Supply chain management in the broadest sense is a major cost element in both discrete and process industries as well as dealing with distribution and controlling goods and/or humans. Supply chain management is now being recognised as the management of key business processes.
Research in these areas promises both economic and social benefits such as lowering production and delivery costs, higher product quality and quality of life, and fewer injuries. In this context, concentration is on, but not limited to, the following areas: transportation operations and safety, maritime transportation and logistics, transportation security, transportation and inter-modal planning, cargo loading, containerisation, palletising, automated terminals, highway management, high seas transshipment, cruise line loading, unloading and control and cargo shipping simulation. Quality, cost effectiveness, security and delivery time are the drivers. Modern design theory, simulation, quantitative techniques, data mining, wireless technology, embedded and distributed technologies are just a few of the disciplines needed to help and enhance this research areas.
Overall, this research has the potential to yield significant cost savings to global industries and will eventually enhance their efforts in becoming more competitive in the global economic arena.
This special issue aims to collect recent original contributions related to managerial complexity in supply chain management. Theoretical and/or empirical contributions that make a significant contribution to this field are welcome.
The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the International Conference on Modeling, Simulation and Applied Optimization (ICMSAO’2013), but we also strongly encourage researchers unable to participate in the conference to submit articles for this call.
Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
- Transportation operations and safety
- Maritime transportation and logistics
- Transportation security
- Transportation and inter-modal planning
- Cargo loading
- Automated terminals
- Cruise line loading, unloading and control
- Cargo shipping simulation
Submission deadline: 31 October, 2015