Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review

Call for papers for the Special issue:
Smart Supply Chains and Intelligent Logistics Services

The rapid development of technologies such as big data, cloud computing, Internet of Things (IoT), blockchain, and artificial intelligence have led to supply chain innovation, and smart supply chains (SSCs) emerge. The SSC is an organizational form that relies on the internet and big data, aims to enhance customer value, and realizes efficient coordination of product design, procurement, production, sales and service through collaborative sharing, innovation mode and advanced technology. Besides SSCs, the intelligent logistics services (ILSs) also have been widely used in global enterprises, which emphasize on the integration of the IoT, the sensor network and the Internet.

In recent years, the emergence of SSCs and ILSs has changed the way supply chain operates. Not only large manufacturing companies but also many platform companies, such as Amazon, Alibaba, Cainiao Logistics, JD Logistics, are vigorously promoting the construction of SSCs and ILSs. Compared to the traditional supply chain and logistics systems, the SSCs and ILSs need a comprehensive application of technologies. These characteristics make the management process more complicated and deserve deeper explorations. This SI on “Smart Supply Chains and Intelligent Logistics Services” focuses on the theories and applications of SSCs and ILSs. The SI accepts scientific research based on various methods, such as optimization models, algorithms, quantitative case analysis and second-hand public data analysis. This SI will contribute to the expanding literature in SSCs and ILSs, and provides academics and the operations managers with a better understanding these important areas.

This SI will cover the following topics:

  • Operations mechanisms of smart supply chains and intelligent logistics services
  • Transformations from traditional supply chains to smart supply chains
  • Systems development from traditional logistics services to intelligent logistics services
  • Technological innovation mode of smart supply chains and intelligent logistics services
  • Research on related technologies supporting smart supply chains and intelligent logistics services
  • Typical applications and multi-case quantitative analyses of smart supply chains and intelligent logistics services
  • Smart supply chains and intelligent logistics services from platform perspectives
  • Sustainable development of smart supply chains and intelligent logistics services
  • Smart supply chain and intelligent logistics service management considering social/ environmental benefits
  • Sustainable operations methods of smart supply chain platforms with mobile devices
  • Policy research to promote the development of smart supply chains and intelligent logistics services
  • Data driven research on operations and supply chain management
  • Application of artificial intelligence and block chain technology in logistics and supply chain management

We, guest editors, will select the best papers through two tracks: An open track on the TRE Evise system, and an invited track for extended papers submitted to 2019 POMS International Conference in China (POMS-China) in Tianjin, China, and the 21st International Conference on Electronic Commerce (ICEC 2019) in Busan, Korea.

Key dates:

  • Announcement of SI on the TRE website: 1 April 2019
  • Open EVISE site on 1 June 2019
  • Close submission of manuscript 31 December 2019
  • Deliver Editorial to Co-EIC of TRE by 1 June 2020

Submission and review process

Submission process and papers must adhere to the normal author guidelines of Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, which can be found at https://www.elsevier.com/journals/transportation-research-part-e-logistics-and-transportation-review/1366-5545/guide-for-authors

Submission must be made via https://www.evise.com/profile/api/navigate/TRE with clear selection indicating that the submission is for this Special Issue. All submissions to the Journal TRE: should be submitted via the Transportation Research Part E online submission system. When you submit your paper to the special section, please choose article type “SSCs and ILSs” otherwise your submission will be handled as a regular manuscript.

Papers submitted to the Special Issue will be subjected to normal thorough double-blind review process.

For any queries please contact the Guest Editors

Professor Weihua Liu (Managing Guest Editor)
Department of Operations and Supply Chain Management,
College of Management and Economics, Tianjin University, China
E-mail: lwhliu@tju.edu.cn

Professor J. George Shanthikumar
Richard E. Dauch Chair of Manufacturing and Operations Management and Distinguished Professor of Management, Krannert School of Management, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. USA.
Email: shanthikumar@purdue.edu

Professor Paul Tae-Woo Lee
Director of Maritime Logistics and Free Trade Islands Research Center,
Zhejiang University, China.
Email: paultaewoo.lee@zju.edu.cn

Professor Xiang Li
College of Economic and Social Development, Nankai University, China
E-mail: xiangli@nankai.edu.cn

Dr Li Zhou
Reader in Operations Management
Systems Management and Strategy Department, Business School,
University of Greenwich, SE10 9LS, UK
Email: Zl14@gre.ac.uk