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Special Issue "Sustainable Food Supply Chains and Service Operations"

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: 31 July 2024 | Viewed by 769

Special Issue Editors

School of Economics and Management, Beijing University of Technology, 100 Pingleyuan, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100124, China
Interests: supply chain management; finance technology; application of blockchain technology; big data; emergency management
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Dr. Hao Hu
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Guest Editor
School of Management, Shijiazhuang Tiedao University, 17 North Second Ring East Road, Shijiazhuang 050043, China
Interests: supply chain management; transportation management; hazardous material transportation management; fuzzy optimization
Dr. Libin Guo
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Guest Editor
School of Management, Qufu Normal University, 80 Yantai Road, Donggang District, Rizhao 276800, China
Interests: supply chain management; platform supply chain; information sharing; cross border e-commerce; share economy
School of Economics and Management, Beijing University of Technology, 100 Ping le yuan, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100124, China
Interests: service operations management; blockchain technology and application; service system modeling and design

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Sustainable production and distribution are pertinent and timely issues in production economics. They are particularly critical for the food industry, which is still the largest manufacturing sector in many developed and developing countries. The food supply chain is a complex network that spans from the farm to the table, responsible for delivering food products from producers to consumers and involving numerous intermediate steps. Throughout this process, the safety, quality, resilience, sustainability, and traceability of food are of paramount importance.

With evolving consumer demands, advancements in emerging technologies, and the influence of climate change, oil dependency, fair trade, and public health crises, many food supply chain enterprises are undergoing innovative reforms to address evolving needs and challenges. These include digital transformation, sustainability and environmental initiatives, supply chain traceability, multi-channel sales models, personalization, and customization, among others. Consequently, the management of food supply chain service operations faces new challenges and opportunities.

This Special Issue aims to gather significant research on sustainable food supply chains and service operations management in the context of these new dynamics. Its goal is to ensure the high quality and safety of food while enhancing the efficiency and sustainability of the food industry. We look forward to unveiling strong practical and theoretical implications that service operations management in the food supply chain within the context of new technologies, organizations, societies, and environments.

Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Food supply chain sustainability;
  • Food supply chain quality management;
  • Food supply chain risk management;
  • Food supply chain finance;
  • Food supply chain resilience;
  • Food supply chain information flow management;
  • Food supply traceability and transparency;
  • Food waste reduction strategies;
  • Food quality and safety;
  • Food storage and transportation safety management;
  • Digital transformation and the IoT in food supply chain;
  • Emerging markets and international trade on food supply chain;
  • Social and environmental responsibility in food supply chain;
  • Consumer behavior and food service trends;
  • Demand control and food safety measures;
  • Collaborative food supply chain models;
  • Food safety regulations and compliance;
  • Technological innovations in food delivery services;
  • Logistics and operations for sustainable food supply chain management;
  • Packaging and containment of sustainability.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Prof. Dr. Jian Li
Dr. Hao Hu
Dr. Libin Guo
Dr. Feifei Yang
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • food supply chain
  • sustainability
  • service operations
  • food safety
  • social and environmental responsibility

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