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To increase the competitiveness of Flemish logistics companies, VIL carries out Collective Knowledge Development and Knowledge Transfer Projects (COOCK). ‘Collective’ means that the project is meant for a group of companies. 70 % of these projects is subsidized, 30 % is financed by the participating companies.

Furthermore VIL supports innovative company projects (research and development), multidisciplinary reasearch projects, strategic basic research and EU-projects (H2020).

Projects

Cilotex (Circular Logistics for the textile industry)

The fabric industry is the second largest pollutant in the world, after the oil industry. In addition, 80 % of all fabric ends up as waste. The VIL project Cilotex (Circular Logistics for the Textile industry) aims to analyze the logistics possibilities to stimulate the circular economy for the textile industry. This project focusses on coton and polyester clothing.

status: Running | theme: Sustainability | type: Regional

SENSE

The Physical Internet: an open logistics system which pursues physical, digital and operational interconnectivity trough clustering data, interfaces, protocols, etc. VIL participates the European project SENSE which aims to use the Physical Internet to achieve co-modal transport services on a European level, within a well synchronizes, intelligent and seamless network, and thereby give optimal support to the supply chain.

status: Running | theme: Digitalization | type: European

Polluted Packaging Logistics

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.

status: Closed | theme: Sustainability | type: Regional

Omni Tactics

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.

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

Empty Logistics

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.

status: Closed | theme: Sustainability | type: Regional

ALEES

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.

status: Closed | theme: Digitalization | type: Regional

Intello City

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?

status: Closed | theme: Digitalization | type: Regional

WiN4track

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 | theme: 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: Closed | theme: 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 | theme: Digitalization | type: Regional

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