Processes and operations cases
Book chapter, 2011

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.


Gunnar Stefansson

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Logistics & Transportation

C. Tyssen

Universitat St. Gallen

T. Klaas-Wissing

Universitat St. Gallen

S.G. Pérez

ITENE - the Packaging

M. Labrosse


M. Rumler

ABB S.r.o.

M. Servidio

Technische Universität Berlin

B. Cetinkaya

Technische Universität Berlin

L. Cresswell

Technische Universität Berlin

P. Franke

Technische Universität Berlin

B. Ocicka

Szkola Glowna Handlowa w Warszawie

K. Rutkowski

Szkola Glowna Handlowa w Warszawie

Sustainable Supply Chain Management: Practical Ideas for Moving Towards Best Practice


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