Kuehne Foundation Logistics Technology Laboratory has a new nameplate


Kuehne Foundation Chair leading a site tour to UPS PVG Distribution Center

On June 5, 2018, Kuehne Foundation Chair at CDHK organizes 42 Tongji students from CDHK, SEM BASF-SAP and Tri-continental Programs to visit UPS PVG Distribution Center. During the visit, the students get the knowledge of global distribution network design and onsite physical distribution operation, the students also have the first hand field experience which is not available in the class. Kuehne Foundation Chair is very grateful to the support given by UPS China.


After three successful Kühne Foundation China Logistics Days held on June 4, 2012, June 16, 2014 and June 13, 2016, the Kühne Foundation has the 4th Kühne Foundation China Logistics Day at Tongji Architectural Design Research Institute on May 15, 2018. The theme of the 4th Kühne Foundation China Logistics Day is “Collaboration of Logistics Networks in Future: Data – People – Technologies”. The event is jointly organized by CDHK at Tongji University and Logistics Center at Technique University of Berlin. The National Engineering Laboratory for Logistic Information Technology is the partner of the event.

Logistics is all about people, technology and data. However, people’s needs, tens of zettabytes data and advanced technologies do not automatically synchronize to match each other to generate new values, we need strategies to collaborate people, data and technologies. Overwhelming data proliferation could prevent firm from getting access to the business insight to serve customer needs, leading to operation chaos.  The Fourth Kühne Foundation China Logistics Day offers an opportunity for the businesses, academia and public service sectors to present and communicate innovative ideas and practices enriching our understanding the future of collaborative logistics network, such as the drivers and enablers, the design, the planning and execution, business models and change management of collaborative logistic networks. The ideas and practices shared here will be disseminated in the logistics society, which will inspire more research and development of new business models and practices furthering promoting a collaborative logistics network synchronizing people, data and technologies.

Mr. Martin Willhaus, the managing director of the Kühne Foundation, Professor Weiru Chen, the chief strategy officer of Cai Niao Networks, Mr. Tony Chen, the vice president of DHL North Asia, the senior executives from Deloitte, Schaeffler, China Heavy Duty Truck, HIKVision etc. make the key note speeches during the event, sharing their views about collaboration of people, data and technologies in future logistics networks. There are near 300 guests attending the event including those from German Ministry of Transport and Digital Information, Bremen Senate, AHK, Logistics Association of Germany, Swiss Consulate General. For detail information about the 4th Kühne Foundation China Logistics Day, please refer to event website

The 13th Workshop on German-Chinese Logistics Networks – Enhancing Supply Chain Sustainability in Global Networks

On May 10, 2018 the Chair of Logistics (TU Berlin) and the Kuehne Chair for International Logistics Networks (CDHK, Tongji University, Shanghai,China) conducted the 13th workshop on German-Chinese logistics networks at the Tongji University, Shanghai. The workshop is part of the research project “Navigator for German-Chinese Logistics Networks” that is funded by the Kuehne Foundation and aimed to help managers better understand upcoming sustainability challenges. We would like to thank all practitioners that participated in this fruitful workshop as well as the Kuehne Foundation for theirongoing support of this research.


Kuehne Logistics University EMBA Shanghai Excursion Program

A group of EMBA program students and faculties from Kuehne Logistics University (KLU) visited Tongji University on March 18th for one week excursion in Shanghai. During the staying, the KLU students finished the study of Sustainable Logistics Module. Professor Sidong Zhang of Kuehne Foundation Chair at CDHK Tongji University gave the lectures to KLU students and led them to visit Shanghai Volkswagen, National Maglev Transportation Engineering Technology Research Center, Shanghai Group Transportation Vehicle Wind Tunnel Center and Bestway Corporation. With the visits to the Chinese manufacturers and research institutes, KLU students got first hand experiences on what the Chinese firms had achieved in lean operation, eco-friendly manufacturing and renewable energy use; KLU students were amazed by the state of art research infrastructure and the technology owned by the Chinese research institutes.


Bestway Corporation is one of the largest manufacturers for leisure entertainment plastics products, which has 25% share of global market. The visit to Bestway Corporation is facilitated and supported by Kuehne Nagel North Asia.


Professor Frank Straube Having Block Seminar at CDHK

872677889397920983From March 12th to March 15th, 2018, Professor Frank Straube from Technical University Berlin (TU Berlin) gives a Block Seminar to 32 Chinese and German students from CDHK covering supply chain management. The students highly appreciate Professor Straube’s seminar which integrates theory and practice. Professor Straube’s enthusiastic teaching style inspires the students’ curiosity for supply chain management. The Kuehne Foundation Chair at CDHK assists Professor Straube for the seminar.

The 12th Workshop for Kuehne Foundation Navigator Project

496474717733266954The Kuehne Foundation Chair at CDHK in Tongji University works closely with the Kuehne Foundation Center for International Logistics Networks at Technical University Berlin (TU Berlin). Navigator Project, the research project of the Kuehne Foundation Center for International Logistics Networks in TU Berlin, has been strongly supported by the Kuehne Foundation Chair at CDHK. On 2018 March 7th, the Kuehne Foundation Chair at CDHK organizes the 12th Navigator Workshop in the Sino-French Center in Tongji University. There are more than 20 senior managers, from various logistics companies and logistics departments, coming to the workshop. The participants have the discussions on the topics of supply chain risk management, supply chain volatility mitigation and 3rd-party logistics services providers integration.

Professor Dr. Sidong Zhang’s research project listed in Ali Flowing Water Research Program

Professor Dr. Zhang’s research project “Sensitivity Analysis of Online Retailing Market Share and Logistics Responsiveness” is listed in 2018 Ali Flowing Water Research Program. Starting from 2009, Ali Flowing Water Program is to set up an online platform for the “Practitioners plus Researchers” to explore the value of Ali cases and Ali data, to support the growth of outstanding scholars and to improve Chinese digital economy research quality. The research scope of the program includes: rural area E-commerce, regional E-commerce, cross border E-commerce, online consumption, E-commerce logistics, internet finance, traditional industry upgrade, cloud computing and big data and new urbanization.

Professor Dr. Zhang’s research topic focuses on sensitivity of product market share to logistics responsiveness.

Professor Dr. Sidong Zhang attending “The Third New Economy Think Tank       Forum” organized by Ali Research Institute, meeting Dr. Weiru Chen,   the Chief Strategy Officer of Cai Niao

20180207151829On January 16th 2018, Professor Zhang is invited by Ali Research Institute to attend “The Third New Economy Think Tank Forum” organized by Ali Research Institute, and to meet Dr. Weiru Chen, the Chief Strategy Officer of Cai Niao. In 2017, among the 10 most valuable companies in the world, there are 7 internet technology companies. Digital economy becomes a mega trend, China is an active participant of digital economy. The technology innovation, business model innovation and governance innovation rooted in digital economy become the new engine to boost China and global economy. Ali Research Institute organizes “The Third New Economy Think Tank Forum” to facilitate the discussion of critical issues of digital economy.

During the meeting with Dr. Chen, the Chief Strategy Officer of Cai Niao, professor Zhang discusses the priority of Cai Niao’s strategy for future development. The senior managers and renowned scholars from YTO Express, Research Center of China Post, Research Institute of Ministry of Transport, Tsinghua University, Beijing Jiaotong University and China Federation of Logistics & Purchasing join the meeting

Professor Dr. Sidong Zhang Sidong invited to be the member of Research Camp of Smart Logistics Planning in Xiongan New Area

20171226095638In December 2018, Professor Zhang is invited by the Managing Commission of Xiongan New Area to be a member of expert group to participate the research camp of smart logistics planning for Xiongan New Area, the experts invited come from the prestigious Chinese universities, research institutes and leading business firms. In April 2017, China announces that it would establish the Xiongan New Area in Hebei Province, which is a further new area of national significance after the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone and the Shanghai Pudong New Area, and is a major historic and strategic choice made by the CPC Central Committee with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

20171226095704The mission of the research camp is to plan the logistics information framework, operation model, and to study feasibility of underground logistics infrastructure. The research is an integrated part of Xiongan New Area master plan. The scholars and experts are from China Academy of Urban Planning & Design, Tsinghua University, Tongji University, Beijing Jiaotong University, National Defense Engineering Institute in Army Engineering University, Ali Research, Beijing Wuzi University, Development & Research Center of The State Post Bureau, Shanghai Municipal Engineering Design Institute, Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co. Ltd., China Federation of Logistics & Purchasing, Cainiao network, Baidu, Jingdong Logistics, SF Express, Vanke Logistics, YTO Express, BEST Express.


Cedric is in Kuehne Nagel North Asia headquarter

On November 8, 2017 Mr. Cedric Lengeling, the PhD student from Logistics Chair in Technique University of Berlin (TU Berlin) led by Professor Frank Straube, visited Kuehne Nagel North Asia headquarter.  Mr. Lengeling was invited by Mr. Wolfgang Zhu, regional manager of Integrated Logistics Kuehne Nagel North Asia, to present a software visualizing collaboration of supply chain routing design, automatic warehouse and sorting systems incorporated latest IT and sensor technologies in laboratory environment. The software and supply chain systems are part of ongoing Navigator Project and LEGO Supply Chain Technology and System Research Laboratory Project, both projects are funded by Kuehne Foundation.

20171122132647The software facilitates the users from different business entities, locations and time zones to design shipping routings with various relevant information visualized, which greatly improves the efficiency of problem solving and cross function collaboration. The automatic warehouse system and sorting system simulate the systems used in real business world, offering broad potential in distribution center design and a platform for training distribution center operation staffs.

Mr. Lengeling had very positive feedbacks from Kuehne Nagel colleagues who provided valuable practical inputs which could have the software and systems better adapted to business reality.  Mr. Lengeling is working on the improvement subject to the feedbacks from Kuehne Nagel colleagues.

Joel Cedric Lengeling joins Kuehne Foundation Chair in CDHK

PhD student, Mr. Joel Cedric Lengeling, from Logistics Chair of Technique University of Berlin led by Professor Frank Straube came to Kuehne Foundation Chair at CDHK for research and study in September 2017.


Mr. Lengeling majored in computer science, working on the data base and map technology of Navigator Project which is a key initiative of Technique University of Berlin supported by Kuehne Foundation. Mr. Lengeling develops various initiatives in Kuehne Foundation Chair LEGO Lab and works closely with his Chinese colleagues.

The 10th Navigator project seminar

An open, global trading platform has been built for cross-border e-commerce, linking hundreds of millions of consumers and firms located all over the world. Cross-border e-commerce has revolutionary impacts on supply chain of international trade with an astonishing scale. According to Accenture and Ali Research, in 2020 global cross-border e-commerce transaction value will reach 1 trillion dollars covering 900 million people. China is leading cross-border e-commerce in Asia Pacific region which is the most active in global cross-border e-commerce.


However, the rapid growth of cross-border e-commerce faces numerous challenges from various perspective in a process of impetuous expansion, i.e. country specific legal and regulation requirements, importation tariff, payment, impact of social media and emerging technology, logistics etc. It is a critical moment to carry out a comprehensive review and explore the trends of cross-border e-commerce to facilitate business growth.


The Chair of Logistics at Technische Universität Berlin and the Kuehne Chair of International Logistics Networks and Services in CDHK at Tongji University organize a workshop, on May 23rd 2017, dedicating to market outlook on China cross-border e-commerce and its impact. The managing director of Kuehne Foundation, Mr. Martin Willhaus makes excellent speech in the workshop.

The senior researchers from Ali Research, Nielsen China and YTO address the current state and future development of cross-border e-commerce in China together with faculties from TU Berlin and Tongji. More than 20 senior logistics managers from Bosch, FedEx, Kuehne Nagel, DHL, TNT, Geberit etc. participate the workshop.


Kühne Foundation Chair and SEM at Tongji University Successfully hosted 2017 Sustainable Logistics Operation Workshop for Kühne Logistics University EMBA Delegation

From March 5th to 10th, 2017, Kuehne Foundation Chair and SEM at Tongji University successfully hosted 10 EMBA students from Kühne Logistics University (KLU) to have a five-day program on “Sustainable Logistics Operation”. Students come from Germany, U.S, Mexico, Iran, Indonesia and Syria. They have different nationalities, education experience and industry backgrounds, while they share a same goal to optimize the logistics management in their fields.

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The workshop consists of seminars jointly delivered by Kühne Foundation Chair and KLU faculties, followed by 3 company visits. The workshop covered the topics on Understanding Chinese Economy, Designing Low Footprint Distribution Networks, Transformation into Sustainable Development-Chinese Challenges, Warehousing, Implementing Lean and Green Logistics and  Managing  Multiple  Complex  Expectation  Effectively.  The professors analyzed Chinese-featured  green  logistics  by the following perspectives,  Chinese macro-economic, sustainability, the issues, solutions and trend of logistics. Combined with lecture content, students visited United Automotive Electronics System (UAES), GCL New Energy Holdings Limited and DB Schenker. They not only enjoyed high-end dialogue with companies’ executives, but also visited manufacture sites. The 3 company visits helped students to  better  understand  and  compare  the  operation  models  and  logistics  management  differences  among Joint-Venture, Private and Foreign-owned corporations.

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Kühne Logistics University – Wissenschaftliche Hochschule für Logistik und Unternehmensführung (KLU) is a private, state-accredited university located at Harbor City Hamburg, founded in 2010, and sponsored by the nonprofit Kühne Stiftung (Kühne Foundation). KLU offers a broad spectrum of courses and research in logistics and supply chain and business management. KLU ranks #3 in the Handelsblatt ranking in research output per professor among all universities in Germany and has been top-ranked in the CHE university ranking, Germany’s most comprehensive university teaching ranking.

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On June 13, 2016, more than 250 people from industry, academic and public service attend the 3rd Kuehne Foundation China Logistics Day in School of Economy and Management at Tongji University exploring the future of logistics and sharing the new insights, findings of technology, innovative concepts and business models applied in the logistics industry.

The Managing Director of Kuehne Foundation Mr. Martin WILLHAUS makes the opening speech welcoming all the attendants to the event, including the Department Head of German Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Mr. Luetjohann; the Senator of City of Bremen, Mr. Guenthner; German Consul General, Mr. Rothen; Swiss Consul General, Mr. Hoffet.


There are 12 guest speakers making excellent speeches in the event. Topics discussed in the event are broad and diversified, covering different stage and functionality of logistics operation from both empirical and analytical point of views.

Prof. Dr. HUO, the Interim Dean of School of Economics and Management, Tongji University, presents a wide range of scientific researches by the logistics faculty in Tongji published in esteemed journals in operations research. The Vice President of Ali Business Logistics Research Center, Mr. Ri SU, presents how Alibaba looks at e-commerce distribution network and smart logistics. The Global Senior Vice President of SAP, Mr. HERO, presents how to transform supply chain into a demand network. The Senior Transport Specialist of World Bank, Ms. Rastogi, shares World Bank’s study of the logistics performance of global connectivity and trade. The guest speakers from Jointown Technology, Bosch, Cargolux, and BVL cover the topics of China pharmaceutical logistics, the reduction of GHG and industry 4.0 driven supply chain/logistics.

The ideas and practices shared in the Kuehne Foundation Logistics Day will be disseminated in the logistics society, which will inspire more research and development of new business models and practices further improving the performance of global logistics efficiency with sustainable approaches.

Thanks to Mr. Michael Klaus Kuehne, the sole donor of Kuehne Foundation, Kuehne Foundation has been organizing annually the “Logistics Day of Kuehne Foundation” at different locations/universities at which the Foundation holds a chair for logistics management. The idea of this event is to create a platform to network for all logistics experts from industries, academia and public service sectors to strengthen the exchange of creative novel ideas and to further promote the education in the field of logistics. 2016 is the 3rd time the Foundation funding China Logistics Day at CDHK/Tongji University Shanghai which is held every two years since 2012.

Source: Tongji SEM