WDP News Digest - October 2019

The October WDP Digest contains some unmissable news from the logistics world: students at Thomas More Geel University made a breakthrough in the automation sector, the new logistics hotspots in the Netherlands are now known, IPP Benelux and Uber Freight tackle empty lorry runs, and Dutch freighter MV Ankie opts for eConoWind’s wind-assisted propulsion. Click on the articles for more details.

#1 Thomas More Geel nabs first in the automation sector

Thomas More Geel University, Siemens, and SAP specialist Quinaptis have succeeded in getting different data flow to intercommunicate in a warehouse - for inventories, flows of goods, and automatic cranes - to greatly improve efficiency. The study utilised an automated miniature warehouse from Fischer Technik. You can read more about this first in the automation section at madeinkempen.be.

#2 New logistics hotspots in the Netherlands now known

The international property consultancy Savills listed the most promising logistics locations in the Netherlands. The region between Rotterdam and The Hague, around Nijmegen, the Lelystad region, and Bleiswijk proved interesting when you take into account availability and the labour costs and terrain costs, the accessibility of the main infrastructure, and the vicinity of the most important sales markets. You can discover additional promising logistics hotspots in the Netherlands at savills.nl.

#3 IPP Benelux and Uber Freight tackle empty lorry runs

IPP Benelux, supplier of reusable pallets and crates, will collaborate with Uber Freight to tackle empty lorry runs in the Netherlands. A pilot project must demonstrate whether efficient cargo flows will result in lower CO₂ emissions. Read more about the pilot project between Uber Freight and IPP Benelux at emerce.nl.

#4 Dutch freighter sails utilising wind power

Jan van Dam Shipping equipped its Dutch freighter MV Ankie this year with the Ventifoil wind-assisted propulsion system from eConoWind. This is a type of vertical aircraft wing that can conserve up to a thousand litres of ship fuel each day. This is a first for the shipping sector and manufacturer eConoWind. You can read more about wind-assisted propulsion in modern shipping and why Van Dam Shipping pursued this course at splash247.com.