Research projects - ongoing

AKTA - Automatisering av Kitting, Transport och Montering

The main idea behind AKTA is to provide possible automation strategies and solutions in order for Swedish production to increase its performance by an increased utilization of automation in the material handling from warehouse to assembly. AKTA focuses on material handling in the four areas of warehousing, kit preparation, in-house transportation, and assembly.

Funded by: VINNOVA
Time period: 2016-2018
Contact: Robin Hanson​

Transportinköp och energieffektiva godstransporter

Syftet är att utveckla och testa en metodik för att skapa ett index som beskriver det kontinuerliga arbetet med att förbättra godstransporters energieffektivitet. Utveckla, testa och implementera frågor till en regelbundet återkommande enkät till transportköpande företag.

Funded by: Energimyndigheten
Time period: April 2017 - Spetember 2019
Contact: Linda Styhre

AEOLIX - Architecture for EurOpean Logistics Information eXchange

The purpose of the project is to develop a platform for connecting logistics information systems of different characteristics for immediate (real-time) exchange of information in support of logistics-related decisions. The current problems are connected to the difficulty in sharing ​information in supply chains, proprietary systems and too many standards. 

Funded by: European Union Horizon 2020
Time period: 2016-2019
Contact: Per-Olof Arnäs

DREAMIT - Digital Real-time Access Managament in Intermodal Transportation​

The purpose of the project is to improve resource efficiency in intermodal transportation systems and to improve access management by using digital information exchange and improved interaction between actors in the transportation modes sea, road and rail. ​There are large gaps in how access is managed today, in ports and rail terminals where only a small number of individual processes are in focus. 

Funded by: VINNOVA
Time period: 2017-03-01 - 2020-03-31
Contact: Per-Olof Arnäs​

The attributes of physical internet as a new approach to increase energy efficiency of logistics services in seaport- dry port system

The purpose of the project is to identify the potential for increased energy efficiency related to dry ports and to explore the attributes of Physical Internet to address energy inefficiencies. The growth of containerized sea transport demands improved efficiency and increased capacity in the transit through seaports as well as in the transport to and from seaports in the hinterland. 

Funded by: Chalmers
Time period: 2017-11-13 - 2018-12-31​
Contact: Violeta Roso

Transparent Informationshantering och Samverkan för ökad Säkerhet vid transport av farligt gods (TISS)​

Syftet är att utveckla säkerheten inom området för transport av farligt gods på väg och järnväg. 

Funded by: Myndigheten för samhällsskydd och beredskap
Time period: 2016-2018
Contact: Lars-Göran Malmberg

Platform-based digital shoe retail (DigitalRetail)

The purpose of the project is to introduce a digital product fitting platform across a network of retailers to innovate the physical retail business model. It is also to conduct digital product testing and analyse its effects for improving business model design and finally to design, finish and test a prototype of a shoe-and-feet matching database for multiple retailers.

Funded by: VINNOVA
Time period: 2018-11-27 - 2020-11-27
Contact: ​​Patrik Jonsson

The reverse logistics of online clothing returns

The purpose of the project is to analyse the sustainability of the reverse logistics processes involved in returning clothing bought online and suggest improvements. Approximately 30% of clothing bought online is returned, causing huge logistical challenges and environmental problems.

Funded by: Swedish Energy Agency
Time period: 
Contact: ​​Sharon Cullinane​​

Retail shopping and the last mile transport: past, present and future transformations

The purpose of this project is to understand how the last mile transport in retailing shapes and is shaped by the transport system and its transformation in the past, present and the future. The project deals with retailing and the transport of goods from the point of acquisition to point of consumption. How these activities are carried out has great impact on the transport system and the sustainability impact of the supply chain. Today the majority of these transports are conducted by the consumers themselves, mainly by using their own car. This is partly a result of a significant transformation during the last decades towards an increasing number of shopping centres. 

Funded by: Chalmers
Time period: ​2018-01-01 - 2019-12-31
Contact: ​​Kajsa Hulthén​​

Development of a Procurement Big Data software and method​

The purpose of this project is to develop a PBD-method to view, analyse and compare procurement performance data in ground-breaking ways through innovative use cases. 

Funded by: VINNOVA
Time period: ​2017-01-01 - 2019-12-31
Contact: ​​Patrik Jonsson & Riikka Kaipia

Future of sharing schedule information in automotive industry supply chains using advanced data analytics

The purposes of this project are:

  1. to describe delivery schedule usage, variability and accuracy in SC, 
  2. to explain root causes and implications on planning practices and SC performances of schedule variations, 
  3. to propose data-driven methods, and (4) 
  4. to test and generate implementation frameworks for new methods and models. 

Low schedule accuracy and unknown consequences in the SC of its variation, besides changes are note communicated effectively.

Funded by: FFI - Strategic Vehicle Research and Innovation
Time period: ​2018-10-01 - 2021-05-31
Contact: ​​Patrik Jonsson

Logistics consequences of the Gothenburg container port conflict​​
The labour market conflict in APM Terminals in Port of Gothenburg has led to a large reduction in volumes handled in the port. However, the consequences within the supply chain are much more severe and multiple large companies across the country stress the negative implications in terms of increased cost as well as problems of sending/receiving goods on time, which in the long run threatens the competitiveness of the Swedish export industry.
The purpose of this project is to investigate (1) which actors have been affected, (2) how they have been affected, (3) which measures they have taken and can take to mitigate the consequences and (4) indicate the aggregated logistics effects in terms of altered flows of goods, modal choice, costs and external effects. The project will not address the labour market conflict itself, rather in an unbiased way address the consequences of the conflict and how problems that have arised have been addressed at different stages throughout the conflict. The project is led by School of Business, Economics and Law at University of Gothenburg, which will carry out the work in collaboration with SSPA Sweden AB.
Funded by: Trafikverket
Time period: ​2017-10-01 - 2019-10-01
Contact:  Johan Woxenius

Supply Chain Finance Visibility: new roles for actors in the supply chain​
Making the flows in international supply chains visible reduces information asymmetry and enables more efficient and less risky chains. This multidisciplinary project aims to analyze the how the roles of different supply chain actors may change when the physical, informational and financial flows are made visible throughout the supply chain. The project rests on the assumption that the IT development can be used as a means to identify and strengthen the weakest links in the supply chain. The project involves researchers from logistics, finance and law as well as numerous practitioners from banks, multinational firms and industry associations.
Team: Johan Woxenius, Ted Lindblom, Lars-Göran Malmberg, Viktor Elliot, Trisha Rajput, Abhinayan Basu Bal.

Transparent information management and cooperation for increased safety for dangerous goods transport
Purpose: Support a long-term development of safety for road and rail transport of dangerous goods through better adherence to the regulation and by improved information sharing. The project is a joint project between the departments of Law, Business administration and Applied IT.
Team: Jonas Flodén and Johan Woxenius

The aim of the project is to develop knowledge about sensing and responding to turbulence in firms’ surrounding environments.
Team: Anna Fredriksson, Arni Halldorsson, Mats Johansson, Carl Wänström, Paulina Myrelid, Patrik Jonsson

The VALUMICS project is a Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation project that addresses specific challenges facing the food system and food value chains in Europe. The overall objective of the VALUMICS project is to provide decision makers throughout food value chains with a comprehensive suite of approaches and tools that will enable them to evaluate the impact of strategic and operational policies, and enhance the resilience, integrity and sustainability of food value chains for European countries. The consortium driving this proposal has a core of 19 European partners from 14 countries, and two Asian partners.
Contact person: Mats Johansson



Published: Mon 21 Dec 2015. Modified: Tue 11 Dec 2018