WDP News Digest - September 2019

September brought good news for Dutch shipping: a wider lock complex in the Ijsselmeer region and a partnership with the Panama Canal. And picking & last mile robots are increasingly being used in the Benelux and neighbouring countries. Click on the articles for more details.

#1 Wider lock complex in Kornwerderzand

After ten years, the decision was finally made: the lock in the Afsluitdijk near Kornwerderzand in the Netherlands is being widened. This means more employment in the Ijsselmeer region and more sustainable transport flows to the hinterland. An investment estimated at 215 million euros. What other positive effects the widening of the lock complex in Kornwerderzand will bring can be discovered on nieuwsbladtransport.nl.

#2 Sustainable cooperation between Panama Canal and the Port of Rotterdam Authority

Trade between Europe and the west coast of South America will be smoother from now on, because the Panama Canal and the Port of Rotterdam Authority - both regional logistics hubs and initiators for more sustainable shipping - are joining forces. They signed an agreement to promote port development through logistics complexes, information exchange and other optimisations. More about the memorandum of Understanding between the Panama Canal and the Port of Rotterdam Authority on portofrotterdam.com.

#3 Will we soon be collecting parcels from self-propelled robot safes?

If it were up to the Dutch tech company Last Mile Logistics (LML), there would soon be self-propelled postal safes in Dutch and Belgian residential areas that deliver packages for an entire apartment complex. The robotic safe, which arrives at its destination via a fixed route, opens via an app and drives back independently at the end of the day. Parcel companies PostNL, DHL, UPS and the Belgian bpost have already shown their interest. A video of the self-propelled package safe can be found on logistiekprofs.nl.

#4 Zalando implements two TORU robots

More robot news! After a test phase of eight months, Zalando is implementing two TORU robots in its fulfilment centre in Lahr, Germany. The picking robots, designed by the start-up Magazino, lift and move boxes up to three kilos on their own thanks to a laser and camera system. Discover how Zalando puts the pickrobot to work on logistiekprofs.nl.