Purchase of 15,500 extra auction trolleys
To ensure that the peak days are successful again in 2019, we have purchased 15,500 auction trolleys. This is how we will increase the availability of auction trolleys during the upcoming peak period.
In addition, we are taking further measures to avoid a shortage of auction trolleys. These measures are listed below.
Extra layer for potted plants during the peak
During the peak period in 2019 (1 February to 15 June), the locations Naaldwijk and Aalsmeer will use four layers instead of three in the potted plant distribution process. By adding this extra layer, we will need fewer auction trolleys for the distribution process. This method already proved successful during the last peak at Naaldwijk, which is why we will now be implementing it in Aalsmeer as well. The Rijnsburg location auctions mainly flowers. Here, nothing will change in the potted plant distribution process.
Fuller loading on predetermined peak days
We will be loading the auction trolleys as fully as possible during the distribution process at Aalsmeer, Naaldwijk and Rijnsburg on predetermined days during the 2019 peak days. We will do this for both flowers and potted plants, before the auction trolleys leave the distribution area and are delivered.
The fuller loading of auction trolleys will ensure that we need far fewer trolleys for the distribution process. This method already proved successful at the various locations during the last peak. However, fuller loading may affect on our lead times. We will closely monitor this for you and try to keep the lead times as short as possible. You can find the predetermined 'fuller loading' days on the internal overnight rental calendar on our website.
Internal overnight rental
We had 30 internal overnight rental nights in 2018. With the purchase of extra auction trolleys for 2019, we are assuming that this number will be halved. This means that during the peak days of 2019 there will also be nights during which we can use internal overnight rental to increase the availability of auction trolleys. All nights are so-called flexible nights and can be found on the internal overnight rental calendar on our website. If there are enough auction trolleys for one night, we may decide not to utilize the option for internal overnight rental.