René (M.) B.M. de Koster is a professor of logistics and operations management at the Department of Technology and Operations Management, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). After completing his PhD at Eindhoven University of Technology (1988) he worked as a consultant. He joined Erasmus University in 1995. Professor De Koster's research interests are warehousing, material handling, container terminal operations, behavioural operations and sustainable logistics. He is the author and editor of eight books and over 230 papers published in books and journals such as OR, POM, JOM, TS, IISE T, EJOR, and Interfaces. He is in the editorial boards of eight academic journals, a fellow of two reseach schools, member of the European Logistics Association (ELA) R&D board, member of the BVL Scientific Advisory Board, chairman of two Dutch logistics awards, chairman of Stichting Logistica, and founder of the Material Handling Forum. Professor de Koster chairs RSM's Department of Technology and Operations Management. Professor de Koster is involved in teaching at RSM at all levels: bachelor, master, post-experience, and executive development. He also lectures at USTC Hefei (PRC), and the University of Pretoria (South Africa). He held the honorary Francqui chair for Hasselt University in 2018 and was recently mentioned as “the most influential researcher” in material handling.
MBM (Rene) de Koster (2021) - Informs TSL 2021 Facility Logistics SIG Outstanding Paper Award, for the paper “Workforce Scheduling with Order-Picking Assignments in Distribution Facilities”, Transportation Science, 2021
MBM (Rene) de Koster (2021) - First prize in Humanities and Social Sciences of MOE (Ministry or Education of the PRC) for the paper “Class-based storage with a finite number of items. More classes is not always better”, Production and Operations Management, 2015.
MBM (Rene) de Koster (2021) - EFMD Case Writing Competition Award 2020, for the case "Managing Lean Success: A Warehouse Balancing Act (A) & (B)”
MBM (Rene) de Koster (2020) - Informs TSL 2020 Facility Logistics SIG Outstanding Paper Award, for the paper “Capacity analysis of sequential zone picking systems”, Operations Research, 2020
MBM (Rene) de Koster (2020) - Best paper award, Honorary Mention in the IISE Transactions 2020
MBM (Rene) de Koster (2019) - Best paper award, honorable mention, Journal of Operations Management
MBM (Rene) de Koster (2019) - Award of excellence, by the SDG Academy & SDSN Network, for the MOOC 'Driving business towards the SDGs'
MBM (Rene) de Koster (2019) - Best paper award Honorary Mention, IISE Transactions 2018
MBM (Rene) de Koster (2018) - Honorary Francqui Professorshop Hasselt University
MBM (Rene) de Koster (2018) - Mentioned as "Most influential researcher" in Material Handling
René de Koster, Daan Stam & Jelle de Vries (2014) - Best student paper award TRAIL2014, "Making the Right Pick: Aligning Order Picking Methods, Incentive Systems and Regulatory Focus to Increase Picking Performance"
René de Koster & Yeming Gong (2010) - Best paper IIE Transactions 2008-2009
MBM (Rene) de Koster (2010) - Honorary member, VeLA
René de Koster, Kees-Jan Roodbergen & Jose Larco Martinelli (2009) - 2nd prize in best student paper award POMS 2009, orlando: "Managing Warehouse Efficiency and Worker Discomfort Through Enhanced Storage Assignment Decisions"
René de Koster & Yeming Gong (2008) - Best paper award IIE Transactions 2008: ?A polling-based dynamic order picking system for online retailers?, 40(11), 1070-1082
René de Koster, Kees-Jan Roodbergen, Jan Dul & Jose Larco Martinelli (2008) - Best paper award TRAIL 2008
H. Quak & René de Koster (2008) - Finalist best paper award Journal of Operations Management 2007
René de Koster & Mengfei Yu (2007) - 2nd prize in student paper competition IESM 2007, Beijing: 'A fast and flexible tool to design order picking systems'
René de Koster & Hans Quak (2007) - Nominated for the best paper award, Journal of Operations Management 2007: "Exploring retailers' sensitivity to local sustainability policies", 25, 1103-1122