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To increase the competitiveness of Flemish logistics companies, VIL performs projects with and for companies. Depending on the type of project different funding rates are applicable.



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.

status: Closed | thema: Digitalization | type: Regional

Fresh Food Logistics

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.

status: Running | thema: Sustainability | type: Regional

Post calculation transport (Nacatrans)

Through this project, in conjunction with the road haulage sector, VIL aims to design a costing model that reflects the actual profitability of every transport order carried out.

status: Closed | thema: Digitalization | type: Regional

Crowd Logistics

With Crowd Logistics, private individuals or semi-professionals are used to transport goods. What business models can apply to this? What are the legal implications? How can this be integrated into business logistics and what is its added value, both for logistical actors and for society in general?

status: Closed | thema: Digitalization, Omni-channel | type: Regional

IKEO (Collection of small electrical goods online)

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.

status: Closed | thema: Omni-channel | type: Regional

Flanders Recycling Hub

‘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.

status: Closed | thema: Durability, Flanders gateways, Sustainability | type: Regional

Flexible transport robots

Flexible transport robots, or Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs), show great potential. The new generation of transport robots are flexible and compact and have no impact on infrastructure. Some also have a fully autonomous location system on board. In which warehouse operations can they be used?

status: Closed | thema: Digitalization | type: Regional

Value Added Trucking (V.A.T.)

Through the Value Added Trucking project, VIL aims to find out which (administrative or other) value-added tasks can be carried out by the driver of a truck in self-driving mode. This is not about the technological angle, but the logistical approach: what improvement in efficiency and productivity can be achieved by having the driver on board the self-driving truck carry out useful tasks?

status: Closed | thema: Sustainability | type: Regional

Drones in logistics

In recent months, a great deal has been said and written about parcel delivery using drones. However, large-scale use of drones for this purpose remains a pipe dream. Drones which collect stock from a warehouse or monitor materials and equipment in a yard offer more opportunities in the short term. Good reasons for VIL to launch a project focussing on the use of drones – or flying robots – in a logistics environment.

status: Closed | thema: Digitalization | type: Regional


In the last few years, many companies which have been manufacturing in Asia for a long time have been moving their manufacturing back or opening additional manufacturing facilities in Eastern Europe. VIL has launched the ‘Nearshoring’ project in conjunction with seven companies to identify the logistical opportunities presented by this trend and then to capitalize on this to the maximum.

status: Closed | thema: Flanders gateways | type: Regional

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