With this project VIL is looking for the added value of blockchain technology in logistic applications. The focus of this project will be sectors where a safe supply chain is a high priority, like the food, chemical and life science sector. VIL will also examine how blockchain relates to other track & trace solutions in these sectors.
Many companies experience problems with the logistics and processing of polluted packages, like barrels that have contained chemicals, paint, adhesives, detergents and oils. With the project Polluted Packaging Logistics VIL will research if these packages can be collected and processed more efficiently and if they could even be recycled or reused.
Companies who want to evolve from single-/multichannel to omnichannel retailers are facing major challenges. A retailer must determine through which channels and which delivery options he prefers to offer his products to his customers. This abundance of options gives a chance for a higher service and turnover, but also impacts the costs. With its project ‘Omni Tactics’ VIL aims to support companies, especially SME’s, to proactively determine the cost-to-serve of their omnichannel choices.
Self-driving electric vehicles: they’re already undergoing thorough testing for passenger transport. Can these self-driving vehicles also be used to carry goods in logistics operations, specifically in the context of urban logistics? This futuristic project begins by setting out the requirements.
Due to the continuous rise of e-commerce and growing urbanisation, demand for efficient urban logistics is higher than ever (more home deliveries, more delivery locations, more returns, shorter delivery periods, etc.). How can the Internet of Things also help make logistics more efficient in the city?
Too much food is lost in distribution chains. Through the ‘Fresh Food Logistics’ project, VIL aims to investigate where and how food spoilage can be prevented or reduced, through the optimization of the logistics chains for fresh food for retailers.
With the IKEO project for the collection of small electrical goods online, VIL aims to offer a proactive response to the question of how webshops and their logistics service providers will organize the take-back obligation applying to small electrical appliances logistically.