Sustainability in all its aspects – usage of resources, economic viability, attractiveness to people working in the field and more, is a challenge for Supply Chain Management (SCM) and Logistics.
Science has an important and probably underestimated role in improving the sustainability along our Supply Chains. Classical concepts, like increasing efficiency, resource pooling and consolidation have always aimed at improving the utilization of all kinds of transportation equipment, distribution centers and other facilities. The driving force behind the optimization of equipment and operations is typically of an economic nature – since it is all taking place in a B2B environment and influenced by regulations – think of the driving time rules or Eco-Design guidelines in the EU.
New technologies are influencing the existing business models, for instance by promoting platforms and new business models and shaping international collaboration in supply chains.
Another important issue is the future of the workforce in Supply Chains. Flexibility in automation and robotics promises a higher level of automation in operations and in the back office. It can be expected that the level of qualification to run such systems will increase and change the mix of qualifications required to run an efficient supply chain.
In this conference, we want to take a scientific look at the interaction between economic aspects, technology and humans and the resulting impact on the shape of tomorrow’s supply chains.
BVL International promotes through its Scientific Advisory Board the interaction of scientists with different backgrounds, because Logistics and SCM are highly interdisciplinary fields.
The aim of the Symposium is to promote an exchange of ideas across specialties and geographic borders. Participants will present and discuss new models to better understand what is driving the development of logistics as a science and as a field of application. Researchers, scientists, and practitioners are welcome to jointly gain insights about logistics systems for a sustainable future.
Dresden will be the venue for the next conference from June 16-17, 2020. The traditional PhD Candidates workshop will take place on June 15, 2020.