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Executive education training for Ocado Group professionals

26 January 2021

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Experts from Cardiff Business School’s Logistics and Operations Management section have launched a new executive training programme to enhance and broaden the analytical and soft skills of Ocado Group middle and junior managers.

Specifically designed to Ocado Group's learning requirements, the nine-month programme got underway on Monday 25 January 2021 and is led by Course Director Dr Vasco Sanchez Rodrigues and Co-Director Dr Emrah Demir.

Delivered online, due to lockdown restrictions in place across the UK to contain the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the course brings together training needs and research priorities outlined by Ocado Group across their supply chain management and logistics operations, including:

  • demand forecasting
  • inventory optimisation
  • transport management
  • vehicle routing
  • sustainability
  • e-commerce
  • and supplier relationships.

Dr Vasco Sanchez Rodrigues, Reader in Logistics and Operations Management at Cardiff Business School, said: “This training course is a key component of the strong partnership Cardiff University has developed with the Ocado Group since 2017...”

“The course aims to make a positive difference in the professional development of Ocado's junior staff by developing projects that focus on the current challenges and priorities of Ocado. Some of these projects are expected to have positive funding and research implications, too.”

Professor Vasco Sanchez Rodrigues Professor in Sustainable Supply Chain Management

Dr Emrah Demir, Reader in Management Science and PARC Associate Professor of Manufacturing and Logistics at Cardiff Business School, added: “Our strategic relationship with the Ocado Group is getting ever stronger, allowing us to learn from practice and shape our own research...”

“This latest training opportunity will strengthen our collaboration and provide us with new ideas and research questions. A wide range of topics will be covered in the sessions and they’ll contribute to Ocado’s operational planning and sustainability agenda.”

Professor Emrah Demir Professor of Operational Research, The PARC Professor of Manufacturing and Logistics

Mark Watson, Ocado Group’s Director of Supply Chain Analytics and Logistics Planning, said: “We work with Cardiff Business School because they’re a very capable, experienced academic team and the best in their field. By having this unique relationship, we created something very bespoke which meets requirements for individual development plans and massively benefits Ocado too.”

This bespoke programme is being delivered by experts from Cardiff Business School’s Logistics and Operations Management Section, including Dr Vasco Sanchez Rodrigues, Dr Emrah Demir, Dr Paul Wang, Dr Laura Purvis, Dr Yingli Wang and Barry Evans, with support from the School’s Executive Education Team.

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