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We are an international center of excellence for research and education in logistics and Supply Chain Management that actively engages with industry and the public sector to develop and disseminate knowledge. We act as a catalyst for regional innovation and research in the area of logistics and SCM.

A core purpose of ZLC is to integrate supply chain management into the business enterprise. The research program is aligned to Zaragoza Logistics Center’s (ZLC) mission of focusing on enhancing economic growth and competitiveness through innovation. The partnership incorporating the No.1 academic institution in the field (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Aragón’s regional university and government, and industry partners serves as an exclusive model for closer cooperation between industry, public administration and academia in funding research and using the knowledge transfer accumulated to rapidly reap commercial rewards. To this end ZLC has developed 100+ R&D collaborative projects with regional, national and European industry focused on logistics and SCM. ZLC has contributed to the industrial expansion and diversification of the Aragón economy through its educational and research initiatives by providing skilled workforce and knowledge transfer to the companies established in PLAZA and across the region. At European level, ZLC participates in 10+ European Union funded projects. Furthermore, ZLC has a strong knowledge based background. Our Faculty published 34 international and indexed publications that appear in the most prestigious international journals: Productions and Operations Management, European Journal of Operational Research, MSOM- Manufacturing and Service Operations Management or Operations Research.


Our positioning
The successful establishment of ZLC led to the creation of the MIT Global SCALE Network that now spans four continents. In addition, in 2008 the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science officially recognized ZLC as a Knowledge Transfer Office (KTO) after ZLC was previously designated the National Center of Excellence for research in the area of logistics and supply chain management, CNC LOGISTICA, in 2006. Also, the center acts as coordinators of the Spanish Technology Platform in Logistics, Intermodality and Mobility, Logistop, and promoters of the European Technology Platform in Logistics. These recognitions put ZLC in a leading role to define and coordinate research, development and innovation initiatives across Spain and Europe in logistics and supply chain management. Finally, ZLC promotes ALIA – the Association of Innovative Logistics of Aragón.

Our Alliances
To accomplish its mission Zaragoza Logistics Center (ZLC) partnered with the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics to establish the MIT-Zaragoza International Logistics Program that brings leading faculty, graduate students, and research staff together with prominent global companies and organizations to engage in cutting edge research. The program serves as a model for closer cooperation between industry and academia in funding research and using the fruit of the academic research to rapidly reap commercial benefits.

Our Skills
Our core R&D areas are the following:
  • Behavioral Supply Chain Management
    The Behavioral SCM research group (Supply Chain Management Laboratory) provides a comprehensive methodology to develop, analyze and discuss the boundary spanning processes of partnering companies in the supply chain.

  • Supply Chain Security & Risk Management
    The Supply Chain Security and Risk Management Research Group tackle the challenging question of how to achieve secure and efficient supply chains. In order to do so, the Research Group works on the following research areas: Methodologies for risk management, Risk based approach to supply chain management, Supply chain models integrating risks and security controls, and Supply chain disruptions and resilience.

  • Supply Chain & Finance
    The Supply Chain & Finance Initiative (SFI) promotes the study of the interrelationship between supply chain and finance areas. Its main objective is to successfully provide best practices to practitioners in supply chain and finance by balancing the trade-offs between liquidity and profitability.

  • Inventory Management
    This area focuses on developing Inventory Management strategies and models to increase SC value. These models include stochastic inventory models where randomness in inventory could originate from either demand or supply. Specifically, the following models are studied among others: Coordination in Replenishment/Distribution in multi-supplier and multi-retailer setting with stochastic demand, Optimizing Dynamic Inventory Replenishment and Substitution for Products with Lead Times, Inventory Control in Systems with Random Yield, Production and Transshipment Management of Manufacturing Facilities, and Risk Sharing Contracts.

  • Transport & Urban Mobility
    The Transport Research Group works on issues related to infrastructure, freight transportation and mobility, logistics corridors and the transport policies of Spain, the EU and Latin America. This includes the promotion of multimodality, the creation of transport networks and the improvement of logistics parks as fundamental nodes for the development of the supply chain.

  • Logistics Clusters
    The group has special interest in the characteristics that a logistics clusters exhibit and which make them unique. Also, the area of inter-cluster collaboration is on the agenda.

  • Green Supply Chains
    This area investigates how environmental concerns could be integrated into operational decision making with regard to procurement, production, inventory and transportation throughout the supply chain. We aim at providing a multidisciplinary research study on the interface between operations research, environmental economics and finance.

  • Global Health SC and Humanitarian Logistics
    The lack of efficient supply chains for delivering health products and commodities is one of the reasons for the slow improvement in health outcomes. Humanitarian supply chains deliver supplies, relief items and infrastructure assets to support emergency response and ongoing operations of humanitarian organizations that work to relieve suffering, mainly in developing countries. This group works with international humanitarian organizations and other stakeholders to apply new approaches, change ways of thinking and improve knowledge and skills of staff and managers involved in operating and managing these supply chains in order to make them more robust, effective and efficient.
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