News: Centre Northern LEAD related to Chalmers University of TechnologyThu, 21 Mar 2019 13:44:50 +0100 models make shopping easier and more sustainable<p><b>​ Imagine being able to walk into a shoe store, scan your feet and get a list of which shoes are right for you. Emmelie Gustafsson, Chalmers, researches how digital models of products and customers can be matched - and benefit both customers and other actors in the supply chain.</b></p>​E-commerce is on the move, and it is up to the physical stores to sharpen their offers if they are to survive. As a PhD student at the Department of Technology Management and Economics, Emmelie Gustafsson is interested in how digital modeling can add more value for the customer - and at the same time create a more efficient supply chain.<br /><br />Emmelie Gustafsson presents the results in her licentiate thesis: &quot;Digital model-driven retail supply chain management&quot;. This is how she describes her research, with her own words<br /> <br /><div><strong>Tell us about your research!<br /></strong></div> <br /><div>The purpose of my research is to increase the understanding of how matching of digital models of products and customers can be used to shift the performance frontier in retail supply chains. </div> <br />I put forward the matching of digital models as an operational practice used by retail supply chains. So, how does these models work?<br /><br /><ul><li>Digital product models are digital descriptions of available products on the market, that contain information about the products’ characteristics. </li> <li>Digital customer models are digital descriptions of customers and contain customer characteristics and preferences. </li></ul> The research concerns product recommendations based on matching of digital product and customer models.<br /><br /><strong>Why is this important?</strong><br />In retail today, there is an enormous supply of products. This means large inventory holding costs, at the same time as the products face the risk of becoming obsolete. If we can match product to customer or vice versa, supply and demand can be matched. This means that available products on the market are better utilized and customer demand is better served.<br /><br /><strong>What are your most important research findings?</strong><br />By using matching technology, the trade-off between cost efficiency and responsiveness can be bypassed. In other words: it is possible to achieve both production efficiency and delivery performance at the same time in retail supply chains. And also, to more fully utilize the existing product variety in already manufactured product supply, to move the performance frontier in retail supply chains.<br /><br /><strong>What do you hope for your research to lead to?</strong><br />I hope that my research leads to better resource utilization, there is too much waste in retail today. My research also supports several supply chain actors. Customers can more easily navigate in the available product supply, manufacturers can use the customer models and create products which are better aligned with customer demand, retailers can use the customer models as decision support when steering which assortment to offer, and they can also serve customers more efficiently.<br /><br /><strong>What will be the next step in your research?</strong><br />During the last half of my PhD journey, I will implement the operational practice and evaluate its effects. A foot scanner is going to be installed at a shoe store in Stockholm, and the shoe assortment will be turned into digital models by scanning the inside of the shoes. When the customers scan their feet they see a list of fitting shoes in the shop. An app enables the customers to also use their digital model in the web channel. The goal is to evaluate the effects that the operational practice result in, for example fewer returns, in-shop operations efficiency and fewer order lines in web retail.<br /><br /><div><strong>Text: </strong>Ulrika Ernström</div> <div><br /></div> <div><h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">FACTS</h4></div> <div>Emmelie Gustafsson is a PhD student at Chalmers, the Department of Technology Management and Economics and Organization, at the Supply and Operations Management division. She researches retail planning within operations and supply chain management.<br /><br /><ul><li>Read more about <a href="" target="_blank">Emmelie Gustafsson </a>here! </li> <li>Read the licentiate thesis:<a href="" target="_blank"> &quot;Digital model-driven retail supply chain management&quot; </a></li> <li>Read more about the research projects that Emmelie Gustafsson is working on:</li> <ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">Physical trading is improved through digital modeling</a></li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">Platform-based digital shoe trade</a></li></ul></ul></div>Tue, 05 Mar 2019 09:00:00 +0100 the new director of Northern LEAD<p><b>​She thinks logistics is the perfect match between technology and economics – and therefore strongly believes in the collaboration between Chalmers and University of Gothenburg. Meet Marta Gonzalez-Aregall, the new director of Northern LEAD research centre.</b></p><div>​Spain, Canada and Chile. These are some of the places around the world where Marta Gonzalez-Aregall has conducted research. With her international background and experience, she hopes to help connecting international and national academics, companies, authorities and other organizations.
</div> <div><br /></div> <div>”From an interdisciplinary perspective, I plan to build bridges and interconnect logistics academics, companies and new researchers from the north of Europe and around the world. For sure, Gothenburg, with a wide logistics platform and as a relevant port town, is the perfect location”, she says.</div> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:center"><div><span><h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">”It is important to keep logistics researchers, companies and authorities together in order to deal with common concerns and new projects”</h4> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><strong><em> </em></strong></p> <div> </div> <div><div><strong><em>Marta Gonzalez-Aregall, director of Northern LEAD <span style="display:inline-block"></span></em></strong></div></div></span></div></div> <div><br /></div> <div>In her research, Marta Gonzalez-Aregall focuses on maritime transportation, sustainable shipping and port's labour conflicts. She believes that Northern LEAD has a key role as a reference research centre for sustainable logistics solutions. </div> <div> </div> <div>”It is important to keep logistics researchers, companies and authorities together in order to deal with common concerns and new projects. Also, logistics is the perfect match between technology and economics. Therefore, it is important to have a platform and collaboration between Chalmers University of Technology and the University of Gothenburg, to learn common aspects from different points of view”, she says.</div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <strong>What do you look forward to in your new role?<br /></strong> <div>”I aim to contribute with knowledge and perspectives on major contemporary problems on logistics and transport, as well as to generate new perspectives and knowledge on sustainable development as a major global challenge today”. </div> <div> </div> <div>Jonas Flodén, the previous director of Northern LEAD, describes the past three years working for the centre as a very positive experience. </div> <div> </div> <div>“I am now looking forward to seeing the centre develop further in the competent hands of Marta Gonzalez-Aregall and Mats Johansson. It has been inspiring to see all the good and open cooperation we have between our departments at University of Gothenburg and Chalmers”, he says.</div> <div> </div> <div>Marta Gonzalez-Aregall is leading the Northern LEAD research centre together with vice director Mats Johansson, Professor in Logistics and Supply Chain Management at Chalmers.</div> <div> </div> <div><strong>Text: </strong>Ulrika Ernström</div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div><h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">More about Marta Gonzalez-Aregall</h4> <div><a href="">Marta Gonzalez-Aregall </a>is a postdoc researcher at the University of Gothenburg in the Logistics and Transport Research Group. Her current research focuses on maritime transportation, sustainable shipping and port's labour conflicts.</div> <div> </div> <div>Marta Gonzalez-Aregall holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Barcelona and has conducted research stays at the Universities of British Columbia (Vancouver), Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain) and the UN-ECLAC (Chile).</div> <div><br /></div> <div>During her PhD, she has focused her research on evaluation of competition and efficiency of port infrastructure, privatization and regulation of transport infrastructures and the spatial effects of transportation. <br /></div></div>Tue, 26 Feb 2019 02:00:00 +0100”Vi behöver komma ifrån kortsiktiga lösningar i vården”<p><b>​ Det finns stora möjligheter att använda sjukvårdens resurser både smartare och bättre. Agneta Larsson, Chalmers, ger i sin avhandling konkreta verktyg till sjukvårdens kapacitetsplanerare, där viktiga nycklar är helhetstänkande och ett långsiktigt perspektiv.</b></p><div>​Befolkningen blir allt äldre, och det gör frågan om sjukvårdens resurser mer och mer akut. Agneta Larsson vet. Parallellt med sin forskning vid Chalmers, institutionen för teknikens ekonomi och organisation, arbetar hon med analyser och produktionsplanering på Sahlgrenska Universitetssjukhus. </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>–  Vården är känd för att använda kortsiktiga lösningar, men nu har vi kommit till en nivå när det inte längre fungerar. Vi kan inte bara öka personalstyrkan eller ta in tillfällig arbetskraft – de pengarna finns inte! Vi kan inte låta personalen springa fortare, då bränner vi ut människor. Och vi kan inte bara jobba ”på känn”. Vi måste ändra om hur vi arbetar med våra resurser inom vården, säger hon. </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>De senaste åren har hon forskat om kapacitetsplanering inom specialistsjukvården, och har nu presenterat sin avhandling, Capacity Planning in Specialized Healthcare. Agneta Larsson klarlägger hur mycket vården har att vinna på bättre planering av de resurser som finns.</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>–  Taktisk planering handlar om att anpassa sig, ha framförhållning och göra det bästa av det man har. Om man inte arbetar så, då är det bara tur om man levererar enligt målsättning, säger hon.</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>Hennes avhandling omfattar fem fallstudier, som belyser kapacitetsplanering ur olika vinklar och fångar de svårigheter som kan uppstå när teorierna ska omsättas i verkligheten. I sina granskningar konstaterar hon hur bristen på långsiktigt tänkande är ett återkommande problem. Exempelvis utgår verksamheten ofta från tillgänglig kapacitet snarare än att utgå ifrån det som behöver göras. I en av studierna i avhandlingen studerades ett verksamhetsområde som använde sig av detta tankesätt vid sin planering av produktion.
</div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>–  Verksamheten i fråga började med att lägga personalens scheman, och schemalade sedan med så många patienter eller ingrepp som schemat tillät. Detta gjordes istället för att se till vad som behövdes göras. När man inte utgår från behovet riskerar man att göra för mycket av vissa saker på bekostnad av andra, säger hon.</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>
</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>I en annan studie fanns ingen koppling mellan de inkommande remisserna och planeringen av det efterföljande vårdgivandet. </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>–  Det gäller att tolka behovet innan det uppstår. Att prognosticera bättre, och utifrån remisserna hitta kedjan av de olika behoven: operation, återbesök etcetera, säger hon.</div> <div><br /></div> <div style="text-align:center"><h4 class="chalmersElement-H4"><span>&quot;Taktisk planering handlar om att anpassa sig, ha framförhållning och göra det bästa av det man har&quot;</span></h4> <div><h6 class="chalmersElement-H6">Agneta Larsson, Chalmers</h6></div></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>I sin avhandling visar Agneta Larsson vinsterna med att involvera kirurgerna för att bättre kunna beräkna operationstider. I studien konstaterades att när kirurgerna själva gjorde uppskattningen blev planeringen av operationstiden bättre för den fjärdedel av patienterna som hade längst operationstid, jämfört med när planeringen utgick från ett medelvärde för patientgruppen. 
</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>Hon visar också att teambaserade arbetssätt medför ökad produktivitet, med fler behandlade patienter. Sett ur ett planeringsperspektiv innebär det att kapaciteten av personalen genom teamformationen kunde göras enklare att förutse. </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>–  Med ett team blir det färre planeringspunkter än när planeringen sker på individnivå. Studien som gjordes på en akutverksamhet visade att effektiviteten ökade om man organiserade sina resurser i team. Planeringen blev lättare, fler patienter kunde hanteras och patienterna kom snabbare till läkaren, säger hon. </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>För att bidra till en bättre kapacitetsplanering inom sjukvården har Agneta Larsson tagit fram ett ramverk, som ska fungera som en utgångspunkt och ett stöd kring hur man rent praktiskt kan gå tillväga. Hon hoppas att det ska öka förståelsen för vikten av framförhållning och ett helhetstänk i planeringen.</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>–  Ramverket visar vilka steg du kan ta, vad du behöver veta och tänka på för att göra en bra kapacitetsplanering. Till exempel vilken information som behövs för att balansera kapacitet och behov, och vad vi gör när det inte matchar? 
</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>I industrin är kapacitetsplanering och flödeshantering - så kallad Supply Chain Management - en självklarhet, påpekar Agneta, men det används inte lika mycket inom sjukvården. Det är något hon vill hjälpa till att ändra på.</div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>–  Det talas ofta om att det saknas kopplingar mellan olika delar av sjukvården. Kommunikationen mellan olika enheter är bristfällig, och det blir ett klassiskt stuprörstänk som leder till en bristande helhetssyn runt patienten. Grunden till att lyckas bättre med detta är att ha koll på den egna verksamheten. För om det inte finns planering och kontroll i den lilla enheten går det inte att koordinera helheten, säger hon.</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><strong>Text:</strong> Ulrika Ernström</div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> <span></span></div> <h4 class="chalmersElement-H4"><span></span><span></span>FAKTA<span><span></span></span></h4> <div> <span></span></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>Agneta Larsson har lagt fram sin avhandling ”Capacity Planning in Specialized Healthcare”, vid Chalmers, institutionen för teknikens ekonomi och organisation. Hon är också kopplad till Centre for Healthcare Improvement vid Chalmers, och arbetar på Analys- och projektenheten vid Sahlgrenska Universitetssjukhus i Göteborg. <span></span><span></span></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><a href=""><strong>Läs avhandlingen</strong></a></div> <a href=""> <div> </div> <div> </div> </a><div><strong><a href="">Läs mer om Agneta Larsson</a></strong> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h4 class="chalmersElement-H4"><span></span><span></span><span></span><span></span><span></span><span></span></h4> <div> </div> <h4 class="chalmersElement-H4"> <span></span><span></span><span></span><span></span><span></span><span></span></h4> <h4 class="chalmersElement-H4"> <span></span><span></span><span></span><span></span><span></span><span></span></h4>Mon, 04 Feb 2019 09:00:00 +0100 tror på magnetism för mer hållbara transporter<p><b>​Kan magnetism vara nyckeln till mer hållbara transporter? Det tror skoleleverna i tävlingen Framtida transporter, där forskare från Chalmers deltog för sjunde året i rad. 
– Som vanligt var bidragen lysande, säger Per-Olof Arnäs, ordförande i juryn.</b></p><div><strong><em>​Längst ner på sidan kan du lyssna på ett avsnitt av Logistikpodden med Per-Olof Arnäs om Framtida transporter 2019, och en intervju med vinnarna.</em></strong>​</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>Transportnäringens största utmaningar är att göra transporter energismartare, miljövänligare och effektivare. I skolprojektet Framtida transporter - med Chalmers som en av flera projektpartners - har 800 skolelever tagit fram kreativa idéer för att möta utmaningarna.</div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>Under finalen den 29 januari på Universeum presenterades över 30 olika förslag för en mer hållbar framtid. Per-Olof Arnäs, universitetslektor på Chalmers, institutionen för teknikens ekonomi och organisation, är ordförande i juryn och sitter med i styrgruppen för projektet. Han är imponerad av elevernas insatser.
</div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div>– Årets nyckelord var utan tvekan “magnetism”, där flera bidrag hade detta i sina lösningar. Tvåan i tävlingen, Fenestra Centrum 8C, hade till exempel utvecklat ett par magnetiska skor som människor ska kunna använda för att springa fortare och längre i framtiden, säger han.</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><strong>Varför är det här projektet viktigt?
</strong></p> <div> </div> <div>– Att unga i 14-15 -årsåldern får chans att tänka stort och fritt och att vuxna verkligen tar sig tid att lyssna och diskutera med dem om deras idéer är något som kan sätta djupa spår och så många frön. Jag har flera gånger stött på före detta tävlande som har kommit fram och berättat historier om hur de fick högre betyg i teknik efter tävlingen och hur de gjort nya val, delvis som ett resultat av projektet. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>

– Att Chalmers ska engagera sig i detta projekt ser jag personligen som helt självklart. Vi försöker, inom ramen för tävlingen, förmedla både vikten av nyfikenhet och upptäckarglädje och hur ett systemperspektiv är nödvändigt för att förstå – och på sikt förändra – världen.</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><strong>Vad tar du med dig från elevernas presentationer?
</strong></div> <div> </div> <div>– Mängder med energi och tillförsikt inför framtiden.</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>Anna Havel, projektledare för Framtida transporter och pedagog på Universeum, betonar också vikten av projektet.</div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div>
– Det är ett dilemma att transportsystemet, som är till så stor nytta för oss, samtidigt är ett av de största hoten mot natur och klimat. Men genom att engagera och intressera elever för innovationer och hållbar utveckling kan kanske framtidens transporter vara säkrade, säger </div> <div> </div> <div>hon.</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><strong>Text: </strong>Ulrika Ernström</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">Vinnarna i Framtida transporter 2019
</h4> <div> </div> <div>Första pris i Framtida transporter 2019 gick till Friskolan i Kärna 8 Ankaret/Fendern. 
Juryns motivering: &quot;Årets vinnare har genom en kreativ idé lyckats väva in många intressanta och bra idéer från naturen. Materialvalen gör vinnaren till ett hållbart transportalternativ. Vi ser fram emot att se denna drönare ovanför våra huvuden i framtiden!</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>Chalmers hederspris, ett besök på Chalmers lab för självkörande fordon, Revere, gick till en annan klass från samma skola som hade designat ett smart kapselsystem för självkörande mobilitet. </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h4 class="chalmersElement-H4"> </h4> <h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">Om Framtida transporter</h4> <div> </div> <div>Framtida transporter har arrangerats av Universeum sedan 2012 och bygger på en arbetsmodell som engagerar lärare, elever, näringsliv, akademi och politik. Arbetssättet ger stora möjligheter att utveckla elevernas entreprenöriella förmågor samt att arbeta över ämnesgränserna. I Framtida transporter får eleverna insyn i de många möjligheter till studier och arbete som transportsektorn erbjuder. Samtidigt får de vuxna möta framtidens potentiella medarbetare och ta del av deras idéer.</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>2019 genomfördes Framtida transporter i samarbete med Chalmers, Greencarrier, Göteborg Energi, Göteborgs Hamn, Göteborgs Stad Trafikkontoret, Göteborgs universitet, Hogia, SARF, Svensk Sjöfart, Taxi Göteborg, Volvo, Västsvenska paketet, Västtrafik samt Kollektivtrafik och Infrastruktur i Västra Götalandsregionen.</div>Wed, 30 Jan 2019 07:00:00 +0100 the way forward for logistics<p><b>​A steadily increasing transport flow, tougher environmental requirements - but consumers do not want to pay for the transport of goods. An impossible equation? Lisa Melander believes that digitalisation is part of the solution for sustainable and cost-effective logistics.</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">Lisa Melander is passionate about business-related research within logistics and sustainability. In her new role as assistant professor in Supply Chain Management she will study how companies collaborate in their supplier networks to develop sustainable solutions. Product development, service innovations or new business models are some of her topics of interest.</span><div>“In particular, I look forward to studying how digitalisation can lead to new forms of cooperation between companies&quot;, she says.</div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Digitalisation contributes to lower costs</h3> <div>Digitalisation and collaboration in logistics contributes to the solution of one of our society’s biggest challenges: how to transport a steadily increasing amount of goods in a sustainable manner without high costs for the customer.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“We are facing major challenges in terms of sustainable logistics solutions”, says Lisa Melander. “We see increased demand for transport in combination with increased environmental requirements, while the consumers are unwilling to pay for transport of goods.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>So how can digitalisation in the logistics line lower the final cost for the consumer?</strong></div> <div>“For example, new digital platforms enable companies to more easily sell and buy transport shares”, says Lisa Melander. <span style="background-color:initial">She</span><span style="background-color:initial"> explains that today, co-transportation often takes place between larger companies that already know each other. Through digital platforms, companies that do not have an established network may participate as well. This leads to better utilized cargo spaces, higher efficiency, fewer emissions and ultimately lower transport costs.</span></div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Collaboration facilitates innovation</h3> <div>According to Lisa Melander, collaboration is very important for innovations in the area of digitalisation to be implemented. When companies, universities and authorities work together to develop and test new technology, large companies can share knowledge, while smaller, specialised companies are also able to influence the development.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“As the knowledge increases within an entire industry, the possibility of innovations to gain acceptance grows. I would like to see more collaboration across organisational boundaries to find solutions to future challenges.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><em>Lisa Melander works at the department of Technology Management and Economics and is assistant professor within Chalmers Transport Area of Advance.​</em></div> <div><em><br /></em></div> <div>Text and photo: Emilia Lundgren</div> Mon, 28 Jan 2019 00:00:00 +0100“We want to make sure that Gothenburg remains in the centre for urban freight!”<p><b>More than 200 participants from 26 countries gathered in Gothenburg with one area of expertise in common – urban freight. On 17-19 October, 2018 it was time for the 3rd VREF Conference on urban freight organized by the Urban Freight Platform.  Michael Browne (University of Gothenburg), Sönke Behrends (IVL) and Ivan Sanchez-Diaz (Chalmers) were the main conference organizers.</b></p>The importance of urban freight and logistics is increasingly recognised, and Gothenburg is established as a leading city in the logistics field. This large, international conference shows that the city also can serve as a node for urban freight collaboration and knowledge exchange. With researchers, public authorities, city administrations and industry representatives from many different sectors the conference aimed to keep the momentum on urban freight going. The three days offered over 100  presentations and included posters, panel discussions and break-out sessions all highlighting recent research and providing a great opportunity for cross-sector meetings.<br /><br /><div><span style="background-color:initial">The VREF conference on urban freight was organized for the 3rd time by the Urban Freight Platform (UFP) which is an initiative supported by the Volvo Research and Educational Foundations (VREF). The UFP works as a facilitator of academic research on urban freight at University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology within the context of the logistics competence center Northern LEAD.<br /><br /></span></div> <div><span lang="EN-US" style="background-color:initial">– </span><span lang="EN-GB" style="background-color:initial;line-height:107%">Having so many people from 26 countries meeting to discuss this topic was great! Sönke Behrends </span><span lang="EN-GB" style="background-color:initial;line-height:107%">says.</span><div><span style="background-color:initial"><br />Visitors had travelled from Europe as well as non-European countries like India, China, USA, Brazil, Colombia, South Korea, Chile, Singapore, Ethiopia, South Africa and Canada to take part in the program. ​</span><div><div> <div><br /></div> <div style="text-align:center;font-size:24px"><div><strong>&quot;</strong><strong>We obviously need this type of international event</strong><strong>&quot;</strong></div> <div><strong><br /></strong></div> <div style="font-size:14px"><strong><em>Michael Browne</em></strong></div> <div><br /></div></div> <div></div> <div><div style="background-color:initial;display:inline !important">Presentations, discussions and posters covered many topics, but some of the main issues were:</div></div> <div><div style="background-color:initial;display:inline !important"><br /></div></div> <div><ol><li>The role of freight in denser cities with lower car use in the future.<br /></li> <li>Finding ways to use capacity more efficiently – both in terms of vehicles and infrastructure.<br /></li> <li>Initiatives that support private and public sectors working more creatively together and coming up with solutions that can be upscaled and applied quickly.<br /></li> <li>Exploring the scope to take lessons from one city and apply them to another; maybe even between cities on different continents.</li></ol></div> <div><p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">– </span><span lang="EN-GB">I am pleased to hear from delegates that they found many of the presentations inspiring and motivating, says Michael Browne ab</span><span lang="EN-GB">out the programme.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="background-color:initial">Among the highlights from the programme was one of the breakout sessions. Colleagues from Lyon invited people to play an urban logistics game – an event that gathered almost too many people to fit into the room. Many presentations contained insights and ideas that stimulated new ideas, and the exchange of information and the poster session on day one generated excellent discussions going on for over an hour as people looked at the work of their colleagues and could discuss the topics one on one.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" style="background-color:initial">– </span><span lang="EN-GB" style="background-color:initial">The quality of the contributions and the enthusiasm of the participants made it a really worthwhile event, says Ivan Sanchez-Diaz.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="background-color:initial">The conference was appreciated by many visitors and now the UFP team is starting to look ahead, to the next one in 2020. They just received a confirmation that VREF (Volvo Research and Educational Foundations) granted funding for urban freight research a further three years until December 2021, which means that the Urban Freight Platform can carry on with the ambitious research programme and networking that exists today. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="background-color:initial">–</span><span style="background-color:initial"> </span><span style="background-color:initial">We obviously need this type of international event and want to make sure that Gothenburg remains in the centre for this debate, says Michael Browne. Now, we gather to learn from the recent conference in order to make the next one even better! ​</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong style="background-color:initial"><br /></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong style="background-color:initial">Text: Ulrika Georgsson</strong></p></div> <div><strong>Photo: Malin Tengblad</strong></div> </div> ​</div></div></div> ​​Wed, 05 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +0100 to Northern LEAD Day 2019<p><b>​​Get inspired, listen to the latest research findings within Logistics and Supply Chain, and enjoy the discussions. Welcome to the annual Northern LEAD Day 2019!</b></p><span style="background-color:initial;font-weight:700">When:</span><span style="background-color:initial"> </span><span style="background-color:initial">Wednesday, April 10, 9.00-12.00, with lunch afterwards</span><div><div><span style="font-weight:700">Where:</span> Chalmers, Vera Sandbergs Allé 8, Vasa C<br /><strong>Language:</strong> Swedish is the main conference language, but a few presentations may be in English<br /><br /></div> <div><span><strong><a href="">&gt;&gt; Welcome to register here</a> <br /></strong></span></div> </div> <div>Register no later than April 4<br /><br /><strong>Contact:</strong> <a href=""></a><br /><br /></div> <div> <div><strong style="font-size:16px">PROGRAM</strong><br /> <br />8:30- Coffee and registration<br />9:00 Welcome<br /> <br /><em><strong>Effektiva logistiksystem</strong></em><br />Stefan Jacobsson – DREAMIT <span>–<span style="display:inline-block"></span><span style="display:inline-block"></span></span> Digital accesshantering i realtid för intermodala transporter<br />Kamran Rashid <span>–<span style="display:inline-block"></span><span style="display:inline-block"></span></span> Evaluating the sustainability of national logistics performance using Data Envelopment Analysis<br />Sunney Fotedar <span>–<span style="display:inline-block"></span><span style="display:inline-block"></span></span> Taktisk resursallokering för effektivt kapacitetsutnyttjande<br /> <br /><strong>Panel discussion:</strong> Logistics consequences of the Gothenburg container port labor conflict<br /> <br />10:30-11:00  Coffee<br /> <br /><strong><em>Teknologi och modeller för handel</em></strong><br />Emmelie Gustafsson <span>–<span style="display:inline-block"></span><span style="display:inline-block"></span></span> Digitala modeller för effektivitet och kundservice <br />Sharon Cullinane <span>–<span style="display:inline-block"></span><span style="display:inline-block"></span></span> The reverse logistics of online clothing returns<br />Alena Brettmo <span>–<span style="display:inline-block"></span><span style="display:inline-block"></span></span> The role of Business Improvement District in influencing urban deliveries to establishments.<br /> <br />12:00 Lunch<br /></div></div> <div><br /></div> <em>Welcome!</em><br /><div><br /></div>Tue, 04 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +0100!.aspx!.aspxLogistik &amp; Transport - we will be there<p><b>​Logistik &amp; Transport is the Nordic region’s leading exhibition and conference, for the entire transport &amp; logistics community. It is an annual highlight, taking place at the Swedish Exhibition &amp; Congress Centre (Svenska Mässan) in Gothenburg on November 5-7, 2018. This year the organizers are enlarging the exhibition with additional focus on internal logistics. As last year, Northern LEAD will be there!</b></p><font face="open sans">As previous years, Chalmers University of Technology and University of Gothenburg have two booths side-by-side, presenting the width of activities both within research and education. Also, where five research projects are presented on posters. The topics are stretching from the port conflict and supply chain finance to automation and sustainability and is good examples will give a good overview of the ongoing logistics research at the two universities. Exhibitors can give their views on which of the projects they want to see more from on Logistics &amp; Transport 2019, when planning an even more extensive research effort. </font><br /><span style="background-color:initial"></span><div><br /></div> <div>Below are the projects, presented in the exhibition booth: </div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="/sv/institutioner/tme/nyheter/PublishingImages/A-Innovation%20of%20Sustainable%20Logistics%20Services.pdf" target="_blank">A-Innovation of Sustainable Logistics Services,</a><span style="background-color:initial"> </span><span style="background-color:initial">Arni Halldorson, Chalmers</span></div> <div><br /><a href="/sv/institutioner/tme/nyheter/PublishingImages/B-Automation%20för%20effektivitet%20och%20kvalitet%20i%20lager%20och%20orderplock.pdf" target="_blank">B-Automation för effektivitet och kvalitet i lager och orderplock,</a><span style="background-color:initial"> Robin Hanson och Lars Medbo, Chalmers</span></div> <div><br /><a href="/sv/institutioner/tme/nyheter/PublishingImages/C-Supply%20Chain%20Finance%20Visibility.pdf" target="_blank">C-Supply Chain Finance Visibility: new roles for actors in the supply chain,</a><span style="background-color:initial"> Vik</span><span style="background-color:initial">tor Elliot, University of Gothenburg​</span></div> <div><br /><a href="/sv/institutioner/tme/nyheter/PublishingImages/D-Aeolix%20-%20the%20data%20sharing%20network%20for%20logistics.pdf" target="_blank">D-Aeolix - the data sharing network for logistics</a><span style="background-color:initial">, PO Arnäs, Chalmers​</span></div> <div><br /><a href="/sv/institutioner/tme/nyheter/PublishingImages/E-Logistiska%20konsekvenser%20av%20hamnkonflikten.pdf" target="_blank">E-Logistiska konsekvenser av hamnkonflikten</a><span></span><span style="background-color:initial">, Johan </span><span style="background-color:initial">Woxen</span><span style="background-color:initial">ius</span><span style="background-color:initial"></span><span style="background-color:initial">, University of Gothenburg​</span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">A</span><span style="background-color:initial">.</span><span style="background-color:initial;white-space:pre"> </span><span style="background-color:initial">Innovation of sustainable logistics services</span><br /></div> <div>B.<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>Automation för effektivitet och kvalitet i lager och orderplock</div> <div>C.<span style="white-space:pre"> </span><span style="background-color:initial">Supply Chain Finance Visibility: </span><span style="background-color:initial">New roles for actors in the supply chain</span></div> <div>D.<span></span><span style="white-space:pre"> </span>Aeolix - The data sharing network for logistics​<br /></div> <div>E.<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>Logistiska konsekvenser av hamnkonflikten</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Next to the exhibition fair, presentations, panel discussions and workshops will take place. By bringing together prominent representatives of business, large and small businesses, research and policy, the conference wants to move the limit for the use of the best solutions in practical function and reality. Many Northern LEAD researchers will contribute to that mission and are part of the program. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Below are some of the researchers with connection to Northern LEAD, that are part of the program:</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Per-Olof Arnäs, Chalmers</div> <div>Kajsa Hulthén, Chalmers</div> <div>Patrik Jonsson, Chalmers</div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Johan Woxenius, University of Gothenburg </span><br /></div> <div>Johan Hagberg, University of Gothenburg</div> <div>Michael Browne, University of Gothenburg </div> <div><span></span><div>Linda Borgenstam, Schenker Logistics, <span></span>member of the Northern LEAD Steering Group</div> <div>Anna fredriksson, Alumni PhD student Chalmers</div> <div>Maria Helmroth, Lindex, Alumni PhD student Chalmers</div> <div>Lars Hultén, Swisslog, Alumni PhD student Chalmers</div> <div>Maria Oscott, Closer, Alumni PhD student Chalmers and former director of NL</div></div> <div><br /></div> <div>For further reading about Northern LEAD's contribution to the conference and fair, <a href="/sv/institutioner/tme/nyheter/Sidor/Forskningsfokus-på-årets-Logistik--och-Transportmässa.aspx">read news from Chalmers, TME here.</a> </div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Short facts:</strong></div> <div>Date: November 5-7, 2018</div> <div>Place: Svenska Mässan, Gothenburg</div> <div>Exhibition booth: B08:29</div> <div><a href="">Tickets, click here</a></div> <div><a href="">Conference program, click here</a> </div> <div>​​<br /></div> ​​Wed, 24 Oct 2018 15:00:00 +0200 LEAD researchers in Triple F program<p><b>​Sweden is now gathering its forces to reduce carbon emissions from freight traffic — in the form of a broad innovation initiative in which academia, research institutes, industry and government agencies are collaborating. Chalmers University of Technology and University of Gothenburg participate in the programme. ​</b></p>​Both Chalmers and University of Gothenburg participate in the large Triple F (Fossil Free Freight) research and innovation programme, which is focused on a fossil-free freight transportation system. The Swedish Transport Administration is funding the program with SEK 290 million over 12 years. <div><br /></div> <div>Maria Oscott, PhD student alumni from Chalmers and former director of Northern LEAD, is leading the programme. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><div>If you want to know more or participate in the project, please contact our Northern LEAD representatives​:<br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><ul><li>Primary contact at Chalmers: Violeta Roso <br /></li> <li>Member of the Research advisory board: Mats Johansson<br /></li> <li>Member of the Program board: Kajsa Hulthén<br /></li> <li>Primary contact at University of Gothenburg: Johan Woxenius<span style="background-color:initial">​</span><br /></li></ul> <div><br /></div></div></div> <div><a href="">Read more at</a></div> ​Wed, 24 Oct 2018 13:00:00 +0200 &amp; innovative systems keys to success<p><b>Collaboration, innovative systems and shared resources can lead to better utilisation of short sea shipping and lead to increased intermodality. In a study by Johan Woxenius, Zeeshan Raza and Lighthouse postdoctor Anastasia Christodoulou, all at the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg, the operation of RoRo shipping services in Northern Europe is examined. The findings were presented in a recent conference in Mombasa, Kenya.</b></p><div><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>From the conference paper:</strong></span></div> <a href=""><div><em>(Text by Lighthouse)</em></div> ​</a><span style="background-color:initial">“Due to negative externalities related to unimodal road haulage, the promotion of short sea shipping, SSS, has been an important part of the political agenda of the European Union since decades. Regardless of the multiple initiatives taken by the authorities to increase the use of SSS, unimodal road haulage still accounts for nearly 50% of total freight transport by volume in the European Union. The success of SSS option up to a large extent is dependent on the seamless integration of individual activities and services offered by different agents or stakeholders involved in a multimodal transport chain.</span><div> <div><br /></div> <div>In this paper, through an in-depth case study, the role of a shipper (cargo owner) to integrate multiple traffic modes into a seamless intermodal transport chain and the drivers (enablers) for such integration are explored. Interviews, secondary data and existing literature are the main data sources for this case study.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Innovative system      </strong>      </div> <div>We found that Stora Enso, a leading forest-products producer employs an innovative intermodal logistics system for the transport of a huge volume of its products. Instead of relying on third party logistics providers, Stora Enso has designed the logistics system and purchased rail transport of its cargo from Swedish mills to Port of Gothenburg and chartered RoRo vessels to cover the long leg of the journeys. By chartering the RoRo vessels, Stora Enso saves the capital costs, and can release the vessels if any unexpected event such as a decline in its product demand occurs. In addition, the usage of the SECU (Stora Enso Container Unit), with the capacity to load 80 tons of cargo, reduces the total transport and warehousing costs. We believe that these innovative strategies have provided the company with a significant competitive advantage in the market by reducing per-unit cost of its products and enhancing the overall system efficiency.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Stora Enso does not utilise 100% capacity for its own cargo transport on board the chartered vessels. Thus, to sale the extra freight capacity to third parties and to manage the operations of its chartered vessels, Stora Enso formed a strategic cooperation with SOL. As a result of this cooperation, in 2017 the utilisation rate on Stora Enso´s Gothenburg-Zeebrügge RoRo service route reached 95% in both directions, although many northbound SECUs are empty. This high load factor is rare for a RoRo service, as SOL sold nearly 100.000 units to third parties and by the use of stand-by SECUs. Although Stora Enso is the charterer of the vessels but for priority is usually given to third party forwarders, which helps to sustain these third party customers. This finding reflects that by adopting a unique management approach and by developing cooperation with SOL, the shipper Stora Enso efficiently transport its own cargo as well as lowers its costs by selling the capacity to third parties on board its RoRo vessels, eventually leading to an increased integration of RoRo into a multimodal transport chain.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Expensive cargo handling</strong></div> <div>Our findings are consistent with Ng et al., who emphasised that high cargo-handling cost in ports is amongst the top barriers to enhancing the integration of RoRo services into intermodal transport chains. In our study we found that port costs account for nearly 60% of Stora Enso´s total shipment costs. We believe that a reduction in port costs could make intermodal RoRo services cheaper compared to unimodal road haulage, and thus may increase the competitiveness of this mode.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>We believe that the results of this paper bring new insights for various actors involved in a transport chain. Ship operators and large shippers might realise the importance of co-operation and shared planning with other agents of a transport chain. Intermodal integration between different traffic modes or strategic collaboration between cargo owners, ship operators, and forwarding agents might enhance the system efficiency, reduce lead times, emissions and costs and generate additional revenues for all the collaborating parties. Large shippers especially in the forest industry may reconsider their logistics and management strategies, and may benefit by commencing their own unique transport network following the case of Stora Enso as presented in this paper. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Based on the findings of this paper, we suggest that to enhance the integration of SSS into intermodal transport chains, policy makers should draft policies considering shippers´ needs and encourage innovations in the sector as innovations may in return reduce the unnecessary costs involved (e.g. port costs). In addition, to encourage the use of intermodal transport over unimodal road haulage, behavioural change campaigns targeting all the stakeholders of a transport chain should also be a part of future policies, as environmental sustainability is dependent not only on technological change but also on behavioural change.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The full bibliographic data on the conference paper can be found here: <span style="background-color:initial"></span></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text by: Lighthouse</div> <div>Please contact Johan Woxenius ( for a full text copy.​</div> </div>Fri, 19 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0200 approach required in the transitioning of transportation<p><b>​The theme of the Transport Efficiency Day (TREFF) 2018 conference at the Lindholmen Science Park in Gothenburg on August 30 was “How we can transition to a more transportation-efficient society.”</b></p>​ - <span style="background-color:initial">The transition will happen. But there is a risk that it will not happen fast enough and that we will continue to increase demand for transportation, warned the opening speaker, Professor Björn Sandén at Chalmers.</span><div><div> </div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">According to Sandén, if we are to transition to a climate-neutral transport system we need to:</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div> </div> <div><ul><li>Change the basic energy source – to solar and wind combined with electricity and hydrogen gas.<br /></li> <li>Consider the question: how much transportation do we need?<br /></li></ul></div> <div> </div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Solar and wind power are now so cheap that there is a great opportunity for the transport sector to embrace a completely new energy base, though the question remains whether the transition is happening fast enough.</span></div> <div> </div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div> </div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Efficiency enhancements are also important, but as we become more efficient the things we produce, in this case transportation, also become cheaper. This creates a society where we can afford to continue increasing our demand, Sandén stresses. </span></div> <div> </div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div> </div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">We get a rebound effect. Since the industrial revolution 200 years ago, our energy consumption has increased a hundredfold, and this cannot continue, Sandén believes. </span></div> <div> </div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div> </div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">- We can continue to live sustainably at our level. But if everyone continues to relentlessly increase consumption, we will inevitably encounter various limitations. </span></div> <div> </div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div> </div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">- We need more knowledge and an integrated view of the transition process, simply to understand how technology, politics and the economy are interlinked.</span></div> <div> </div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div> </div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Change will take place even without systems thinking, according to Sandén. </span></div> <div> </div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div> </div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">- But there is a risk that developments could move in the wrong direction if we do not understand that one thing leads to another, he says. This is when things can drift off in a direction we do not want. We must therefore understand how things are connected even if we naturally cannot predict everything.</span></div> <div> </div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align:center"> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3" style="text-align:center"><span></span><span></span><span>”We need more knowledge and an integrated view of the transition process, simply to understand how technology, politics and the economy are interlinked” </span></h3> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3" style="text-align:center"> </h3> <div style="text-align:center"><span style="background-color:initial"><strong><em>Björn Sandén, Chalmers</em></strong></span><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div> </div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div> </div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Last summer, the government presented a strategy for freight transportation, the first ever, and Anna Ullström, Deputy Director at the Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation, gave a presentation about this. The freight transportation strategy –which was moreover welcomed by several speakers during the day – has three main parts:</span><div><br /></div> <div><ul><li>To strengthen Swedish competitiveness.<br /></li> <li>To transition to become fossil-free.<br /></li> <li>To continue to work with innovation, expertise and knowledge. <br /></li></ul></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Quite simply, the business community in Sweden is to increase its competitiveness – by working with research and development, traditional Swedish strengths, while freight transportation addresses the climate challenge.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Anna Ullström spoke about the permanent international expo where Sweden is continuously endeavoring to achieve a wide dissemination of the research and innovation conducted in the country in the field of transportation.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Following her speech, Anna Ullström commented on the conference’s basic question: How can we transition to a more transportation-efficient society?</div> <div><br /></div> <div>- Through more cooperation. By looking into how we can become better at filling our transportation to capacity, driving more efficient routes and making full use of the opportunities offered by rail and maritime transportation, replied Ullström. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Anna Ullström hopes, in short, that the entire Swedish transportation system will now work together and the recent freight strategy will become both a platform and a launching pad.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>- People are positive and this augurs well for the future, leading to a fruitful cooperation, she said.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Helena Sjöberg, Head of Logistics Solutions at PostNord, spoke about how to meet new customer requirements. She also emphasized that it is important to collaborate and to make smart use of your resources.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>In the future, PostNord wants to offer its customers home deliveries even when the recipient is not at home, a result of the rapidly expanding e-commerce.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>PostNord is embracing the idea of delivery to a locked space using digital capabilities, basically a digital lock. This could be achieved in various ways, for example:</div> <div><br /></div> <div><ul><li>Through your front door onto the hall carpet, but could also be.<br /></li> <li>To a parcel drop box standing in your garden that replaces your post box.<br /></li> <li>To the trunk of your car.<br /></li> <li>Through the use of parcel pick-up stations in public places or perhaps in a tenant-owner association.<br /></li></ul></div> <div><br /></div> <div>- If we are to confront growth we need far more channels than at present, and digital locks provide an opportunity in combination with other solutions, says Helena Sjöberg. We do not think we can dictate how everything should develop, it concerns consumer power and solutions that fit your available budget, what design you want and the intended uses.</div> <div>  </div> <div>The digital lock solution will also be used in business-to-business operations.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>- In all instances, it is about convenience – making life easier for private individuals and one example could be for tradesmen who will no longer need to wait for material deliveries but can ask for the order to be delivered during the night, says Helena Sjöberg. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Almost 20 speakers gave presentations during the conference, which was organized for the seventh time by CLOSER, the Swedish collaboration platform for transportation efficiency, and Northern Lead, a logistics center formed 30 years ago by the University of Gothenburg, Chalmers and Logistik och Transport Stiftelsen LTS, supporting research that works toward sustainable logistics development. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Sofie Vennersten, Program Director for CLOSER, comments that it is gratifying to see how interest for the Transport Efficiency Day, and for freight transport issues in general, is increasing every year:</div> <div><br /></div> <div>- This year was a good combination of forward-looking outlooks and activities that are happening here and now, says Sofie. Many participants emphasized the need for greater collaboration in order to solve the challenges we are facing, so we are now looking forward to working in various ways to facilitate this.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Text and photo: CLOSER / Lindholmen Science Park</strong></div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="">All presentationsfrom the day are available here (in Swedish) &gt;&gt; ​​</a></div> </div></div>Fri, 05 Oct 2018 09:00:00 +0200 forum 2019 - Engagement and Co-creation of knowledge<p><b>​Welcome to the 6th International EurOMA Sustainable Operations and Supply Chains Forum, 18-19 March 2019, in Gothenburg!</b></p>Sustainability is a business objective to which many organizations aspire, but achieving this aspirational goal presents many operations and supply chain management challenges. The forum targets all researchers interested in Sustainable Operations and Supply Chain Management. It aims at stimulating discussion between researchers and research communities and encouraging studies that elaborate on the important questions of how to develop, improve operate and study operations and supply chains in a truly sustainable way. The event enables and encourages in-depth discussions in a small setting in order to generate new insights and facilitate collaborative opportunities.<br /> <br />This year’s theme is <em><strong>engagement and co-creation of knowledge</strong></em>; to enable the concurrent development of theory and practice. Contributions in this area are most welcome at the conference. As for the earlier Forum events, all contributions that include aspects of environmental or social sustainability are invited.<br /> <br /><strong>The Forum will use three different session formats:</strong><br /><ul><li>Plenary Sessions</li> <li>Discussion sessions for work-in-progress papers</li> <li>Sessions for regular conference papers</li></ul> <p><br /></p> <p><a href="/en/conference/euromaforum2019/Pages/default.aspx">Get more information about EurOMA Forum 2019, and how to register, here &gt;&gt; <br /></a></p> <p><a href="/en/conference/euromaforum2019/Pages/default.aspx"></a><br /></p>Mon, 24 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200 LEAD-forskare i nationellt godstransportråd<p><b>​Regeringen har beslutat att inrätta ett nationellt godstransportråd. I rådet sitter flera personer med koppling till Northern LEAD, som nu ska stötta regeringen i arbetet med att genomföra godstransportstrategin.</b></p><div>​Uppgiften för det nya nationella godstransportrådet är att bidra till arbetet för effektiva, kapacitetsstarka och hållbara godstransporter, och att ge stöd i genomförandet av godstransportstrategin. </div> <div> </div> <div>Bland ledamöterna finns Northern LEAD-forskaren <a href="/sv/personal/Sidor/per-olof-arnas.aspx">Per-Olof Arnäs</a>, universitetslektor vid Chalmers. </div> <div>– Det är naturligtvis hedrande att bli utsedd till detta viktiga uppdrag. Själva arbetet har ännu inte börjat, men i godstransportstrategin som togs fram tidigare i år syns flera viktiga områden där godstransportrådet kommer att kunna lämna input, säger han.</div> <div> </div> <div>Även Linda Borgenstam, VD på Schenker Consulting och en av ledamöterna i Northern LEAD:s styrgrupp sitter i rådet, liksom Svensk Sjöfarts VD Rikard Engström, som har undervisat och disputerat vid Handelshögskolan i Göteborg. </div> <div> </div> <div><span>Infrastrukturminister Tomas Eneroth<span style="display:inline-block"></span></span> betonar rådets betydelse.</div> <div>– Om Sverige ska klara konkurrenskraften och klimatutmaningen behöver transportsektorn utvecklas och då måste alla berörda parter agera gemensamt för att hitta lösningar. Med godsstrategin som utgångspunkt blir det nationella rådet ett viktigt verktyg för genomförandet, säger Tomas Eneroth i ett pressmeddelande.</div> <div> </div> <div><strong>Text: Ulrika Ernström</strong></div> <div> </div> <h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">FAKTA: Samtliga ledamöter i regeringens godstransportråd:</h4> <div><strong></strong></div> <div><br />Arnäs, Per-Olof, Universitetslektor, Chalmers</div> <div> </div> <div>Arvidsson, Ylva, Chef flygfrakt, Swedavia</div> <div> </div> <div>Axelsson, Svante, Nationell samordnare, Fossilfritt Sverige</div> <div> </div> <div>Boholm, Karolina, Transportdirektör Skogsindustrierna, Styrelseledamot i Näringslivets transportråd</div> <div> </div> <div>Bondemark, Per, Vice VD, SSAB</div> <div> </div> <div>Borgenstam, Linda, VD, Schenker Consulting</div> <div> </div> <div>Dahl, Mattias, VD, Transportföretagen</div> <div> </div> <div>Engström, Richard, VD, Svensk Sjöfart</div> <div> </div> <div>Glasare, Gunilla, Chef Avdelningen för tillväxt och samhällsbyggnad, SKL</div> <div> </div> <div>Gegö, Richard, VD, Sveriges Åkeriföretag</div> <div> </div> <div>Kjellgren, Karolina, Head of Oceania Trade, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics AB</div> <div> </div> <div>Lindqvist, Jenny, Head of Intelligent Transport Systems, Ericsson</div> <div> </div> <div>Nilsson, Marie, Förbundsordförande, IF Metall</div> <div> </div> <div>Nilsson, Ulrika, VD, Piteå Hamn</div> <div> </div> <div>Sundling, Jan, Styrelseordförande, Green Cargo</div> <div> </div> <div>Svanström, Therese, Kanslichef, Unionen</div> <div> </div> <div>Westerberg, Björn, VD, Tågoperatörerna</div> <div> </div> <div>Läs mer om<a href=""> regeringens godstransportråd</a></div> <div>Läs <a href="">godstransportstrategin</a></div> <div> </div> <div> </div>Thu, 20 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200 LEAD researchers awarded at EurOMA and NOFOMA<p><b>​Several Northern LEAD researchers received awards for their research within logistics, at the EurOMA and NOFOMA conferences this summer.</b></p>​At the EurOMA conference in Budapest, <strong>Patrik Fager</strong>, Chalmers, was awarded &quot;Highly commended paper&quot; in the Harry Boer award competition. The paper, at which Patrik is the first author, deals with technology and methods for quality assurance in order picking systems.<br />Patrik has performed a comprehensive experiment, showing that efficiency differs significantly between them. This is highly relevant at a time when new technology is massively introduced in warehousing, partly driven by growth and competition among companies in e-commerce.<br />The title of the paper is: Order picking in dense areas – productivity impact of confirmation methods<br /><a href="">Read the paper here &gt;&gt;</a><br /><br /><strong>Arni Halldórsson, Ceren Altuntas Vural</strong> and <strong>Jessica Wehner</strong>, Chalmers, has received DB Schenker´s award for Best Conference Paper, at the NOFOMA conference.Title: Logistics service triads for household waste: The case of consumers as co-producers of sustainability<a href=""><br />Read the paper here &gt;&gt;</a><br /><br />Mon, 02 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0200 study on the logistics consequences of the Gothenburg port conflict<p><b>​The conflict in APM Terminals in Port of Gothenburg has led to a large reduction in volumes handled in the port. Several Northern LEAD researchers and SSPA will jointly investigate the consequences of the conflict from a national perspective.</b></p><div>​The port conflict in Gothenburg has led to major consequences within the supply chain. Large companies across the country stress the negative implications in terms of increased cost as well as problems of sending and receiving goods on time.</div> <div> </div> <div>Northern LEAD researcher Johan Woxenius, professor at University of Gothenburg (School of Business, Economics and Law), is the project manager of a new study focusing on the consequences of the conflict from a national perspective.</div> <div> </div> <div><div>The purpose is to investigate which actors have been affected, how they have been affected, which measures they have taken and can take to mitigate the consequences, as well as indicate the aggregated logistics effects in terms of altered flows of goods, modal choice, costs and external effects. </div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3" style="text-align:center"><span>&quot;For a country so dependant on trade as Sweden, it is paramount that our largest port is efficient and reliable<span>&quot;</span></span></h3> <h6 class="chalmersElement-H6" style="text-align:center">Johan Woxenius</h6> <div> </div></div> <div>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. <br /></div> <div>– For a country so dependant on trade as Sweden, it is paramount that our largest port is efficient and reliable, says Johan Woxenius.</div> <div> </div> <div>By investigating the effects and consequences of the issues that occurred in Port of Gothenburg, the researchers aim to obtain a better knowledge that will benefit both authorities and industrial actors. A final report is expected in September 2019.</div> <div> </div> <div>– This time, the container flows through Gothenburg were hampered by the conflict. In the future, the flows might be affected by storms or attacks on information systems. With better knowledge of the effects and preparedness to control the goods, future economical and environmental damage can be limited, says Johan Woxenius.<br /><br /><strong>Text: Ulrika Ernström</strong><br /></div> <div> </div> <h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">FACTS</h4> <div>The project <em>Logistiska konsekvenser av konflikten i Göteborgs containerhamn / Logistics consequences of the Gothenburg container port conflict</em> is financed by The Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket)</div> <div> </div> <div>Participants in the project are Northern LEAD researchers Johan Woxenius, Rickard Bergqvist, Marta Gonzalez-Aregall and Anastasia Christodoulou at University of Gothenburg, as well as Martin Svanberg, Vendela Santén and Sara Rogerson at SSPA.</div>Thu, 07 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0200