The first BVL focus group was called into being ten years ago. The association created the new format in response to the wish of members to regularly engage in structured discussions with each other on specialised topics in small groups.
International Supply Chain Conference
As is the case every year, the three-day International Supply Chain Conference took place in October with the theme “Sustainability in Action – Winning the Next Decade”. The big difference in 2020 was that – despite the long-standing plans for an in-person event – this was a purely digital event. The programme was streamed on the Internet from the event hotel in Berlin, where the presentation rooms were converted into broadcasting stations in the corona year 2020.
German Award for SCM
Retail drugstore chain “DM” was presented with the German Award for SCM 2020 by BVL for its project called “Integrative. Intelligent. Automated.” The DM project won though against three other finalists, namely Barilla Deutschland GmbH, Engelbert Strauss GmbH and Volkswagen Konzernlogistik GmbH.
Forum Automotive Logistics
There is a great deal of potential for closer integration of production and logistics functions, and this was abundantly clear at the Forum Automotive Logistics at the Congress Center Leipzig in early February
Sustainable CO2 reduction, new technologies and modern delivery concepts for the trading sector were the key topics at this year’s Trade Logistics Congress in Cologne in mid-August.
Supply Chain Day
In spite of the Covid-19 pandemic, many companies still allowed interested members of the public to take a look behind the scenes of their operations on Supply Chain Day 2020 – this time in virtual format.
Science and research
The Science Award for SCM 2020 went to Dr. Felix Weidinger for his dissertation entitled “E-Commerce Warehousing – Order Fulfillment in Modern Retailing”. His thesis provides an overview of established eCommerce warehousing systems and outlines solution processes and decision-making support for novel planning problems.
Press and PR activities
The press and PR activities of BVL were also adapted to the unusual circumstances prevailing during the corona pandemic and greater emphasis was placed on digital communication in the provision of the various services.
For many years now, the BVL network has thrived on personal exchange and interaction. The corona pandemic has seriously curtailed the activities of our vibrant network – but the Chapter Chairs and the Member Services team have come up with some innovative solutions.