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Processes and Operations Cases

  • Gunnar Stefansson
  • Christoph Tyssen
  • Thorsten Klaas-Wissing
  • Sonia Guerola Pérez
  • Marielle Labrosse
  • Miroslav Rumler
  • Mark Servidio
  • Balkan Cetinkaya
  • Lyall Cresswell
  • Peter Franke
  • Barbara Ocicka
  • Krzysztof Rutkowski
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Abstract

In order to lower logistics costs and increase efficiency in its transportation and warehousing operations, IKEA started an internal competition to reduce unnecessary air in their product packaging. This “Air hunting competition” focused on removing as much air as possible from packaging and thereby increasing true product volume during transportation and storage. Several IKEA products were identified for packaging development, one being the Glimma tea candle that is described in this best practice documentation. The development of the Glimma tea candle packaging resulted in a 30% increase in products volume for each load unit. Thanks to this packaging development, the efficiency of the transportation and warehouse operations is now much greater and the impact on the environment has decreased significantly.

Keywords

Supply Chain Transportation Cost Success Factor Road Transport Truck Driver 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gunnar Stefansson
    • 1
  • Christoph Tyssen
    • 2
  • Thorsten Klaas-Wissing
    • 2
  • Sonia Guerola Pérez
    • 3
  • Marielle Labrosse
    • 4
  • Miroslav Rumler
    • 5
  • Mark Servidio
    • 6
  • Balkan Cetinkaya
    • 6
  • Lyall Cresswell
    • 6
  • Peter Franke
    • 6
  • Barbara Ocicka
    • 7
  • Krzysztof Rutkowski
    • 7
  1. 1.Chalmers University of TechnologyGöteborgSweden
  2. 2.University of St. GallenSt. GallenSwitzerland
  3. 3.ITENE - The Packaging, Transport and Logistics InstituteValenciaSpain
  4. 4.METTLEValbonne Sophia-AntipolisFrance
  5. 5.Reliant S.r.oPragueCzech Republic
  6. 6.Technische Universität BerlinBerlinGermany
  7. 7.Warsaw School of EconomicsWarsawPoland

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