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Requirements and implications of a new fiber-based kitchen and laundry appliances packaging: A case study at IKEA

Moberg, Alexander (2020) MTTN10 20192
Packaging Logistics
Abstract
The case company endeavors to be fossil free by 2030. In order to achieve that objective, the current packaging solution for kitchen and laundry appliances containing EPS plastic must be replaced with a packaging built on only fiber-based materials. This master thesis is focusing on identifying the packaging requirements for a replacement and how these requirements influence the packaging material’s characteristics. Moreover, understand how a fiber-based packaging solution affect the supply chain’s set-up.
An exploratory case study research strategy has been followed where a literature review was conducted with the aim to understand past and current research from the field of study. Further, the data has been gathered through, inter alia,... (More)
The case company endeavors to be fossil free by 2030. In order to achieve that objective, the current packaging solution for kitchen and laundry appliances containing EPS plastic must be replaced with a packaging built on only fiber-based materials. This master thesis is focusing on identifying the packaging requirements for a replacement and how these requirements influence the packaging material’s characteristics. Moreover, understand how a fiber-based packaging solution affect the supply chain’s set-up.
An exploratory case study research strategy has been followed where a literature review was conducted with the aim to understand past and current research from the field of study. Further, the data has been gathered through, inter alia, interviews, visits at the different actors, shared internal documents etc., together with packaging performance methodology.
The study discloses that several requirements are put on the new packaging solution. For instance, it must be manufactured in a fully automated production line in order to meet the high sales volumes. Have a strong outer layer to enable stackability and handling by mechanical equipment without showing any deformations, marks or damages, with the aim to maintain an efficient supply chain and deliver customer-friendly looking packages. Today’s fully automated production line has to be modified or replace to fit the new packaging solution. As the case company does not own the production, it is a question of how costs and risks should be shared.
Based on the study, the suggestion is to invent a packaging solution made of corrugated board since the case company has good knowledge and long experience of such packages. And there was no identified requirement or actor that opposed the use of corrugated board.
This master thesis is distinguished from the past researches regarding packaging logistics by focusing on identifying the most important packaging features for packages designed for bulk, ungainly and heavy products like kitchen and laundry appliances to acquire, with the intention to have a packaging that contributes to an efficient and effective supply chain. And, how a fiber-based packaging solution affect the design of the value chain. (Less)
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Moberg, Alexander
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MTTN10 20192
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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Packaging, packaging logistics, supply chain management, green packaging, supply chain transformation
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English
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9007092
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  abstract     = {The case company endeavors to be fossil free by 2030. In order to achieve that objective, the current packaging solution for kitchen and laundry appliances containing EPS plastic must be replaced with a packaging built on only fiber-based materials. This master thesis is focusing on identifying the packaging requirements for a replacement and how these requirements influence the packaging material’s characteristics. Moreover, understand how a fiber-based packaging solution affect the supply chain’s set-up.
An exploratory case study research strategy has been followed where a literature review was conducted with the aim to understand past and current research from the field of study. Further, the data has been gathered through, inter alia, interviews, visits at the different actors, shared internal documents etc., together with packaging performance methodology.
The study discloses that several requirements are put on the new packaging solution. For instance, it must be manufactured in a fully automated production line in order to meet the high sales volumes. Have a strong outer layer to enable stackability and handling by mechanical equipment without showing any deformations, marks or damages, with the aim to maintain an efficient supply chain and deliver customer-friendly looking packages. Today’s fully automated production line has to be modified or replace to fit the new packaging solution. As the case company does not own the production, it is a question of how costs and risks should be shared.
Based on the study, the suggestion is to invent a packaging solution made of corrugated board since the case company has good knowledge and long experience of such packages. And there was no identified requirement or actor that opposed the use of corrugated board.
This master thesis is distinguished from the past researches regarding packaging logistics by focusing on identifying the most important packaging features for packages designed for bulk, ungainly and heavy products like kitchen and laundry appliances to acquire, with the intention to have a packaging that contributes to an efficient and effective supply chain. And, how a fiber-based packaging solution affect the design of the value chain.},
  author       = {Moberg, Alexander},
  keyword      = {Packaging,packaging logistics,supply chain management,green packaging,supply chain transformation},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Requirements and implications of a new fiber-based kitchen and laundry appliances packaging: A case study at IKEA},
  year         = {2020},
}