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Smart and resilient hub to learn from: The Netherlands’ angle

Meet the Netherlands and learn why it’s worth looking at – and sometimes up to – this market when optimizing global supply chains. Richard Groenendijk, General Manager of AEB in the Netherlands, explains.

Take a moment – time for a chuckle

I am leading our team in the Netherlands, and before deep-diving into the topics that drive and concern our market, I’d like to generate a better cultural understanding for our region by sharing a video – with a bit of humor. Once you understand this about us Dutch, we can talk supply chain management. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did – watch it here.

Crucial point of global goods movements

Now in case you are wondering why industry perspectives from our Rotterdam office matter, please bear in mind that the port of Rotterdam is Europe’s largest port. It belongs to the world’s key logistic hubs with over 500 line connections to and from more than 1,000 ports around the globe. 

This port basically is the core of international freight transport, and has an annual throughput of about 450 million tons. Plus, it’s also the smartest port in the world with great ambitions for technological developments – local news channels even featured an interesting documentary on it in April. Click here to view it – in Dutch ;). 

So, yes, we’re a leading market in supply chain management advancement, and offer a lot to share and learn from.

Success factor resilience: check the stats

Before I close my case on the importance of the Netherlands for global trade and international logistics, there is just one more thing to emphasize.

Together with Norway and Switzerland, the Netherlands also lead the list of countries that are least prone to supply chain disruptions. That’s what FM Global’s this year’s Resilience Index reported. It compares 130 countries and regions around the globe and is based on three core determinants of business resilience against supply chain disruptions: the economic factor, the risk quality factor, and the factor of the supply chain itself.

They also offer an interactive global resilience map – you can check how your country scores. What do you think? I’m looking forward to hearing from you on LinkedIn.