Record number of transactions on last early-auction day25 May 2018
Tuesday, 22 May 2018, was the fourth and last early-auction day of 2018. The results are great. For flowers, the end times were better than the day after Whitsun last year (Tuesday, 6 June 2017).
In particular, the Flower Distribution Department in Aalsmeer was faced with a gigantic challenge to process a record number of almost 79,000 transactions. That is almost 18% more than on the Tuesday after Whitsun last year.
Aalsmeer delivered the last trolley at 13:52. That's about 20
minutes earlier than the day after Whitsun in 2017. Proof that the
delivery was fast enough came from the request from different
customers to hold onto bought products for a little while. This
gave them enough breathing room for their own process.
Naaldwijk processed 50,970 transactions of flowers and 18,191 transactions of plants. The last time that Naaldwijk processed such quantities was on one of the peak days in 2015. Naaldwijk was fully staffed and had sufficient supplies available. The end times were very good.
Rijnsburg processed around 1,000 more transactions than last year. Both flowers and plants were delivered on time.
An outstanding day, and justifiably so
Yme Pasma (COO of Royal FloraHolland) said, "We had an outstanding day last Tuesday in terms of volume. In Aalsmeer, the number of transactions reached a new all-time high. And Naaldwijk also had the busiest day on Tuesday, exceeding last year's quantity by 20%. It's great that our customers still received their products on time even with this volume. A real outstanding day, and justifiably so."
Room for improvement
The availability of logistic supplies remains a point of concern for us. From 21:00 on Monday evening, 21 May 2018, there was a peak in the issuing of trolleys in Aalsmeer. And there has been a scarcity of CC-containers in the past few weeks. This was irritating for both growers and transporters. So there is still room for improvement for the coming busy days.
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