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Hermes to equip dnata’s new Schiphol warehouse with digital tech

Global air and travel services provider, dnata, has awarded Hermes Logistics Technologies (HLT) a contract to digitalise cargo handling processes in dnata's new warehouse at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.
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Global air and travel services provider, dnata, has awarded Hermes Logistics Technologies (HLT) a contract to digitalise cargo handling processes in dnata’s new warehouse at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

Freight Building 17 (FB17) is set to be equipped with ‘Hermes Software as a Service (SaaS) Ecosystem’, HLT’s latest cloud-based cargo management system, which will boost operational efficiency, improve oversight, and give greater control over all ground handling processes.

HLT is collaborating with logistics systems supplier Lödige Industries (Lödige) to pioneer the fully automated cargo centre, following a multi-million-Euro investment by dnata.

The Hermes SaaS Ecosystem will streamline the management of dnata’s cargo import, export, and transit processes from end to end, including physical cargo handling, documentation, special product governance, security, mail, messaging, revenue accounting, and business intelligence.

This allows the handler to build up and break down cargo in real-time, perform more efficient mail handling with less data input, and automate repetitive and time-consuming tasks.

Yuval Baruch, chief executive of HLT, said: “This project is a true testament to what can be achieved once the air cargo industry embraces digitalisation, and the creation of FB17 should herald a new age of warehouse innovation.

“The final integrated solution demanded complicated design, and is the result of strong collaboration and careful planning between HLT, Lödige, and dnata, representing a crucial step toward adapting to the demands of a rapidly evolving industry.”

HLT has ensured communication between its cargo management system and Lödige’s warehouse management system is watertight to handle the large volume of data and information generated, which dnata’s operations will share at an unprecedented speed.

Baruch added: “Our extensive development has resulted in an extremely sophisticated digital solution, which will enable dnata to meet more stringent Service Level Agreements related to efficiency.”

HLT has a long-standing relationship with dnata The Netherlands, serving the Amsterdam terminal since 2010.

Jan van Anrooy, managing director, dnata The Netherlands, said: “Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is one of Europe’s best-connected airports, meaning it requires a highly efficient cargo operation.

“Our collaboration with HLT and Lödige will enable us to meet rapidly growing demand for structured and reliable services, setting a new industry standard in innovation.”

HLT has completed the first-stage integration testing for FB17, and the solution is expected to be live at the end of 2024.

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