Dr Niels Agatz

Niels Agatz

Associate Professor
Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)
Erasmus University Rotterdam

Profile

Niels Agatz is an Associate Professor of Last-mile Supply Chain Operations at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, where he also serves as the Academic Director of the MSc program in Supply Chain Management. He has held visiting appointments at the School of Industrial Engineering of the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Transport and Logistics Engineering department of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. Dr. Agatz’ research focuses on developing quantitative models and optimization methods to support sustainable last-mile logistics systems. He is particularly interested in technology-driven innovations in urban delivery, shared mobility, and omni-channel retail operations. His research has been published in leading academic journals including Transportation Science, Transportation Research Part B and the European Journal of Operational Research and has also been featured in national and international media including the Wall Street Journal and New Scientist. Agatz has delivered over 50 (invited) presentations on his research for both academics as practitioners. He currently serves as an Associate Editor of *Networks* and *Transportation Science* and has edited special issues on online retail operations (Naval Research Logistics), drone delivery systems (Networks) and sustainable transportation (Transportation Research Part C). Niels Agatz is the winner of several grants and awards, including an NWO Rubicon grant. He currently leads a work package on last-mile delivery operations in the City Logistics Lab project. Dr. Agatz likes to work in close collaboration with company stakeholders. He holds an MSc in Industrial Engineering from the Eindhoven University of Technology and a PhD in Logistics and Operations Management from the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University.  

Publications

  • Academic (20)
    • Arslan, A. M., Agatz, N., & Klapp, M. A. (2021). Operational strategies for on-demand personal shopper services. Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, 130, [103320]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trc.2021.103320

    • Agatz, N., Hewitt, M., & Thomas, BW. (2020). “Make no little plans”: Impactful research to solve the next generation of transportation problems. Networks, 77(2), 269-286. https://doi.org/10.1002/net.22002

    • Rasini, M. M., Agatz, N., & Tappia, E. E. (2020). Anticipatory Shipment for Pickup Point Supply. Omega, 93, 1-11. [102089]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.omega.2019.07.005

    • Paul, J., Agatz, N., & Savelsbergh, M. (2019). Optimizing Omni-Channel Fulfillment with Store Transfers. Transportation Research. Part B, Methodological, 129, 381-396. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trb.2019.10.002

    • Arslan, A., Agatz, N., Kroon, LG., & Zuidwijk, R. (2019). Crowdsourced Delivery -- A Dynamic Pickup and Delivery Problem with Ad-Hoc Drivers. Transportation Science, 53(1), 222-235. https://doi.org/10.1287/trsc.2017.0803

    • Bouman, P., Agatz, N., & Schmidt, M. (2018). Dynamic Programming Approaches for the Traveling Salesman Problem with Drone. Networks, 72(4), 528-542. https://doi.org/10.1002/net.21864

    • Paul, J., Agatz, N., Spliet, R., & Koster, R. (2018). Shared Capacity Routing Problem ? An omni-channel retail study. European Journal of Operational Research, 273(2), 731-739. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejor.2018.08.027

    • Otto, A., Agatz, N., Campbell, J., Golden, B., & Pesch, E. (2018). Optimization approaches for civil applications of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or aerial drones: A survey. Networks, 72(4), 411-458. https://doi.org/10.1002/net.21818

    • Stiglic, M., Agatz, N., Savelsbergh, M., & Gradisar, M. (2018). Enhancing Urban Mobility: Integrating Ride-sharing and Public Transit. Computers and Operations Research, 90, 12-21. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cor.2017.08.016

    • Wang, X., Agatz, N., & Erera, A. (2018). Stable Matching for Dynamic Ride-Sharing Systems. Transportation Science, 52(4), 850-867. https://doi.org/10.1287/trsc.2017.0768

    • Agatz, N., Bouman, P., & Schmidt, M. (2018). Optimization Approaches for the Traveling Salesman Problem with Drone. Transportation Science, 52(4), 965-981. https://doi.org/10.1287/trsc.2017.0791

    • Bhoopalam, A., Agatz, N., & Zuidwijk, R. (2017). Planning of truck platoons: A literature review and directions for future research. Transportation Research. Part B, Methodological, 107(January), 212-228. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trb.2017.10.016

    • Srour, FJ. F. J., Agatz, N., & Oppen, J. (2016). Strategies for Handling Temporal Uncertainty in Pickup and Delivery Problems with Time Windows. Transportation Science, 52(1), 3-19. https://doi.org/10.1287/trsc.2015.0658

    • Stiglic, M., Agatz, N., Savelsbergh, M., & Gradisar, M. (2016). Making Dynamic Ride-sharing Work: The Impact of Driver and Rider Flexibility. Transportation Research. Part E, The Logistics and Transportation Review, 91, 190-207. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tre.2016.04.010

    • Stiglic, M., Agatz, N., Savelsbergh, M., & Gradisar, M. (2015). The Benefits of Meeting Points in Ride-Sharing Systems. Transportation Research. Part B, Methodological, 82, 36-53. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trb.2015.07.025

    • Agatz, N., Campbell, AM. A. M., Fleischmann, M. M., van Nunen, JAEE., & Savelsbergh, M. (2013). Revenue management opportunities for Internet retailers. Journal of Revenue and Pricing Management, 12(2), 128-138. https://doi.org/10.1057/rpm.2012.51

    • Agatz, N., Erera, A., Savelsbergh, M., & Wang, X. (2012). Optimization for Dynamic Ride-Sharing: A Review. European Journal of Operational Research, 223(2), 295-303. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejor.2012.05.028

    • Agatz, N., Campbell, AM. A. M., Fleischmann, M. M., & Savelsbergh, M. (2011). Time Slot Management in Attended Home Delivery. Transportation Science, 45(3), 435-449. https://doi.org/10.1287/trsc.1100.0346

    • Agatz, N., Erera, A., Savelsbergh, M., & Wang, X. (2011). Dynamic Ride-Sharing: A Simulation Study in Metro Atlanta. Transportation Research. Part B, Methodological, 45(9), 1450-1464. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trb.2011.05.017

    • Agatz, N., Fleischmann, M. M., & van Nunen, JAEE. (2008). E-fulfillment and multi-channel distribution - A review. European Journal of Operational Research, 187(2), 339-356. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejor.2007.04.024

  • Popular (1)
    • Agatz, N., Campbell, AM. A. M., Fleischmann, M. M., van Nunen, JAEE., & Savelsbergh, M. (2008). What E-Tailers Can Learn From Airline Pricing. Unknown.

  • Professional (2)
  • Academic (1)
    • Agatz, N., Campbell, AM. A. M., Fleischmann, M. M., & Savelsbergh, M. (2008). Challenges and Opportunities in Attended Home Delivery. In B. Golden, R. Raghavan, & E. Wasil (Eds.), The Vehicle Routing Problem: Latest Advances and New Challenges (pp. 370-396). Springer.

Additional activities (2)

  • Transportation Science (Journal)

    Editorial work (Academic)

  • Networks (Journal)

    Editorial work (Academic)

Media

Media items

  • ZO KUNNEN WE SNELLER VACCINEREN

    Jan Fransoo and Niels Agatz talking about a smart approach of the vaccination campaign.Niels Agatz is an Associate Professor of Transportation and Logistics at the RSM, Erasmus University,

  • Nieuwe oplossingen voor vaccinatielogistiek

    Top sectors in The Netherlands have been challenged to look ahead and come up with creative ideas for the vaccination program against COVID-19.The assignment was: design an integrated logistical and creative solution for a…

  • Prikken in plaats van Polderen

    While countries like England and France are already announcing it end of spring most of the population vaccinated against Covid-19, the Netherlands is only expected to go vaccinate en masse in summer. How did that happen? Critics…

  • 8 manieren om duurzamer pakketjes te bestellen

    Article about making online shopping more sustainable. It mentions the research from Niels Agatza at the RSM, that states that consumers are willing to choose the most sustainable option. The article gives you tips on the last…

  • Delivery drones could land on public transport to extend their range

    Niels Agatz, Associate Professor for the Department of Technology and Operations Management at the RSM, has been mentioned in an article. The article discusses delivery drones and its usefulness in public transport. They could be…

  • Studying for an MSc in Supply Chain Management

    An article discussing the benefits of the MSc in Supply Chain Management and how it may help you get ahead of the curve of change in the rapid technological advances. “Supply chain management is at the core of all global trade, so…

  • Milieu-impact slechts beperkt meegewogen in beslissing over luchtvaart

    Niels Agatz, associate Professor at RSM, has signed a letter to the cabinet regarding the insufficient calculations of the climate damage caused by future Lelystad airport and the expansion of Schiphol and other airports is…

  • THE LATEST DELIVERY BATTLEFIELD – YOUR DOORSTEP

    Last-mile delivery is critical for e-commerce success, and companies are rushing to come up with innovative solutions in the quest to win over the customer, right on the doorstep. “I'm working on a concept that combines a truck…

  • Zeven consortia bezig met 'Complexiteit in Transport en Logistiek'

    Seven consortia carry out research in 2017 on the operation of large, complex systems and sub-systems in transport and logistics with the aim to get a grip on its functioning. One took place on the 23rd of November. Here,…

  • LIVE: Rodetafelgesprek Tweede Kamer over uitbuiting transport

    On the 23rd of November discussions between different parties regarding the exploitation of the transportation industry will take place in the Hague. Niels Agatz will be one of the speakers in the category scientists and…

  • Omoda is Logistieke Webshop van het Jaar

    Omoda is the winner of the Logistics Webshop of the Year 2016 award. The shoe retailer received the award yesterday at the Evoluon in Eindhoven. Niels Agatz was mentioned as one of the jury members.

  • Van klant tot postbode

    Research conducted by Alp Arslan and Niels Agatz has created a system where people visiting a physical store can deliver packages, that have been ordered online, for a fee. This might replace the expensive transportation costs for…

  • Klant bezorgt tegen betaling bestelling bij andere klant

    Research conducted by Alp Arslan and Niels Agatz has created a system where people visiting a physical store can deliver packages, that have been ordered online, for a fee. This might replace the expensive transportation costs for…

  • Rotterdamse klanten gaan bestellingen thuis afleveren

    Research conducted by Alp Arslan and Niels Agatz has created a system where people visiting a physical store can deliver packages, that have been ordered online, for a fee. This might replace the expensive transportation costs for…

  • Onderzoekers: buur is pakketbezorger van de toekomst

    Research conducted by Alp Arslan and Niels Agatz has created a system where people visiting a physical store can deliver packages, that have been ordered online, for a fee. This might replace the expensive transportation costs for…

  • Worden we straks allemaal pakketbezorger?

    Research conducted by Alp Arslan and Niels Agatz has created a system where people visiting a physical store can deliver packages, that have been ordered online, for a fee. This might replace the expensive transportation costs for…

  • Worden we straks allemaal pakketbezorger?

    Research conducted by RSM has created a system where people visiting a physical store can deliver packages, that have been ordered online, for a fee. This might replace the expensive transportation costs for online retailers.

  • Nu ook crowdsourcen voor pakketbezorging

    Research conducted by RSM has created a system where people visiting a physical store can deliver packages, that have been ordered online, for a fee. This might replace the expensive transportation costs for online retailers.

  • 'Crowdsourcen last mile zorgt voor forse kilometerbesparing'

    Research conducted by Alp Arslan and Niels Agatz has created a system where people visiting a physical store can deliver packages, that have been ordered online, for a fee. This might replace the expensive transportation costs for…

  • Rotterdams systeem laat winkelende klant pakket bezorgen

    Research conducted by RSM has created a system where people visiting a physical store can deliver packages, that have been ordered online, for a fee. This might replace the expensive transportation costs for online retailers.

  • ROTTERDAMS SYSTEEM LAAT WINKELENDE KLANT PAKKET BEZORGEN

    Research conducted by RSM has created a system where people visiting a physical store can deliver packages, that have been ordered online, for a fee. This might replace the expensive transportation costs for online retailers.

  • Erasmus ontwikkelt social bezorgsysteem

    Research conducted by Alp Arslan and Niels Agatz has created a system where people visiting a physical store can deliver packages, that have been ordered online, for a fee. This might replace the expensive transportation costs for…

  • Pakketje ophalen? Neem gelijk dat van de buurman mee

    Research conducted by Alp Arslan and Niels Agatz has created a system where people visiting a physical store can deliver packages, that have been ordered online, for a fee. This might replace the expensive transportation costs for…

  • WORD DE BEZORGER VAN JE BUREN

    Research conducted by Alp Arslan and Niels Agatz has created a system where people visiting a physical store can deliver packages, that have been ordered online, for a fee. This might replace the expensive transportation costs for…

  • VIDEO – Crowdsourcing: klanten worden transporteur

    Research conducted by Alp Arslan and Niels Agatz has created a system where people visiting a physical store can deliver packages, that have been ordered online, for a fee. This might replace the expensive transportation costs for…

  • Video Vrijdag: afhalers worden bezorgers

    Research conducted by Alp Arslan and Niels Agatz has created a system where people visiting a physical store can deliver packages, that have been ordered online, for a fee. This might replace the expensive transportation costs for…

  • BURGERKOERIERS IN DE STRIJD TEGEN STADSFILES

    Research conducted by Niels Agatz indicated that employing more shop visitors to deliver a package to their neighbours could significantly reduce traffic jams in the city. Moreover, they would reduce the delivery costs for the…

  • Burgerkoeriers in strijd tegen Rotterdamse stadsfiles

    Research conducted by Niels Agatz indicated that employing more shop visitors to deliver a package to their neighbours could significantly reduce traffic jams in the city. Moreover, they would reduce the delivery costs for the…

Discovery items

The 40th edition of RSM Discovery is now live!

Read the low-down on scale-ups in the 40th issue of RSM Discovery magazine

Blog: Vaccination logistics can reduce waste and delays

The logistics of the vaccination programme will be a huge undertaking. But there’s already a lot of expertise in the logistics community

The benefits of combining drones and trucks for deliveries

Does using delivery drones make sense? Yes, if you combine them with trucks.

Let customers deliver packages to reduce transport costs

When online retailers let customers deliver packages for them, they can cut variable delivery costs by up to 25 percent.

How carpooling apps could guarantee you a ride

Social media and smartphone technology create new ways of carpooling. Watch as Assistant Professor Niels Agatz explains what ride-sharing apps could improve to better guarantee you a ride.

Courses

Distribution Networks

  • Study year: 2021/2022, 2020/2021
  • Code: BM06SCM
  • Level: ERIM, Exchange, IM/CEMS, Master

SCM Company-based Research Project

  • Study year: 2021/2022, 2020/2021
  • Code: BMBPSCM
  • Level: Master

SCM Honours Class

  • Study year: 2021/2022, 2020/2021, 2019/2020, 2018/2019
  • Code: BMHONSCM
  • Level: Master

SCM Master Thesis

  • Study year: 2021/2022, 2020/2021
  • Code: BMMTSCM
  • Level: Master

Supply Chain Decision Analytics

  • Study year: 2021/2022, 2020/2021, 2017/2018, 2016/2017, 2015/2016
  • Code: BMRM1SCM
  • Level: Master

Research Methods and Skills

  • Study year: 2021/2022, 2020/2021
  • Code: BMRM3SCM
  • Level: Master

Past courses

Decision theory

  • Study year: 2020/2021
  • Code: BK1215
  • Level: Bachelor 1

OE1,Operational Excellence

  • Study year: 2020/2021, 2019/2020, 2018/2019, 2017/2018
  • Code: BMA3205
  • ECTS: 6

OE2, Majorgebonden Methodologie Seminars

  • Study year: 2020/2021, 2019/2020, 2018/2019
  • Code: BMA3206
  • ECTS: 2

OLD STYLE - Distribution Networks

  • Study year: 2020/2021, 2019/2020
  • Code: BM03SCM
  • ECTS: 4 Level: Master

Pricing and Revenue Management

  • Study year: 2020/2021, 2019/2020, 2018/2019, 2016/2017, 2015/2016
  • Code: BMME072
  • ECTS: 6 Level: Master, Master, Master, Master, Master

Quantitative Decision Making

  • Study year: 2020/2021
  • Code: BT1215
  • Level: Bachelor 1, Bachelor 2, Pre-master

Decision theory

  • Study year: 2019/2020
  • Code: BK1115
  • Level: Bachelor 1

Quantitative Decision Making

  • Study year: 2019/2020
  • Code: BT1115
  • Level: Bachelor 1, Bachelor 2, Pre-master

Closed-loop Supply Chains

  • Study year: 2018/2019
  • Code: BMME068
  • ECTS: 6 Level: Master

Advances in SCM

  • Study year: 2017/2018
  • Code: BMHONSCM-A
  • ECTS: 6 Level: Master

Advances in SCM

  • Study year: 2017/2018
  • Code: BMHON-SCM-A
  • ECTS: 4 Level: Master

Decision theory

  • Study year: 2017/2018, 2016/2017, 2015/2016, 2014/2015
  • Code: BKB006
  • ECTS: 5 Level: Bachelor 1

Research Methodology and Design

  • Study year: 2015/2016
  • Code: BMRM2SCM
  • ECTS: 3 Level: Master

Pricing and revenue management

  • Study year: 2014/2015, 2013/2014
  • Code: RSMME067
  • ECTS: 6 Level: Master, Master

Research methods and skills I

  • Study year: 2014/2015, 2013/2014
  • Code: RSMRM1SCM
  • ECTS: 3 Level: Master

Research methods and skills II

  • Study year: 2014/2015, 2013/2014
  • Code: RSMRM2SCM
  • ECTS: 3 Level: Master

Beslissingsondersteuning

  • Study year: 2013/2014
  • Code: BKB1006
  • ECTS: 5 Level: Bachelor 1

Decision support

  • Study year: 2013/2014, 2012/2013
  • Code: BKB 1006
  • ECTS: 5

Introduction supply chain management

  • Study year: 2012/2013
  • Code: BKM06SCM
  • Level: Master

Supply chain simulation and revenue management

  • Study year: 2012/2013
  • Code: BKMME164
  • ECTS: 10 Level: Master