Enablers and Capabilities for the Digital Supply Chain

A special issue of Systems (ISSN 2079-8954). This special issue belongs to the section "Supply Chain Management".

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Interests: Industry 4.0; digital supply chain; digital technologies; platform; manufacturing supply chain; knowledge management
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Dear Colleagues,

Sources of raw materials and components, as well as logistic bottlenecks, have led to massive instability in supply chains. In particular, recent disruptive phenomena—such as the COVID-19 pandemic and geopolitical tensions—have highlighted that the traditional sequential supply chain model is not well-equipped for facing challenges concerning unpredictable black swan events (Ardolino et al., 2021).

To cope with these challenges, firms need to offset automation by supporting workers and increasing companies' productivity. Indeed, digital transformation has become an increasingly popular topic for both practitioners and researchers since combining digital applications with operational changes can lead to significant performance improvements and competitiveness enhancement (Yang et al., 2021). Digital technologies can also make manufacturing companies and the entire supply chain more resilient with respect to confronting disruptive events, such as a pandemic, as well as making processes more efficient, increasing productivity, and making work more reliable and safer for workers (Ivanov et al., 2021; Kamarthi & Li, 2020).

At the same time, to deal effectively with these disruptive events, the mere adoption of digital technologies is not enough; there is a need for a targeted development of appropriate digital capabilities that might significantly benefit enterprises' performance (Queiroz et al., 2020).

This Special Issue seeks contributions that shed light on the features of the digital supply chain and its potential benefits, as well as the enablers and capabilities to support it.

Accordingly, this Special Issue calls for both theoretical and practical research papers that are capable of providing frameworks, enablers, barriers, best practices, and capabilities on the digital supply chain.

In particular, papers with respect to the following areas are invited:

  • Comparison between traditional and digital supply chains;
  • Contract management in the digital supply chain;
  • Critical success factors for the implementation of a digital supply chain;
  • Digital capabilities enabling the digital supply chain;
  • Performance measurement in the digital supply chain;
  • Standards for systems interoperability in the digital supply chain;
  • Supply chain risk management in the digital supply chain;
  • Supply optimization in the digital supply chain;
  • The role of digital technologies for supply chain resilience;
  • The role of digital technologies in facing supply chain disruptions;
  • The role of digital technologies in the digital supply chain;
  • Sustainability in the digital supply chain.

References:

  • Ardolino, M., Bacchetti, A. & Ivanov, D. Analysis of the COVID-19 pandemic’s impacts on manufacturing: a systematic literature review and future research agenda. Oper Manag Res 15, 551–566 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12063-021-00225-9
  • Ivanov, D., Blackhurst, J., & Das, A. (2021). Supply chain resilience and its interplay with digital technologies: making innovations work in emergency situations. International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, 51(2), 97–103. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJPDLM-03-2021-409
  • Kamarthi, S., & Li, W. (2020). Technology enablers for manufacturing resilience in the COVID and Post-COVID Era. Smart and Sustainable Manufacturing Systems, 4(3). https://doi.org/10.1520/SSMS20200064
  • Queiroz, M.M., Ivanov, D., Dolgui, A., Fosso Wamba, S., (2020). Impacts of epidemic outbreaks on supply chains: mapping a research agenda amid the COVID-19 pandemic through a structured literature review, Annals of Operations Research. Springer US. doi:10.1007/s10479-020-03685-7
  • Yang, M., Fu, M., Zhang, Z., 2021. The adoption of digital technologies in supply chains: Drivers, process and impact. Technol. Forecast. Soc. Change 169, 120795. doi:10.1016/j.techfore.2021.120795

Dr. Marco Ardolino
Dr. Luna Leoni
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Research on the Product Positioning Strategy of the Independent Seller under Platform Encroachment
by Ziyan Wang and Tianjian Yang
Systems 2024, 12(1), 36; https://doi.org/10.3390/systems12010036 - 22 Jan 2024
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The platform owner promotes the transaction between independent sellers and consumers, while entering the marketplace of independent sellers to compete with them for consumers. Faced with the threat of platform encroachment, independent sellers establish their own competitive advantages through ex ante category quality [...] Read more.
The platform owner promotes the transaction between independent sellers and consumers, while entering the marketplace of independent sellers to compete with them for consumers. Faced with the threat of platform encroachment, independent sellers establish their own competitive advantages through ex ante category quality selection and ex post product differentiation. This study discusses how independent sellers should determine product positioning (including vertical and horizontal dimensions) in the face of platform category encroachment. We establish a game model and determine the best strategy. In addition, we develop a multi-agent model to reach conclusions for more complex market situations. We show that when the consumer’s platform preference is low, the independent seller is willing to locate in the high-end product market; otherwise, the independent seller is willing to locate in the low-end product market. In a competitive environment, when consumers’ ideal preferences are concentrated, the independent seller vertically positions in the low-end product market and horizontally positions close to the concentrated area of consumers’ ideal preferences. Similarly, the platform owner is more likely to encroach on the low-end product market. However, the independent seller positions in the high-end product market with greater horizontal differentiation, and the platform owner’s motivation to encroach is weakened. Full article
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How Does Digital Transformation Impact Green Supply Chain Development? An Empirical Analysis Based on the TOE Theoretical Framework
by Weimin Li, Xiaoyu Xiao, Xinyue Yang and Li Li
Systems 2023, 11(8), 416; https://doi.org/10.3390/systems11080416 - 11 Aug 2023
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Digital transformation and sustainability are both at the forefront of current supply chain developments. However, the specific mechanisms of how digital transformation and green supply chain development interact still need to be clarified, which can help supply chain business operators to enhance supply [...] Read more.
Digital transformation and sustainability are both at the forefront of current supply chain developments. However, the specific mechanisms of how digital transformation and green supply chain development interact still need to be clarified, which can help supply chain business operators to enhance supply chain sustainability more effectively. This paper focuses on how the companies’ organization structure and the socio-economic environment interact with digital technologies under the process of green supply chain development. Based on the “Technology–Organization–Environment” (TOE) framework, this paper analyze how digital transformation can drive green supply chain development. To test the TOE theoretical analysis framework, this paper calculates the digital transformation and green supply chain development index at the provincial level in China and conducts an empirical study. The main findings and implications of this paper can be summarized in the following aspects: First, according to the TOE theory, the external environment dimensions, such as the market and policy environments, affect the role of digital technology in promoting GSC development. Second, in the organizational dimensions, labor–capital relations, company size, and ownership factors can all affect the contribution of digital transformation to green supply chains. Third, there are differences in the impact of different types of digitization technologies on GSC development. Full article
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The Effect of Blockchain Technology on Supply Chain Collaboration: A Case Study of Lenovo
by Jianting Xia, Haohua Li and Zhou He
Systems 2023, 11(6), 299; https://doi.org/10.3390/systems11060299 - 10 Jun 2023
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Blockchain technology, as a revolutionary technology that has emerged in recent years, holds significant potential for application in supply chain operations. This paper provides a systematic review of blockchain-based supply chain case studies. The existing literature primarily focuses on the food, agriculture, and [...] Read more.
Blockchain technology, as a revolutionary technology that has emerged in recent years, holds significant potential for application in supply chain operations. This paper provides a systematic review of blockchain-based supply chain case studies. The existing literature primarily focuses on the food, agriculture, and pharmaceutical sectors, highlighting the advantages of blockchain technology in terms of traceability and transparency. However, there is a limited number of studies addressing the improvement of collaboration efficiency in supply chains, particularly within the realm of information technology enterprises. By conducting semi-structured interviews, we present a case study of Lenovo, a leading enterprise utilizing blockchain technology, to elucidate the advantages of using blockchain technology. Subsequently, it proposes a conceptual model for a blockchain-based information collaboration system and discusses the potential applications of blockchain technology in supply chain collaboration. Our study contributes to the existing work on blockchain applications to enhance supply chain collaboration. Full article
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Unveiling the Role of Green Logistics Management in Improving SMEs’ Sustainability Performance: Do Circular Economy Practices and Supply Chain Traceability Matter?
by Bo Zhou, Abu Bakkar Siddik, Guang-Wen Zheng and Mohammad Masukujjaman
Systems 2023, 11(4), 198; https://doi.org/10.3390/systems11040198 - 16 Apr 2023
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Sustainability has been widely recognized as a pervasive phenomenon that underlies the operations and performance of businesses. Recent research has examined the effect of green logistics management on the sustainability performance of businesses. However, we contend that the relationship between green logistics management [...] Read more.
Sustainability has been widely recognized as a pervasive phenomenon that underlies the operations and performance of businesses. Recent research has examined the effect of green logistics management on the sustainability performance of businesses. However, we contend that the relationship between green logistics management and the sustainability performance of firms is not direct but mediated through circular economy practices. We analyze the direct and indirect effects of green logistics management on business sustainability performance via circular economy practices, using the natural resource-based view and resource dependence theory as our theoretical underpinnings. This study also assesses the moderating effect of supply chain traceability on the associations. Drawing upon the empirical data from 211 Bangladeshi manufacturing SMEs, we performed the PLS-SEM technique to assess the hypotheses. The findings show that green logistics management positively affects organizations’ circular economy practices and sustainability performance. Furthermore, supply chain traceability strongly affects SMEs’ circular economy practice but fails to moderate the linkage between green logistics and sustainability performance. Finally, circular economy practice mediates the linkage between SMEs’ green logistics management and sustainability performance. We also conducted the Sobel test to validate the mediation. Our findings advance the natural resource-based view and resource dependence theory while improving the understanding of green logistics management, circular economy practices, and sustainability performance. Given the dearth of literature assessing the complex interactions among these variables, our findings have pivotal implications. Full article
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Pricing Decisions and Game Analysis on Advanced Delivery and Cross-Channel Return in a Dual-Channel Supply Chain System
by Rong Zhang, Yuhao Lu and Bin Liu
Systems 2023, 11(3), 155; https://doi.org/10.3390/systems11030155 - 17 Mar 2023
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Advanced delivery and cross-channel return are new phenomena in Omni-channel marketing. This paper studies a dual-channel supply chain system composed of one online retailer, one physical store, and their ordinary manufacturer. It intends to explore the pricing decisions of retailers under four scenarios [...] Read more.
Advanced delivery and cross-channel return are new phenomena in Omni-channel marketing. This paper studies a dual-channel supply chain system composed of one online retailer, one physical store, and their ordinary manufacturer. It intends to explore the pricing decisions of retailers under four scenarios concerning the question whether deliver goods in advance and use cross-channel return. We analyze the impact of the operation costs of physical stores and the transportation costs of the online retailer on the above strategies, and with numerical examples, analyze the impact of consumers’ perceived value on the profits of each scenario. The results show that the default rate of consumers’ unpaid balance and the cross-channel return rate directly influences the online retailer’s strategy choice. The pricing of the physical store is related to the proportion of unpaid balance and return rate of the online retailer. Customers’ perceived value brought by advanced delivery leads to profit changes in supply chain members and is influenced by the online retailer’s cross-channel return strategy. Full article
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Knowledge Mapping Analysis of Intelligent Ports: Research Facing Global Value Chain Challenges
by Han-Teng Liao, Tsung-Ming Lo and Chung-Lien Pan
Systems 2023, 11(2), 88; https://doi.org/10.3390/systems11020088 - 08 Feb 2023
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Integrated technology management in building smart ports or intelligent ports is a crucial concern for global sustainable development, especially when human societies are facing increasing risks from climate change, sea-levels rising, and supply chain disruptions. By mapping the knowledge base of 103 papers [...] Read more.
Integrated technology management in building smart ports or intelligent ports is a crucial concern for global sustainable development, especially when human societies are facing increasing risks from climate change, sea-levels rising, and supply chain disruptions. By mapping the knowledge base of 103 papers on intelligent ports, retrieved in late December 2022 from the Web of Science, this study conducted a roadmapping exercise using knowledge mapping findings, assisted by Bibliometrix, VoSviewer, and customized Python scripts. The three structural (intellectual, social, and conceptual) aspects of knowledge structure reveal the significance of the internet of things (IoT), the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0), digitalization and supply chains, and the need for digital transformation alignment across various stakeholders with Industry 4.0 practices. Furthermore, an even geographical distribution and institutional representation was observed across major continents. The results of the analysis of the conceptual structure demonstrated the existence of several established and emerging clusters of research, namely (1) industry data, IoT, and ICT, (2) industry 4.0, (3) smart airports, (4) automation; and (5) protocol and security. The overall empirical findings revealed the underlying technology and innovation management issues of digital transformation alignment across stakeholders in IoT, Industry 4.0, 5G, Big Data, and AI integrated solutions. In relation to roadmapping, this study proposed a socio-technical transition framework for prototyping ecosystem innovations surrounding smart sustainable ports, focusing on contributing to valuable carbon or greenhouse gas emission data governance, management, and services in global value chains. Full article
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Environmental Supply Chain Risk Management for Industry 4.0: A Data Mining Framework and Research Agenda
by Jamal El Baz, Anass Cherrafi, Abla Chaouni Benabdellah, Kamar Zekhnini, Jean Noel Beka Be Nguema and Ridha Derrouiche
Systems 2023, 11(1), 46; https://doi.org/10.3390/systems11010046 - 13 Jan 2023
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Smart technologies have dramatically improved environmental risk perception and altered the way organizations share knowledge and communicate. As a result of the increasing amount of data, there is a need for using business intelligence and data mining (DM) approaches to supply chain risk [...] Read more.
Smart technologies have dramatically improved environmental risk perception and altered the way organizations share knowledge and communicate. As a result of the increasing amount of data, there is a need for using business intelligence and data mining (DM) approaches to supply chain risk management. This paper proposes a novel environmental supply chain risk management (ESCRM) framework for Industry 4.0, supported by data mining (DM), to identify, assess, and mitigate environmental risks. Through a systematic literature review, this paper conceptualizes Industry 4.0 ESCRM using a DM framework by providing taxonomies for environmental risks, levels, consequences, and strategies to address them. This study proposes a comprehensive guide to systematically identify, gather, monitor, and assess environmental risk data from various sources. The DM framework helps identify environmental risk indicators, develop risk data warehouses, and elaborate a specific module for assessing environmental risks, all of which can generate useful insights for academics and practitioners. Full article
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