BDP Launches Business Innovation Competition, “BDP Fusion”

BDP Fusion Finalists
2017 BDP Fusion Global Finalists

It’s an exciting time to be a part of the logistics industry. The way in which we connect in the global marketplace is drastically changing, thanks to advancements in the field of AI and machine learning, and an industry wide push to develop autonomous technology in trucks and vessels.

Today’s global economic environment demands a new breed of businesses to emerge: ones that not only navigate change, but have the ability to change the world. Those who don't change to meet the future, won't survive to meet the future.

“Now is our time to innovate,” comments BDP CEO, Rich Bolte, “to be a disruptive force and go the extra mile. We have the chance to make our mark on the industry and to make the BDP Experience unforgettable.”

Innovation is the heartbeat of our existence. “While BDP is 51 years young,” remarks Marcia Lyssy,  BDP’s Chief Human Resources Officer, “we are a very entrepreneurial organization. We strive to be nimble, flexible and adaptable, and we want to encourage entrepreneurial traits in our employees.” We believe that the solutions to tomorrow's challenges exist right here, in the minds of our people. Thus, BDP Fusion was born, with a mission to power a new age of entrepreneurial ideas and disruptive innovations at BDP.

BDP Fusion is an internal business plan competition, designed to identify the cutting-edge innovators among us, and give BDP people a platform to share their ideas.

BDP Fusion EMEA - : Robin Wilms, Laurence D'Hauwe and Thomas Janssens
BDP Fusion business plan competition finalists from BDP Antwerp

The competition was first launched in 2009, but following the launch of our strategic plan ‘BDP 2020’, Fusion was reinvigorated for 2017. “‘Disrupting through Innovation’ and ‘Inspiring Tomorrow's Leaders’ are two of the main cornerstones of our 2020 strategy,” adds Lyssy, “and what better way to inspire and innovate than to give employees a platform to write their own business plans and present them to the shareholders?”

This year’s competition opened in April, encouraging employees from across the organization to participate and share their ideas on how BDP could better meet the industry's present or future demands.

After several rounds of intense competition, the top three finalists were invited to BDP’s headquarters in Philadelphia to present their winning concepts to a panel of judges - made up of BDP's senior leadership team - for possible investment by the company. The finalists were BDP Innovators from across the globe, including:

  • John Chau from BDP Hong Kong

  • Laurence D'Hauwe, Robin Wilms and Thomas Janssens from BDP Antwerp

  • Andrew McLoone, Andrew McNamara and Alexander Kuzyk from BDP Philadelphia

“The quality of the final presentations demonstrates the exceptional level of talent we have here at BDP,” reflects Lyssy. “The fact that our shareholders decided to fund all three of the ideas and allow the teams to be the project leaders to make their ideas a reality speaks volumes about our culture, and shows the tone is set at the top!”

BDP Presentation of Philadelphia Fusion in Conference Room
Andrew McLoone, Alexander Kuzyk and Andrew McNamara, present the chatbot concept to BDP's leadership in the 2017 Fusion contest


Andrew McLoone, Director of Operations in Philadelphia, and a finalist of 2017’s competition, offered some advice to anyone who may feel unsure about speaking up and sharing their ideas: “Michael Jordan got cut from his high school basketball team. Dr. Seuss was rejected 27 times before his first book was published. If you are passionate about an idea that you truly believe will have a positive impact - try, try, try again. Persistence and perseverance always pay off.”