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NPRC's to Enable Clients to Track the Status of Cargo with Precision at Port of Rotterdam

Logistic News - Published on Fri, 18 Oct 2019

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Packages that can be tracked with precision from the factory until the deliverer is in the neighbourhood: consumers are used to having this information for online orders. This transparency is now also available for dry cargo flows in the Port of Rotterdam. Inland shipping cooperative NPRC digitised its ‘supply chain’ in a smart way to enable clients to track the status of their cargo with precision. Since the summer, clients have also been able to track connections to sea-going transport in Rotterdam as well as having real-time insight into inland shipping transport.

Some two hundred NPRC-affiliated inland vessels are en route somewhere in Europe every day. All these companies used to forward their travel data and status by telephone; a time-consuming and error-prone task. That’s why NPRC started investing in ‘data-driven logistics optimisation’ over the past year. The results of this investment include an app in which inland shipping companies forward all information about dry cargo transport digitally.

With fourteen million tonnes of dry cargo per year, NPRC is one of Europe’s biggest bulk providers and is working hard to collect chain data and use this in a smart way. ‘We use data ourselves for scheduling purposes,’ explained Wilco Volker, NPRC’s Business Development Manager. ‘But we noticed that we can do a lot more with that information. The inland shipping chain is sometimes a bit like a black box. In the past, clients never knew exactly when a vessel would arrive in the unloading port or how many tonnes of cargo it was carrying. Sharing our transport data with clients enables us to make the process clearer and the logistics chain becomes more transparent. For example, our German agricultural clients can now use our online dashboard to see exactly when they can expect their wheat or animal feed to arrive. We can also give them real-time insight into the most important KPIs. It sounds so logical, but for now we are the only ones working with this system.’

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Posted By : Mohan Sharma on Fri, 18 Oct 2019
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