News: Centre Northern LEAD related to Chalmers University of TechnologyTue, 11 Jun 2019 15:46:36 +0200 to plan tactical in complex manufacturing settings<p><b>​When products need to be adapted to meet the customer&#39;s needs, it can be difficult to balance supply and demand. With his research, Hafez Shurrab wants to inspire and provide tools for IT developers, decision makers and problem solvers, so that they can create better planning processes.</b></p><div>​Hafez Shurrab is a doctoral student Chalmers. He studies tactical planning processes that drive project-based manufacturing, focusing on engineer-to-order (ETO) settings - where products need to be developed or customised to meet the customer's needs.</div> <div> </div> <div>Now, he has presented his licentiate thesis, Tactical planning in engineer-to-order environments</div> <div> </div> <div><strong>What challenges do you focus on in your research?</strong></div> <div> </div> <div>In ETO settings, products more frequently need to be customised. This makes it more difficult to balance demand and supply capacity as greater complexity needs to be addressed, with more details and uncertainties.</div> <div><strong> </strong></div> <div><strong>With your research, how are you aiming to address the problem?</strong></div> <div> </div> <div>I aim to capture how formal and informal tactical-level planning processes help to manage the complexity embedded in ETO settings when balancing demand and supply. When a formal tactical-level planning process like sales and operations planning is dedicated, I address how the ETO-specific complexity can be managed. When no formal tactical-level planning process is recognised, I study planning activities, including decision-making and problem-solving activities, and how these activities can be integrative with a view to manage the embedded complexity.</div> <div> </div> <div><strong>What do you hope for your research to lead to?</strong></div> <div> </div> <div>I hope my research will encourage ETO-oriented companies to integrate their tactical-level planning activities into a formal companywide process in which all functions are motivated and supported to cooperate with each other in a regular basis, to produce an aggregated plan. In addition to this, I hope my research propositions will lead to process configurations that genuinely enhance the information processing capacity and reduce the coordination needed to manage the ETO complexity. In this respect, I hope that the IT developers will be inspired to develop IT tools in line with the research results, since such IT tools will offer the support needed for decision makers and problem solvers.</div> <div> </div> <div><strong>Text:</strong> Ulrika Ernström</div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">FACTS: Tactical planning in engineer-to-order environments</h3> <div>Hafez Shurrab is a doctoral student Chalmers, the Department of Technology Management and Economics. With his research, he has expanded the knowledge about how to balance demand and supply capacity in a medium-term, up to 24 months, in engineer-to-order (ETO) settings, where products need to be developed or customised to meet the customer's needs.</div> <div> </div> <div>Read his licentiate thesis: <a href="">Tactical planning in engineer-to-order environments</a></div> <div>Read more about <a href="">Hafez Shurrab</a> </div> <div><br /></div> Tue, 11 Jun 2019 00:15:00 +0200 impacts from disruptions in the transport system<p><b>​How can freight transport become more efficient? Per Wide has investigated how disruptions in freight transport are managed in real-time, in order to minimise the impact from disruptions in the transport system.​</b></p><div>Per Wide, PhD student at Chalmers, researches how real-time information can improve the management of disruptions in freight transport. Now, he presents his licentiate thesis: ”Recovery actions in freight transport through real-time disruption management”</div> <div> </div> <div><strong>What challenges do you focus on in your research? </strong></div> <div>Freight transport has efficiency problems connected to management of disruptions. At the same time, a development of information systems and automatization within the transport sector are generating new demands and possibilities for how disruptions can be managed.</div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div><strong>With your research, how are you aiming to address the problem?</strong></div> <div>I am investigating the recovery phase after disruptions to see how it can be improved by the use of more real-time information.</div> <div> </div> <div><strong><br /></strong></div> <div><strong>What do you hope for your research to lead to?</strong></div> <div>I hope the results of this research lead to insights for development and usage of decision support systems for recovery actions, that provide insights for more efficient transport systems and supply chains.</div> <div> </div> <div><strong><br /></strong></div> <div><strong>Text and photo:</strong> Ulrika Ernström</div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">More information</h3> <div>Per Wide is a PhD student at Chalmers, the Department of Technology Management and Economics and Organization, and connected to the Northern LEAD research center.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Read more about Per Wide</a></div> <a href="" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Read Per Wide's licentiate thesis</a>Thu, 23 May 2019 09:00:00 +0200 nerds and a conversation<p><b>​How can we get from point A to point B in a sustainable way? How connected to the web do farmers need to be? What is the role of shipping logistics when it comes to e-commerce? And how can you connect rock ’n’ roll and logistics? Questions raised by Chalmers researcher Per Olof Arnäs, who has made it his mission to interview the rock stars of the logistics industry.</b></p><div>​<span style="background-color:initial">A digital audio file enabling you to listen to two people chatting, one person sharing their thoughts, or a group discussing a book together – the podcast concept is a broad one. And very simple according to Per Olof Arnäs, researcher and senior lecturer of logistics and transport, who uses his podcast <em><strong>Logistikpodden</strong></em> (<em>The Logistics Podcast</em> in Swedish) to introduce the celebrities of the logistics industry to society. </span></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </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> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>Today, Sweden is number five on the list of countries with the most podcast listeners. One of the most popular podcasts is called Serial, an American podcast where you follow an in-depth study of a murder investigation that took place more than 15 years ago. In the mass of doubtful evidence and old witness statements, Per Olof became a dedicated listener. </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </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> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>“Serial was probably a gateway podcast for many people. I thought that I’d listen while I did the dishes, and before I knew it, I had listened to them all - one episode after another.”</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </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> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>He continued to listen to various podcasts on various subjects and eventually started to look for something closer to his own subject. A search for <em>Logistikpodden </em>revealed that no such podcast about logistics existed – yet. He had created a blog on the subject of logistics in 2011, and in preparation for its anniversary on 7 December 2014, he decided to try something new. He bought the domain <em><strong>Logistikpodden</strong></em>, and 10 minutes later he had decided to change platforms from text to audio. <span style="background-color:initial"> </span></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><h2 class="chalmersElement-H2" style="text-align:center">“It’s just two nerds talking about something that they find interesting&quot;. </h2> <div style="text-align:center"> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:center">Per Olof Arnäs, Chalmers researcher </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:center"><br /></p></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:center"> </p> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><em><strong>Logistikpodden</strong></em> is now a big hit in the industry. Focusing on the logistics industry and people, Per Olof invites guests to take part in a discussion starting with one single question:<em> Who are you?</em></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </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> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>“When two nerds talk about something they find interesting, it results in a conversation that is fun to listen to. There is no message, just their story. I enjoy good conversations, and people enjoy talking about themselves.”</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </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> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>Per Olof’s message is that logistics can be fun. He wants to show this by highlighting the people who choose to work in the industry, but also by showing how broad and multi-faceted logistics can be. </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </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> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><img src="/sv/institutioner/tme/nyheter/PublishingImages/IMG_1844_bw_350x305.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" width="283" height="246" alt="" style="margin:5px" /></div> <div>“One of my guests was Dag Ericsson, who has been a logistics researcher since 1966. His history is quite a substantial part of him. However, with the start-up Budbee and its founder Fredrik Hamilton, we covered the past in 10 minutes and spent the rest of the time talking about the present and future.”</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </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> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>He hopes that the podcast will help to disseminate knowledge. Per Olof admits that he brings out the teacher in him to communicate the usefulness of the information that is discussed. </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </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> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>“There’s a difference between my podcast and two ‘dudes’ talking about what they did last weekend – even though that type of conversation sometimes comes up as well. For example, Lars Green, well-known in shipping logistics, had been to the legendary Studio 54 in New York in 1978. I simply had to ask him about that.”</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </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> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>Not all guests in the podcasts actually work in logistics. Sometimes Per Olof thinks it is valuable to bring in additional perspectives and try to find the link to the industry. In one popular episode, we meet sustainability chef Paul Svensson.</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </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> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>“Paul proved to be spot-on. He is extremely committed to sustainability, circular economy and suchlike. For instance, any leftover croissants are ground down to make brioche that is put in the freezer. They don’t throw anything away. He thinks about incoming deliveries and planning and has interesting opinions on various logistics solutions in the restaurant industry.”</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </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> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>Per Olof’s goal is to attract listeners with a link to the logistics industry, not least his own students. However, he also thinks that the podcast is on a sufficiently understandable level for anyone.  </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </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> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>“Sometimes we get extra nerdy talking about inventory management, while other episodes are about theoretical aspects. But most of them are educational in a general sense. They are about the guest being interviewed. Sometimes I recommend certain episodes to my students. There is so much good material, and it helps to make the subject fun.” </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"><span>Journey, Van Morrison, and logistics</span></h3></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>By 7 December 2017, he had been making podcasts for three years. On the same day, after an interview with Jessica Rosencrantz, deputy chair on the Committee on Transport and Communications in the Swedish Parliament, Per Olof stood outside the parliament building and became fixated on the date: what would he do to celebrate his anniversary? 
</div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>“I got my 360-camera out and said thank you for listening, when my mouth suddenly said, ‘By the way, I’m going to start a podcast in English.’ It had crossed my mind before, but I hadn’t decided on anything. Luckily my mouth followed this up by saying, ‘in the coming year’.”</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </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> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>Per Olof had previously heard that the new top-level domain .rocks had been released, and he now quickly secured the name for himself. In a vote among friends and colleagues on what the English podcast should be called, one name was the clear winner:<em> <strong>Logistics Rocks</strong></em>. In his new podcast, Per Olof saw his chance to combine his interests, logistics and rock music. And what’s more – as he says in the introduction to each episode – to introduce the rock stars of the logistics industry.</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </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> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><img src="/sv/institutioner/tme/nyheter/PublishingImages/IMG_0394.JPG" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" width="288" height="221" alt="" style="margin:5px" />The rock music theme is noticeable in various parts of the podcast. The logotype features an open-source variation on the Iron Maiden font, and the episodes are released in volumes, like a classic rock album. Additionally, all guests choose a rock song and give reasons for their choice. He then compiles the songs on a public Spotify playlist. </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </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> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>“The fact that the guests have to choose a song is a way of making them open up – an icebreaker. That gives me something to follow up on. Why have they chosen that particular song? Some people give it a lot of thought. For example, Helena Samsioe who works with drones in humanitarian logistics chose <em>Don’t Stop Believin’</em> by Journey.”</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </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> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>“Others pick a song without links to the subject, and instead quite simply because they like it.” </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </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> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>The major difference between <em><strong>Logistikpodden</strong> </em>and <em><strong>Logistics Rocks</strong></em> is that the subject is now the focus rather than the person. 
</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </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> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>“Each volume has a theme. I’m interested in finding out what the guests do in the subject, in conveying their knowledge. The target group now is different: I want to reach listeners worldwide who are interested in logistics.” 
</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </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> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>The first volume of <em><strong>Logistics Rocks</strong></em> is about humanitarian logistics. A subject that Per Olof feels is extremely important for the world to learn more about – a perspective that he wants to communicate in all the volumes’ subjects. </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </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> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>“Humanitarian Logistics saves lives and goes beyond business models; work is done for humanity. My second volume is about autonomous vehicles, the third about Blockchain. I have also planned a volume on Urban Logistics and one on global trade. The subject doesn’t need to be super-topical, but it needs to be interesting and linked to logistics.”</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><h2 class="chalmersElement-H2" style="text-align:center"><font face="open sans, sans-serif">“In the words of my friend Martin Lindeskog: everyone has a podcast within themselves. I’m actually on my fourth one. But it’s secret for now.”</font><span></span><br /></h2> <div style="text-align:center"></div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:center">Per Olof Arnäs, Chalmers researcher </p></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Podcasting as a researcher </h3> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P">Per Olof’s podcasts are permeated by one single philosophy: he says yes to things that are fun and things that he doesn’t fully understand. That’s why he will continue making his podcasts for as long as he finds it to be interesting. </p> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"> </h3> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"> </h3> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"> </h3> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"> </h3> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"> </h3> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"> </h3> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"> </h3> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"> </h3> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"> </h3> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"> </h3> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"> </h3> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"> </h3> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"> </h3> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"> </h3> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"> </h3> <div><span style="background-color:initial">However, one goal Per Olof likes to dream about will remain. To sit down in front of the microphone and talk logistics with some of his favourite nerds: Tim Cook, Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson or Elon Musk.</span><br /></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </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> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>And his message to the academic world is that all researchers should start a podcast.</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </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> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>“There are advantages, such as the fact that podcasting can lead to collaborations and so on. But of course, first and foremost, you need to find it exciting. In the words of my friend Martin Lindeskog: everyone has a podcast within themselves. I’m actually on my fourth one. But it’s secret for now.” 
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You can download the podcast via any podcast app or <a href="">listen to Logistikpodden here &gt;&gt;</a></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </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> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><strong><em>Logistics Rocks </em></strong>is a podcast that wants to draw more attention to the logistics industry by highlighting various subjects and perspectives in logistics. You can download the podcast via any podcast app or <a href="">listen to Logistics Rocks here &gt;&gt;</a> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </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> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>For anyone interested in planning a podcast on their own, you can follow Per Olof Arnäs and Lena Göthberg (from Shipping Podcast) in their podcast <strong><em>Podgeek</em></strong>. There, they talk about their knowledge and experiences about starting a pod. <a href="">Listen to Podgeek here &gt;&gt; </a></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div>Thu, 23 May 2019 09:00:00 +0200 och hållbarhet på Northern LEAD Day<p><b>​Framtidens logistiklösningar stod i fokus på årets upplaga av Northern LEAD Day i april. Dagen bjöd på spännande forskning – allt från matematisk modellering av produktionsprocesser till handelslogistikens miljöpåverkan.</b></p>​Drygt 70 personer från akademin, näringslivet och det offentliga deltog i halvdagsseminariet Northern LEAD Day på Veras Gräsmatta på Chalmers den 10 april, där ett axplock av forskningen som pågår inom Northern LEAD presenterades. Inledde gjorde Stefan Jacobsson, industridoktorand på Chalmers, som berättade om projektet Dreamit – digital accesshantering i terminaler och hamnar. <br />– Det handlar om att dela relevant information mellan chaufförer, åkare och terminaler i realtid, så att man kan reducera köbildning och minska väntetider för de lastbilar som använder systemet, förklarade han. <br /><br /><strong>Nytt hållbarhetsindex för logistik </strong><br />Nästa anförande höll doktoranden Kamran Rashidi från Handelshögskolan vid Göteborgs universitet, som tagit fram ett förslag till ett nytt hållbarhetsindex för logistik; Sustainable Operational Logistics Performance (SOLP) – ett komplement till Världsbankens Logistics Performance Index (LPI).<br />SOLP tittar på kriterier som jobbskapande, energianvändning, utsläpp av växthusgaser och logistikaktivitet. Och Sverige – som kom tvåa av 160 länder i den senaste LPI-rankingen 2018 – hamnar bara på 14e plats av 22 rankade länder i SOLP – långt efter länder som USA, Slovakien och Slovenien. <br />– Sverige får bra poäng för jobbskapande och logistikaktivitet, men när det gäller energianvändning och utsläpp av växthusgaser har Sverige långt kvar till toppen, sa Kamran Rashidi.<br /><br /><strong>Matematik för bättre logistik </strong><br />Efter Kamran Rashidi tog Chalmersforskaren Sunney Fotedar vid, som forskar på hur man kan använda matematisk modellering för att effektivisera kapacitetsutnyttjande i industrin. Han berättade om ett pågående projekt med GKN Aerospace i Trolllhättan, där en utmaning är att vissa tillverkningsmaskiner är nyare och snabbare – och därmed mer “populära” än andra.<br />– De blir ofta överbelagda vilket orsakar köer, samtidigt som andra maskiner står still. <br />Med en matematisk optimeringsmodell för att planera användningen av maskinerna mer taktiskt, hoppas man kunna utnyttja resurserna mer effektivt. <br /><br /><strong>Panel om hamnkonflikten</strong><br />Sara Rogerson, forskare på SSPA, höll ett panelsamtal om de logistiska konsekvenser av konflikten i Göteborgs containerhamn, där Johan Ehn, redare på GKN och ordförande för Göteborgs Skeppsmäklareförening och Stefan Gustavsson, näringspolitisk chef på Västsvenska Handelskammaren, gav sin bild av hamnkonflikten.  Enligt Stefan Gustavsson har Göteborg som varumärke och logistiknav fått sig en rejäl törn. <br />– För mig innebar konflikten en hel del merarbete. Istället för att driva saker framåt fick vi ägna oss åt att lösa en hamnkonflikt. <br />Enligt Johan Ehn har konflikten drabbat både varuägare, rederier och speditörer hårt ekonomiskt. Men effekterna kommer märkas under lång tid och kan innebära uteblivna investeringar – konsekvenser som är svåra att mäta. <br />– För en liten stad som Göteborg är det enormt viktigt att företag som till exempel Volvobolagen gör sina investeringar här.<br /><br /><strong>Handelslogistik i fokus </strong><br />Efter kaffepaus och mingel var det dags för nästa pass – handelslogistik. Först ut var Chalmersdoktoranden Emmelie Gustafsson, som forskar i hur man kan använda digital modellering för att effektivisera handelns försörjningskedjor och förbättra kundupplevelser.<br />I försörjningskedjan kan digitala modellering användas på flera sätt; dels för att scanna till exempel fötter, men också för att scanna varorna i butik eller direkt hos tillverkaren. <br />– Den grundläggande nivån är att kunna scanna foten och använda informationen i butiken, nästa nivå är att matcha mot olika modeller av skor, högsta nivån är att se till systemanvändandet och matcha produkter med kunden som helhet, och kanske föreslå produkter som kunden inte vet att den behöver.<br /><br /><strong>Ohållbara returer</strong><br />Nästa talare var Sharon Cullinane, professor i hållbar logistik på Handelshögskolan. Tillsammans med forskarkollegan Michael Browne har hon tittat på vad som händer med returer från e-handeln i Sverige. <br />I Europa returneras i genomsnitt 22 procent av allt som köps på nätet. Inom mode är returandelen 60 procent och för festkläder är siffran över 90 procent. <br />I snitt kräver en retur tre gånger så mycket hantering än att skicka en vanlig e-handelsorder.<br />– Returer skickas ofta iväg till tredje land, till exempel Estland eller Polen, för sortering och bearbetning, och sedan tillbaka till Sverige. Och de flesta konsumenter har ingen aning om det här. <br />Flera åtgärder krävs för att minska returernas miljöpåverkan: som att arbeta för att minska antalet, effektivisera returprocesserna och öka kundinformationen. I vissa fall kan man också strunta i att ta tillbaka varan. <br />– Ofta är det mer ekonomiskt att bara skicka en ny. Miljön och logistiken tar stor skada av det här, många handlare vill minska sina returer, men vet de inte var de ska börja. Och ingen vågar vara först att ta betalt för returer. <br /><br /><strong>Samordnad citylogistik </strong><br />Sist ut var doktoranden Alena Brettmo från Handelshögskolan, som forskar i urbana godsflöden. Hon tittar bland annat på intermediära organisationer – som inte är en direkt del av logistikkedjan, men har stor makt över citylogistiken. <br />– Det är företag och aktörer som genererar godstransporter och tar beslut som påverkar stadstrafiken. En fastighetsägare som äger ett kvarter eller ett köpcentrum i staden har möjlighet att nå ut med förändringar, till exempel samordning av leveranser, som annars kan vara svårt att få till. <br />Utmaningen i citylogistikprojekt är ofta vem som ska bekosta dem. <br /><div>– Värdena som skapas är ofta publika – till exempel minskad trafik och ökad trivsel. Men kostnaderna hamnar på privata aktörer. Det gäller att hitta modeller som fungerar. <br /><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Text: </strong>Hilda Hultén<br /><strong>Foto:</strong> Daniel Karlsson<br /></div>Fri, 26 Apr 2019 00:00:00 +0200 and co-creation in focus at EurOMA Forum 2019<p><b>​ For two days, 140 researchers with a passion for sustainability in operations and supply chains gathered at Chalmers to gain new ideas, debate and engage together. But also – to shed light on the complexity and the many unsolved questions within the field.</b></p><div>​”We are in love with the subject. Let´s start the co-creation!” </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div>
With those words, Professor Mats Johansson at Chalmers marked the opening of the 6th EurOMA Sustainable Operations and Supply Chains Forum. The Forum, arranged by Chalmers Department of Technology Management of Economics, gathered more than 140 participants from all over the world, looking to explore questions of how to develop, improve, operate and study operations and supply chains in a truly sustainable way.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/en/departments/tme/news/Documents/AnneToubolic_190318_04_750x540.jpg" alt="AnneToubolic_190318_04_750x540.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" width="274" height="197" style="margin:5px" />Doctor Anne Touboulic, Assistant Professor at Nottingham University Business School and member of the committee of the EurOMA Forum, emphasized the importance of finding your own voice in research and society – and at the same time understanding that we need to engage with others. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>&quot;The academia has us working in silos, but events like the EurOMA Forum help us break away from that. We must listen to different perspectives, reflect and be critical of each other’s work.  It´s the only way to create change – otherwise, we will just produce the same knowledge and perspectives over and over again, she says. </div> <div> </div> <div>Anne Touboulic has seen the Forum develop during the years. 
</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“Today, we have a new generation of researchers who see themselves as research activists. They have a strong sustainability focus, trying to challenge the status quo”, she says.</div> <div> </div> <div>One of the first-time visitors of the EurOMA Forum was Eman El-Akkad, a doctoral student at University of Minho. For her, the Forum provided an opportunity to meet new people and receive valuable input on her research. At the conference, she presented her work on plastic bottles reverse logistics in Egypt – a challenge she is taking on with great enthusiasm. 
</div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:left"><img src="/en/departments/tme/news/Documents/EmanEl-Akkad_190318_01_750x540.jpg" alt="EmanEl-Akkad_190318_01_750x540.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" width="269" height="194" style="margin:0px 5px" />&quot;With my research, I hope to change the huge problem in Egypt with garbage management and recycling. No plastic bottles are returnable in Egypt and you can’t drink tap water – so the consumption is very high. At my presentation, the audience really helped me with ideas for my Ph.D. This is a fantastic chance to gain a context for your research and build relationships with new people. Especially since the participants come from different countries and cultures – that really opens new ideas”, she says.</div> <br /><div>As a board member of EorOMA, Professor Stefan Seuring at the University of Kassel is a true veteran of the Forum. He has visited all six conferences and has seen them grow each year.
 “We started with 60 participants, today we are 140. Sustainability certainly is a hot topic”, he says.<br /></div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Stefan Seuring praised the good feedback atmosphere at the conference and pointed out the importance of these kinds of gatherings.
</div> <div><br /> </div> <div><span><h4 class="chalmersElement-H4" style="text-align:center">“We must listen to different perspectives, reflect and be critical of each other’s work. It´s the only way to create change”</h4></span><div style="text-align:center"><span> <h6 class="chalmersElement-H6"><em>Dr Anne Touboulic<span style="display:inline-block"></span></em></h6></span></div></div> <div><br /></div> “You step outside of your cubicle and get feedback from other people in the field who are not a part of your team and might have a completely different view”, he says. <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div>He highlights the challenge of digitalization as one of the most important issues in the research field right now.</div> <div> </div> <div><img src="/en/departments/tme/news/Documents/StefanSeuring_190318_06_750x540.jpg" alt="StefanSeuring_190318_06_750x540.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" width="283" height="203" style="margin:0px 10px" />&quot;Will digitalization actually improve sustainability issues, or not? We just don’t know yet. We can use Big Data to look at different issues, but at the same time we have to ask ourselves what is acceptable. Is the monitoring of your suppliers appropriate? I see a lot of open questions”, he says, and adds with a smile:</div> <div>“I guess that’s the advantage of being an academic – I´m allowed to ask questions without having the answers”.</div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div>Professor Mats Johansson at Chalmers, one of the organizers of this year’s Forum, believe that the discussions at the conference highlighted the complexity and the many unsolved questions of the field.</div> <div> </div> <div>“There are no simple solutions since the solutions we are going for have drawbacks and might be in conflict with other sustainability goals. That complexity becomes very clear at events like this. But perhaps this is as it should be – you leave the Forum with more questions than answers”, he says.</div> <div> </div> <div>Mats Johansson also points out the width of the subjects at the Forum.</div> <div> </div> <div>“There was a very broad spectrum of different topics related to social or environmental sustainability. For example, we had papers on modern slavery, climate change, waste handling and policies”, he says.</div> <div> </div> <div>The theme of the conference, Engagement and Co-creation of knowledge, was visible in different ways during the two days. At the sessions much time was offered for discussions, and the audience was encouraged to write down their thoughts on a post-it for the presenter to take away from the conference.</div> <div> </div> <div>“We tried to find big and small things to engage people in co-creation and discussions”, Mats Johansson says.</div> <div> </div> <div><strong>Text: </strong>Ulrika Ernström</div> <div><strong>Photo: </strong>Carolina Pires Bertuol<br /></div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div><h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">Facts About The Forum</h4></div> <div> </div> <div>The 6th EurOMA Sustainable Operations and Supply Chains Forum took place between March 18 and 19, at Chalmers. It was arranged by Chalmers Department of Technology Management of Economics and gathered more than 140 participants from all over the world. Next year the EurOMA Forum will be held at the Nottingham University Business School.<br /></div>Thu, 28 Mar 2019 09:00:00 +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