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Centre for Operational Excellence (COPE)

Faculty of Economics and Business
Centre for Operational Excellence (COPE)

Innovative solutions for your operational processes

The University of Groningen's Centre for Operational Excellence (COPE) aims to optimise operations within your business or organisation. A large number of professors and internationally renowned researchers specialised in research areas such as Supply Chain Management, Smart Manufacturing and Logistics are attached to our centre of expertise. They will be pleased to help you develop an effective operational strategy and achieve excellence in your operations. Your organisation can benefit from our knowledge and expertise in the form of, for instance, a research project, workshop or guest lecture.


Allow our skills and expertise to show you the way. We provide scientifically supported answers to all your questions from practice.

Recent Projects

Logistieke sector geïnspireerd door efficiëntie internet
Date:04 October 2017

Goederen die ‘zelf’ hun route en vervoersmiddel kiezen in open en met elkaar verbonden logistieke netwerken, in plaats van in vastgelegde routes die gebruik maken van gesloten netwerken. Dit “Physical Internet” is een toekomstbeeld voor de logistieke sector...

Innovatieve logistiek voor webwinkels
Date:05 January 2017

Aan de logistiek rondom webbestellingen is nog veel te optimaliseren: te grote drukte van bestelbusjes in woonwijken, veel te grote dozen voor de bestelde producten en vooral Nederlandse webwinkels die nog weinig internationaal concurreren. Professor Kees Jan...

Distributie van vers voedsel: sneller en efficiënter
Date:24 October 2016

Het onderzoeksproject: Het versassortiment vormt één van de belangrijkste punten waarop supermarktketens zich kunnen onderscheiden.

Versterking van veerkracht: multidisciplinair onderzoek
Date:24 October 2016

Het onderzoeksproject: Bedrijven zijn door de druk op kostenverlaging steeds kwetsbaarder geworden voor verstoringen in de keten.

International Physical Internet Conference 2018

17 - 22 June 2018
Groningen, the Netherlands

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IPIC 2018 aims to provide an open forum for researchers, industry representatives, government officials and citizens to together explore, discuss, introduce leading edge concepts, methodologies, recent projects, technological advancements, start-up initiatives, for current and future Physical Internet implementation.

The conference will continue building on the successful 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 conferences with up to 250 participants. Conference topics include interconnected logistics, PI fundamentals, business models, governance and implementation, cross-chain control, synchromodal transportation, IT systems, stakeholders and their roles.

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