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Special Issue "How Supply Chain Analytics Enhance Supply Chain Innovation, Risk Management, and Sustainability"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Economic and Business Aspects of Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 April 2023) | Viewed by 1688

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Department of Shipping & Transportation Management, National Taiwan Ocean University, 2 Peining Road, Keelung City 202-24, Taiwan
Interests: supply chain management; procurement management; shipping management; transport geography; maritime; analytic hierarchy process
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Faculty of Engineering Management, Poznan University of Technology, Jacka Rychlewskiego 2, 60-965 Poznan, Poland
Interests: automotive engineering; transportation engineering; supply chain management
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Dr. Rhaptyalyani Herno Della
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Department of Civil Engineering and Planning, Sriwijaya University, Sumatera Selatan 30662, Indonesia
Interests: logistics management; maritime safety management

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Supply Chain Ecosystem has six dimensions which include logistics, finance, sales and operation planning, employee resource, manufacturing, and smart tech. With the growth of the modern pandemic and military conflicts, supply chains have encountered great challenges to move goods in the traditional door-to-door model. Retailers have to decide the store locations to meet online shopping needs. Suppliers need to negotiate with their buyers to meet their demands. Transportation service providers have to reroute their vehicles or to manage their supply chain sophisticatedly to distribute their cargoes in a volatile and uncertain environment. Finding a way industry can sustain and overcome these logistical uncertainties and volatilities in a systematic approach to avoid supply chain disruption is highly desired. Previous research focused on analyzing supply chain management strategies, practices, and collaboration without the outbreak of any major sanitary and military disruptions. This issue intends to be an advancement of the previous logistics sustainability literature (e.g., He et al., 2018) after the outbreak of a major pandemic and military conflict in the post-World War 2 era.

Sustainability of supply chains can be achieved through the continuous improvement of the chain stakeholders’ economic, social, and environmental performance. The focus of this Special Issue is to discuss how to increase supply chain sustainability in an analytical way via adequate innovations and appropriate risk management. The scope of this issue includes any scientific research investigating the economic, social, and environmental sustainability of all stakeholders in the supply chain industry, including but not limited to information providers, transportation, warehousing, retailing, and distribution operators. The purpose of this issue is to provide a universal platform to encourage logistics researchers and practitioners to contribute their logistics sustainability knowledge by demonstrating their insightful and empirical logistics research findings.

Dr. Taih-Cherng Lirn
Dr. Paulina Golinska-Dawson
Dr. Rhaptyalyani Herno Della
Guest Editors

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  • logistics analytics
  • innovation
  • risk management
  • sustainability

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A Comparison of Simple Closed-Form Solutions for the EOQ Problem for Exponentially Deteriorating Items
Sustainability 2022, 14(14), 8389; - 08 Jul 2022
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Some inventory items deteriorate and lose their useful life while in storage due to evaporation, spoilage, pilferage, and chemical or mechanical breakdown. Some examples of this phenomenon are the inventories of fresh food, batteries, electronic items, and petroleum products (such as gasoline and [...] Read more.
Some inventory items deteriorate and lose their useful life while in storage due to evaporation, spoilage, pilferage, and chemical or mechanical breakdown. Some examples of this phenomenon are the inventories of fresh food, batteries, electronic items, and petroleum products (such as gasoline and turpentine). Economic and environmental sustainability requires minimizing deterioration losses in inventories throughout the supply chain while optimizing the ordering decisions. This is especially important for food items because, globally, about one third of the food that is produced for human consumption is wasted, causing economic, environmental, political, and societal problems. Food production consumes large amounts of resources such as land, freshwater, fossil fuels, and labor. The same is true for items such as petroleum and chemical products. Exponential deterioration is a commonly used approach to model this phenomenon, which results in an exponentially decreasing inventory level function. An important extension of the basic economic order quantity (EOQ) model is its application to exponentially deteriorating items. In the exponentially deteriorating items model, the rate of deterioration per unit time for the stocked items is proportional to the amount of available physical inventory at any given time. This results in an exponentially declining inventory level over time. This problem normally does not lend itself to a closed-form optimal solution due to the coexistence of polynomial and exponential terms; hence, approximations are used, but the existing approximations yield closed-form solutions that are far from intuitive. In this research, we develop new approximate closed-form solutions for the basic problem and its backordering extensions that are intuitive and very easy to interpret, as well as more accurate; therefore, they are very attractive to practitioners. We provide extensive experimental results to demonstrate superiority of our approximate closed-form solutions. Full article
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