Vlerick Expertise in Operations & Supply Chain Management


30 results Number of Results per Page
  1. Biscuits suppliers and retailers are setting up a collaboration for sustainable logistics

    The biscuits and pastries we buy have often had a complex, expensive and non-environmentally friendly journey from supplier to store. So four major Belgian biscuit suppliers have decided to consolidate their deliveries. This means there will be fewer trucks on the road – and the space in these trucks will be used more efficiently. This is a pilot project from NexTrust as part of the EU’s Horizon 2020 Project.

  2. Stock forecasting

    Oops, sold out…

    “Buy two, get one free, says your supermarket’s promotional folder. Great news! There’s a promotion on your favourite wine and it starts tomorrow. The following day you head straight for the shop in your lunch break, only to find that the shelves are already empty. Oh well, they must have miscalculated the stock. I bet that feels familiar”, says Shari De Baets with a grin. She is a doctoral research associate who recently obtained her PhD based on research that could help prevent such situations.

  3. Collaborative shipping: cheaper and better for the environment

    ‘We can’t wait any longer’, says Professor Robert Boute. ‘Companies are under pressure to deliver our orders faster than ever before. It’s not hard to guess the consequences: trucks full of air rather than goods. Various studies have shown that one in four trucks are driving around empty, and those that are not empty are only filled by 57%. Things can and should be better. We have developed a tool that will help companies substantially raise the efficiency of their shipping operations.’

  4. Case study

    Physical asset management certification at Eandis

    This teaching case can be used in a course of operations management, technology management, or supply chain management. It illustrates the challenges in physical asset management certification of ISO 55000.

  5. The dos and don’ts of imitation

    There is no doubt that imitation is a typically human trait. From birth onwards, we learn by imitating. Imitation is also a key learning and decision-making mechanism in the world of business. There are a number of studies on imitation in business decisions with regard to investments, organisational structures or the location of branches, for example. However, the role of imitation in the choice of management control systems and supply chain partners has not yet been researched. Evelien Reusen’s PhD serves to remedy this.

  6. Standardisation is not always cheaper

    The competition is intense. Consumers are becoming more demanding and companies are looking to respond optimally to demand. The result: increasing product differentiation and a more complex, and therefore more expensive, logistics chain. Is a platform approach the solution? Together with professors Robert Boute and Behzad Samii, researcher Maud Van den Broeke has developed a model that companies can use to calculate how many and which different platforms they should preferably develop for which (end) products. The model is being validated in collaboration with Barco’s Healthcare division.

  7. The supply chain: the new engine for profitable growth

    “Supply chain management is about more than cost-cutting and efficiency improvement, it can also drive profitable growth,” says Ann Vereecke, Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management. Together with Prime Foundation Partner PwC Belgium, Research Associate Tom Van Steendam and Doctoral Research Associate Maud Van den Broeke, she developed and validated a theoretical and practical framework describing the different drivers and supply chain practices to effectively stimulate sustainable growth.

  8. Successful inter-organisational relationships – how do they come about?

    While it is commonly accepted that buy-sell relationships develop and evolve over time, research so far has taken a rather static perspective. As a result, little is known about the dynamics of such relationships. How do they develop into committed relationships and what triggers their different stages?

  9. Should we be manufacturing close to home or far away? The answer is: both!

    “Where should we be manufacturing? Locally, or further afield, in low-wage countries? This is a question with which many companies struggle”, says Professor Robert Boute. The answer is dependent on a number of factors. Using a theoretical but realistic stock model, he has worked with Professor Jan Van Mieghem from the Kellogg School of Management to develop an elegant mathematical formula with which companies can calculate exactly how much they should manufacture locally, and how much they can manufacture offshore. The formula offers a clear insight into the impact of the various factors that play a role in the decision.

30 results Number of Results per Page