Where are we now?
The FLOW programme is searching for ways to improve the supply chain together with all the other parties in the floricultural chain.
The past year, we have tried to discover where the costs in the chain truly originate and how the logistics processes with growers, customers and logistical service providers exactly work. We have interviewed more than 100 chain parties, which resulted in more than 200 ideas to optimize the chain.
This year, we will be tackling the first logistics opportunities. We will set up short experiments, so-called sprints, to test and optimize ideas in collaboration with parties in the chain. In other words, we are trying to find out what really works in a short time span. The ideas that work will then be developed further and put into use.
Tracking & Tracing
The first pilot with the departure scan went well. This scan provides insight into the logistics process from the nursery to the buyer's box. Both growers and buyers can see exactly when the product left the nursery.
Responding to smaller scale
Research among growers has revealed that the average load level is 60% for trolleys being transported in the direct flow. Together with chain partners we are exploring ways to increase that load level. One of the initiatives involves optimising the division service. We have noted that the trend to smaller scale purchases has caused growers to put loads for one buyer on a separate trolley. With this service growers can combine loads, as we divide the products at the auction locations for the different buyers.
Internet of Things for trolleys
The current management system for trolleys incurs high operational costs. In addition, the lock plate system does not identify where the trolleys are located. We are talking to several parties about developing the first prototypes of digital lock plates which we can test in practice on real trolleys.
FLOW - co-creating value in the floriculture supply chain worldwide