The horticultural sector can guarantee the supply of fresh produce to the consumer and offer the broadest possible range of products through its collaboration with other transport companies.
It offers new network models aimed at supply chain collaboration and management, fresh networks, use of transport means other than trucks, ICT, standards and integrated logistics including return and waste flows.
The sector has made significant progress in the field of logistics and transport. For example, the Dutch fresh produce logistics firm Fresh Logistics is part of the European Food Network, with which other European logistics service providers that specialise in foodstuffs are also affiliated. This combining of transport services results in a network of 22 European countries. For example the many flowers are sold abroad through the Netherlands, with Aalsmeer as the hub of the Dutch flower industry.
The sector is also working on advanced tracing and tracking systems to improve transparency within the chain, and the sector is investing in logistical innovations for storage, transshipment and processing.