Contact Alp Yildirim


After graduating from Industrial Engineering (2011) and doing an MBA (2014), Alp co-founded an innovative manufacturing company named "Sanayi Sepeti Ltd" which was backed by two angel investors. This experience helped Alp become a CEO Office member in OPLOG Operational Logistics Inc., the fastest-growing technology company in Turkey, in 2017. Having worked on warehousing and mobile robots for two years, Alp decided to pursue an academic career in supply chain management. He got accepted to the Leadership and Management PhD programme at Cranfield University with full bursary and scholarship.

Research opportunities

Alp's current research topic is mobile robot automation in warehouses. He tries to identify a framework for the decision-makers to aid them to choose and fully integrating the chosen mobile robot system into their warehouses. Furthermore, he aims to optimise the mobile robot system implementation strategies to increase the system's return on investment.  

Current activities

Alp is currently undertaking a case study with multiple firms to observe the implementation strategies of mobile robots. Through this empirical study, he aims to develop the conceptual managerial decision framework he developed. He is also looking for new companies to join his study.


Conference Papers

  • Yildirim A, Reefke H & Aktas E (2022) Mobile robot automation in warehouses: A multiple case study. In: EURO 2022, Espoo, 3-6 July 2022.
  • Yildirim A, Reefke H & Aktas E (2021) Evaluating mobile robot systems in warehouses. In: 25th Logistics Research Network Conference, 2021, Cardiff and Virtual Event, 8-10 September 2021.