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Packaging Logistics

Design Sciences | Faculty of Engineering, LTH

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Fredrik Nilsson

My research area within packaging logistics focus on the transformation of today’s one-way and ineffective supply chains into sustainable supply networks based on a bottom-up approach and smart usage of technology.

With specific focus on the daily handling of packages together with the actual activities and decisions being made in the flow of products, my research aims to improve and innovate intra- and interoganizational processes and contribute with sustainable supply chain innovations.

Since 2012 I have researched and collaborated with food and retail actors in the Vinnova financed projects DynahMat and Intelligent crates in order to minimize food waste and the utilization of resources.

Presently I am head of the Intelligent packaging (www.plog.lth.se/intelligent-packaging) at the division and doing research on the integration of IoT (Internet of Things) into packaging solutions in order to get accurate, safe and secure data on the actual status of products. With such information, more informed decisions can be made, both short term (e.g. alert messages on to high temperatures) and long-term (detailed improvement efforts in the flow of products). Publications are found in Food Control and a recent book Sustainable Food Supply Chains (ISBN: 978-0-12-813411-5) written together with colleagues from Bologna University.

My scientific paradigm is based on complexity thinking and theory, and how insights from the complexity area (conceptual, theoretical, methodological) can facilitate increased adaptation and effectiveness in and among multiple organizations. Recent publications are found in Int. J. of Logistics Management and Emergence: Complexity and Organization.  

Since 2011 I have been working together with Dept. of Logistics at Stellenbosch University, South Africa and established a course module on Packaging logistics development. From 2015 until 2018 I was Professor Extraordinary at Stellenbosch Univ.  

I am in the editorial board of Int. J of Logistics Management and Int. J of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management. 

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