5 January 2017

Call for papers: "Sustainable Inventory Management"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Inventory Research.

Over the past decades, inventory management has become a well-studied area from an economic point of view. While inventory systems are optimised to reduce costs, the social and environmental impacts of inventory systems are ignored. However, in the last few years, growing pressure from customers as well as governments leads inventory systems to address sustainability issues. In fact, being more sustainable is a crucial issue in inventory systems. Optimising an inventory system by considering the triple bottom line (TBL) (i.e. financial, environmental, and social) is a challenge from both academic and applied point of views.
This special issue is seeking original, unpublished works that discover recent advances in various aspects of sustainability in inventory management. We aim to publish state-of-the-art research concerning sustainability issues in inventory management systems. Papers on theory, method, and modelling with methodologies including mathematical modelling, simulation and conceptual framework formulation as well as on applications and case studies are all invited. Review articles are also welcomed. Contributions reporting real-world case studies are particularly appreciated.
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Sustainable order quantity
  • Green issues in inventory systems
  • Sustainable supply chain inventory planning
  • Green issues in multi echelon inventory systems
  • Social issues in inventory systems
  • Sustainable logistics and warehousing
  • Reverse logistics inventory planning
  • Closed-loop inventory systems
  • Clean warehousing and logistics
  • Corporate social responsibility and inventory management
  • Consumer environmental awareness and inventory management
  • Cap and trade programs and inventory management
  • Triple bottom line in inventory systems evaluation
  • Sustainable lot sizing problems
  • Risk management in sustainable inventory systems
  • Multi criteria decision making for sustainable inventory management
  • Green warehousing and distribution systems
Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 30 April, 2017
Notification to authors: 20 June, 2017
Final versions due: 20 July, 2017

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