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Sustainable Supply Chain and Logistics Management

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Management".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2023) | Viewed by 2234

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Department of Business, Consumer Sciences and Quality Management, Faculty of Business and Tourism, Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania
Interests: e-business; retailing; consumer behavior; logistics
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Department of Business, Consumer Sciences and Quality Management, Faculty of Business and Tourism, Bucharest University of Economic Studies, 010404 Bucharest, Romania
Interests: logistics; supply chain management; sales; coaching

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Department of Economics, University of Galati, 800201 Galați, Romania
Interests: circular economy; sustainable development; social economy; business administration

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Dear Colleagues,

Academic and corporate interest in sustainable supply chain management (SSCM) has risen considerably in recent years. If, a few years ago, the keywords in logistics were cost and on-shelf availability, nowadays the concept of sustainability seems to be one of the main concerns. Thus, congested traffic from urban agglomerations, energy consumption, and CO2 emissions have become critical factors in the supply chain. Separately or together, manufacturers, retailers, logistics and related service providers are all making efforts to reduce the impact of logistics activities on the environment. Problems such as limited natural resources, climate change or safety have attracted the attention of policy-makers, meaning that the logistics sector will face a series of new challenges in the years to come. Additionally, the progress recorded in the field of digital technologies has induced significant changes in the management of logistics processes and activities. Thus, supply chains must take into account these new parameters.

The current perspectives on sustainable supply chain and logistics hold important implications for managers, by directing limited resources toward projects which intersect environmental or social performance and economic performance. On the other hand, from the point of view of conceptual approaches, the field of SSCM has evolved from a perspective and investigation of standalone research in social and environmental areas to the a theoretical framework. While SSCM research has become more theoretically rich and methodologically rigorous, there are many opportunities for further advancing theory and methodology.

This Special Issue aims to stimulate and promote the development of novel approaches enabling sustainable logistics and supply chain management. In this context, we are pleased to invite you to contribute with original research articles and reviews. The objective of this Special Issue is to capture the latest advances regarding the integration of the green logistics and SSCM by contemporary organizations and to investigate the current status and future of sustainable logistical operations from various perspectives.

Topics of interest for publication in this Special Issue include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Supply chain design and optimization with consideration of sustainability
  • Innovative green logistics solutions
  • Green transportation, warehousing, and distribution
  • Green logistics and reverse logistics
  • Circular economy and closed loop supply chains (CLSC)
  • Sustainable packaging logistics (SPL) 
  • Sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) of logistics service providers (LSP)
  • Applications of digital technologies in sustainable logistics and supply chain management

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Irina Albastroiu Nastase
Prof. Dr. Cristinel Vasiliu
Dr. Mihaela Bucur
Prof. Dr. Oana Florina Virlanuta
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • supply chain management
  • sustainable supply chain management (SSCM)
  • green logistics
  • closed-loop supply chains (CLSC)
  • digital technologies

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Evolution of Social Competencies in Sustainable Supply Chains
by Zenon Foltynowicz, Anna Łupicka-Fietz, Anna Maria Jeszka and Damian Kowalczyk
Sustainability 2024, 16(6), 2581; https://doi.org/10.3390/su16062581 - 21 Mar 2024
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In many sectors of the economy, the global changes brought about by COVID-19, the war in Ukraine and the ensuing economic crisis have challenged the hitherto used social competencies necessary to successfully manage companies in sustainable supply chains. The slogan of sustainability has [...] Read more.
In many sectors of the economy, the global changes brought about by COVID-19, the war in Ukraine and the ensuing economic crisis have challenged the hitherto used social competencies necessary to successfully manage companies in sustainable supply chains. The slogan of sustainability has now become a household word in the global economy. At the same time, the EU is moving from a 4.0 to a 5.0 economy, with increasing attention being paid to the soft competencies of future managers. This article aims to present the patterns of competencies in supply chains and to identify the relevance of specific social competencies for doing business in the face of the above challenges. The survey was conducted among selected experts from the healthcare industry, who were asked to identify the importance of social competencies. This choice was primarily motivated by certain characteristics of the industry. This work aims to determine which social competencies seem to be essential for future managers in sustainable supply chains and the transformation towards a 5.0 economy. The answer to this question is crucial for research and teaching centers aiming to educate future managers at the highest level of specific social competencies and skills in a business environment. Given the dynamic development of specific industries, it is reasonable to identify the needs in the areas of social skills. Full article
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Designing the Distribution Network of Essential Items in the Critical Conditions of Earthquakes and COVID-19 Simultaneously
by Sina Abbasi, Ilias Vlachos, Shabnam Rekabi and Mohammad Talooni
Sustainability 2023, 15(22), 15900; https://doi.org/10.3390/su152215900 - 13 Nov 2023
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Current societies must make the necessary plans for effective responses and to reduce the destructive effects of disasters. For this reason, this research has developed a mathematical programming model under uncertainty for earthquake relief and response during COVID-19. In the presented model, the [...] Read more.
Current societies must make the necessary plans for effective responses and to reduce the destructive effects of disasters. For this reason, this research has developed a mathematical programming model under uncertainty for earthquake relief and response during COVID-19. In the presented model, the possibility of facility failure is considered according to the intensity of the earthquake and COVID-19 to increase reliability. The simultaneous occurrence of these disasters presents unique challenges in ensuring the timely delivery of essential supplies to affected regions. Distribution centers (DCs) are considered to be of two types: the first type is local DCs, which use public centers and are close to accident points. These types of centers are prone to failure because they use public facilities. Another type is the reliable DCs built outside the disrupted area, which have a very low probability of loss due to spending more money to build them. In addition, to consider the reliability capabilities, the new model has tried to provide a complete model for transportation planning by considering the multi-trip mode of vehicles. Moreover, this model considers distance restriction at the demand point for the first time because of COVID-19 during the earthquake. The proposed network design aims to offer effective solutions in promptly delivering essential items to affected areas, thereby enhancing disaster management strategies and minimizing the impact of these crises on vulnerable populations. Uncertainty is presented using the probability approach based on the modeling scenario and a case study from the city of Istanbul to illustrate the performance of the suggested model. Finally, the suggested mode is solved with an Lp-metric and goal programming (GP) approach. The results show that in this case, the proposed model shows that effective and efficient aid delivery is possible in terms of time and cost. Therefore, it can help crisis managers respond by providing the required budget and appropriate logistics planning. Full article
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