34th International Supply Chain Conference
The theme for the 34th International Supply Chain Conference in October was "Think different – Act digital", and the event attracted 3,424 participants. The attendees were extremely satisfied with the content and the opportunities the event offered for networking.
German Award for SCM | Supply Chain Sustainability Award
The German Award for SCM 2017 went to Robert Bosch GmbH for the project "Striving for Supply Chain Excellence". The winner of the Supply Chain Sustainability Award presented jointly by the BVL associations in Austria and Germany was mid-sized mail order trader Memo AG.
Supply Chain Day
The tenth day of action of the logistics sector took place on April 27, 2017, when around 400 events in Germany and 19 other countries attracted just under 40,000 visitors. In total, some 670 companies, organisations and educational establishments took part in this special day.
Sector, theme and special-topic forums
The forum schedule for 2017 included the Forum Automotive Logistics in Bremen together with the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), the Forum Chemical Logistics in Ludwigshafen, and the Forum Spare Parts Logistics in Nuremberg as well as special-topic forums during the transport logistic in Munich, the GCC Logistics Conference in Manama, and the Global Supply Chain Conference in Shanghai.
Science and research
In 2017, Prof. Kai Furmans took over from Prof. Werner Delfmann as Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board. The Board prepared a position paper calling for intensified research into the topic of Industry 4.0. The Research Council reviewed 30 short applications for research projects and forwarded 28 long applications for funding to the German Federation of Industrial Research Associations (AiF).
Press and PR activities
Press and PR activities in 2017 focused primarily on digital communication channels, and the BVL website was totally redesigned. Topics included digitalization as well as human resources or structural and economic data.
From the Chapters
In total, the Chapters in Germany and around the world staged some 300 events in 2017. The range of topics is diverse and the formats of the events extremely varied; they provide attendees with a wide range of options to obtain information and interact with each other.