Kühne Foundation
The need for speed: Ad-hoc supply chains in the COVID-19 crisis
When the COVID-19 pandemic reached Germany, it became clear that established global supply chains for medical supplies couldn’t keep up with the growing demand. In response, numerous companies decided to locally produce masks or disinfectants, ramping-up production virtually overnight.
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Logistics forms the backbone of international trade and prosperity. However, its importance is not yet sufficiently anchored in academic research and teaching. That is why the Kühne Foundation runs the Kühne Logistics University to provide scientific support for new developments in logistics and supply chain management and to promote the training and further education of managers. It is also active in the field of humanitarian logistics and supports humanitarian organizations and governments in optimizing disaster relief through HELP Logistics AG. With its LEED education program, the Kühne Foundation contributes to the development of logistics expertise in developing and emerging countries.

“Logistics processes are crucial for the division of labour in the modern world. Mastering these processes is a core competence.”
Klaus-Michael Kühne
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