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dr. K.H. van Donselaar, Assistant Professor, Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences, Operations, Planning, Accounting and Control 

Karel van Donselaar is an Assistant Professor of Retail Operations at Eindhoven University of technology (TU/e), where his courses cover supply chain Logistics and Information Management, quantitative modellng and analysis of corporate processes and stochastic operations management.  

His current research area is Retail Operations with a special focus on Automated Replenishment Systems for perishable and non-perishable products, store managers' ordering behavior, handling efficiency in retail supply chains, promotion forecasting and management, reduction of out-of-stocks, reduction of outdating and planogram optimisation. Research is based on empirical data gathered from Dutch retailers. These data include Point of Sales, ordering, delivery and planogram data. 

Academic background

Karel van Donselaar studied business econometrics at Erasmus University in Rotterdam. In his PhD research, he developed inventory replenishment strategies and integral stock norms for supply chains, with a special emphasis on distribution systems. Based on the insights from this research he developed an alternative for MRP and DRP, which has been implemented in supply chains in the pharmaceutical and automotive sector. In 1998 he was awarded a Fulbright grant. For six months, he held a visiting appointment at Stanford University, California, USA.  

He has published in academic journals such as Management Science, European Journal of Operational Research, Computers & Operations Research, Journal of the OR Society and International Journal of Production Economics.

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Research Output

Decision support for selecting the optimal product unpacking location in a retail supply chain

Broekmeulen, R. A. C. M., Sternbeck, M., van Donselaar, K. H. & Kuhn, H., 16 May 2017, In : European Journal of Operational Research. 259, 1, p. 84–99 16 p.

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    Relationship between freight accessibility and logistics employment in US counties

    Heuvel, van den, F. P., Rivera, L., Donselaar, van, K. H., Jong, de, A., Sheffi, Y., Langen, de, P. W. & Fransoo, J. C., 2014, In : Transportation Research. Part A: Policy and Practice. 59, p. 91-105 15 p.

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  • 21 Citations (Scopus)
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    Proximity matters : synergies through co-location of logisitics establishments

    Heuvel, van den, F. P., Langen, de, P. W., Donselaar, van, K. H. & Fransoo, J. C., 2014, In : International Journal of Logistics Research and Applications. 17, 5, p. 377-395 19 p.

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  • 13 Citations (Scopus)
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    Intermodal connectivity in Europe, an empirical exploration

    de Langen, P. W., Lases Figueroa, D. M., van Donselaar, K. H. & Bozuwa, J., 1 Jun 2017, In : Research in Transportation Business & Management. 23, p. 3-11 9 p.

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  • 8 Citations (Scopus)


    Valorisation award 2020 IEIS

    Karel H. van Donselaar (Recipient) & Rob A.C.M. Broekmeulen (Recipient), 19 Dec 2019

    Prize: TU/eFellowScientific


    • 1 Workshop, seminar, course or exhibition

    3rd EURO Group Meeting on Retail Operations

    K.H. van Donselaar (Organiser), R.A.C.M. Broekmeulen (Organiser)
    23 May 201825 May 2018

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    Student theses

    A controlled way of using sales figures for making forecasts in a retail environment

    Author: Menheere, R., 31 May 2008

    Supervisor: van Donselaar, K. (Supervisor 1) & Flapper, S. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master


    Additive manufacturing in spare parts supply chains: a comparison between in-house production, outsourcing and dual sourcing

    Author: Pijnappels, K., 30 Apr 2019

    Supervisor: Basten, R. (Supervisor 1), van Donselaar, K. (Supervisor 2) & Fecarotti, C. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master


    A decision model for transfers for Fashion Brand

    Author: Peters, G., 31 Aug 2007

    Supervisor: van Donselaar, K. (Supervisor 1) & Kiesmuller, G. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master


    Analysing capacity utilization through simulation in a baggage handling environment

    Author: Ridderbos, N., 31 Oct 2017

    Supervisor: Veelenturf, L. (Supervisor 1), van Woensel, T. (Supervisor 2) & van Donselaar, K. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master