Unifeeder believes in the power of transparent supply chains. That is why recently, the Feeder and Shortsea shipping company decided to offer insight into its sailing schedules. ''It is a great opportunity to bring our services to the attention of shippers who are still exploring their options – in real time.'' says Unifeeder.
The Unifeeder Group, owned by DP World, is one of the globally leading providers of Feeder and Shortsea shipping services. To ensure that its services are easier to find for potential new clients, the logistics company has started sharing its sailing schedules via Routescanner. This online application offers a visual overview of all deep sea, short sea, rail and inland shipping routes. A growing number of operators are joining the platform, which was originally developed as Navigate by the Port of Rotterdam Authority.
''It is important for us to show the market which options we have on offer'', says Unifeeder. ''Routescanner makes us easier to find for shippers who are still exploring their options when it comes to the sustainable and environmentally friendly transport of cargo. The application is both user-friendly and transparent, and we don’t hesitate to recommend it to other operators.''
The application is both user-friendly and transparent, and we don’t hesitate to recommend it to other operators
In contrast with rail operators – which often commit to a fixed schedule for a full year – Unifeeder is constantly updating and adapting its sailing schedules to latest cargo requirements. To keep its clients informed of these changes in real time, Unifeeder and team Routescanner have jointly developed an EDI connection between Unifeeder’s own system and the platform. ''Thanks to this technological collaboration, the schedules that we share with our market are consistently up to date. A very constructive partnership, which we look forward to continuing – so that in the near future, we can hopefully optimise the exchange of data even further and unlock new functionalities''.
''We are very pleased to have Unifeeder on board,'' says Chantal Gouka. ''We are dedicated to increasing the digital transparency of supply chains. With Routescanner, we can offer shippers and freight forwarders a neutral platform for comparing door-to-door connections. Routescanner enables operators to put itself firmly on the digital map''.
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