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Sustainable Logistics and Supply Chains during and after Pandemic COVID-19

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "A: Sustainable Energy".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 January 2022) | Viewed by 8033

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Department of Strategic Management and Logistics, Faculty of Business and Management, Wroclaw University of Economics and Business, Wroclaw, Poland, 58-500 Branch in Jelenia Góra, Poland
Interests: logistics and supply chain management; city logistics; e-commerce; transport economics

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Department of Strategic Management and Logistics, Faculty of Business and Management, Wroclaw University of Economics and Business, Branch in Jelenia Góra, 58-500 Wroclaw, Poland
Interests: city logistics; logistics in city strategic planning; last mile delivery; e-commerce; supply chain management
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Department of Transport Engineering, Infrastructure Engineering, University of Melbourne, Melbourne 3010, Australia
Interests: physical internet; urban freight; intelligent transport systems; freight modelling; distribution network; city logistics
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Dear Colleagues,

In many countries the pandemic of Covid-19 has resulted a dynamic expansion of e-commerce in total retail sales. Social distancing measures have also changed e-commerce customer behaviors in terms of last mile delivery and returns of on-line purchased goods. In order to meet increased e-commerce sales and new customer expectations it is necessary to develop long term strategies and different types of innovative solutions for sustainable last mile delivery as well as return and reverse logistics.

Moreover, the pandemic Covid-19 has led to national lockdowns, delivery delays, cancelation of orders and other disruptions in global supply chains. Many international companies have reconsidered the current risk management system and configuration of their supply chains towards local suppliers.  Therefore the new challenges during and after pandemic Covid -19 has been creating the growing demand for the sustainable and innovative logistics, both within local and global supply chains, including the reduction of their negative environmental impact related to extensive energy consumption.

This Special Issue covers the following topics in relation to the pandemic Covid-19 situation:

  • Sustainable city logistics and supply chains
  • Last mile delivery, return and reverse logistics
  • Re-configuration and risk management of global supply chains
  • Humanitarian logistics
  • Energy consumption in global vs. local supply chains

Prof. Dr. Jarosław Witkowski
Prof. Dr. Maja Kiba-Janiak
Prof. Dr. Russell Thompson
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Keywords

  • sustainable city logistics
  • last mile delivery
  • return and reverse logistics
  • humanitarian logistics
  • global and local supply chains
  • logistics innovations
  • energy consumption
  • pandemic Covid-19

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Decision-Making under the Risk, Uncertainty and COVID-19 Pandemic Conditions Applying the PL9A Method of Logistics Planning—Case Study
by Wiesław Staniuk, Michał Staniuk, Norbert Chamier-Gliszczynski, Marianna Jacyna and Michał Kłodawski
Energies 2022, 15(2), 639; https://doi.org/10.3390/en15020639 - 17 Jan 2022
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The next industrial revolution, which coincided with the COVID-19 pandemic, is prompting a different look at the issue of supply chain change management. A new perspective should take into account the aspect of supply chain efficiency at multiple levels. Efficient logistics is green [...] Read more.
The next industrial revolution, which coincided with the COVID-19 pandemic, is prompting a different look at the issue of supply chain change management. A new perspective should take into account the aspect of supply chain efficiency at multiple levels. Efficient logistics is green and energy-saving, both of which need to be systematically integrated with the logistical planning processes. The dynamic changes on the demand and supply side resulting from social, political, and economic transformations have significantly influenced the shaping of long-term supply chains. The development of new manufacturing and logistics technologies prompts the development and implementation of new integrated planning methods to support supply chain management processes. Modern supply chains are oriented towards operations in a dynamically changing socio-economic environment. The new methods are capable of incorporating dynamic adaptation of logistics infrastructure which respond to changing relationships between supply and demand. To meet the identified problems of complexity, relevance, and time-consumption of the logistic planning process in modern enterprise management, the PL9A method of logistic planning and 9A LOGPLANNER application for logistics planning were developed. The article presents the results of experimental and simulation studies on the improvement of logistic processes in a working manufacturing enterprise with application of the PL9A method. The results of the experimental work indicate that the application of the PL9A method embedded in the 9A LOGPLANNER software makes it possible to dynamically simulate any number of logistics system variants in a short period of time, while reducing risk and obtaining tangible benefits in terms of energy and ecological efficiency. Full article
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Seaports during the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Terminal Operators’ Tactical Responses to Disruptions in Maritime Supply Chains
by Marta Mańkowska, Michał Pluciński, Izabela Kotowska and Ludmiła Filina-Dawidowicz
Energies 2021, 14(14), 4339; https://doi.org/10.3390/en14144339 - 19 Jul 2021
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The world-wide crisis caused by the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic had a significant impact on the global economy functioning and the sustainable development of supply chains. The changes also affected seaports being the key links of maritime supply chains. The purpose of [...] Read more.
The world-wide crisis caused by the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic had a significant impact on the global economy functioning and the sustainable development of supply chains. The changes also affected seaports being the key links of maritime supply chains. The purpose of the research study described in this article was to identify the sources and kinds of disruptions observed in various maritime supply chains as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and their impact on the operations of various types of seaport terminals, namely those serving bulk (universal, specialised) and general cargoes (universal, specialised). An additional purpose was to identify the dependencies between the type of terminal and its main function, and the tactical decisions adopted by the particular terminals. The research was carried out using the multiple-case study method. The study covered some selected port terminals functioning in Polish seaports (Gdańsk, Szczecin, Świnoujście), applying direct, semi-structured in-depth interviews. The analysis of the results was carried out using the inductive reasoning method. The research study has shown that as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic some maritime supply chains ceased to exist, some of them were operating with decreased cargo volumes, while in other cases the transshipment volumes actually rose during the pandemic. Among terminal operators’ tactical responses to disruptions in maritime supply chains, there were pro-active and adaptive measures. Pro-active (offensive) measures included actions taken by an enterprise in order to engage in new maritime supply chains, and even participating in establishing new maritime chains in response to limitations caused by the pandemic. Adaptive (defensive) measures covered actions taken by the port terminals as a consequence of changes in the existing maritime supply chains, caused by the pandemic in the port’s foreland or hinterland. The research study results revealed that the terminals extent of engagement and tactical decisions related to the pandemic were depended on the type of terminal (universal or specialised) and its main function played within a supply chain. Full article
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