The Bundesvereinigung Logistik e.V. (BVL) was foundend in 1978 in Bremen, Germany. Quickly, it grew into one of the most extensive national and international logistics networks. See here the highlights of the BVL's history.
The Bundesvereinigung Logistik is founded on April 18th. The "Circle of Nine" - the founding fathers - constitute the charter at the Deutsche Außenhandels- und Verkehrsschule (DAV) in Bremen, Germany.
The publication series of BVL starts with its first issue called „Logistik in der Körperpflegemittel-Industrie“ ("Logistics in the industry of body care products"). The publication series has been continued until today.
In the 70s, logistics are about optimizing isolated functions. "Purchase", "production", "sales" and "transport, handling, storage" were regarded seperate.
The newly appointed advisory board holds its constitutive meeting und elects Dr. Helmut Schäfer as chairman of the board. In the same year, BVL runs a split office in Cologne and Bremen.
The first BVL regional chapters are founded in Munich and the Rhine/Neckar region. The concept of "logistics hands on" for regional chapter events is developed.
The first International Supply Chain Conference marks the start of the traditional logistics community's meeting in Berlin featuring topnotch experts and renowned guest speakers from the fields of economy, politics and science.
The "Kompakt Studium Logistik" - the compact logistics study - is conducted for the first time. It is organized by the "Deutsche Außenhandels- und Verkehrsschule" (DAV), based in Bremen, Germany in cooperation with BVL. Head of the project is Manfred Schaar.
The first five regional chapters in the new eastern states of Germany are founded. The are based in the states of Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Sachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt and Thüringen.
During the 80s, logisitics deal with optimizing cross-functional processes and include the final customer.
The first Science Award for Supply Chain Management is awarded to Dr. Stephan Freichel in the course of the 9th International Supply Chain Conference.
The first "Trends and Strategies" study is published. The "Trends and Strategies" series is continued to this day.
The Deutsche Logistik Akademie (DLA) is founded. It is the predecessor of today's "BVL Seminare".
BVL has now 2,570 members. To create an online presence, the website www.bvl.de is created and goes live. BVL awards advancement awards to outstanding theses for the first time.
Dr. Peer Witten follows Dr. Hanspeter Stabenau as chairman of the BVL board.
BVL and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Logistik (DGfL) seal their fusion under the name Bundesvereinigung Logistik. With the First Logistics Forum Duisburg, BVL establishes its second grand annual event.
The 90s are dominated by two phases, both fuelled by cost- and quality pressure. During the phase of functional integration, logistics incorporate functions to process chains. During the phase of cross-company integration, companies are incorporated into the value-added chain.
During the science symposium, BVL's first docorate workshop is held at the TU Berlin. The BVL board decided to implement the scientific advisory board in 2003, which held its constitutive meeting in January 2004.
The position paper "Creating Growth, shaping the future" is presented to the German government. The new successful BVL communication series "LOG.Punkt" is awarded the „Best of Corporate Publishing“ price in silver. The first international BVL forum is held in Bratislava.
Prof. Raimund Klinkner follows Prof. Peer Witten as chairman of the BVL board. Klinkner initiates numerous new projects, the BVL's internationalization among them.
On April 18th, BVL celebrates its 30th birthday in Dusseldorf. Two days prior, the "Supply Chain Day" is held in Germany and Austria for the first time. BVL Campus is opened in Bremen.
BVL chapter chairman Holger Seidel (right) initiates the first student chapter together with students from Magdeburg. All in all, nine student chapters are founded this year. BVL starts its activities on Social Media.
BVL founds the network Consumer Logistics and with that lays the foundation of the BVL Focus Groups. The aim of the latter is to advance contacts between industrial companies and act as a platform to promote technical and practical applications.
During the 2000s, logistics assume a global perspective. They are now about integrating supply chains into global networks.
BVL and BVL Austria award the first Supply Chain Sustainability Award. With it, lighthouse projects are highlighted to the global supply chain community and offers suggestions to economic and scientific sustainability-projects.
The first Forum Chemical Logistics is held at BASF in Ludwigshafen, Germany. BVL and VDA merge the Industrial Forum Automotive Logistics and the VDA Logistics Congress into the joint Forum Automotive Logistics.
BVL publishes a new position paper including guidance tips for the government. The position paper represents the first issue of the new BVL Magazine - a format superseding the professional journal "LOG.Kompass" as publication for BVL-members.
On January 1st, Prof. Robert Blackburn follows Prof. Raimund Klinkner as chairman of the BVL board.
Since the 2010s, logistics are focussing on socio-economic factors in global networks. Cost pressure has constantly been on the rise since the 1980s and society is changing. New digital technologies create new possibilities and new business models.