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Master‘s Thesis: Inventory Routing: Evaluating Benefits of Vendor Managed Inventories with Cross-Docking possibilities

About Barkawi

Founded in 1994, Barkawi is a specialized management consultancy focused on Logistics, Supply Chain Management and Digitization, Aftersales Services and Technology Transformation. We have offices in Munich, Atlanta and Vienna and are a team of approx. 250 consultants. Our client base includes global blue chip companies such as Daimler, Siemens, Coca Cola, Lufthansa, China Mobile etc. Barkawi has received numerous awards in the field of supply chain management and continues to score ranks above the world’s largest strategy consultants.


are a master student in a business or logistics-related field, e.g. (Industrial) Engineering, Computer Engineering, or business administration. Ideally, you already have first practical experiences in consulting or as a working student in logistics, supply chain or aftersales services.

Self-initiative, time management, analytical and conceptual thinking are proven skills of yours. You are a team player, highly motivated, reliable and creative. Knowledge of mathematical programming and optimization is required.

The thesis should be written in English.




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Inventory routing solves lot-sizing and vehicle routing problems in an integrated fashion and thus optimizes inventory management, vehicle routing and delivery scheduling. This problem is relevant when the vendor managed inventory (VMI) strategy is applied, where the vendor is responsible for replenishment of its customers’ inventories, rather than serving their requests. The problem may be further enhanced by optimizing multiple echelons of a supply chain with cross-docking opportunities, where a tremendous savings potential can be utilized by applying VMI. In addition, effects and effort drivers regarding resource time and shipping capacity utilization shall be evaluated and quantified. The goal of this Thesis is to introduce vendor managed inventories to a real-world network with cross-docking opportunities and evaluate the benefits of managing the supply chain in an integrated fashion considering different shipping modes, i.e. full pallets/mixed pallets.

Selected research tasks:

  • Data analysis (Data provided by Barkawi)
  • Evaluating different shipping modes (e.g., full pallet vs. mixed pallet)
  • Modelling the Multi-Echelon Inventory Routing Problem with Cross-Docks
  • Quantifying the benefits of Vendor Managed Inventories over Retailer Managed Inventories
  • Working out recommendations for the given network


Barkawi is interested in supporting your career long- term and may offer you a position as Associate Consultant in our firm after successfully concluding your thesis.

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