Research projects - closed

Den övergripande forskningsidén är att studera effekterna avseende godstransport med långa fordon (34,5 meter) för att förbättra aspekterna miljö och säkerhet. Konkurrenskraft och kostnadseffektivitet kommer studeras relaterat till styckegods inom DHLs Svenska terminalnätverk.
Contact: Rickard Bergqvist

Investigate how digitalisation and automation can support seaports’ sustainability efforts and identify generic challenges and implementation barriers for small and medium-sized seaports
Johan Woxenius and Mikael Lind

Detta projekt syftar till att undersöka möjligheterna att stärka effektiviteten och konkurrenskraften för intermodala transporter genom HCT-lösningar för väg i samspel med järnvägstransporter.
Rickard Bergqvist

The objective of the project is to identify, describe and classify policy instruments and measures in shipping which directly or indirectly address environmental objectives.
Contact: Kevin Cullinane

Förlängda sjöben

About prolonging the maritime transport leg rather than trying to minimize the distance at sea. 

Funded by: Region Skåne and Trafikverket via Triple F fund the project
Time period: 2019
Contact: Johan Woxenius and Anastasia Christodoulou

Development of a Procurement Big Data software and method​

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

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

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

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

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

New technology and regulatory mechanisms (e.g. economic, legal, knowledge based and societal) are predominated by an outside-in perspective on reducing climate impact of freight transport. ELIN presents an inside-out perspective in which driving forces for improved energy efficiency comes from the actors themselves – logistics providers and their customers.
Funded by: Swedish Energy Agency
Time period: 2016-2019
Contact: Arni Halldorsson

AEOLIX - Architecture for EurOpean Logistics Information eXchange

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

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

To develop a PBD-method to view, analyse and compare procurement performance data in ground-breaking ways through innovative use cases.​ 
Funded by: VINNOVA
Time period: 2017-2019
Contact: Patrik Jonsson and Riikka Kaipia

Transportinköp och energieffektiva godstransporter

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

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

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

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

The reverse logistics of online clothing returns

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

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

AKTA - Automatisering av Kitting, Transport och Montering

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

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

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

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

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

Framväxande digitala teknikers tillämpbarhet som plockstöd inom materialhantering

Given the trend in digitization, it is intended in this study to evaluate the potential of digital technology to support the material handling work by studying the effects that the new technologies allow.

Funded by: Vinnova, FFI, IAC and project organisations
Time period:
Contact: Lars Medbo​

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

Framväxande digitala teknikers tillämpbarhet som plockstöd inom materialhantering​

Givet utvecklingen vad gäller digitalisering, syftar denna studie till att utvärdera potentialen för digital teknik att stödja materialhanteringsarbetet, genom att studera effekterna som de nya teknikerna medger. ​Det arbetsplatsnära informationssystemet är en central aspekt i utformningen av materialhanteringsprocessen för att uppnå höga nivåer av effektivitet, kvalitet, flexibilitet och ergonomi. Det saknas kontrollerade miljöer där nya tekniker kan värderas.

Funded by: VINNOVA
Time period: 2017-02-01 - 2018-01-31
Contact: Lars Medbo

CIVIC - Construction In Vicinities: Innovative Co-creation

Funded by: VINNOVA
Time period: 2016-03-01 - 2018-08-31
Contact: Kajsa Hulthén

Digital model-driven physical retail and supply chain management (DM-Retail)

Syftet med projektet är att identifiera och beskriva möjligheter för aktörer i den fysiska butikshandelns leverantörskedjor att förbättra och effektivisera sina processer och arbetssätt med hjälp av digital modeling. This project was a collaboration between Northern LEAD and Aalto University.

Funded by: The Swedish Retail and Wholesale Council
Time period: 2016-09-01 - 2018-08-31
Team: Patrik Jonsson, Emmelie Gustafsson, Arni Halldorsson

SEVS3 for Autonomous Drive (AD)

SEVS for AD is one of the Strategic Innovation program Drive Sweden’s project. Partners are; Chalmers (SAFER and SHC), Gothenburg City, GU, SP, Trafikverket, VTI, Volvo Cars and Uniti. SEVS phase 3 “SEVS for Autonomous Drive (AD)” was initiated in August 2016. The automation of the transport system can bring great benefits, such as increased safety, improved efficiency, reduced environmental impact, improved accessibility and convenience to the society, but how can we measure this? 

The SEVS for AD aims at developing a method to measure the social impact of various types of automated transport solutions, in order to verify that the concepts and technologies developed within Drive Sweden contributes to the Swedish transport policy objectives.

Funded by: VINNOVA
Time period: 2016-12-12 - 2017-04-28
Team: Michael Browne (GU), project owner is Anna Nilsson-Ehle, SAFER and Project Manager is Else-Marie Malmek, Malmeken AB, (associated to SAFER).

RePlan - Resource efficient planning for competitive production networks

​The construction and recycling industry are typically part of large production networks consisting of activities generating production, distribution and consumption. Still, the construction and recycling industry are not making use of the potential existing within those networks. By better interconnection between activities in the network, the construction and recycling industry would be able to meet the challenges they are facing.​

Funded by: 
Time period: 2014-09-01 - 2016-12-31
Contact:Mats Johansson​​​


Marie Curie project - Living labs test and development of business models for electric cars in Denmark.

Funded by: European Commission
Time period: 2013-01-01 - 2016-12-31​
Team: Johan Woxenius, Jon Williamsson, Niklas Arvidsson

Design of materials preparation processes
​The project deals with the design and choice of efficient materials preparation processes in the automotive industry. 
The research is carried out by Northern LEAD.

Funded by: VINNOVA
Time period: 2014-09-15 - 2016-11-30
Contact person: Lars Medbo​

Off-peak city distribution - phase 1

This research project aims to: 1) create new knowledge by studying the effects and results of ongoing trials and tests of new solutions, 2) map Off-peak activities in Sweden / EU, 3) propose regulatory principles, disseminate knowledge and promote a greater spread. The project is connected to Northern LEAD research centre and Urban Freight Platform.

Funded by: 
Time period: 2014-12-01 - 2016-06-30
Contact: Sönke Behrends

REACH – Real-time access management in intermodal freight transport system

This project aims to enable advanced, digital interaction in real-time between infrastructure/facility and vehicle in order to increase efficiency in intermodal freight transport systems through dynamic access control and guidance. The focus is on stakeholders in intermodal freight transport systems, such as hauliers and terminal operators, that will – with digital technology – achieve new benefits (environmental, security and competitive).

Funded by: VINNOVA
Time period: 2014-12-15 - 2015-08-14
Contact: Stefan Jacobsson

Customer and agent initiated intermodal transport chains​
Projektets syfte är att utveckla empirisk kunskap och teori kring intermodala transportkedjor som utvecklas och leds av stora transportköpare.

Funded by: Norges forskningsråd
Time period: until 2012
Team: Arne Jensen, Edith Sorkina​​

Sustainable collection, aftermarket and recyling of lithium-based car batteries
The project aims at generating knowledge essential for the development of a sustainable system for collection, aftermarket and recycling of lithium-based car batteries (LBB) which pose new demands on supply chain management and organization for aftermarket and End-of-Life. 
Contact person: Mats Johansson

The Fifth Fuel - Energy Efficiency Through Effective Freight Transport in Sustainable Urban Areas
Team: Árni Halldórsson, Kenth Lumsden, Anette Winter, Magnus Blinge​

ENERGO - bättre logistik för minskad miljöpåverkan från godstransporter
Fram tills idag har förbättringar i godstransporters energieffektivitet och miljöprestanda till största delen skett genom teknologiutveckling i form av renare och effektivare fordon och bränslen. Hållbarhetsarbetet inom logistikområdet, det vill säga själva organiseringen av hur transporterna planeras, upphandlas och genomförs, har däremot inte utvecklats på samma sätt. Det nystartade projektet ENERGO ska hjälpa godstransportsområdet att ta nästa steg mot mer energieffektiva och miljöanpassade transporter – genom logistikförbättringar. Fallstudier ska genomföras hos Scania, Stora Enso och Ahlsell.
Team: Kajsa Hulthén, Viktor Eriksson​

Freight transport in lanes dedicated for public transport - evaluation and concept development
The project analyses if it can be advisable, under certain conditions, to allow freight transports in public transport lanes. Can such measures be implemented without negative impacts on the quality of public transport? In that case, what are the improvement potentials for urban logistics operations, energy efficiency and the environment? 
Contact person: Sönke Behrends​

Ana​lysis Tool for calculating the environmental impact and efficiency of transport systems

There is a great need to analyze the environmental impact and efficiency of goods transport systems. In this project, a tool will be developed to analyze different transport system scenarios. The goal is that this tool will be used to actually improve the environmental performance of transport systems.
Contact person: Dan Andersson

CUTS - Collaborative Urban Transport
Urban transport is rapidly becoming one of the major challenges of political leaders at city, regional and national level. Decision and planning processes in cities are extremely complex.
Team: Dan Andersson, Sönke Behrends

Energy Cost and time efficient In-Plant materials supply systems
Theories and models are developed to facilitate design of in-plant materials supply systems with high performance in terms of efficiency, flexibility, ergonomics and support to assembly operations.
Team: Robin Hansson, Lars Medbo, Mats Johansson, Sara Kilicaslan

Energy efficient transport
Team: Pehr-Ola Pahlén, Kenth Lumsden, Gunnar Stefansson

Food products, beverages and tobacco transport accounted for the largest share of European road tonne-kilometres in 2008, at over 15%. The food production relies heavily on road transport, leading to congestion, poor air quality and environmental degradation.
Team: Kristina Liljestrand, Kenth Lumsden

Global Operations Network
Identification of critical factors and process innovations shaping and evolving future operations networks - key concepts in the cross industry project “Global Operations Network”.
Team: Anna Fredriksson, Patrik Jonsson

Godsutvärderingsstudie VTTV - Value of Transport Time Variability
Ett samarbetsprojekt mellan Handelshögskolan vid Göteborgs universitet och WSP.
Contact person: Jonas Flodén

​Hållbara intermodala försörjningssystem för biobränsle och bulkflöden
Ett samarbetsprojekt mellan Handelshögskolan vid Göteborgs universitet, WSP, Mariterm och Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan.
Team: Jonas Flodén, Fawad Awais, Johan Woxenius

ICT Roadmap
Contact person: Kenth Lumsden

Innomerge - uptime Business Models, Frugal and Reverse Innovation for Emerging Markets
This project addresses the challenges related to selling trucks in emerging markets, where the local transport industry typically is entrepreneurial and innovative but also fragmented with a high expectation on short return on investment.
Contact person: Frida Lind

Integrated logistics development for sustainability and competitiveness
The “Integrated logistics development for sustainability and competitiveness” project aims at increasing the operational efficiency and environmental sustainability within the transport and logistics system.
Team: Kenth Lumsden, Kajsa Hulthén, Mats Johansson, Vendela Santén, Igor Insanic, Fredrik Börjesson, Martin Svanberg, Sara Rogersson

​International Logistics Centres
Undersöker strategier för att öka stora logistikcentras konkurrenskraft.
Team: Arne Jensen, Edith Sorkina

ITS goods transports
A plausible strategy for reducing the freight transport-based negative influence on the physical infrastructure is to develop a resource efficient way of handling of goods.
Team: Andreas Hagen, Kenth Lumsden

Load factor project
The aim of this project is to compile existing knowledge, to carry out awareness raising research and disseminate knowledge in order to increase the ability to exploit the potential for environmental improvements and cost savings for both society and industry by increasing load rate and keep down empty hauling in the freight transport system.
Team: Magnus Blinge, Sara Rogerson, Vendela Santén, Kristina Liljestrand, Dan Andersson, Mats Johansson 

LogiNord - Logistics in Nordic Fresh Food Supply Chains
Team: Dan Andersson, Linea Kjellsdotter, Mats Johansson, Patrik Jonsson

Logistics for life
Logistics for life brings together leading logistics companies, technology providers and research organizations working on innovative ICT solutions to ensure long-term sustainability of the logistics industry by increasing its operational efficience.
Team: Gunnar Stefansson, Andreas Hagen

Syftet med detta projekt är att öka den europeiska sjöfartssektorns image och attraktivitet som karriärväg.
Contact person: Arne Jensen

Samarbetsprojekt med tre andra nordiska högskolor (Tampere Universitet, Transportøkonomisk institutt i Oslo samt Danmarks Tekniske Universitet). Syftet är att undersöka energieffektivitetsförändringar i de nordiska ländernas lastbilsflottor över tid.
Contact person: Niklas Arvidsson

Ett nätverksprojekt med Insero E-mobiity samt en rad aktörer och forskarinstitutioner från norden.
Contact person: Niklas Arvidsson

Planning for sustainable logistics operations in city areas
The aim of this research project is to explore how freight movements can be made more sustainable in urban areas, including new development areas.
Team: Catrin Lammgård, Johan Hagberg

Purchasing of transport services
Chalmers University of Technology, IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute and University of Gothenburg are developing a transport research database based on a survey what will be sent out every second year.
Team: Christina Wolf, Erik Fridell, Linda Styrhe, Dan Andersson, Anna Dubois, Kajsa Hulthén, Arni Halldorsson, Mats Johansson, Benedikte Borgström, Catrin Lammgård, Henrik Agndal 

Short Sea Shuttle Concept
The main idea behind Short Sea Shuttles is in scheduled and reliable container service between one main port, The Port of Gothenburg, and a number of smaller–satellite ports on a daily basis. And, from a satellite port to transport containers further to a dry port, if there is a need for further transport.
Team: Violeta Roso, Kenth Lumsden, Rickard Bergqvist, Johan Woxenius

​Slow-steaming logistics
Projektet har som syfte att studera och ta fram metoder för att sjöfarten ska kunna drivas med förhållandevisa låga och bränslesnåla farter utan att påverka transportköparna.
Contact person: Johan Woxenius

Sustainability and cost efficiency in supply chains
How lean production philosophy can be combined with demands on sustainability considerations.
Team: Christian Finnsgård, Sara Kilicaslan, Carl Wänström, Mats Johansson

Sustainable Urban Transport - SUT
Sustainable city development and transports are addressed through new concepts for city distribution for goods and passengers.
Contact person: Dan Andersson

TEMPO - Transport Efficiency Measurement system for Practice/Operations
This project aims at identifying and validating a set of KPI:s for measuring transport efficiency in a goods transportation system. The hypothesis is that three separate variables can be combined into a set of operational tools where a transportation company can measure transport efficiency.
Team: Per-Olof Arnäs, Johan Woxenius, Helena Forslund, Joakim Kalantari​

​The development of retail structures - a comparison between England and Sweden
Team: Mike Browne, Ove Krafft

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