The LCL is organising its annual eXplore conference on 1 March 2018.

“Navigating the future of supply chains”


Date: 1st March 2018

Location: Chambre des métiers, Luxembourg – Kirchberg

In a fast moving world we all experience an unprecedented wave of innovations — artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, analytics, 3D printing, wearable technology — all maturing quickly and transforming industries throughout the world. What does the future entail and how to navigate the way forward in this exciting world?

Join us at the LCL eXplore Conference for an inspiring discussion: Insights from the academic forefront combined with relevant input from industry champions will offer a truly unique learning opportunity on the future of supply chains. Our guiding theme leads us to eXplore and promote impactful research that ultimately advances and contributes to the growing success of businesses.

The Luxembourg Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management (LCL) is coming together with its key partner the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Transportation and Logistics (MIT CTL) on 1st March to discuss the latest research development in supply chain management.

Join us at the LCL eXplore Conference and embrace our motto: “Innovate, Inspire, Impact!”


Programme sneak peeks

  • Emerging technologies
  • Making sense of an uncertain future
  • Conquering the after-sales services market



  • Dr. Chris Caplice, Executive Director, MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics
  • Prof. Joachim Arts, Associate Professor in Logistics and Supply Chain Management at the LCL
  • Panel members: Javier Tordable, Google Cloud, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Holger Voos, SnT, University of Luxembourg, Arie Moruanx, Johnson & Johnson
  • Industry speakers: Microsoft, Adidas Group
More about the speakers








Opening remarks


Prof. Benny Mantin, Director LCL, University of Luxembourg


10.20 Making sense of an uncertain future Dr. Chris Caplice, Executive Director, MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics

We are living in an age of constant change. On a daily basis we are faced with an onslaught of new potential technologies, emerging disruptive social trends, constantly shifting economic and political landscapes, etc.

Managers, supply chain executives in particular, need to be able to see through this uncertainty to ensure success for their organization. Interestingly, today is not unique. Supply chain managers have been navigating uncertain futures since time immemorial. Luckily, today we have tools to help us see through the fog and better prepare.

This talk will explore why we all have such a difficult time predicting and planning for the future through examples both historical and current. We will develop and discuss some tools and techniques that can be used to better prepare organizations for a future that is always changing and unpredictable.




Coffee break




Industry Presentation by Microsoft

Ken O-Farrell, Global Reverse Logistics Manager at Microsoft


12.05 Lunch provided at the Chambre des Métiers
Master thesis poster session






The supply chain master’s students from the LCL showcase their company-sponsored thesis projects. Students recently back from the MIT Reseach Expo in Boston were awarded for their presentations and are happy to present in Luxembourg.

Conference attendees can walk around, meet the students, and see the projects. This event would be of interest to both supply chain executives and their supporting HR / recruiting professionals.


13.10 Conquering the after-sales services market Prof. Joachim Arts, University of Luxembourg
The size of the after-sales market is several times the size of the original equipment market. The loyalty of customers is largely the consequence of good after sales services. After-sales logistics should be controlled differently because customers care about equipment up-time/availability and volumes are very low.




Industry Presentation

Holger Kömm, Director Data Science Lab, Adidas Group



Coffee Break




Panel Discussion: The future of supply chain innovations


Moderator: Dr. Chris Caplice, Executive Director, MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics


Panel Participants:

Arie Moruanx, Global Surgery Planning Excellence Director, Johnson & Johnson (Arie contributes to this panel in his personal capacity. The views expressed are his own and do not necessarily represent the views of J&J)

Javier Tordable, Technical Director, Office of the CTO at Google Cloud

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Holger Voos, Head of the Automatic Control Laboratory, University of Luxembourg


16.00 Closing remarks Prof. Benny Mantin, Director LCL, University of Luxembourg
16.15 Adjourn

Registration fees

  • Regular fee: 120 €
  • LCL partner discount