There is an increasing focus on circular economy (CE) approaches to product design and durability, including service and repair, remanufacturing and industrial symbiosis. The EU, China and other countries have CE strategies in place, global businesses are experimenting with it, and the World Economic Forum is working with McKinsey and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to accelerate take-up.
The CE has a fundamental impact on supply chains (SC), with increased return flows, service and repair networks, and by-products flowing between companies and industry sectors.
Research can help to better understand how supply chains will change, how these supply chains can be modelled and optimised, and their performance measured. This special issue will focus on supply chains to effectively support circular, resilient and sustainable industries, cities and communities. It will be relevant to academics, practitioners and policy makers.
Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:
- Circular economy (CE) supply chains - the changes expected; issues and opportunities
- CE supply chains - learnings so far
- Procurement approaches - implications and learnings
- Industrial symbiosis and eco-industrial parks - implications and learnings for supply chains
- Distributed manufacturing and localisation - implications for supply chains
- Forward and reverse logistics and supply chains
- Operational resilience in CE supply chains
- Performance assessment and optimisation for reverse supply chains
- Demand (and return) forecasting issues
- Frameworks for modelling CE supply chains
- Supply chains for reuse, repair, refurbishment, remanufacturing, recycling
- Understanding the flows of materials / parts / products, information and funds in CE
- Supporting legislation and regulations
- Enabling changes in society and business models
- The 'sharing economy' and its impact on supply chains
- New service networks - issues and considerations
- The need for zero carbon, clean [pollution-free] and transparent supply chains.
- Applying CE principles to logistics and supply chain activities (e.g. buying services instead of products, sharing assets or resources with local partners)
- Mitigating or managing risks through a circular economy supply chain, e.g. resource security
- Increasing resilience through a circular economy supply chain, e.g. recycled instead of finite materials
Submission of manuscripts: 1 July, 2017
Notification to authors: 1 September, 2017
Final versions due: 1 November, 2017