Courses

With this website we want to prepare Belgian and Dutch logistics students, lecturers, professionals & jobseekers for new competencies, technologies and trends of the future. Therefore, from mid-October onwards, we have been organizing numerous webinars, virtual classrooms, college tours & student challenges. These are completely free of charge. Below, you will discover the different topics that will be discussed.

Courses below are available with English subtitles

Webinars

During short, but powerful online webinars, an expert discusses a relevant topic from the logistics sector in 30 minutes. During and after the webinar, there is an opportunity to ask questions. Afterwards you will receive a recording of the webinar.

During the first webinar you will gain insight into the basic concepts and processes within logistics and we will show the impact on transport, warehousing and production. We also demonstrate the importance of logistics in our world. The first webinar mainly has an introductory character and can be followed by anyone, even without a logistical background.

Contents

What does a logistics chain look like and how is it structured from the supplier to the customer? The various aspects are discussed on the basis of a well-known example.How did logistics come about and which sub-areas can be distinguished? We explain the background of logistics and show how important logistics is for society.Why should logistics interest you? A career in logistics is a wise choice. It offers a lot of challenge and the perspective is good.

Teachers

– Danny Jonker (Fontys University of Applied Sciences)
– Brenda Wilmots (PXL University of Applied Sciences)

Practical information

No specific prior knowledge is required to follow this webinar. Register here & receive the link.

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Anyone can be a leader. Whether you are a parent, student, professional, entrepreneur or manager. It’s not about an expensive-sounding job title. But it is about how you can achieve something with your vision and personality, together with others. That is people management. Or, in a better word: leadership! In this webinar you will get the latest insights. And 3 golden tips to boost your leadership. But above all, you are encouraged to think for yourselfabout how YOU can best lead.

Contents

What can we learn from existing management theories?What is the effect of rewards and punishments and what works best?What is the difference between extrinsic and intrinsic motivation and what works best?What are the success factors of effective leadership and how can we create the right conditions?

Teachers

– Marco van Lier (Fontys University of Applied Sciences)

Practical information

No specific prior knowledge is required to follow this webinar. Register here & receive the link.

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The topic of this webinar is current trends and developments in the logistics sector. What do digitalisation and automation bring to the table and what does a circular supply chain look like? Are the terms such as blockchain and Artificial Intelligence (AI) still a pipe dream or does one have to get acquainted with these quickly? We will also take a look at the impact of the developments on the knowledge and skills necessary in our field.

Content:

  • What is happening in the world and how does it affect the logistics domain? The constantly changing world requires flexibility, new logistical concepts, and technologies.
  • Which macrotrends are already of importance? The circular logistics and digitalisation are, among others, the major developments nowadays, but technical trends such as AI are also on the rise.
  • How do we deal with new trends? What should a future employee know and be able to do? New trends require new skills and we will share the most important findings with you.

 

Presenter:

  • Luc Geukens (University College PXL)

 

Practical information

No specific prior knowledge is required to follow this webinar. Register here & receive the link.

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“Standing still is going backwards”, they say. So cliché, yet so true!
Change Management is crucial in the age of rapid development. In this webinar we will talk about adjusting in a changing world. What goes on in our heads when we’re confronted by something completely different? What is important for good communication? Which steps do you have to take to engage groups of people in a transformation process? The point of this webinar is for you to learn how to recognize various aspects in Change Management for a better supervision in times of change.

Content:

  • Change Management – what does it entail?
  • How does the human brain react to changes?
  • How is it expressed in its behaviour in transformation processes?
  • How to do you communicate effectively in the Age of Change?
  • What are the 8 crucial steps in a transformation process?

 

Presenter:

  • Arjan de Bont (University College Fontys)

 

Practical information

No specific prior knowledge is required to follow this webinar. Register here & receive the link.

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You come across autonomous, mobile robots everywhere: in the air, at sea and on land. And their importance will only increase in the coming years. More and more companies are using mobile robots to automate their warehouses. But mobile robots are also gradually becoming established in the hospitality industry, hospitals and hotels. In this webinar we take a closer look at the use of mobile robots in a production environment. What types are there, how do they find their way and how do you start as a company? These are just some of the questions that will be addressed in this webinar.

Content
• AGVs or AMRs – what’s in a name?
• What types of mobile robots are there on the market?
• How do mobile robots find their way?
• What about security and integration into an existing business system?
• Which battery systems are available?
• How do you get started as a company? Some tips and advice…

Lecturer
Filiep Vincent – Project Engineer at Sirris

Practical information
No specific prior knowledge is required to follow this webinar.

Register here & receive the link.

Blockchain, you have probably heard of it through cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. But blockchain is much more than that. It also offers many possibilities to share data in a reliable and transparent way and to monitor processes. In this webinar we zoom in on the technology behind blockchain, we discuss the advantages and disadvantages of blockchain and we look at how blockchain is already being used in logistics processes today.

Content
• What is blockchain?
• Why choose a blockchain instead of a classic database?
• What makes blockchain so secure?
• How does blockchain already form the basis in logistics processes?
• What are Smart Contracts? What do they have to do with a blockchain?

Teachers
– Robin Schrijvers, researcher at Smart ICT at the PXL
– Steven Palmaers, head of research at Smart ICT at the PXL

Practical information
No specific prior knowledge is required to follow this webinar.

Registrations closed. You can still view the webinar online.

> Register here & receive the link.

Courses below are only available in Dutch. We are currently still working on English subtitles. Contact us for opportunities in English.

Webinars

During short, but powerful online webinars, an expert discusses a relevant topic from the logistics sector in 30 minutes. During and after the webinar, there is an opportunity to ask questions. Afterwards you will receive a recording of the webinar.

Most likely you will have heard of blockchain through crypto coins like Bitcoin. But blockchain is more than that. It offers many possibilities to share data in a reliant and transparent way and to follow procedures. In this webinar we will look at the underlying technology of blockchain, discuss that advantages and disadvantages of blockchain and look at how blockchain is already being used in logistics processes today.

 

Content:

  • What is blockchain?
  • Why would you choose blockchain over a classical database?
  • What makes blockchain safe to use?
  • How does blockchain form the basis of logistics processes?
  • What are Smart Contracts? How are they linked to blockchain?

 

Presenters:

  • Robin Schrijvers, researcher Smart ICT (University College PXL)
  • Steven Palmaers, head of research Smart ICT (University College PXL)

Mobile robots in logistics

Autonomous, mobile robots are everywhere: in the air, at sea and on land. And their importance will only increase in the coming years. More and more companies are using mobile robots to automate their warehouses. But mobile robots are also gradually becoming established in the hospitality industry, hospitals and hotels. In this webinar, we take a closer look at the use of mobile robots in a production environment. What types are there, how do they find their way and how do you get started as a company? These are just some of the questions that will be addressed in this webinar.

Content:

  • AGV’s of AMR’s – what’s in a name?
  • Which types of mobile robots are available?
  • How do mobile robots find their way?
  • How do you deal with safety and integration into an existing company system?
  • Which battery systems are available?
  • Where does a company start? Some tips…

Presenters:

  • Filiep Vincent, project engineer (Sirris)

Virtual classrooms

A virtual classroom consists of a series of 6 to 8 lessons on a specific logistics topic. You can follow these virtual classrooms live or watch the recording afterwards. Each classroom is supported with assignments, cases and feedback and lasts about 90 minutes.

 What are the implications of e-commerce and how can participants respond to the challenges and opportunities it brings? In this series of virtual classrooms we take a closer look at omnichannel fulfilment.

Content

  • Lesson 1: E-commerce – The first lesson looks at e-commerce and related terminology. We discuss the start of e-commerce and take a look at different developments. We discuss different market segments.
  • Lesson 2: Omnichannel – the second lesson looks at omnichannel and its consequences. Terms such as sales and distribution channels are linked to customer journey and customer service.
  • Lesson 3: E-procurement – Part of lesson 3 is the impact of online buying and the relation to a purchasing strategy of a company. Relevant parts of e-procurement are named and the operational impact of purchasing on this process is looked at.
  • Lesson 4 – E-fulfilment (1) – What plays a role in the operational fulfilment of online orders?
  • Lesson 5 – E-fulfilment (2): The process of e-fulfilment is discussed; the processing of orders in the warehouse and the preparation of delivery.
  • Lesson 6: Last mile – how is an order completed from the moment it leaves the warehouse till it is delivered to the customer.
  • Lesson 7: Return management – how are returns managed in a e-commerce procedures? We will look at the cost and different ways of returns.

Presenters

  • Ken Zschock (University Colleg Fontys)
  • Danny Jonker (University Colleg Fontys)

During this virtual classroom we will collect relevant information from internal and external data sources and present in a structured dashboard using Power BI.

Content:

  • Lesson 1: from mission to objectives: how do we translate a company mission, vision and strategy into specific goals?
  • Lesson 2: Balanced scorecard and measurable goals: how do we determine which goals are relevant and measurable for the managing of a company?
  • Lesson 3: Story telling with data: how do I present the information in a powerful way by using key words, chart or table?
  • Lesson 4: Power BI: data input, check and transformation.
  • Lesson 5: Power BI: create links and simple DAX.
  • Lesson 6: Power BI: time intelligence and how to visualise evolutions.
  • Lesson 7: Power BI: visualise, complex DAX & targts.

 

Presenters:

  • Luc Geukens, lecturer (University College PXL)
  • Brenda Wilmots, lecturer (University College PXL)

College tours

In our college tours, we have various guest speakers and logistics experts speaking.

Is that your standard answer when someone asks for about an online shop? You must have good reasons; or at least you think so because sometimes your wonder: maybe I should be interested in e-commerce?

Recognisable? In this case you cannot miss this college tour. We will not try and convince you to start an online shop but we will try to remove doubt in order for you to make an informed choice. We will use a practical case, no highflying theories or convincing figures and charts, but hands-on information for everything that will come your way. The good and bad things; risks and opportunities; chances and pitfalls. Two presenters will show their product: one with an online shop and one without, both by well-considered choice.

Content

  • Does an online shop fit into my business model?
  • Which IT platform do I use?
  • How do I structure the online shop (lay-out, pictures, payment methods…)?
  • What do I need to know about the logistics behind my online shop?
  • How do I support my online shop with social media?

Presenter

  • Luc Geukens, owner of g-case.net
  • Sahara Moster, owner of Antrema BVBA

“Sustainable employability means that employees have at their disposal, throughout their working lives, actual achievable opportunities as well as the conditions to (continue to) function in current and future work while maintaining their health and wellbeing” (van der Klink et al., 2010, commissioned by ZonMW)

 

During this lecture tour, we will highlight the field of tension between the main actors, employer and employee, by approaching the various perspectives on sustainable employability from a theoretical point of view and subsequently testing the experiences of the participants in practice.

 

Content:

  • What is sustainable employability?
  • What are the challenges to realise sustainable employability?
  • How do you deal with sustainable employability in practice?

Presenters:

  • Daphne van Paassen (STL – Sectorinstituut Transport en Logistiek stlwerkt.nl )
  • Gijs van Erp (Randstad randstad.nl )

“Employer branding is the creation, communication and management of an attractive, distinctive and authentic employer image, both among current and potential employees.”

But how do you go about it?  During this lecture tour, we explain the factors that play a role in this and we look at how you, as a company, can respond well, or better, to this.  And we test this in practice through the experiences of the participants.

Content:

  • Why is employer branding important?
  • The gap between employers and employees
  • Let’s get started with employer branding

Presenters:

  • Daphne van Paassen (STL – Sectorinstituut Transport en Logistiek stlwerkt.nl )
  • Gijs van Erp (Randstad randstad.nl )

Software leak saves Janssen Logistics from paying hackers’ ransom” and “Bakker Logistiek was hacked via Microsoft mail program”. These are two recent headlines of news articles that demonstrate the vulnerability of logistics IT systems. The cause is diverse (for example: outdated software, no timely updates or user error). In addition, chains in which information is processed are becoming more and more common.

The trend of cloud computing and outsourcing continues. Just like working on the same platform to share data in the logistics chain and further integration of customer and supplier information.

Cloud computing and supply chain integration?

But what does cloud computing actually mean? When do you opt for such a solution? What responsibilities do you bear as an organisation? How do you deal with chains of information processing?

In this lecture tour, the above questions are addressed. We will discuss:

  • The definition of cloud computing and the various forms there are;
  • The advantages and disadvantages of the cloud;
  • The responsibilities you bear as an organisation when using cloud solutions;
  • Which mechanisms do you need as an organisation?

Artificial Intelligence is a term often mentioned nowadays, one of which the applications seem endless.

Presenter

Roy Lenders is CEO of Genzai, a company cooperating with and investing in start-ups to ensure AI is included in their products and services.

Student challenges

24h in company – on hold due to corona

Duurzaamheid, maatschappelijk verantwoord ondernemen, circulaire economie: belangrijke trends die de komende jaren grote impact gaan hebben op de logistiek. Wat is een casus die bij bedrijven speelt?

Duurzaamheid, maatschappelijk verantwoord ondernemen, circulaire economie: belangrijke trends die de komende jaren grote impact gaan hebben op de logistiek. Wat is een casus die bij bedrijven speelt?

Tekorten op de arbeidsmarkt en nieuwe technologieën geven een impuls aan het automatiseren van administratieve processen. Welke casus willen bedrijven aanpakken?

Veranderende klanteisen zorgen ervoor dat ketens steeds sneller moeten kunnen reageren en op een transparante manier informatie kunnen communiceren. Dit betekent dat er ook afwegingen gemaakt moeten worden om bepaalde zaken zelf te doen, in te kopen of misschien zelfs te leasen. Welke casus speelt bij bedrijven?

Supply chains zijn steeds verder geïntegreerd, worden vaak lean ingericht en zijn globaal in hun opzet. Dit brengt risico’s met zich mee; denk hierbij aan Brexit, consumentenhypes of pandemieën. Hoe kan een organisatie zich hier op voorbereiden?