From the initial concept through to the final decommissioning and disposal, supply chain and logistics play a pivotal role in every product’s lifecycle. Manufacturing and production are the heart of the chain, though products may range from simple services up to large procurement projects with characteristics of long product lifetime, unpredicted adaptations and long lead times to delivery. Operating in a simultaneously cooperative and competitive global environment, the supply chain is populated by independent entities vying in their use of scarce private and public resources and infrastructure to achieve their schedule, specification, cash flow and profit goals.
Like a complex system, the supply chain is a complex set of entities and systems interconnected by numerous physical, financial and information flows, and, as with all systems, there are significant technical risks of failure.
Also, current environmental pressures ranging from border security and safety to the need to reduce energy consumption and cut greenhouse gas emissions impact of supply chain.
Finally, recent advances in sensor networks, intelligent product, tracking systems, communications, and information technologies, have led to the development of innovative applications.
This special issue aims to bring together papers from authors interested in logistics not only from a technology standpoint but also from a social sciences perspective. This multi-disciplinary approach has examined the current state of the art focusing on new techniques and models relevant to the operations management of various logistics flows.
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Logistics systems modelling
- Decision support systems
- Information systems
- Legal and regulatory environments
- Framework and control of the global logistics chain
- Manufacturing organisation
- Transport and storage operations
- Performance modelling and measurement
- Risk analysis and planning
- Sensor networks
- Intelligent product
- Tracking systems
Submission of manuscripts: 31 May, 2017
Notification to authors: 31 July, 2017
Final versions due: 30 September, 2017