Sustainable supply chains

Summary Supply chain decisions have an environmental and a social impact. Using a variety of different approaches, we try to understand this impact and develop alternative decision making mechanisms that take the environmental and social effects into account. The main focus of our work has been on carbon emissions which affect climate change, but recently we have started trying to understand the effect of supply chain decisions on the water footprint of a company, and the impact of fairness and equality on supply chain coordination.
Collaborators Nayeli Hernandez-Martinez (TU/e), Yann Bouchery (EMN), Maxi Udenio (KU Leuven); Nughthoh Arfawi Kurdhi, Shaunak Dabadghao (TU/e)

Intermodal container supply chains

Summary Containers transport an increasing share of the world’s goods. While the operations of these container supply chains now impacts to a large extent the effectiveness of the world’s supply chains, its performance remains understudied. Reliability tends to be low and coordination across the multiple actors remains poor. In our work, we focus specifically on the (import) hinterland supply chain in Europe. We investigate collaboration between hinterland terminals, scheduling of barges, and have introduced the concept of synchromodality to designate the seamless exchange of modalities along the supply chain. One of our current focuses is to find alternative mechanisms to deal with demurrage and detention.
Collaborators Yann Bouchery (EM Normandie), Benjamin Legros (EM Normandie/Univ Paris-Saclay), Tao Lu (Erasmus University), Mingzhu Yu (Shenzhen University), Chung-Yee Lee (Hong Kong UST).

Behavior of human planners

Summary Despite the advent of Advanced Planning Systems, it is ultimately a human decision maker that decides on the plan or schedule. While decision support systems have been focused on improving the performance on the planned process, in this study we focus on the efficiency of the planning process itself. My vision is to improve efficiency of the human planner by a factor 10 in 10 years. Moreover, we collaborate in an international study trying to understand decision making behaviors in SMEs in developing countries
Collaborators Jose Larco (UTEC); Josué Velázquez (MIT)

Aggregate sales forecasting on long-term business cycles

Summary Companies go through consistent business cycles, some long-term regular, other triggered by major events such as the bankrupty of Lehman Brothers in 2008. We model these cycles using inventory dynamics and obtain very accurate and relevant forecasts of sales cycles.
Collaborators Maxi Udenio (KU Leuven); Kai Hoberg (KLU)

Supply chain finance

Summary While the financial flow is an intregrated part of any supply chain, its analysis has usually been limited to managerial accounting issues. We have initiated a research line that takes much more of a financing perspective. We are in particular looking at the mechanisms of reverse factoring and real options, and taking their benefits beyond the traditional finance benefits to operational supply chain benefits.
Collaborators Taymaz Soltani, Arun Chockalingam, Shaunak Dabadghao (TU/e); Haolin Feng (Sun Yat Sen University)

Retail distribution in emerging economies

Summary For Consumer Packaged Goods, the complete growth over the next decade will come from emerging economies. Retail distribution in emerging economies has a completely different structure than the structures we are familiar with in Western Europe and North America. We study the complete supply chain, with a focus on the traditional channel (nanostores) in megacities.
Collaborators Jiwen Ge (Tuck School at Dartmouth College), Christopher Mejia-Argueta (MIT); Dorothee Honhon (UT Dallas); Edgar Blanco, Matthias Winkenbach, Daniel Merchan, André Snoeck (MIT); Youssef Boulaksil (UAE University); Lei Zhao (Tsinghua University)