The 6th edition of the Cool Logistics Conference was again held on the SS Rotterdam, docked near the centre of the city. This year there were less delegates than last year, 220 had registered to attend, but according to Alex von Stemple, Event Director, those present were the 'creme de la creme' of the logistics world.

One of the subjects which kept coming back in the presentations and discussions was the need for better communication between the different players in the cool chain, Andy Connell from Dole told delegates about the success of the 'Dole train' in South Africa and how cooperation between the different companies using it has make the service better.

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Deon Joubert, Special Envoy for Market Access & EU Matters Citrus Growers Association, South Africa also praised the communication and cooperation of the various parties involved in the issue of CBS in South African citrus, he stated that by being proactive the CGA were able to minimise the damage to the citrus growers and exporters.

Jack Kloosterboer, Director of Business Development at Kloosterboer, The Netherlands emphasised the need to talk to your clients, find out what they want and provide it. He also pointed out the importance of having no empty loads and being able to add value to goods handled.

Marc Rooms from Lancaster/Daforco, Belgium, Khaled Fawzy Trimar Forwarding, Egypt and Heider Cabral, ABANORTE, Brazil, spoke about the logistical challenges faced in developing countries.

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Over the next week FreshPlaza will be publishing a series of articles covering the different speakers and topics discussed at the event.

Cool Logistics 2015 will be held at the Port of Zeebrugge, Belgium.