18 November 2009

Call for papers: Challenging Research Issues in Logistics Management

A special issue of International Journal of Logistics Economics and Globalisation

Companies today face numerous transportation challenges, including rising fuel costs, new regulatory mandates and global operations with higher levels of lead time variability. Customers have increasing demands for transportation performance, higher on-time delivery performance and reduced damage-in-transit. They expect transportation providers to be flexible and quickly adapt to order changes. Add to all of this an increased need for global freight visibility and control, and companies are scrambling to find the right solution to quickly address these challenges. Transportation and logistics management accomplishes this by supporting processes including carrier contract negotiations, transportation network modelling, shipment order handling, freight planning, order execution and monitoring, and freight financial settlement.

Logistics is the system of managing and regulating the movement of goods, services, information and other resources from supplier to final user. The main objective of logistics is to co-ordinate these activities in a way that meets customer requirements at minimum cost. It involves the integration of information, transportation, warehousing, inventory, material handling and packaging. The field of logistics has now come to be considered as an immensely complicated responsibility. It is a normal part of the progress in the study of any business discipline for research simultaneously to become more rigorous and more applicable to practitioners, hence the decision to publish a special issue devoted to the topic.

Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
  • Distribution and transport management
  • Warehouse management and warehouse control systems
  • Business and production logistics
  • Third-party logistics (3PL), fourth-party logistics (4PL)
  • Green/sustainable logistics
  • Inventory Management
  • Modelling and simulation of logistics and supply chain network
  • Role of information technology in logistics (internet, RFID etc.)
  • Supply chain performance management
  • Reverse logistics and closed loop supply chain management
  • Global logistics operations
  • Buyer-supplier relationships in logistics
  • Vehicle routing
  • Research methodologies
  • Case studies
Important Dates
Manuscript submission: 20 January 2010
Notification of initial decision: 20 March 2010
Submission of revised manuscript: 20 May 2010
Notification of final acceptance: 20 July 2010
Submission of final manuscript: 20 October 2010

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