Special Issue "Digital, Resilient and Sustainable Supply Chains: Research Trends and Future Challenges"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Applied Industrial Technologies".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2024 | Viewed by 128

Special Issue Editors

Department of Mechanical, Energy and Management Engineering, University of Calabria, 87036 Rende, Italy
Interests: industry 4.0; supply chains and logistics; modeling and simulation; industrial engineering; digital transformation
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Department of Innovation Engineering, University of Salento, 73100 Lecce, Italy
Interests: Industry 4.0; supply chains and logistics; modeling and simulation; industrial engineering; digital transformation
Prof. Dr. Eugénio Miguel Rocha
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Department of Mathematics, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal
Interests: Industry 4.0; supply chains and logistics; circular economy; Internet of Things; modeling and simulation
Faculty of Science and Technology, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, 2829-516 Caparica, Portugal
Interests: industrial engineering; industrial symbiosis; energy management; sustainability; circular economy; additive manufacturing; lean manufacturing; quality management systems; sustainable energy systems
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The integration of digital technologies is transforming supply chains and enhancing their resilience. Technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), blockchain, artificial intelligence (AI), and advanced analytics are being employed to improve efficiency, transparency, and responsiveness. These technologies enable real-time data sharing, the automation of processes, predictive analytics, and better decision making.

The resilience of supply chains has become a critical focus area in recent years as companies and organizations seek to adapt and respond effectively to unexpected disruptions. First of all, there is an increasing emphasis on improving visibility across the entire supply chain. This involves real-time tracking and monitoring of goods, components, and information as they move through different stages. Enhanced visibility helps identify potential bottlenecks, risks, and disruptions, enabling proactive measures to be taken. Moreover, there is a growing shift towards demand-driven and agile supply chains. These models prioritize responsiveness and flexibility, enabling rapid adjustments to changing customer demands and market conditions. Building resilient supply chains means adequately managing risk, and therefore implementing risk mitigation strategies and developing efficient contingency plans. The focus is on proactively identifying vulnerabilities and implementing measures to minimize the impact of potential disruptions.

In this challenging context, there is a growing awareness of the importance of sustainability and ethical practices in supply chains. Consumers, regulators, and stakeholders are demanding greater transparency and accountability. As a result, businesses are incorporating environmental, social, and governance (ESG) considerations into their supply chain strategies to mitigate risks related to reputational damage, legal compliance, and resource scarcity. Another significant trend in sustainable supply chains is the adoption of circular economy principles. This involves designing products and processes to minimize waste; promote reusing, repairing, and recycling; and ensure resources are kept in circulation for as long as possible.

Overall, research is helping us moving towards increasingly digital, resilient, and sustainable supply chains.

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Smart and digital supply chains;
  • Modeling and simulation for supply chain management;
  • Circular economy for sustainable supply chains;
  • Innovative approaches for resilient supply chains;
  • Eco-friendly solutions for smart logistics;
  • Green logistics and transportation;
  • Collaboration practices for sustainable and resilient supply chains;
  • Blockchain technology for transparency and traceability;
  • Artificial intelligence for supply chains.

Dr. Vittorio Solina
Dr. Antonio Cimino
Prof. Dr. Eugénio Miguel Rocha
Dr. Radu Godina
Guest Editors

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