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Uni Sallnäs

Senior Lecturer

Why is it that there in some relationships are no signs of environmental work, despite the environmental interests of the individual actors? And why is there more environmental focus in other relationships? I aim to shed light on these questions.

Greener supply chains through increased collaboration

There are good examples of when companies in a supply chain collaborate in order to deliver products to customers at the right time, to a low cost and with as little environmental impact as possible. My research concerns this type of collaboration. Even though there is a lot of potential, there are many barriers along the way.

Reports about climate change frequently appear in the press. At the same time, transports and thereby also emissions continue to increase. Something has to be done! With the help of smart logistics, there is a good chance that we can change this development.

Logistics is about the planning of how products go from suppliers to customers in a way that keeps costs down and service levels high. In recent years, environmental concerns have become an increasingly important factor to consider in the planning of logistics. Despite this, the development towards a greener logistics sector seems to go slowly.

Some logistics providers that work with environmental issues have successfully managed to market themselves as “green”. Despite this, environmental factors are often forgotten once the negotiation phase is over. Wouldn’t it be great if we could take advantage of the knowledge there is and work together for a better environment?

Luckily, there are examples where logistics service providers and buyers of logistics services jointly develop new and clever green solutions. Many of these are beneficial from both a financial and an environmental perspective. The solutions are often relationship specific and would most likely not have been though of without collaboration that included environmental considerations.

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  • Master of engineering and management, Linköping University, Sweden, 2009
  • Licentiate degree, Linköping University, Sweden, 2011
  • PhD, Linköping University, Sweden 2014


  • Best PhD paper at logistics conference Nofoma in Gothenburg, Sweden, 2013
  • International Cargo Handling Co-ordination Association’s scholarship for PhD thesis, 2014


  • Director of studies, 2018-2020