About 4flow

Research and innovation

4flow research conducts research on supply chain methods and processes.

4flow research is 4flow’s supply chain innovation lab. In collaboration with renowned research institutes and leading enterprises, we conduct insightful research and publish studies on current supply chain issues.

4flow research addresses topics in logistics and supply chain management by taking a scientifically based, results-driven approach. Qualitative and quantitative research methods are combined with cross-functional know-how from all 4flow business lines.

The investigations concern specific fields and topics along the various steps of the supply chain. 4flow research conducts supply chain studies and focuses on adapting mathematical optimization methods. 4flow research topics consist mainly of risk management, optimization algorithms, green logistics digitization, and artificial intelligence.

For its contributions to research and development in the areas of supply chain and logistics, 4flow research received the award Innovative through research 2018/2019 from Stifterverband, one of Germany’s largest supporters of scientific research. 4flow also supports new supply chain talent and sponsored the Science Award for SCM 2018, among other initiatives.

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