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September 16, 2020

By Wouter Dewulf & Roel Gevaers

After the rat race for the development of a Covid-19 vaccine, the logistics chain will also have to undergo an electroshock

Ecosystems COVID-19 Supply Chain air transport

In recent weeks and months, both positive and negative reports have appeared in the international press about the rat race for an effective Covid-19 vaccine. Almost all newspapers and magazines make a new ranking every month of which company will be the first to market an approved

July 7, 2020

By Karen Wouters

Never waste a good crisis - Leadership development in times of coronavirus

Leadership COVID-19

"Never waste a good crisis." Churchill's famous statement has already been used to call on the hospitality industry to reinvent itself, to boost green innovations, to urge the European institutions to review their cooperation model. And here I am, boldly adding yet another one: never

June 26, 2020

By Peggy De Prins

Living, learning, caring, and working during lockdown


Never before have all pieces of the puzzle fallen into place so unexpectedly and unintentionally. It must be said: the last few months have been quite intense. Numerous people were working from home, schedules were turned upside down, virtual meetings became the new norm, homes had to be

June 22, 2020

By Wouter Van Bockhaven

Smart port disruptors: the talent paradox

Ecosystems COVID-19 Smart Port

As in many industries, in port logistics Covid 19 provides a burning platform that reinforces digital trends that were already smoldering. In an industry that is not particularly known for its openness to innovation and change, it’s even a welcome deus ex machina. Ports can no longer stay

June 18, 2020

By Kathleen Vangronsvelt

Thinking beyond the here and now

Leadership Human Impact COVID-19

"Shouldn't we be wearing face masks too?" I was surprised when my girlfriend sent me this message mid-March, when COVID-19 was still an exotic disease in faraway Wuhan. "Stop the lockdown. The flagging economy will cause far more human suffering than the deaths." I was shocked to read

June 15, 2020

By Wouter Dewulf & Roel Gevaers

The end of cheap online orders from China

Ecosystems COVID-19 Supply Chain air freight

An imminent shift from intercontinental direct shipping to intracontinental distribution! For years, many shoppers have been enjoying buying very cheap goods online, mainly from Chinese online sellers. With a click on the website of the e-commerce platform Alibaba, the price-sensitive

June 8, 2020

By Tom Van Woensel

Supply Chain trends: Sourcing strategy in the post Covid-19 supply chain

Ecosystems COVID-19 Supply Chain

In previous years, single sourcing strategies steadily gained ground. Production was moved to low wage countries, enabled by (too) low transportation costs. Supply chain managers seized this opportunity to create more value and not in the least to generate significant cost savings. But,

June 4, 2020

By Karen Wouters

Houston, we have a problem...

Leadership COVID-19

The WHO (World Health Organization) Member States are calling for an independent investigation into the WHO’s manner of response to the coronavirus in China. I cannot wait to see what this research will tell us. Why was COVID-19 dismissed as a common flu for so long?

June 4, 2020

By Peggy De Prins

When “business as usual” sparks off a new (social) crisis

Human Impact COVID-19

We are all looking forward to it: "business as usual". Our coronavirus social bubble, even the professional one, is finally about to burst again. At the same time, we are also wary of the “new normal”. What if our job is threatened or just won’t be the same anymore? What if the

June 2, 2020

By Thierry Vanelslander & Edwin Van Hassel

Supply Chain trends: from offshoring to reshoring/nearshoring

Ecosystems COVID-19 Supply Chain

With all attention currently being directed towards the COVID-19 exit programs, and everybody living in the present, thinking and hoping about picking up ‘normal’ activities again in the near future, one would tend to forget about how life was before, also in logistics. This contribution

May 27, 2020

By Kathleen Vangronsvelt

What Marc Van Ranst can teach us about leadership

Leadership COVID-19

Implicit Leadership Theory to the rescue. I couldn’t help laughing at the picture of Marc Van Ranst (one of the leading Belgian virologists who is advising the Belgian government during the coronavirus crisis) in a Superman suit when I was emptying my letter box. The neighbor (keeping 1.5

May 18, 2020

By Wayne Visser

How COVID-19 is inspiring sustainability at work

Sustainable Transformation COVID-19

When I was researching and writing our paper for Randstad’s sustainability@work report, recently published, COVID-19 had not yet hit. And yet, the analysis of what sustainable transformation implies for employees and the workplace has proved to be more relevant than ever for organizations