Exploring Circularity within an 3PL-environment – Mainfreight



Company Name / Department Mainfreight Logistic Services Netherlands
Contact Person

Thomas Bijl and Nicole Donders

Location ‘s-Heerenberg (NL)
Study programme(s) Circularity
Community CDT
Start Date February 2023
Housing arranged by company No


500 EUR per month + travel allowance

Company Description

As a global logistics provider, Mainfreight offers managed warehousing and international and domestic freight forwarding. With team (10.000+) and branches (300+) across Australia, China, Europe, New Zealand and the Americas Mainfreight continues to expand its global footprint. Mainfreight’s motto is Special People – Special Company. www.mainfreight.com

Project Description

Exploring, modelling and advising on the circularity options and possibilities across all material flows within the business unit warehousing.

Goals of the Project

  • Create a high-level model to compare the material flow categories “customer product”, “load carriers”, “operational consumables”, “waste” and “hardware”. The comparison criteria could contain (but are not limited to): (1) need for collaboration, (2) usage frequency, (3) simplicity of the operational, (4) overall emission/environmental savings (5) ease of implementation.


The output from the comparison model will form the basis of the advice on what areas seem to be most promising. The model should be set-up in such a way that it can be re-used for any of our branches. The end-result should also contain the description, goal formulation and deliverables for the follow-up Master-thesis (e.g. pilot-project on a selected circular-area).

Essential Student Knowledge

  • Given the academic background, there’s no additional essential knowledge. It’s the Mainfreight can-do mindset and hands-on and proactive mentality that is essential.

Unique Opportunity

More information: escf@tue.nl