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Edwin Wenink, alumnus of Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) has been recognised for his work to advance the logistics industry. The 1995 graduate of the RSM master of Science in Business Administration and Logistics Management was named Logistics Manager of the Year 2014 by the Dutch Association of Logistics Management (VLM) in Utrecht last week.

His work has included establishing HubWays, a neutral ICT platform for the horticultural industry, in which ownership lies with the growers, buyers, logistics service providers and the ICT partner. Its objective is to improve the efficiently of transport between growers and auctions. Edwin brought together all partners, initiated the project and supported its early stages. He has also worked on realising a modal shift from air to sea and from road to rail transport and inland waterways.

Edwin works as supply chain manager at FloraHolland, the world's largest flower auction; based in Aalsmeer, Naaldwijk, Rijnsburg and Eelde in the Netherlands. The company processes 116,000 commercial transactions a day and has a turnover of approximately €4.4 billion per year. He has been working for FloraHolland since 2007 as manager Supply Chain Development. Since the 1st of January he has been appointed supply chain manager, with four managers reporting to him, and direct supervision of 50 employees and 150 flexible workers.

Theo Heemskerk, president of the jury that unanimously voted Wenink as the winner of the 10th Logistics Manager of the Year award, said: "Edwin is a very capable manager who looks across borders."

RSM’s Professor of Logistics and Operations Management René de Koster, who also sat on the jury, thinks Wenink’s title is well-deserved. “He is one of the most innovative people I know; he has basically changed global flower supply chains by using sea containers via ship or rail rather than trucks or planes for cut flowers; he has increased the virtual nature of auctions; and he was instrumental in setting up setting up a global, multi-actor, data management system that gives transparency in flows, and optimizes transport decisions.”

Edwin is not only an alumnus, but he is also an active supporter of RSM’s MSc Supply Chain Management programme, in which he gives guest lectures of his experience to students. He is also closely involved with several research programmes at European and national level with Dinalog, together with RSM’s Professor Eric van Heck.

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