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Circular Economy and Logistics

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 April 2023) | Viewed by 7982

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Department of Technology Management and Economics, Chalmers University of Technology, 41296 Gothenburg, Sweden
Interests: dry ports; intermodal transport; inland waterways; short sea shipping; slow steaming; qualitative studies
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Logistics Department, Faculty of Transport and Traffic Engineering, University of Belgrade, Belgrade 11000, Serbia
Interests: logistics; supply chain; intermodal transport; logistics centers; city logistics; dry ports, humanitarian logistics; e-commerce logistics; multi-criteria decision making
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Logistics Department, Faculty of Transport and Traffic Engineering, University of Belgrade, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia
Interests: logistics; supply chain; intermodal transport; logistics centers; city logistics; dry ports; humanitarian logistics; e-commerce logistics; multi-criteria decision making
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Department of Technology Management and Economics, Chalmers University of Technology, 41296 Gothenburg, Sweden
Interests: sustainable logistics and supply chain management; sustainable transportation; container shipping; logistics services with a focus; reverse logistics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Trends in the today’s global market require an adequate planning of sustainable logistics processes in order to achieve successful business strategies. One of the most important and broadly recognized trends is the development of Circular Economy (CE). CE is a model of production and consumption, which involves sharing, leasing, reusing, repairing, refurbishing and recycling existing materials and products as long as possible. It is often identified with the closed loop supply chain (CLSC) which refers to all Forward Logistics operations in the chain (like procurement of materials, production and distribution), as well as the Reverse Logistics operations aimed at collecting and processing of returned (used or unused) products and/or parts of products in order to ensure a social, economic and environmental sustainable recovery through the extraction of values from different types and volumes of goods flows throughout the entire life cycle. However, in addition to the logistics operations implied by the CLSC, CE also involves the so called soft, non-material logistics operations, covered by the term of Business Logistics. Having previous in mind, it is obvious that the efficiency of CE greatly depends on the logistics activities and processes performance. All three segments of logistics support CE by enabling or facilitating one or more main CE area of interest, namely Supply chain management, Circular business models, Digital transformation, Lifecycle management, Resource efficiency, Smart services, Reuse, Disassembly, Remanufacturing and Recycling.

Therefore, this Special Issue, “Circular economy and logistics”, welcomes papers exploring the current and potential effects of the logistics principles, concepts, solutions, technologies, applications, etc. on the development of the CE paradigm.

Topics covered in the Special Issue include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Investigation of the relationship between CE and logistics;
  • Establishment of the circular logistics and circular supply chains;
  • Circular supply chain design, coordination, collaboration and integration;
  • Logistics activities and processes performance evaluation in the CE;
  • Investigation of the relationship between CE and sustainable logistics (in terms of economic, environmental and social sustainability);
  • Logistics aspects of the CE application in various industries;
  • Investigation of CE in forward, reverse or business logistics;
  • Investigation of logistics 4.0 based CE (application of industry 4.0 technologies for performing logistics activities in CE);
  • Smart logistics in the era of CE;
  • Green logistics in the era of CE;
  • City logistics in the era of CE;
  • Logistics business model innovation oriented to CE;
  • Impact of CE strategies on logistics performance indicators (LPI);
  • Supply-chain strategies oriented to CE;
  • Impact of logistics policies, strategies and interventions on the CE;
  • Impact of regulations on the logistics based CE;
  • Investigation of various modes of transport, intermodal transport and transport activities in general in the CE;
  • Investigation of packaging activities in the CE;
  • Investigation of warehousing activities in the CE;
  • Investigation of inventories in the CE;
  • Significance of nodes in logistics networks (various types of logistics centers and terminals) for achieving goals of CE.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Violeta Roso
Dr. Snežana Tadić
Dr. Mladen Krstić
Dr. Željko Stević
Dr. Ceren Altuntas Vural
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • circular economy
  • logistics
  • supply chain
  • closed loop systems
  • sustainability
  • circular business models
  • digital transformation
  • lifecycle management
  • reuse
  • disassembly
  • remanufacturing
  • recycling
  • city logistics
  • logistics centers
  • intermodal transportation

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A Novel Survey-QFD-WASPAS Methodological Approach for Designing Crowd Storage Platforms: A Case Study of Serbia
by Aleksandra Stanković, Milan Andrejić, Vukašin Pajić, Milorad Kilibarda and Dragan Djurdjević
Sustainability 2023, 15(10), 7929; https://doi.org/10.3390/su15107929 - 12 May 2023
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The concept of crowd logistics has been present in practice for several decades, while it has gained importance in the literature in recent years. Crowd delivery is a widely accepted concept, while crowd storage is still nowhere near its potential. To the best [...] Read more.
The concept of crowd logistics has been present in practice for several decades, while it has gained importance in the literature in recent years. Crowd delivery is a widely accepted concept, while crowd storage is still nowhere near its potential. To the best of the authors’ knowledge, there are no scientific papers dealing with crowd storage in the literature. Crowd storage is one of the categories of crowd logistics services, which involves renting free space on the basis of an agreement, usually between individuals, using specialized online platforms, which are also markets for crowd storage services. Since the concept has not been researched in the literature so far, this paper focuses on several aspects. A unique methodological approach that includes three phases is proposed in this paper. In the first phase, research regarding crowd storage services in the world is carried out. The second phase involves research regarding the crowd storage services in Serbia. The third phase, at the same time the most complex, in the first step defines user requirements and the required resources for the development of crowd storage platforms based on the survey results. In the second step, the weights of the criteria are determined by applying the QFD method. In the third step, the WASPAS method is used for the software solution selection. Furthermore, the results of the research show that crowd storage services in Serbia are still not experiencing expansion. Finally, based on the results of the survey, and by applying the QFD method, user requirements are determined, as well as the resources needed. The crowd storage platform is the alternative with the highest value after the evaluation. Bearing in mind the aforementioned, the justification for the introduction of the specialized online crowd storage platform is confirmed. The concept itself creates numerous positive effects of sustainability: human, social, economic, and environmental. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Circular Economy and Logistics)
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Foliated Transport Networks in Intermodal Freight Transport
by Martina Jakara and Nikolina Brnjac
Sustainability 2023, 15(9), 7384; https://doi.org/10.3390/su15097384 - 28 Apr 2023
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Foliated transport networks represent a concept that aims to improve the efficiency of the transport system by combining direct connections and hub and spoke design. In addition to combining these designs, a foliated transport network requires a high level of dynamic planning and [...] Read more.
Foliated transport networks represent a concept that aims to improve the efficiency of the transport system by combining direct connections and hub and spoke design. In addition to combining these designs, a foliated transport network requires a high level of dynamic planning and control, as well as optimisation of goods and resources between the different network layers. It highlights the advantages of individual transport network designs and minimizes their weaknesses, ultimately leading to better performance of the foliated system than the individual options. The purpose of this paper is to describe the basic models of the freight transport network and the benefits of connecting these models. This survey paper aims to provide an overview of previous research in the field of foliated transport networks and to provide future research guidelines in this field that include the application of this model in intermodal transport. Full article
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Dynamic Evaluation of Energy Carbon Efficiency in the Logistics Industry Based on Catastrophe Progression
by Xiaohong Yin, Yufei Wu and Qiang Liu
Sustainability 2023, 15(6), 5574; https://doi.org/10.3390/su15065574 - 22 Mar 2023
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The logistics industry has an irreplaceable role in promoting Chinese economic development, and its carbon emissions have become a hot topic of academic research. However, more research needs to be conducted on this. This study is based on establishing an evaluation index system [...] Read more.
The logistics industry has an irreplaceable role in promoting Chinese economic development, and its carbon emissions have become a hot topic of academic research. However, more research needs to be conducted on this. This study is based on establishing an evaluation index system for the efficiency of energy carbon emissions in the Chinese logistics industry. The catastrophe progression method was used to evaluate this statically. A dynamic evaluation model was also established based on the characteristics of fuzzy rewards and punishments. The results showed that the static values in the southeastern provinces of China were always between 0.9 and 1, and there was a significant increase in the dynamic values under the fuzzy reward and punishment scenario. Provinces in the southwest fluctuated between 0.8 and 0.95, while the dynamic values did not increase much. In the northern provinces, the static assessment values were consistently between 0.7 and 0.9, while the dynamic values were decreasing. It is therefore important to reward provinces with high static assessment values and penalize those with low static assessment values. The perspective of the characteristics of fuzzy rewards and punishments is also essential for fair and equitable management, reward and punishment in the different provinces in the study. Full article
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A New Integrated Multi-Criteria Decision-Making Model for Sustainable Supplier Selection Based on a Novel Grey WISP and Grey BWM Methods
by Alptekin Ulutaş, Ayşe Topal, Dragan Pamučar, Željko Stević, Darjan Karabašević and Gabrijela Popović
Sustainability 2022, 14(24), 16921; https://doi.org/10.3390/su142416921 - 16 Dec 2022
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Supplier selection is an important task in supply chain management, as suppliers have a vital role in the success of organisations in a supply chain. Sustainability has emerged as a solution to decreasing resources and increasing environmental and social problems in the past [...] Read more.
Supplier selection is an important task in supply chain management, as suppliers have a vital role in the success of organisations in a supply chain. Sustainability has emerged as a solution to decreasing resources and increasing environmental and social problems in the past few decades. It has been applied to various industrial operations, one of them is supplier selection, to mitigate unwanted effects in the future. Sustainable supplier selection is a complicated multi-criteria decision making problem, including several criteria from economic, environmental, and social perspectives. To deal with subjective judgements of decision makers, fuzzy and grey methods are widely used in multi-criteria decision making, In the case of small, limited, and incomplete data, the grey theory provides satisfactory results, compared to fuzzy methods. Therefore, this study is an integrated method including grey Best-Worst Method (BWM) and grey Weighted Sum-Product (WISP) for choosing the most sustainable supplier for a textile manufacturer, which includes three main criteria and twelve sub-criteria. According to the result of the proposed model, the supplier with the best performance was determined to be the supplier with the SP2 coded. The results of the developed model were shown to the experts, and the accuracy of the results was confirmed. According to the experts, a higher amount of product can be purchased from the supplier with the SP2 code, and a tighter relationship can be worked with this supplier. The contributions of this study are: (1) Develop a new grey MCDM model called Grey WISP. (2) Create a new integrated MCDM model with grey theory, BWM, and WISP methods that can be applied to assess supplier sustainability using this hybrid model. The proposed model can be used not just for selecting sustainable suppliers, but also for any other decision problems that have multiple criteria and alternatives. The findings suggest that the Grey WISP method achieved accurate results. Full article
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The Assessment of Ecological Livability for Agricultural, Pasture, Forestry, Residential, and Tourism Activities; Study Area: North of Iran
by Sarfaraz Hashemkhani Zolfani, Seyed Mostafa Hedayatnezhad Kashi and Saba Baharvandi
Sustainability 2022, 14(19), 12638; https://doi.org/10.3390/su141912638 - 05 Oct 2022
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Ecological livability assessment is one of the effective strategies seeking an optimum balance between the processes of urban development and ecological ones to ensure sustainable and livable environments ultimately. Since this type of evaluation is functional and practical for managers and planners, ecological [...] Read more.
Ecological livability assessment is one of the effective strategies seeking an optimum balance between the processes of urban development and ecological ones to ensure sustainable and livable environments ultimately. Since this type of evaluation is functional and practical for managers and planners, ecological livability is studied from different aspects (ecological, physical-social, economic). With an emphasis on ecological-infrastructural potentials, the present paper studies the region’s capabilities in four activities: agriculture, pasture, forestry, residential, and tourism in northern Iran. Firstly, in the methodology and based on GIS, ecological-infrastructural indicators were investigated in the study area (Tonekabon City). Secondly, the four activities evaluated the ecological-infrastructural indicators according to the Delphi and ANP methods. Then they were combined with the Overlay function to prioritize the ecological-infrastructural potential of Tonekabon City for the activities. Findings from the study show that topographic and land capability indicators impact various activities concerning Tonekabon City’s characteristics. The results of the research for the four activities in Tonekabon indicate that 35% of lands have a high potential for agriculture and pasture, more than 70% for forestry, 35% for tourism activities, and more than 73% for settlement ones in the category 1 and 2 (suitable, moderately suitable). In addition, the most ecological infrastructure potential is for agricultural-pasture, residential, and tourism activities in the northern of Tonekabon and forestry ones for the southern part. However, the high potential and power are in other parts of Tonekabon, especially the central sections, to establish several activities that it is possible to improve livability in the light of sustainable development through the investment in activities. Full article
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