Walther Ploos van Amstel

Walther Ploos van Amstel

Dr. Walther Ploos van Amstel is associate professor at Vrije Universiteit, lecturer at Hogeschool van Amsterdam and expert for TNO Mobility and Slimstock Professionals focusing on sustainable logistics, urban distribution, development of mainports, sense and respond logistics, mobility and cross chain control centers.   He received a doctorate in Economics in 2002 from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam for his research on logistics organization.     From 2002 to 2009 he was professor in logistics at the Netherlands Defence Academy. His field of research includes: creating winning supply networks, alliances, intelligent logistics concepts supported by ICT and asset management control.

Collaborating At No Extra Cost

Jun 23, 2015
Collaboration is standard practice in many supply chains, yet transaction costs often make it too expensive even so. Countless blog posts talk about the need for collaboration in the transport sector, in wholesale, in retail and with web stores.

Let Planners Plan

May 29, 2015
The lack of predictability in processes is a major "margin killer". What is causing the unpredictability in your organisation? And how can planners improve on the degree of predictability?

Transport Safety Begins With Safety In The Chain

Apr 9, 2015
A nasty scratch on a car in the store's parking lot: things like that can happen. Was it the truck driver's fault, or are we putting so much pressure on our logistics chains that we are basically asking for accidents to happen? "Trucks...

A promising future for truck drivers: “Ain't nothin' gonna get in our way”

Feb 24, 2015
Unfortunately, many drivers are rather gloomy about the future. Is their lack of optimism justified? I don’t think so. Soon enough, they will once again serve as the calling card of their transport company.

Are We Ready For Unmanned Trucks In Europe?

Feb 10, 2015
Autonomous driving will fundamentally change the European market for long-distance transport

How Do You Turn Track-And-Trace Information into a USP?

Feb 3, 2015
Parcel delivery services and web stores are presenting new mobile apps for the ultimate customer experience. Their apps keep us informed of where orders are, minute by minute. But to be able to provide customers with a valuable service, these apps should...

Waste Logistics Needs to Become Cleaner, Smarter and More Valuable

Jan 22, 2015
We need to make the city's waste valuable again through smarter and cleaner waste collection. That would enhance the livability of neighborhoods, but it would also enable more reuse of goods. The waste chain of the city center needs to be reinvented.

Urban Distribution And Transport On Own Account: Equal Rights, Equal Rules

Nov 26, 2014
The European Union is working on the further liberalisation of road transport by logistics service providers. The question is whether the further liberalisation of shippers transport on own account would not be more effective and yield better results.

Robotization In Transport And Distribution: Will Nine Out Of Ten DCs Soon Be Obsolete?

Oct 15, 2014
There’s not a lot being said about the robotization that’s already taking place in the transport sector. Naturally it will help make up for the anticipated shortage of personnel in the logistics labor market. But I predict that, ten years from now, 9/10...

Borderless shopping with Borderfree

Sep 23, 2014
E-commerce is expanding, worldwide. McKinsey has predicted that by 2020, 15% of e-commerce will be cross-border. Whereas today consumers still form only a small niche market for the global parcel-delivery companies, in 2020 as many as half of the...