Innovative Logistik für nachhaltige Lebensstile (ILoNa)

Logistic services are continuously expanded and adapted in accordance with demand and supply quantities of goods, services and / or persons in the area of production, transport, turnover and storage, as well as in the field of consumption (by individuals) and the disposal/recycling. Hereby, the logistics service provider performs in the overall planning of power systems in terms of configuration and coordination of supply chain partners, part of production steps, assemblies, redemptions and warranties. Even social issues (work security and earning in developing and emerging countries) are questioning the producer and distributor business relations with the logistic industry supply chains and their Key Performance Indicators (KPI) even more significantly after scandals and public debates as well as increasing awareness of consumers. Thereby Sustainable Life Style (closely related to logistic services) is vitally important, because it favors reduction of Resource Consumption together with technological innovations (Stengel 2011, Hompel et al. 2010).

The main objective of logistics is to co-ordinate activities in a way that meets customer requirements at minimum cost. In the past this cost has been defined in purely monetary terms. As concern for the environment rises, companies must take more account of the external costs of logistics associated mainly with climate change, air pollution, noise, vibration and accidents. ILoNa is examining ways of reducing these externalities and achieving a more sustainable balance between economic, environmental and social objectives. Through a better understanding of the interaction of consumer behavior and logistics services, ILoNa intends to develop innovative, integrative models and concrete measures for sustainable economic activity with forward-looking options.

The central questions to be answered are:

  1. How should innovative logistic services be designed in order to meet both socio-ecological requirements as well as promote sustainable lifestyles of consumers?
  2. What kind of changes should take place from the consumer side to support sustainable logistics structures?

Therefore, the main aim of the project is to carry on analysis on

  • stationary and internet trade, new forms of sharing economy (putting attention to the relationships between consumer preferences and temporal, spatial, financial consolidation of future logistic systems)
  • the product design and production patterns, which allow product lifecycles incl. new logistics services be more sustainable
  • the role of management and governance in the value-added processes and the organization of the distribution, as well as the after sales area
  • transformation potentials at the supply chain level reflected in various scenarios (included in policy recommendations).
May 2015 to Apr 2018

PD. Dr. Habil. A. Melkonyan; Klaus Krumme, Universität Duisburg-Essen Zentrum für Logistik & Verkehr (ZLV)