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Organization of Packaging Resources at a Product-Developing Company

Klevås, Jenny LU (2005) In International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management 35(2). p.116-131
Abstract
Purpose of this paper

The outcome of product development, i.e. the product design, together with the packaging solution, has a great impact on the logistics performance of supply chains. Despite this, packaging has traditionally been given a very modest role in the product development literature as well as in the logistics literature.

The aim of this paper is to show how logistics performance and product design can be affected, and improved, by the packaging organization within a company.

Design/methodology/approach

A single case study has been conducted at IKEA, including on-site

interviews and review of internal documents. Along with the case study,

a literature study has been... (More)
Purpose of this paper

The outcome of product development, i.e. the product design, together with the packaging solution, has a great impact on the logistics performance of supply chains. Despite this, packaging has traditionally been given a very modest role in the product development literature as well as in the logistics literature.

The aim of this paper is to show how logistics performance and product design can be affected, and improved, by the packaging organization within a company.

Design/methodology/approach

A single case study has been conducted at IKEA, including on-site

interviews and review of internal documents. Along with the case study,

a literature study has been conducted within the areas of product

development, packaging and logistics.

Findings

The IKEA case suggests that the packaging function should have a strong link to both the logistics function and the product development function within a product developing company to be able to improve the logistics performance.

Research limitations/implications (if applicable)

As the evidence is collected through a single case study, the resuits are not to be seen as generalizable but should be regarded as a first step to future research within the interface of product development, packaging and logistics.

Practical implications (if applicable)

Packaging and logistics is usually considered late in the product development process with the result that possible logistics solutions are restrained. Through considering “the whole package”, i.e. the product, the packaging and the supply chain characteristics, at an early stage in the product development process, savings can be made.

What is original/valne of paper

This paper inciudes the aspects of product development, logistics and packaging, an interface with very limited research contributions. (Less)
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Packaging, Distribution management, Product development, packaging logistics
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International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management
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35
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116 - 131
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Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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  abstract     = {Purpose of this paper <br/><br>
The outcome of product development, i.e. the product design, together with the packaging solution, has a great impact on the logistics performance of supply chains. Despite this, packaging has traditionally been given a very modest role in the product development literature as well as in the logistics literature. <br/><br>
The aim of this paper is to show how logistics performance and product design can be affected, and improved, by the packaging organization within a company. <br/><br>
Design/methodology/approach <br/><br>
A single case study has been conducted at IKEA, including on-site <br/><br>
interviews and review of internal documents. Along with the case study, <br/><br>
a literature study has been conducted within the areas of product <br/><br>
development, packaging and logistics. <br/><br>
Findings <br/><br>
The IKEA case suggests that the packaging function should have a strong link to both the logistics function and the product development function within a product developing company to be able to improve the logistics performance. <br/><br>
Research limitations/implications (if applicable) <br/><br>
As the evidence is collected through a single case study, the resuits are not to be seen as generalizable but should be regarded as a first step to future research within the interface of product development, packaging and logistics. <br/><br>
Practical implications (if applicable) <br/><br>
Packaging and logistics is usually considered late in the product development process with the result that possible logistics solutions are restrained. Through considering “the whole package”, i.e. the product, the packaging and the supply chain characteristics, at an early stage in the product development process, savings can be made. <br/><br>
What is original/valne of paper <br/><br>
This paper inciudes the aspects of product development, logistics and packaging, an interface with very limited research contributions.},
  author       = {Klevås, Jenny},
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  keyword      = {Packaging,Distribution management,Product development,packaging logistics},
  language     = {eng},
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  series       = {International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management},
  title        = {Organization of Packaging Resources at a Product-Developing Company},
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