Supply Chain, LOgistics and Transportation Systems (SLOTS)

Supply Chain, LOgistics and Transportation Systems (SLOTS) Research Group comprises a highly skilled research team which works at innovative approaches to cope with complex issues that arise both in industrial and transportation systems. These issues are addressed by developing, studying and applying innovative concepts, methods, decision support models and algorithms, based on an organizational continuous improvement perspective, towards high levels of Excellence. To achieve this, our research is structured around the following domains:

  • Supply Chain Management: to develop models and methods which can support the design of sustainable supply chain networks and innovative strategies in order to face increasing dynamic supply and deliver requirements, increasing demand for higher levels of integration both functional and organizational and increasing pressure for cost optimization and total quality management and business excellence approaches implementation. In this context, integrated approaches based on Supply Chain Quality Management and Supply Chain Cost Management will be developed to address supply chain management issues;
  • Logistics: research is focused on warehouse and inventory management applications and their contribution to strategic supply chain management;
  • Flexible Industries: manufacturing industries worldwide are experiencing increasing demand of products characterized by higher complexity and diversity from existent and new markets, which require continuous and dynamic changes in product design tools, buyer-supplier relationships, sophisticated production planning and control approaches, new and innovative production and business flows;
  • Transportations Systems: it considers the development of solutions for urban systems, integrated mobility (intermodality) – people and freight – and the promotion of interoperability of public transport modes and other services.

Modelling and simulation: provide the underlying support to improve both efficiency and flexibility, enhancing existent, new and innovative industrial and transportations systems performance. The development and integration of different modeling approaches, such as heuristics and simulation, is to be pursued.

SLOTS leader: Paulo Afonso

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Recent SLOTS Publications:

Quality 4.0: literature review analysis, definition and impacts of the digital transformation process on quality

International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management

2022 | journal-article

Guest editorial: Quality in the digital transformation era

International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management

2022 | journal-article

Quality 4.0: literature review analysis, definition and impacts of the digital transformation process on quality

International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management

2022 | journal-article

Guest editorial: Quality in the digital transformation era

International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management

2022 | journal-article

ISO 9001:2015: the view from the conformity assessment community

Total Quality Management & Business Excellence

2022 | journal-article

POTENCIALIDADES GERENCIAIS DO MÉTODO UEP (UNIDADE DE ESFORÇO DE PRODUÇÃO)

Revista Mineira de Contabilidade

2022 | journal-article

A hybrid bi-objective optimization approach for joint determination of safety stock and safety time buffers in multi-item single-stage industrial supply chains

Computers and Industrial Engineering

2022 | journal-article

Multi-criteria methodology for selection of wastewater treatment systems with economic, social, technical and environmental aspects

Environment, Development and Sustainability

2021 | journal-article

Risks and supply chain performance: globalization and COVID-19 perspectives

International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management

2022 | journal-article

Advancing Logistics 4.0 with the Implementation of a Big Data Warehouse: A Demonstration Case for the Automotive Industry

Electronics

2021 | journal-article