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DOI: 10.5593/SGEM2016/B53/S21.042

LOGISTICS SYSTEMS FOR REUSABLE TRANSPORT PACKAGING AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR THEIR DEVELOPMENT IN THE BALTIC STATES

A.Zvirbule, R.Rozentale, A.Dobele, A. Auzina
Wednesday 7 September 2016 by Libadmin2016

References: 16th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference SGEM 2016, www.sgem.org, SGEM2016 Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-619-7105-67-4 / ISSN 1314-2704, June 28 - July 6, 2016, Book5 Vol. 3, 327-334 pp

ABSTRACT
At present, logistics systems face new challenges and external requests for systemic enhancements. The challenges relate to new paradigms for the efficient use of resources and the efficient operation of logistics chains under the conditions of limited resources and to the development of food packaging and the enhancement of food supply chain systems. For these reasons, research studies on the efficient operation of logistics systems, including the role of transport packaging in it, become increasingly important. However, if establishing new or enhancing existing food logistics systems and supply chains, one has to deal with a number of factors that hinder the fast introduction and operation of a logistics system for reusable transport packaging. Inability to agree, a lack of cooperation at all stages of the logistics chain as well as the different retail trade systems for a number of food products are among the most important factors hindering the fast and simultaneous introduction of this system in the largest regional territories. The research aim is to examine the logistics systems for reusable transport packaging and to identify opportunities for their development in the Baltic States. Specific research tasks: to summarise and examine the experience built up in establishing logistics systems for reusable transport packaging; to stress the need to establish a pool system and to introduce reverse logistics; to identify opportunities for the development of logistics for reusable transport packaging in the Baltic States. Research methods: logical construction, analysis and synthesis, the graphic and monographic methods and in-depth expert interviews.

Keywords: food supply chain, pool system, reusable transport packaging (RTP)