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 […]
The use of glass bottles for beverages remains popular in Belgium. The costs of sorting out, transporting and storing these empty bottles is not to be neglected and often not very transparent. In this project VIL aims to analyse and reduce these non-value adding costs.
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?
Low power wide area networks (LPWAN) such as Sigfox or LoRa could well play a major role in the future. VIL will investigate what these wireless, energy-efficient networks could mean for tracking and monitoring assets and high value goods.
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.
‘Waste is the new gold’, so the saying goes. It’s a fact that there’s huge economic potential in recycling. The ambitious ‘Flanders Recycling Hub’ project aims to put Flemish ports on the global map in order to attract flows of materials and recycling activities.