The MOBI research centre will organize two events: a seminar on horizontal collaboration in logistics, and a seminar about city distribution.

Seminar ‘Together we’re strong: Horizontal Collaboration in Logistics’ 15 March 2016

20% of all the trucks in Europe are driving empty or only half filled. A huge opportunity lies in bundling good flows, making logistics more sustainable and cost-efficient. In this seminar we will concentrate on the horizontal collaboration between companies. Where do they see the advantages and the threats? There will be presentations of inspiring cases by P&G, FloraHolland, Rebelgroup and GS1, followed by a debate, where different views will be gathered.

When: 15 March 2015, 17:00 to 20:00
Where: Vrije Universiteit Brussel, campus Etterbeek, Aula Qa




17:00 Introduction MOBI (Prof. Cathy Macharis, Director MOBI)
17:15 Creating Customer Value End to End via Supply Chain Innovation and collaboration (Edwin Wenink, Flora Holland)
17:35 Horizontal collaboration at P&G: experiences and challenges (Lieven Deketele, P&G)
17:55 MixMoveMatch (Jaco Voorspuij, GS1)

18:15 Horizontal collaboration put into practice-best practices (Kevin Lyen, Rebelgroup)
18:35 pause


19:00 Debate, with

  • Sergio Barbarino (P&G)
  • Kristel Rouma (Coca Cola Enterprises)
  • Rui Miranda (Ab Inbev)
  • Philippe Degraef (Febetra)
  • Wesley Vanzeir (Citydepot)
  • Moderator: Dirk ’t Hooft (Argusi)

20:00  Closure and invitation to network drink
Participation is free, but registration is required. We kindly ask you to register before 8/3/2016.
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Seminar ‘Grocery retailing in the UK and in Belgium’ 22 March 2016

The closing lecture by prof. Michael Browne in the VUB Chair series about city distribution is titled ‘Grocery retailing in the UK’- A model for control of the supply chain that tackles the questions with regards to the rise of discounters, the shift to more online shopping and the increasing number of small format stores. What is the impact of this new concept of retail on society? After the presentation of prof. Michael Browne, two Belgian companies will present their case. The presentations will be followed by a debate.

When: 22 March 2015, 18:00 to 20:15
Where: Vrije Universiteit Brussel, campus Etterbeek, Aula Qc




18:00  Introduction by prof. Cathy Macharis

18:05  Grocery retailing in the UK (prof. Michael Browne)

19:00  City distribution by Bubble Post (Felix Vanvuchelen, Bubble Post)

19:20  The everyday problem of stress that led to a revolution in the food business (Anders Asarby, Smartmat)

19:40  Debate with prof. Michael Browne

20:15  Closure and invitation to network drink

Participation is free, but registration is required. We kindly ask you to register before 15/3/2016.

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