Mr Driebeek thinks the current situation has made the benefits of an ICT infrastructure for all cargo-related traffic irrefutable. “Structural planning not only provides handling agents with an opportunity to organise their processes more effectively, perhaps even allocating specific slots to each driver, but also to avoid the need for physical contact,” he says. “This crisis has made it clear that interacting with every driver at the entrance gate needs to be avoided – and it can be avoided. But to do so, the entire logistics chain needs to be willing to share information.” That, of course, is the tricky part. Ideally, hauliers would announce their drivers’ ETA, identify them, and submit their cargo forms even before the driver starts his journey to the airport. When everything is coordinated beforehand, the cargo handler can inform the driver at what time he is expected at which door.
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