Attractiveness of Flanders as a LogisticRegionProf Dr Robert Boute
Logistics in Flanders       Logistics sector in Flanders is strategically important                Important source of emp...
Study commissioned by Flanders District of Creativity incollaboration with Flanders Investment and Trade       Trends in l...
At a crossroads of trends       Centralization vs. decentralization of logistics distribution       Influence of the East:...
Flanders in the heart of Europe, but ...       … also in the future?                Flanders is in economic centre of grav...
Well-developed infrastructure, but ...       ... with limited capacity?                Very well-developed transportation ...
Qualitatively, highly trained personnel but ...       … with a shortage?                Strong presence of knowledge and s...
Logistics success in five stories (1)       Volvo Logistics:                logistics services for automotive industry    ...
Logistics success in five stories (2)       Barry Callebaut                Distribution centre in Aalst                 • ...
Logistics success in five stories (3)       SKF Logistics Services:                logistic centre in Tongeren            ...
Logistics success in five stories (4)       Katoen Natie:                e-commerce hub for logistics in Europe           ...
Logistics success in five stories (5)       UCB, Baxter, H. Essers en Tri-Vizor:                combination of (intermodal...
What characterizes these 5 stories?Logistics is a lot more than “moving boxes” !
Explicit, strategic choice for Flanders       Central position in European market is an advantage                Benefits ...
High complexity of logistics operations       Presence of logistics expertise and skilled workforce helps in       complex...
The importance of Information Technology       IT in support of logistics operations                Tracking & tracing    ...
Different partners work well together       Collaboration is the key to success.                Tri-Vizor, UCB en Baxter, ...
Sustainable strategies are on the rise       Strong emphasis on sustainable logistics strategies                Use of “gr...
Innovation keeps Flanders’ logistics on track       Flanders offers many advantages for innovative logistics       Flander...
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  1. 1. Attractiveness of Flanders as a LogisticRegionProf Dr Robert Boute
  2. 2. Logistics in Flanders Logistics sector in Flanders is strategically important Important source of employment and welfare Many advantages for logistics in Flanders Flanders is centrally located Well-trained and flexible workforce Well equipped infrastructure However, attracting investments in logistics remains a challenge High labour costs Heavy tax burden Increasing competition from neighbouring regions© Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School & Flanders DC
  3. 3. Study commissioned by Flanders District of Creativity incollaboration with Flanders Investment and Trade Trends in logistics landscape Impact on strengths / weaknesses in Flanders Five success stories in the logistics sector Innovative logistics concepts Illustrate the competencies of Flanders Demonstrate how the location in Flanders supports innovation© Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School & Flanders DC
  4. 4. At a crossroads of trends Centralization vs. decentralization of logistics distribution Influence of the East: delocalization of logistics? Increasing competition from neighbouring regions Growing concern about climate change: “sustainable logistics" Rapid technological developments: "smart logistics"© Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School & Flanders DC
  5. 5. Flanders in the heart of Europe, but ... … also in the future? Flanders is in economic centre of gravity of Europe • Impact of the East? Easy accessibility and market access, both inbound and outbound transport© Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School & Flanders DC
  6. 6. Well-developed infrastructure, but ... ... with limited capacity? Very well-developed transportation network • Extensive road network, but increasing congestion • Port Structure in Antwerp, Zeebrugge and Ghent • Good multi-modal network, but service is still lacking … and in a complex environment Complex administration and government bureaucracy Unstable political situation© Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School & Flanders DC
  7. 7. Qualitatively, highly trained personnel but ... … with a shortage? Strong presence of knowledge and skills • But ... limited number of logistics training Extensive knowledge of languages • But ... can we maintain this competitive advantage?? High productivity • But ... very high wages and high taxes Flexible staff • But … for how long?© Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School & Flanders DC
  8. 8. Logistics success in five stories (1) Volvo Logistics: logistics services for automotive industry • Originally logistics centre for Volvo plant in Ghent and Göteborg • Became 4PL for impressive number for customers in automotive© Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School & Flanders DC
  9. 9. Logistics success in five stories (2) Barry Callebaut Distribution centre in Aalst • near major production site of the group, in Wieze (270,000 tons of chocolate per year) • worldwide distribution of chocolate Inbound: Wieze 80%, 20% from factories in France, Italy, Spain and UK Outbound: 70% to Europe, 30% worldwide via Antwerp© Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School & Flanders DC
  10. 10. Logistics success in five stories (3) SKF Logistics Services: logistic centre in Tongeren outsourcing partner of the Finnish company Metso Minerals global centralization of spare parts logistics© Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School & Flanders DC
  11. 11. Logistics success in five stories (4) Katoen Natie: e-commerce hub for logistics in Europe from Antwerp (Log Hidden City) more than 5000 packages daily highly “demanding" logistics (zero error tolerance)© Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School & Flanders DC
  12. 12. Logistics success in five stories (5) UCB, Baxter, H. Essers en Tri-Vizor: combination of (intermodal) transport to Eastern Europe for pharma multinationals UCB and Baxter with H. Essers as logistics partner and Tri-Vizor as neutral "orchestrator"© Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School & Flanders DC
  13. 13. What characterizes these 5 stories?Logistics is a lot more than “moving boxes” !
  14. 14. Explicit, strategic choice for Flanders Central position in European market is an advantage Benefits in outbound logistics • Barry Callebaut, Katoen Natie, SKF: Flanders in the economic and geographical focus of the European market Benefits in inbound logistics • Barry Callebaut: proximity to major production unit Critical mass of transport flows offers opportunities for optimization • Volvo Logistics: high density of logistic flows makes it possible to optimize transport • UCB, Baxter: critical mass allows to combine logistic flows© Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School & Flanders DC
  15. 15. High complexity of logistics operations Presence of logistics expertise and skilled workforce helps in complex environment E-commerce logistics demands zero tolerance for errors • Katoen Natie can rely on flexible workforce with an affinity for the product European and global supply chains require expertise in planning and optimization • Volvo Logistics builds on the logistical and technical skills as a logistics centre for its own Volvo factories • Challenge for SKF: keep inventory (and working capital) under control despite high product variance and uncertainty in demand • Challenge for Barry Callebaut: meet the quality standards of the food industry and the demand for customization© Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School & Flanders DC
  16. 16. The importance of Information Technology IT in support of logistics operations Tracking & tracing Integrated planning and inventory control Automation in storage IT-supported “picking” …. IT as a driver of logistics operations or new business models Katoen Natie: IT integration at the base of e-logistics Tri-Vizor / Baxter / UCB: software (cloud technology ) makes horizontal collaboration and demand shaping possible© Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School & Flanders DC
  17. 17. Different partners work well together Collaboration is the key to success. Tri-Vizor, UCB en Baxter, in collaboration with H. Essers: • Cost reduction • Higher customer service • Reduction of CO2 emissions© Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School & Flanders DC
  18. 18. Sustainable strategies are on the rise Strong emphasis on sustainable logistics strategies Use of “green” energy Reduction of waste Reduction of energy consumption … Or, as Barry Callebaut puts it: “A sustainable supply chain is not an option, it is a requirement"© Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School & Flanders DC
  19. 19. Innovation keeps Flanders’ logistics on track Flanders offers many advantages for innovative logistics Flanders will still be an attractive focal-point for logistics activities tomorrow Certainly if we convert our weaknesses into opportunities.© Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School & Flanders DC
  20. 20. © Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School & Flanders DC
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