Dec 21

New book: Warehousing 4.0

Edited by C. Glock and E. Grosse


International competition and a high cost pressure force companies more and more to reorganize their internal logistics processes. Warehousing, which has a major impact on lead times and service levels, may be seen as one of the key drivers of supply chain efficiency. Despite several innovative concepts and technical solutions that were proposed by academia and practice in recent years, the full potential warehouse logistics offers has not been realized so far.

The book at hand presents an overview of several innovative management concepts and technical solutions for warehouse logistics of the future – Warehousing 4.0. Topics covered in the book include the “Industry 4.0” concept and its impact on automation in warehousing, technical assistance systems for improving workplace ergonomics, pick-by-light and pick-by-vision systems, order picking robots, and drones in the warehouse. Despite these technical solutions, the book also presents some best practice examples from industry that help practitioners and researchers to fully capture the potential Warehousing 4.0 offers.cover_warehousing_christoph-glock

Additional information on the book can soon be found here: (German)

Oct 10

New Book: Sustainable Supply Chains – Research Based Textbook on Operations and Strategy

Editors: Bouchery, Y., Corbett, C.J., Fransoo, J.C., Tan, T. (Eds.)
  • First edited text designed specifically for graduate courses in Sustainable Supply Chains
  • Editors are leaders in the field
  • Online support, including new cases as needed



This book is primarily intended to serve as a research-based textbook on sustainable supply chains for graduate programs in Business, Management, Industrial Engineering, and Industrial Ecology, but it should also be of interest for researchers in the broader sustainable supply chain space, whether from the operations management and industrial engineering side or more from the industrial ecology and life-cycle assessment side.


As firms become progressively more tightly coupled in global supply chains, rather than being large vertically integrated monoliths, risks and opportunities associated with activities upstream or downstream will increasingly impinge upon their own wellbeing. For a firm to thrive, it is increasingly imperative that it be aware of economic, environmental and social dimensions of the entire supply chain it belongs to, and that it proactively monitor and manage those. Finding efficient solutions towards a more sustainable supply chain is increasingly important for managers, but clearly this raise difficult questions, often without clear answers. This book aims to provide insights into these kinds of questions for students and practitioners, based on the latest academic research. We have noticed a recent surge in the number of courses on “sustainable supply chain management” or related topics, but a relative lack of corresponding teaching materials. While sustainability has been widely studied at the level of company strategy and extensive related pedagogical materials exist, there is still a relative lack of materials on sustainability with a supply chain management perspective.

Oct 06

Two Post-Doctoral Research Assistants in Operational Research

Two Post-Doctoral Research Assistants in Operational Research (Forecasting and Inventory Control) in Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University


Two exciting opportunities are currently available within Cardiff Business School to conduct cutting-edge implementable research in the area of circular economy. This 2-year project is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC, UK, EP/P008925, Resilient Remanufacturing Networks: Forecasting, Informatics and Holons) and it aims at advancing knowledge and making an impact in real world practices in the area of forecasting and inventory / production control in a remanufacturing context. The project benefits from the support of three industrial collaborators as well as the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP). The successful candidates will be part of the Logistics and Operations Management (LOM) section of the School and benefit from exposure to an academic community that equally emphasises theoretical rigour and practical implementation. They will also benefit from collaborative work within the newly formed Logistics Research Centre, funded by Panalpina World Transport Ltd, and a currently ongoing knowledge transfer partnership (KTP) with a remanufacturer in North Wales.


We wish to appoint two post-doctoral research assistants (PDRAs) in the area of operational research. For the first RA we look for:

  • A strong operational research / management science background with specific emphasis on statistical forecasting (times series analysis or econometrics) or a strong industrial engineering / manufacturing management background in engineering informatics / data analytics.

For the second RA we look for:

  • A strong operational research / management science background with specific expertise in systems modelling and/or a control engineering background – with knowledge of inventory management and production planning and control.


Please contact Professor Aris Syntetos ( with all enquiries.

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