News: Centre Northern LEAD related to Chalmers University of TechnologyFri, 07 Dec 2018 09:05:05 +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>The detailed agenda is soon to be set, but save the date already! ​<div><span style="background-color:initial;font-weight:700"><br /></span></div> <div><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><span style="font-weight:700">Where:</span> Chalmers. Detailed location to be decided soon.</div></div> <div><br /></div> <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 back at 2017<p><b>Since its start in 2006, Northern LEAD has aimed at strengthen the cooperation between Chalmers University of Technology and University of Gothenburg within logistics research. The last year has seen a range of successful activities to further strengthen the strong logistics research cluster in Gothenburg.</b></p><h4 class="chalmersElement-H4" style="text-decoration:underline"><a href="/SiteCollectionDocuments/Teknikens%20ekonomi%20och%20organisation/Northern%20Lead%20årsbok%202017%20MP180531.pdf">​​Read the Northern LEAD Yearbook for 2017 &gt;&gt;</a></h4> <div> Since its start in 2006, Northern LEAD has aimed at strengthen the cooperation between Chalmers University of Technology and University of Gothenburg within logistics research. The last year has seen a range of successful activities to further strengthen the strong logistics research cluster in Gothenburg.   </div> <div> </div> <div>2017 saw the first edition of Northern LEAD Day. This conference brings together Northern LEAD researchers and practitioners in discussing the latest research results from Northern LEAD. This year’s conference discussed themes such as energy efficiency, transport purchasing and slow steaming and we are proud to say that it received much appreciation from the participants. We are looking forward to seeing you all again at Northern LEAD Day 2018! </div> <div> </div> <div>Northern LEAD is also co-organiser of the well-known and successful TREFF-conference (Transporteffektivitetsdagen), gathering well over 200 participants from industry, society and academia to a full day of presentations and discussions. Last year’s TREFF saw interesting presentations from companies such as Procter &amp; Gamble and Ericsson, government representatives and leading logistics researcher from northern LEAD and other universities. Plans are already underway to make TREFF 2018 just as successful! Northern LEAD researchers also participated in many other dissemination activities, for example at the Logistik &amp; Transport convention and in organizing the PLAN research and application conference in Gothenburg. </div> <div> </div> <div>Northern LEAD’s internal monthly newsletter has during 2017 been accompanied with an external newsletter aimed at industry. The newsletter contains news and updates on Northern LEAD research and activities. Sign-up for your own copy of the newsletter on the Northern LEAD webpage ( </div> <div> </div> <div>Many important research projects is ongoing and many interesting research results were published during the year, some of which received much attention. Read more about some of these projects in this yearbook. A selection of ongoing projects is listed on the last pages of this yearbook. Do not hesitate to contact us if you would like more information, or are interested in getting involved.</div> <div> </div> <div>In 2018, we continue our work, strengthening the logistics research in Gothenburg. We are looking forward to a close cooperation with researchers, industry and external partners. </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><strong><a href="">Jonas Flodén</a></strong>, Director School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg </div> <div> </div> <div><a href=""><strong>Mats Johansson</strong></a>, Vice Director Department of Technology Management and Economics, Chalmers University of Technology</div>Tue, 05 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0200 utvecklingen inom transportinköp diskuterades på välbesökt Workshop<p><b>​Omställningen till fossilfria transporter går fortfarande trögt, även om det finns en positiv trend med fler företag som ställer miljökrav vid transportupphandling. I synnerhet finns ett ökat intresse för alternativa drivmedel. Det var en av sakerna som diskuterades på Transportinköpspanelens årliga workshop den 25 april, som samlade över 30 deltagare från näringslivet och akademin för att lyssna till den senaste utvecklingen inom transportinköp.</b></p><div>​Det var fullt hus på Transportinköpspanelens årliga workshop i Chalmersska huset i Göteborg den 25 april. Totalt samlades runt 35 deltagare från 22 olika företag och organisationer för att diskutera och lyssna till talare som delade med sig av sina erfarenheter inom transportinköp. </div> <div> </div> <div>Under dagen presenterades resultat från Transportinköpspanelens enkätstudie av transportinköpande företag, som genomförts vartannat år sedan 2012. En slutsats när det gäller miljö och transporter är att det generellt finns ett försiktigt ökat intresse bland företagen att inkludera miljöaspekterna vid transportinköp genom kravställande vid upphandling. Fler företag är också villiga att betala ett högre pris för transporter som har mindre miljöpåverkan.</div> <div><span><div> </div> <h4 class="chalmersElement-H4" dir="rtl" style="text-align:center">Generellt finns ett försiktigt ökat intresse bland företagen att inkludera miljöaspekterna vid transportinköp genom kravställande vid upphandling</h4></span></div> <div> </div> <div>Professor Finn Wynstra från Erasmus University visade hur man kan jobba med kontrakt som styrmedel, så kallad ”Performance-based contracting”. Efter genomgång av intressanta exempel på kontrakt genom tiderna, allt från kolonisering av Australien till försäljning av flygplansmotorer, diskuterades prestationsbaserade kontrakt för transportbranschen.</div> <div> </div> <div>Jonas Wilhelmsson från Ericsson pratade om möjligheter som ny teknik kan generera för att skapa effektivare transportlösningar. En slutsats var att digitaliseringen och uppkopplat gods öppnar upp för effektivisering och nya affärsmöjligheter, men ställer ökade krav på djupare samarbete inom försörjningskedjan och ökad delning av information. </div> <div> </div> <div>På eftermiddagen var det Rebecka Bryman och Natalie Gutierrez tur att berätta om hur Volvo Group arbetar med att inkludera miljöaspekter i sina transportinköp. Volvo arbetar bland annat med att se hur transportleverantörsvalet kan styras för att reducera koldioxidutsläppen för transporterna.</div> <div> </div> <div><strong>Text och foto:</strong> Linda Styhre</div>Wed, 23 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 transportation research conference 2018 - call for abstracts<p><b>​Welcome to the seventh annual Swedish transportation research conference. This year’s conference will be held in Gothenburg October 15-16 in collaboration between University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology.</b></p>​The conference covers all traffic modes and all transport related questions. It welcomes contributions from all disciplines and areas covering analysis, understanding, planning and evaluation of the transportation system. <br /><br /><strong>Example topics</strong><br />•    New technologies and organizational forms impacting on logistics and transport systems<br />•    Supply chain management<br />•    Transport policy and societal planning processes<br />•    Pricing, regulation, policy instruments<br />•    Modeling and simulation of transport and logistics flows and demand<br />•    Procurement, contracts and business models<br />•    Transport and logistics from a service perspective<br />•    Cost-benefit analysis and valuation<br />•    Road user behavior<br />•    Road safety and health<br />•    Sustainability, environment and land use<br />•    Intelligent and automated transport and logistics systems<br />•    Planning of logistics and transport systems<br />•    Terminal and storage management<br /><br /><strong>Objectives</strong><br />•    Create a meeting place for Swedish transportation researchers that provides an overview of Swedish transportation research<br />•    Increase the professional and social interaction between Swedish transportation researchers<br />•    Improve the collaboration and information exchange between the different disciplines and areas in transportation research<br />•    Give professionals from authorities, consultancy companies, etc. the opportunity to take part in the latest findings of Swedish researchers<br />•    Improve the conditions for increased mobility between different institutions in Sweden<br /><br /><strong>Extended abstracts - submit no later than June 15</strong><br />The primary conference language is Swedish but abstracts and presentations may be either in Swedish or English. Please write your extended abstract of two pages in the intended language of presentation and comply with the following document structure: (1) research question and brief overview of the state of the art, including relevant references; (2) method; (3) analysis and results. Research contributions from universities, research institutes, consultancies and authorities are equally welcome.<br />Please submit your abstract at latest on June 15 to The abstracts are evaluated by the scientific committee by their scientific quality and relevance. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out no later than on August 31.<br /><br />Call for abstracts - svenska:<br /><a href="/en/centres/lead/news/Documents/CfA%20-%20Nationell%20konferens%20i%20transportforskning%202018[1].pdf"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/en/centres/lead/news/_layouts/images/icpdf.png" alt="CfA - Nationell konferens i transportforskning 2018[1].pdf" />CfA - Nationell konferens i transportforskning 2018[1].pdf</a><br />Call for abstracts - English<br /><a href="/en/centres/lead/news/Documents/CfA%20-%20Swedish%20transportation%20research%20conference%202018.pdf"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/en/centres/lead/news/_layouts/images/icpdf.png" alt="CfA - Swedish transportation research conference 2018.pdf" />CfA - Swedish transportation research conference 2018.pdf</a><br /><br /><strong>Scientific committee &amp; planning group</strong><br />Mats Abrahamsson, Linköping University <br />Erik Jenelius, KTH Royal Institute of Technology<br />Margareta Friman, Karlstad University <br />Kajsa Hulthén, Chalmers University of Technology <br />Jan Lundgren, Linköping University <br />Jan-Erik Swärdh, VTI <br />Lena Winslott Hiselius, Lund University <br />Johan Woxenius, University of Gothenburg <br /><br /><strong>Contact &amp; information</strong><br /><a href="">Johan Woxenius</a>, (031-786 1453)<br /><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/kajsa-hulthen.aspx">Kajsa Hulthén</a>, (0739-300300) <br /><br /><a href="">More information at the conference webpage</a>Tue, 08 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 innovations and new technology in focus at Northern LEAD Day<p><b>Autonomous vehicles in urban freight transport, more efficient maintenance solutions for heavy vehicles and the first mile problem of waste collection. Those were some of the topics at the Northern LEAD Day 2018, which gathered almost 60 participants – all eager to ask questions and engage in discussions.</b></p><div>​Six researchers from Chalmers and the University of Gothenburg presented their work during the day, which was focused on business innovations and new technology within the field of logistics and supply chain. These themes were also picked up by a panel discussing the feasibility of industrial realization. Hinders and enablers in this respect were discussed in a most engaging way by representatives from various types of organizations.<br /><br /></div> <h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">Business innovations</h4> <div>The first presentation focused on the first mile problem of waste collection logistics and its influences on the quality of household waste. According to Ceren Altuntas Vural the consumer is the new supplier in a circular economy. The consumer plays an important role when it comes to sorting the household waste in fractions so that it can be converted into new material in an effective way.</div> <div> </div> <div>In the area of supply chain finance, Viktor Elliot presented concepts for how forwarders’ knowledge of product location and status facilitates trade and lowers credit risks in the supply chain. Viktor’s experience is that there is much to gain if you can make the international supply chains visible in order to enable more efficient and less risky chains.</div> <div> </div> <div>Klas Hedvall studies how heavy vehicle maintenance solutions can be made more efficient, thereby contributing to an efficient transport system. Some upcoming challenges are for example that new technologies will require new competencies and that there is a shortage of technicians. However, improved connectivity leads to new possibilities within planning of maintenance, and electromobility means fewer moving parts in the vehicle, which may decrease the need of maintenance.</div> <div> </div> <h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">New Technology</h4> <div>Automation of kitting, transport and assembly is in focus in Robin Hansson’s research. Automation is not that common in the field of materials supply systems, partly because of little knowledge on how contextual variables affect the proper choice of automation. The decisions are fairly complex and there are many factors to consider, for example what level of automation is suitable, what type of technology to use and how to organize the interfaces and the management systems.</div> <div> </div> <div>Patrik Jonsson’s research focus how new technology, for example big data and digital product models, can make the supply chain both more efficient and responsive. One of the presented projects is looking closer at digital product fitting in retail supply chains.</div> <div> </div> <div>What are the potential benefits and challenges with autonomous vehicles in urban freight transport? Michael Browne points at potential benefits such as lower costs, increased safety and greater opportunities for time shifting. However, there are also some challenges, for example that both the transports and products are heterogeneous in many ways and physical challenges in the urban environment. <br /><br /><strong>Text and photos:</strong> Malin Tengblad</div> <div> </div> <h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">Speakers at Northern LEAD Day 2018</h4> <div><strong>• Ceren Altuntas Vural:</strong> Consumer is the new supplier! Co-producing sustainable value propositions at the first-mile of waste service systems </div> <div><strong>• Viktor Elliot:</strong> Supply Chain Finance</div> <div><strong>• Klas Hedvall:</strong> Underhållslösningar för fordon i framtida hållbara vägtransporter - utmaningar och möjligheter</div> <div> </div> <span><strong>• <span style="display:inline-block"></span></strong></span><strong>Robin Hanson:</strong> Automation i materialhantering – möjligheter och utmaningar <div><strong>• Patrik Jonsson:</strong> Ny teknologi för effektivitet i supply chain</div> <div><strong>• Michael Browne:</strong> Urban freight transport and autonomous vehicles: Opportunities and challenges </div> <div> </div> <div><strong>Per-Olof Arnäs: </strong>Moderator of the panel discussion on ‘“How can innovations become real in the industry’?” with the panel members Sofie Vennersten (Lindholmen Science Park/Closer), John Wedel (Business Region Göteborg), Andreas Thieme (Care of Carl/Steerlink) and Jon Williamsson (Göteborgs Universitet).</div> <div><br /></div> <div><h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">About Northern LEAD Day</h4> <div>Northern LEAD DayApril 11 2018, was arranged by Northern LEAD logistics research centre – a logistics competence centre formed by University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology in co-operation with Logistics and Transport Society LTS</div></div>Thu, 26 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200 to Northern LEAD Day 2018<p><b>​Get inspired, listen to the latest research findings within Logistics and Supply Chain, and enjoy the discussions. Welcome to Northern LEAD Day 2018!</b></p>​Following the success of the first Northern LEAD day last year, the second Northern LEAD day will bring presentations of research results from Northern LEAD research and a chance to meet and discuss.<br /><br />​During three hours, researchers from Chalmers and University of Gothenburg will present their research results. There will also be an interesting discussion on a current logistics related topic. Take the opportunity to listen to the latest findings, and meet other people interested in the field.<br /><br /><strong>When:</strong> Wednesday, April 11, 9.00-12.00, with lunch afterwards<br /><strong>Where:</strong> &quot;Volvosalen&quot;, School of Business, Economics and Law at University of Gothenburg (Handelshögskolan), Vasagatan 1<br /><a href="">Map of the premises</a><br /><br />The conference and lunch is free of charge. There will be presentations in both English and Swedish<br /><br /><strong style="font-size:18px"><a href=";w=1">Register here</a></strong> (no later than April 4)<br /><br /><br /><strong>Program: </strong><br /><br />8.30 Coffee and registration<br />9.00 Welcome<br /><br />BUSINESS INNOVATIONS:<br />•    Ceren Altuntas Vural: Consumer is the new supplier! Co-producing sustainable value propositions at the first-mile of waste service systems (the presentation will be held in English)<br />•    Viktor Elliot: Supply Chain Finance<br />•    Klas Hedvall: Underhållslösningar för fordon i framtida hållbara vägtransporter - utmaningar och möjligheter<br /><br />Panel discussion: Hur kan innovationerna bli verklighet ute i industrin?<br />Moderator, Per-Olof Arnäs<br /><br />10.30 - 11.00 Coffee<br /><br />NEW TECHNOLOGY: <br /><br />•    Robin Hanson: Automation i materialhantering – möjligheter och utmaningar<br />•    Patrik Jonsson: Ny teknologi för effektivitet i supply chain<br />•    Michael Browne: Urban freight transport and autonomous vehicles: Opportunities and challenges (the presentation will be held in English)<br /><br />12.00 Lunch<br /> <br /><strong>Contact:</strong><br />Mats Johansson, Northern LEAD<br />E-mail:<br />Phone: 031-7721329<br /><br />Jonas Flodén, Northern LEAD<br />E-mail:<br />Phone: 031-7865131 <br /><br />John Wedel, LTS<br />E-mail:<br />phone: 031-3676121 <br />Tue, 27 Mar 2018 00:05:00 +0200