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Logistics pilot RAI and DB Schenker reduces traffic during METSTRADE

RAI Amsterdam and its logistic partner DB Schenker are taking part in a joint pilot project aimed at achieving more sustainable logistics during major events. For the build-up and breakdown of METSTRADE, the world’s largest B2B trade show for the leisure marine industry (13–15 November), DB Schenker has offered exhibitors the option to deliver goods to a transhipment facility outside of Amsterdam. The goods are then combined and transported to and from the RAI in a sustainable Scania LNG truck and unloaded with electric forklifts.

The logistics pilot project with DB Schenker is not the first initiative to positively impact the traffic flow around the RAI. “Traffic in and around the city has become a major issue in Amsterdam,” says Jules Broex, director of operations at RAI Amsterdam. “The increase in road traffic is impacting the city’s residents, businesses and environment. The RAI aims to minimise its logistical footprint and reduce some of the traffic around the complex during the build-up and breakdown of large events as well as the CO₂ emissions in the city.”

“We recently opened a new buffer zone in the Westpoort area on the outskirts of Amsterdam to regulate traffic flows to and from the RAI. Focused on the efficient handling of the delivery and removal of material, the pilot with DB Schenker is another logistical step to further reduce traffic flows, while the use of sustainable transport lowers our environmental impact.”

Like RAI Amsterdam, sustainability is a major focal point for DB Schenker, one of the top-three logistics service providers with activities worldwide. Green thinking is one of the key elements of the company’s partnership with RAI Amsterdam. “As a logistics partner we organise activities around the RAI and also have a responsibility to the environment in which we work,” says Özkan Aksoy, responsible for national fairs at Schenker Logistics Nederland. “Together with the RAI we are constantly seeking ways to increase the sustainability of our logistics processes.”

“In addition to the use of electric forklifts and a Scania LNG truck with lower emissions and a silent engine, the 3,800 m² transhipment facility on the edge of Amsterdam plays an important role. Suppliers can deliver their materials there so that we can transport them with a maximum load factor to the RAI during low-traffic periods. To efficiently organise traffic in the halls, we provide a porter service with electric carts during event build-up and breakdown. This allows exhibitors to move goods to their stands quickly and efficiently.”

There are three main goals of the pilot project: reducing traffic movements in the direct surroundings of the RAI, cutting back on CO₂ emissions, and realising a more efficient build-up and breakdown process. If the results prove positive, the concept will be rolled out for other exhibitions and events at the RAI.

DB Schenker
DB Schenker is a leading service provider in global logistics. The company supports industry and trade in the global exchange of goods via transport over land, worldwide air and sea cargo, contract logistics and supply chain management. Its value-added services ensure that the goods flow proceeds smoothly and that the supply chain remains streamlined. DB Schenker holds a top position in the automotive industry, technology, consumer goods, exhibition logistics, special transports and special event logistics. Schenker Logistics Benelux has a network of 34 offices and logistics centres.

RAI Amsterdam
Bringing together people, physically and virtually, expands borders and inspires. RAI Amsterdam has been connecting different worlds, people and markets in the Netherlands and abroad since 1893. The RAI is an international exhibition and conference organisation that organises national and international events and operates the RAI Convention Centre in the Zuidas business district in Amsterdam. RAI Amsterdam welcomes some 1.5 million visitors a year to around 500 events, including exhibitions, conferences, corporate and other events. In addition, it supplies event-related services to organisers, exhibitors and visitors. See www.rai.nl.