate.

Experts talk about choosing the right location for your warehouse

A local warehouse is more or less indispensable for anyone wanting to gain a foothold in the European market. After all, your clients expect minimal delivery times. And as a business, you want to stay close to your market. But taking this step seems next to impossible without solid information and recommendations.

Sustainable distribution centres are 'hot'

The logistics sector has embraced sustainability – and warehouses and distribution centres can’t afford to stay behind. More and more facilities are being built or adapted to satisfy sustainability requirements for BREEAM certification. New warehouses are also being designed with the employees’ work environment in mind. Investments of this kind absolutely pay off.

Textbook example of outstanding infrastructure

The Netherlands remains a prime example of logistics excellence in Europe. This is one of the conclusions of the 2018 Global Logistics Guide recently published by Inbound Logistics. This guide evaluates the supply chains and logistics networks of countries worldwide. The Netherlands was awarded a maximum score (10 out of 10) in recognition of its constructive business climate and solid infrastructure.

The impact of five mega trends on the container industry

Demographic changes, shifts in economic power, technological innovations. These are mega trends, each of which is changing the world around us. Trends that will certainly also impact container ports and the container industry.

Smart port and smart container make supply chain more efficient

The container industry is changing. In order to continue to guarantee a reliable supply chain, chain partners will have to respond to these changes. For example, through digitisation and insight into data. After all, measurements don’t lie. Whether now or in the future!

Reliability is key in a digital supply chain

Supply chains are changing. Terms such as block chain, big data analysis and the Internet of Things are no longer buzzwords. A growing group of companies is aware that digitisation in the supply chain is indispensable if they are to remain competitive in a dynamic market. Reliability is the keyword.

Rotterdam towards a circular port

This is a report from the Port of Rotterdam Authority and Circle Economy. Circle Economy connects and empowers a global community to create the conditions for systemic circular transformation. Circle Economy's mission is to empower a global community of businesses, cities and governments to accelerate the transition to the circular economy through practical and scalable insights and solutions that address humanity’s greatest challenges.


Digital experts talk, Jan Gardeitchik #1: how to keep up with the digital developments around us

Digital experts talk, Jan Gardeitchik #2: how to manage your port with data

Digital experts talk, Jan Gardeitchik #3: how to build a digital ecosystem in the port

Digital experts talk, Joyce Bliek #1: how to speak a common language in data sharing

Digital experts talk, Joyce Bliek #2: about teaming up port experts with digital developers

Digital experts talk, Thea de Vries #1: about the inspiration that the travel sector provides for our ports

Digital experts talk, Thea de Vries #2: What do ports and food delivery have in common

Industry Expert Insights #1: Emile Hoogsteden, Vice President Containers, Breakbulk & Logistics of the Port of Rotterdam shares his view on the future of container shipping and what the port authority can contribute to a reliable supply chain.

Industry Expert Insights #2: Eduard Backer, (Managing Director CMA CGM) gives his view on how CMA CGM works on becoming an even more sustainable ocean carrier and how a smart container can help to increase visibility in the supply chain.

Industry Expert Insights #3: Aditi Rasquinha, Director Seafreight at Kuehne + Nagel shares her view on the role of the forwarder in a changing industry.

Industry Expert Insights #4: Heinrich Kerstgens, Managing Director at Contargo explains how a changing container industry impacts intermodal transportation and creates new opportunities for shippers and forwarders.

Industry Expert Insights #5: Francois Bello, Chief Operating Officer at Hutchison Ports ECT Rotterdam explains how ECT contributes to a more reliable supply chain by giving a higher degree of transparency to its customers.

Industry Expert Insights #6: Walter Vermeer, Manager Category Procurement Logistics at Friesland Campina. Friesland Campina being the second largest shipper in the Netherlands is a front-runner when it comes to transforming the logistics industry. Walter Vermeer gives his vision on what is necessary to create a sustainable shipping product of the future.

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