Electronic shopping provides excellent logistical opportunities in Flanders
Flanders, with its ideal location, high training level and excellent infrastructure, holds the trump cards to play a key role from a logistical point of view. If it remains highly innovative, that is. These were the findings of a study conducted by Flanders DC, the organisation for entrepreneurial talent. Topping the logistics trend is the exponentially growing Internet trade, i.e. e-commerce. As retail sales take a plunge, e-commerce is surging ahead with earnings in Belgium growing rapidly every year reaching 3.2 billion euros this year. Some companies have caught onto this vast business-to-consumer trade BtC trend. One of them is Katoen Natie KTN, which dispatches an average of five thousand parcels per day for some of its bigger clients from its outfit in Kallo Loghidden City. E-commerce is very much a reality at the KTN depot, where the “crazy December rush” is about to hit and vast computer systems must prepare individually ordered Christmas presents for clients like Vente-Exclusive. More than any logistic centres BtC distribution centres cannot allow any mistakes. “We are quite capable of maintaining these standards of excellence in Flanders,” maintain Robert Boute and Ann Vereecke of Flanders DC.