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Intelligent trade fair logistics

Consolidated freight: as part of a pilot project in Amsterdam, DB Schenker helps reduce trade fair-related inner-city traffic – an example that could serve as a model elsewhere

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Together with the operators of the RAI Amsterdam trade fair and congress center, DB Schenker has launched a pilot project that is aimed at reducing delivery traffic in the center of the Dutch capital during major events. This is to be achieved through the establishment of a transshipment facility on the outskirts of Amsterdam to which exhibitors can deliver their freight – be it components of exhibition stands or the exhibits themselves.


At this facility, freight is then consolidated in order to allow it to be shuttled to the trade fair grounds using a minimum number of trips. These last-mile deliveries of up to 30 pallets per trip are made by a truck running on environmentally friendly liquefied natural gas (LNG). The freight is unloaded using electric forklifts, again without causing harmful emissions.


The model was implemented for the first time in mid-November, in the lead-up to the “METSTRADE”, the world’s largest B2B trade show for the leisure marine industry. “As a logistics partner we organize activities around the RAI, and we also have a responsibility to the environment in which we work,” said Özkan Aksoy, the man responsible for national trade fairs at DB Schenker in the Netherlands. “Together with the RAI we are constantly seeking ways to increase the sustainability of our logistics processes.”


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