Research Projects

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Research Projects

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Contract-based coordination of multi-stage fresh food supply chains to reduce food waste

Prof. Dr. Sandra Transchel (Kühne Logistics University - KLU), Nina Mayer (Kühne Logistics University - KLU)

Food waste, from harvest losses to consumption losses at the end consumer, happens along the whole supply chain. This project, funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), is to investigate to what extent contract mechanisms between individual actors in food supply chains (e.g., farmers, food producers, and retailers) can better coordinate the trade-off between profit orientation and sustainable demand planning , by influencing company-specific planning calculations. The overarching goal is to identify contract structures that align planning decisions and reduce the amount and distribution of food waste in a sustainable way throughout the entire supply chain.

Food Logistics, Sustainability

WASP - Wind Assisted Ship Propulsion

Prof. Dr. Michele Acciaro (Kühne Logistics University - KLU)

This project, funded by the European Regional Development Fund, is to investigate and promote the application of Wind Assisted Ship Propulsion (WASP) technologies. It aims to promote the development and adoption of products, services and processes to accelerate a greening of the North Sea Region and to run WASP technology real life trials on sea going ships in operation, showcase proven concepts, market adoption, and thus support green(er) sea transport.

Sustainability, Maritime Logistics, Environment, Transport Logistics

The Green Shipping Project Governance and Innovation for a Sustainable Maritime Supply Chain

Prof. Dr. Michele Acciaro (Kühne Logistics University - KLU), Michael Stein (Hapag-Lloyd Center for Shipping and Global Logistics (CSGL))

Sea transport is relatively under-investigated in the business management, political economy and global governance literatures. The Green Shipping research network aims to address this knowledge gap. The overall goal is to advance knowledge and understanding towards the progressive governance of sustainable maritime transport and the accelerating “green shipping” trend.

Creating Value, Environment, Maritime Logistics, Sustainability, Transport Logistics

CREAToR: Collection of raw materials, Removal of flAme reTardants and Reuse of secondary raw materials

Prof. Dr. Moritz Petersen (Kühne Logistics University - KLU), Prof. Dr. Moritz Petersen (Kühne Logistics University - KLU), Moritz Jäger-Roschko (Kühne Logistics University - KLU)

CREAToR (funded by the European Commissions EASME-Program) aims to contribute to a circular economy by removing hazardous, bromine-containing flame-retardants from waste streams. The project is set to implement ways to collect secondary raw materials, identify the presence of hazardous flame retardants, remove these contaminants from the materials and finally reuse the materials. While the project’s main focus is on developing and advancing process technology, logistics plays a major role for successfully collecting suitable amounts of waste. The project develops logistics concepts for CREAToR.

Creating Value, Environment, Sustainability, Logistics

Clean Cargo Initiative – Sustainability in the cargo shipping industry

Prof. Dr. Michele Acciaro (Kühne Logistics University - KLU), Prof. Alan C. McKinnon, PhD (Kühne Logistics University - KLU)

In cooperation with the Clean Cargo Initiative (CCI), this project advances sustainable operations in the maritime transportation sector. The CCI is the leading buyer-supplier forum and involves major brands, cargo carriers, and freight forwarders while reflecting around 80 percent of global container cargo capacity. The project promotes informational transparency and strives to reduce the sector’s environmental impact.

Sustainability, Maritime Logistics, Environment, Transport Logistics, Creating Value

Idea evaluation in open, "democratized" innovation

Prof. Dr. Christina Raasch (Kühne Logistics University - KLU)

This research program focuses on the evaluation of ideas for new products or processes. While past research has mainly focused on idea creation, more recent research has recognized the importance of idea evaluation and selection in research and practice. Any mode of organizing for innovation can only succeed if ideas are effectively vetted such that ultimately the best ideas are selected for implementation. Being key to organizational performance, idea evaluation deserves a prominent role in economics and management research.

Digital Transformation

Blockchain for the Circular Economy

Prof. Dr. Moritz Petersen (Kühne Logistics University - KLU), Prof. Dr. Moritz Petersen (Kühne Logistics University - KLU)

Only 6% of the materials processed worldwide are recycled. More recycling in material flows would not only be a great relief for the environment but also holds enormous savings potential for companies of all sizes, especially SMEs. Effective recycling of products and materials often fails due to insufficient availability of product information along the supply chain. This research project aims to design Blockchain-based digital twins that maps the product's composition and origin in detail and evaluate them concerning their applicability in supply chains for the circular economy. As a result, companies can assess the technical scope, ecological and economic effects, and strategic implications.

Sustainability, Digital Transformation, Environment

Autonomous Logistics in Rural Areas (AuLoRa)

Prof. Dr. André Ludwig (Kühne Logistics University - KLU)



New business models are needed to make rural regions attractive and livable again. Digitization offers great opportunities. The logistics of goods plays a central role here. However: conventional logistics infrastructures are unsuitable for the low flows of goods in rural areas from an economic and ecological point of view. The network "Autonomous Logistics in Rural Areas" aims to develop novel logistics systems and concrete technical solutions with the help of autonomous means of transport in order to organize deliveries and flows of goods in rural areas in a demand-oriented, cost-effective and environmentally friendly manner. The primary use case is the village store, expanded as a local logistics node in postal and parcel delivery over the last mile. Further use cases in the area of local flows of goods, materials and energy are to be developed in the network

Digital Transformation, Environment, Infrastructure, Transport Logistics

ZUKUNFT.DE – Zustellverkehre kundenfreundlich, nachhaltig, flexibel, transparent. Durch Emissionsfreiheit

Prof. Dr. Asvin Goel (Kühne Logistics University - KLU), Dr. Steffen Pottel (Kühne Logistics University - KLU)

Due to increasing environmental awareness, many governments and municipalities are formulating goals to increase sustainability of urban logistics. The project ZUKUNFT.DE, funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI), aims to render last-mile deliveries in the largest German cities emission-free. For this purpose, conventional internal combustion engine vehicles shall be replaced by battery-electric vehicles in the selected regions. In view of the fact that traffic restrictions in metropolitan areas and legal restrictions regarding pollutant emissions are perspectively increasing, it shall be tested whether daily operations can be conducted unimpeded and economically with the new electric propulsion technology.

Sustainability, Transport Logistics, Environment

ChainLog: Identifikation und Bewertung von Einsatzpotenzialen für Blockchains in Logistik und Supply Chain Management

Prof. Dr. Moritz Petersen (Kühne Logistics University - KLU), Prof. Dr. Moritz Petersen (Kühne Logistics University - KLU)

The ChainLog project, funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWI)) aims to identify current examples, good practices, and guidelines for decision-making regarding the Blockchain technology for SMEs. In the light of the many possibilities for applying Blockchain and the numerous implementation alternatives, ChainLog is to provide a web-based tool for these companies. It will allow them to identify existing potentials and to prepare strategic decisions regarding the application of blockchain in a well-founded manner.

Creating Value, Digital Transformation