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Special Issue "Sustainability and Energy Efficiency in Logistics"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "F5: Artificial Intelligence and Smart Energy".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 23 February 2023 | Viewed by 1188

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Mario Safran
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Guest Editor
Faculty of Traffic Science, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia
Interests: transport and traffic sciences; logistics
Dr. Martin Gregurić
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Guest Editor
Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia
Interests: application of data science and AI in control and analysis of transport processes
Dr. Dario Medić
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Guest Editor
Faculty of Maritime Studies, University of Split, Split, Croatia
Interests: Search and rescue at sea; optimization of logistic processes in maritime transport; risk management in maritime transport

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The logistics industry is facing new challenges in operating global supply chains due to the specific circumstances introduced by the COVID-19 pandemic. Increased transit time and a lack of transport capacity caused by more exhaustive border controls, closing or reducing the capacity of ports and terminals, labour shortages, etc. require more efficient and sustainable logistic solutions. Simultaneously, the ecological imperative makes it necessary to employ environmentally friendly equipment and technology in transport and logistics. It is well known that reducing energy consumption is one of the keys to reducing greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere, and the logistics industry emits a significant portion of these.

Research and review articles are therefore invited for submission to this Special Issue that are related, but not limited, to:

  • AI and data science for the optimization and analysis of logistics processes;
  • Possibility of reducing energy consumption by optimizing logistics processes;
  • Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by introducing electric vehicles and other environmentally friendly equipment;
  • Process automation in warehouse logistics and transportation;
  • IoT solutions in transport, inventory, and warehouse management;
  • Improving competitiveness of transport and logistics services and raising customer satisfaction;
  • Sustainable supply chain solutions in terms of energy efficiency, environmental protection, working conditions, and social responsibility. 

Prof. Dr. Mario Safran
Dr. Martin Gregurić
Dr. Dario Medić
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Energies is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2200 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

  • transport technology
  • energy efficiency
  • automation
  • logistic services
  • reverse logistic
  • IoT solutions
  • greenhouse gas emissions
  • supply chain
  • sustainability

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Saving Energy by Optimizing Warehouse Dock Door Allocation
Energies 2022, 15(16), 5862; https://doi.org/10.3390/en15165862 - 12 Aug 2022
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As energy consumption constantly gains importance, it has become one of the major issues in managing logistics systems. However, it is ranked against other company priorities, and the rationalization for investing in energy needs to be justified by the savings achieved. A solution [...] Read more.
As energy consumption constantly gains importance, it has become one of the major issues in managing logistics systems. However, it is ranked against other company priorities, and the rationalization for investing in energy needs to be justified by the savings achieved. A solution for reducing energy consumption via electric forklifts for performing docking operations at distribution centers, which requires no investments in infrastructure or equipment, is outlined in this paper. The solution is based on optimizing inbound dock door allocation, and the energy savings are quantified using a simulation model. A case study of a local FMCG distributor’s logistics center was conducted to collect the data and information needed for modeling inbound docking operations and performing simulation experiments. The optimal dock door allocation was obtained using a linear programming method using an MS Excel spreadsheet optimizer (Solver), while the simulation of the docking operations was carried out using FlexSim simulation software. The experimental results show that the solution outlined in this paper enables savings in the electric energy consumption of forklifts of between 12.8% and 14.5%, compared to the empirical solution applied by the company in the case study. The intended contribution of this paper is not limited to presenting an applicable solution for energy savings in performing logistics processes, but also aims to draw the attention of more researchers and companies to the ways in which logistics processes are managed and performed in terms of raising energy efficiency. Full article
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Title: Energy Savings by Optimizing Warehouse Dock Door Alloca-tion
Authors: Ratko Stanković; Kristijan Rogić; Mario Šafran 1
Affiliation: Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences; Vukelićeva 4; HR-10000 Zagreb
Abstract: As energy consumption constantly gains importance, it has become one of the major issues in managing logistic systems. However, it is ranged against a company priorities, and the imperative of investing in energy rationalization to be justified by savings achieved thereof. A solution for reducing energy consumption by electric forklifts, in performing docking operations at distribution center, which requires no investments in infrastructure nor equipment, is outlined in this paper. The solution is based on optimizing dock door allocation, while the energy savings are quantified on the simulation model. A case study of a local FMCG distributor’s logistic center is conducted, to collect data and information needed for modelling inbound docking operations and performing simulation experiments. The optimal dock door allocation is obtained by the linear programming method, using MS Excel Spreadsheet Optimizer (Solver), while the simulation of the docking op-erations is carried out by using FlexSim simulation software. The experimental results show, the solution outlined in this paper provides between 11% and 12% energy reduction compared to the solution applied by the company from the case study.

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