Why take part?

The 'Supply Chain Network' is the ultimate way to stay informed about the latest developments in Supply Chain Management and a great opportunity to grow your network by meeting your peers, current students, alumni, and our Vlerick faculty.

What is the added value of the 'Supply Chain Network'?

  • Discover. Our main aim is to exchange knowledge and to learn the newest supply chain developments in the field of supply chain management
  • Network. The Vlerick Supply Chain Network is a unique networking platform. Over a drink, we bring together executives and academics specialised in the field of supply chain management.
  • Benchmark. Presentations of best practices and new theories allow you to get a better view of your company's performance in supply chain compared to other organizations.

Previous keynote speakers included:

  • 8 March 2012 - A new approach to structuring port competition. Presentation by Prof Eddy Van de Voorde (University of Antwerp).
  • 26 April 2012 - Analysis without compromise - a discussion on advanced analytics techniques and how they can be applied to business problems. Presentation by Bernard Blais (SAS) & David Marsh (Eurocontrol).
  • 14 June 2012 - Finance in the value chain. Presentation by Prof Alejandro Serrano (Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Zaragoza).
  • 6 September 2012 - Demand planning & sales and operations. Presentation by Prof Richard Pibernik (EBS Business School).
  • 18 October 2012 - Operational excellence in supply chains. Presentation by Rob van Stekelenborg (Dumontis).
  • 6 December 2012 - Never out of stock at Nike: from strategy to execution. Presentation by An Claes (Nike).
  • 21 February 2013 – Logistics clusters: delivering value and driving growth. Book by Prof Yossi Sheffi (MIT Press, 2012). Presentation by Prof Behzad Samii (Vlerick Business School).
  • 28 March 2013 – Bricks matter: the role of supply chains in building market-driven differentiation. Book and presentation by Charles W. Chase (Wiley, 2013). A case study testimonial by Koen Doclo (DuPont Performance Coatings) complemented this session. 
  • 13 June 2013 - From farm to your plate: managing sustainable food chains that create impact. Presentation by Peter Willaert & Wietse Vroom (Durabilis).
  • 5 Septepber 2013 - Supply chain management in the boardroom - research and industry experiences. Presentation by Prof Alan Waller (Cranfield School of Management).
  • 17 October 2013 - Balancing customer service & supply chain cost. Presentation by Pieter Declerck (Q8 Oil).
  • 5 December 2013 - Managing supply chains for strategic advantage. Presentation by Joseph Roussel (PwC France).
  • 13 March 2014 – Application of ccollaborative game theory in supply chain management. Presentation by Sergio Barbarino (Procter & Gamble).
  • 19 June 2014 – Getting and staying productive: applying swift, even flow to practice. Book presentation by Prof Roger Schmenner (Kelley School of Business).
  • 2 October 2014 – Use of analytics as levy to sensor and process data to predict failures and increase facility reliability and asset performance. Presentation by Horia Orenstein (SAS Institute) & Peter Decaigny (Mainnovation).
  • 6 November 2014 - Tailoring processes in function of customer requirements - results from a key business transformation project @ Barry Callebaut. Presentation by Jo Thys (Barry Callebaut).
  • 2 April 2015 - Industry 4.0: opportunities and challenges of the industrial internet. Presentation by Prof Dieter Wegener (Technical University of Denmark).
  • 18 June 2015 - Challenges in energy supply chain management. Presentation by Prof Behzad Samii (Vlerick Business School).
  • 29 October 2015 - Nanostores in megacities: the largest retail channel in the world. Presentation by Prof Jan Fransoo (Eindhoven University of Technology).
  • 3 December 2015 - Improving forecast accuracy by combining data-driven decision making and human judgment. Presentation by Prof Ann Vereecke (Vlerick Business School).

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