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Paul Ridderhof 13jul17 (5007) deel

KLM Cargo Launches Innovative Sorting System

KLM Cargo has officially launched a new sorting system that can handle more than 2,000 items per hour, allowing for faster handling of all post, express, and pharmaceutical consignments. The system was built in cooperation with Lödige Industries and Vanderlande.

“E-commerce is a fast-growing branch in the cargo industry. This innovative system allows us to keep pace with the rapid increase in post and express consignments. The system is faster and smarter, allowing us to offer better service to our customers,” said Marcel de Nooijer, EVP KLM Cargo.

While the system has already been successful in Paris since 2015, various innovative adjustments had to be made at Schiphol due to a lack of space. To make space for a new pier at Schiphol, one of KLM Cargo’s three warehouses had to be partly demolished. The main challenge in building the sorting system lies in accommodating existing cargo processes in 50% less floor space. This was achieved, in part, by scaling up vertically. The storage space for containers was doubled, ensuring that there is space for growth.