Improving the Supply Chain at the Port of Rotterdam

Port infolink uses Xenos for real-time data integration to improve speed, reduce delays

Port infolink uses Xenos for real-time data integration to improve speed, reduce delays

Toronto — April 21, 2005 — Port of Rotterdam technology manager Port infolink has installed a real-time data integration solution from Xenos Group to improve processing speed and reduce delays in the port's supply chain management system, the solution provider announced this week.

Port infolink provides software and logistics support for the Port of Rotterdam, Holland. From its operation center, Port infolink provides real-time inbound and outbound supply chain management, including barge planning, rail planning, road planning, customs scan process, veterinary inspection process, transit declaration, vessel notification and declaration cargo electronic data interchange (EDI).

Through integration with the Xenos GoXML solution, Port infolink was able to create a common platform to handle more incoming and outgoing data from transport agents and ship operators.

Keeping Freight Flowing

"Over 300 million tons of cargo pass through our port, and that translates to a lot of paperwork," said Bart Roozekrans, managing director at Port infolink. "Port infolink looked to Xenos when we needed a robust, standards-based solution that was scalable, extensible and service-oriented to integrate with a multi-platform global supply chain infrastructure. The Xenos GoXML solution was the logical choice."

Xenos said that GoXML provides a modular solution for the integration of structured data. At Port infolink, this powerful transformation engine links EDIFACT to XML and an Oracle database, enabling future expansion with maximum flexibility and adaptability to multiple data formats.

"An overwhelming 95 percent of the world's freight travels over the ocean, forming the backbone of the global trade economy," said Lee Garrison, vice president of marketing at Xenos. "Effective management of ocean transportation involves close coordination and sharing of information between shipping lines, tens of thousands of importers and exporters and a host of other service providers across the globe. This partnership with Port infolink demonstrates the power of using Xenos GoXML in a real-time supply chain infrastructure to increase efficiency in high-volume environments such as the Port of Rotterdam."

Xenos is based in Richmond Hill, Ont., with U.S. headquarters in Dallas, and European operations based out of Surrey, U.K.

Additional Articles of Interest

Imminent terrorist attacks or no, your competitive advantage demands that you secure your company's supply chain. Read more in "Supply Chain Security: Is Your Company Complacent or Engaged?," in the February/March 2005 issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive.

For a look at how Tyco Fire & Security is tackling trade compliance issues in its global supply chain, see "Turning Global Trade Compliance Into a Competitive Advantage," in the August/September 2004 issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive.

For more information on the challenges and opportunities presented by increasingly global supply chains, see the special in-depth report in the August/September 2004 issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive, which includes the following articles:

For more information on the global supply chain, with a focus on security issues, see "Building the Secure Supply Chain," the Net Best Thing article in the June/July 2003 issue of iSource Business (now Supply & Demand Chain Executive) magazine.