Today, we traveled to the suburb of Amsterdam, Aalsmeer via bus to see the largest flower auction in the world.
Every week day, between 7AM and 11AM, millions of Euros worth of flower are sold in Aalsmeer. The Royal FloraHolland auction house provides the computer systems, the internal logistics, and the auctioning platform, while the individual auction participants stage the cargo for worldwide distribution. The plants are sold in a countdown auction style, but the auction is likely one of the least impressive parts of the overall process.
Thousands of carts of flowers are scurried about in a variety of methods, some by automated rails, others by small tractors, and the remaining carts picked up to be delivered to the distributor by an overhead track that carries the flowers to another processing area 15 kilometers away.
Viewing the processing and sale of a massive number of plants was impressive, as was the variety of flowers that were available.