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Project SCALE begins the journey towards a sustainable future in food logistics

04 February 2013

Project SCALE (Step Change in Agri-Food Logistics Ecosystems) held its first UK conference at Cranfield at the end of January attracting over 80 representatives from the world of food, and farming to gain valuable insights into the global challenges facing the logistics sector and to discuss potential solutions.

scaleKey speakers included faculty from Cranfield and representatives from the project partners: DHL, EFFP, Wageningen University and the University of Artois.

The conference included an insightful panel session which presented the existing tools and framework that support supply chain collaboration and breakout sessions where attendees contributed to lively discussions looking at ‘Supply Chains of the Future’.

The event was streamed live to participants in Northern Europe at Artois and Wageningen Universities, as well as those in the UK who were unable to attend due to the snow.

Chairing the event, Dr Denyse Julien, a Senior Lecturer from the Supply Chain Research Centre at Cranfield extended an invitation to everyone interested to join this exciting project to ensure economic competitiveness remains in the food and drink supply chain whilst enhancing both environmental and social sustainability.

lectureSpeaking after the event, Dr Julien commented: “The conference has been an exciting first step on our Project Scale journey. Working with organisations across Europe, we will develop an innovative approach to measuring food supply chain’s performance, a collaborative framework to drive the right behaviours and an ICT platform to enable the transformation.”

Project SCALE is a three year project working across North-West Europe to increase economic competitiveness and improve environmental and social sustainability of food and drink supply chain logistics.

Project SCALE is funded by the INTERREG IVB North-West Europe, which is a financial instrument of the European Union’s Cohesion Policy. It funds projects which support transnational cooperation. The five partners for Project SCALE are Cranfield School of Management, European Food and Farming Partnerships (EFFP), DHL Supply Chain, Wageningen University and the Université d’Artois.

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