Menlo Supports Best Thesis Award for Tilburg University’s Supply Chain Management Masters Course

MENLO125Amsterdam, 1st November, 2012 – Menlo Worldwide Logistics (Menlo), the global logistics subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW), is committed to the academic advancement of supply chain and logistics management; the Company is an advocate of professional training in the field throughout the world and invests in education.  Its on-going support of the Supply Chain Management Masters Degree programme at Tilburg University, the Netherlands is testimony to this commitment.  The award is designed to inspire students to excel in this area of study.

Menlo recently took part in judging and presenting the Award for the “Menlo Best Thesis”, written by graduate students as part of their course, to Lotte Diepenmaat for her paper entitled, ‘Make Sustainable Sourcing Part of a Buyer’s DNA’.

The awards jury, under the direction of Professor Vos, judged Lotte’s thesis as the winner.  “The student formulated a well-defined research question based on the academic literature. Her thesis contains a highly-critical analysis of the literature. The benchmark study was carried out in a structured way and presented clearly. The thesis provided an extremely useful tool for application in practice and the client (a European-wide producer of consumer goods) has already implemented a number of aspects.

In presenting the award to Lotte, Jeroen Tempels Menlo’s General Manager, Central Europe commented, “We intend our sponsorship of this best thesis award to benefit a generation of talented students and reward excellence in their course work.  Central to Menlo’s business philosophy is the concept of continuous improvement and we believe our investment in academic research and education at two major universities in the USA, as well as Tilburg and others around the world is in keeping with this philosophy.  Menlo will continue to recognize and reward outstanding performance wherever it is encountered within the logistics field”.

Placed second in the award standings was Rutger Soffers, whose topic was ‘Towards modular residential care’ and third place went to Sanne Jansen, who produced a thesis entitled ‘Information sharing to reduce supplier’s delivery times’. 

About Menlo Worldwide Logistics Europe 

In Europe Menlo Worldwide Logistics maintains seventeen dedicated and multi-client logistics  and transportation control towers located in the Netherlands, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary and the United Kingdom. This warehouse and transportation network can serve as a pan-European distribution solution using one or several facilities.

3PL warehousing and distribution services, as well as 4PL supply chain and LLP transport management solutions are offered to a variety of vertical industry sectors including: fashion & apparel; healthcare and medical equipment; hi-tech electronic and data network equipment; automotive & heavy industry; defence and government services and retail e-fulfilment.

The European headquarters is located at the multi-client Amsterdam Distribution Center in the Netherlands.

About Menlo Worldwide Logistics

Menlo Worldwide Logistics, LLC, is a US$1.6 billion global provider of logistics, transportation management and supply chain services with operations in five continents, including North America. As a third-party logistics provider, San Mateo, Calif.-based Menlo Worldwide Logistics’ services range from dedicated contract logistics to warehouse and distribution management, transportation management, supply chain reengineering and other value-added services including packaging, kitting, order fulfillment and light assembly through a strategic network of multi-client and dedicated facilities. With more than 17 million square feet of dedicated warehouse space in North America, the Asia Pacific, Europe and Latin America, and industry-leading technologies, Menlo Worldwide Logistics creates effective, integrated solutions for the transportation and distribution needs of leading businesses around the world.

Menlo Worldwide Logistics, LLC, is a subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW), a $5.3 billion diversified freight transportation and logistics company. For more information, please visit us on the Web at

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