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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 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 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 12, 2020

By Tom Van Woensel

Four major trends opening doors to a sustainable and resilient post COVID-19 supply chain

Ecosystems COVID-19 Supply Chain

Authors: Prof. Thierry Vanelslander and Prof. Dr. Wouter Dewulf (University of Antwerp) Prof. Tom Van Woensel and Prof. Dr. Alex Van Breedam (Antwerp Management School) Traditional supply chain strategies were already under pressure from our complex world and global challenges such as

March 25, 2020

By Lars Moratis

The coronavirus crisis and climate change

Sustainable Transformation Ecosystems COVID-19

The fact that we are now focusing almost all our attention to the coronavirus crisis is, of course, perfectly understandable. Nevertheless, it is wise not to lose sight of, or ignore other crises. Of these, climate change is undoubtedly the most serious one, especially as climate change

March 6, 2020

By Wouter Van Bockhaven

Flanders: a breeding ground for entrepreneurship or fear of failure?


“Of all the Gauls, the Belgians are the bravest”, Caesar claimed, and he would have known. Then why is VLAIO, the Flemish Innovation and Entrepreneurship Agency investing in a campaign against fear of failure?

March 2, 2020

By Antwerp Management School

Watertruck+: Toward a taxi service of barges


The European CEF project Watertruck+ has been completed. Although the project had to be adjusted en route due to its high degree of innovation, Nick Celis, manager of André Celis Group, clearly got inspired by it. André Celis Group currently has two barges in its own fleet but isn’t

March 2, 2020

By Antwerp Management School

Watertruck+: pioneering for a modal shift toward inland navigation


The ambition of the European CEF project Watertruck+ was high: to develop inland navigation into a profitable and environmentally friendly alternative to road transport. The challenges turned out to be high too. But the project partners followed through and provided for concrete

February 5, 2020

By Peter Lagey

Multimodal, the logical choice


Multimodal, synchromodal, intermodal, what’s in a name? It’s all about using less trucks and putting more freight on barges and trains. Why? Because our roads are saturated, our planet is warming up and our lungs are suffering from polluted air. And do I need to mention the societal cost

Research column

November 26, 2019

By Bieke Struyf

How to get the digital skills you need


As promising as technology may seem for the solution of labor problems, in reality it often merely ends up creating other problems. The actual challenge has to do with humans rather than technology. No matter how well orchestrated the technological transition, if your workforce – the