The members of the Advisory Board are appointed by the BVL Board and act in an advisory capacity. Its members generate stimuli for the work of the association and provide support through their know-how and contacts.
The Advisory Board of BVL headed by Prof. Karl Nowak (Bosch) currently has 36 members. Dieter Schweer (The Voice of German Industry (BDI)), Christoph Wegener (BASF) and Jürgen Wels (Porsche) took their leave in 2017, and the BVL Board appointed several new members to the Advisory Board – Ralf Busche (BASF), Peter Buse (Arvato), Dr. Jochen Köckler (Deutsche Messe), Holger Lösch (BDI), Thomas Moik (Airbus), Marco Rebohm (Gebr. Heinemann), Berthold Steber (MTU Friedrichshafen) and Roman Stiftner (Specialist Associations for the Mining, Steel and NF Metal Industry, Austria).
The annual meeting of the Advisory Board members with the Board members of BVL was held at Grohe AG in Düsseldorf at the end of May 2017 on the initiative of Dr. Thomas Schachner. Erich Staake (Duisport) organised the accompanying programme, which included an informative boat trip from Düsseldorf to the port of Duisburg. The meetings of the BVL Advisory Board provide members with an opportunity to exchange ideas in the area of supply chain management and
logistics, and they act as a forum for the discussion of trends and strategies as well as a cross-sector exchange of knowledge and experience. The focus this year was on supply chain excellence. In his opening presentation, Michael Rauterkus, CEO of Grohe AG, outlined the key points of the Grohe strategy – namely, innovation and the mobilisation of all strengths and potentials, recruiting the best talents for the sector, improving productivity, developing new business fields, and pushing ahead with digital transformation.
In his kick-off, Prof. Karl Nowak gave his listeners some insights into the supply chain excellence strategy at Bosch. The company focuses on four main parameters: total cost of ownership (TCO) performance, reduction of working capital, responsiveness and reliability as new and extended forms of quality management, and sustainability, including the reduction of CO2 emissions and other ecological indicators – and not just within the company itself but across the entire value added chain. At Bosch, sustainability also comprises diversity, together with the explicit advancement of women in management positions.
The guest presentation at the end of the meeting was held by Prof. Alexander Eisenkopf from the Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of BVL. Under the heading “Necessary framework conditions for successful logistics – stimuli for transport policy in the coming legislative term”, he talked about transport infrastructure, regulation and sustainability. He concluded that transport policy is more than just avoidance, relocation and making transport more expensive. He said that mobility is the key to prosperity and growth – and that a strategic reorientation of railway policy and the courage to speak uncomfortable truths will be needed if the railways are to play a greater role in the modal split. He added that the goals of and for climate protection and transport must be rebalanced – and that the policymakers should provide support for companies facing the central challenge of the digital transformation of logistics and supply chain management, primarily by creating innovation-friendly framework conditions.