Current State and Future of International Logistics Networks—The Role of Digitalization and Sustainability in a Globalized World

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Interests: international logistics networks; supply chain volatility; automation in logistics and supply chain management; autonomous logistics networks; supply chain twins; agri-food supply chains; the role of Africa in international logistics networks
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Dear Colleagues,

International logistics networks are in constant change and are facing more and more challenges while trying to cope with increasing dynamics and uncertainties. Due to the global and cross-industry relevance of logistics for the economy and society, logistics has always been exposed to various micro- and macroeconomic trends and challenges, and managers are constantly asking themselves which future development paths might emerge for international logistics networks. In this complex environment, logistics managers must tackle several trends simultaneously. Managing the ever-present cost pressure in logistics thereby becomes even more challenging when trying to manage increasing levels and different types of volatility [1], while also dealing with several unexpected disruptions that require new approaches to resilience. Additionally, current geopolitical tensions are having an impact on how managers adapt their logistics networks. Governments and economic regions are acknowledging the important role of logistics for economic growth and stability, leading to the direct involvement of governments into the development of global logistics networks, whether through China’s global Belt and Road Initiative [2], the Global Gateway initiative of the European Union, or other important programs.

The more complex and globally distributed the associated value networks become, the greater the impact of uncertainties on the planning and management of logistics networks. Moreover, further trends have been emerging for some time that are additionally influencing the design of international logistics networks. Digitalization and technologization in logistics play a major role here, as they have a particularly strong influence on international logistics networks. Additionally, the ever-increasing need for sustainable logistics solutions is also driving developments. Although these trends were also considered as important in the past decade by academics and practitioners alike, many studies assume that the current decade (2020-29) in particular will shape international logistics to a special degree. On the one hand, increasingly rapid technological progress is now making it possible to leverage the already known potential of digitalization. This means that fully automated or even partially automated informational processes in logistics networks could become reality within this decade [3–5]. In addition, artificial intelligence and machine learning approaches offer new opportunities, and Digital Twin technologies promise real-time visibility for global networks and new approaches to manage and control international logistics networks more proactively in the near future, due to enhanced simulation opportunities [6]. On the other hand, the need for more sustainability in logistics, which has been known for a long time, must now also be translated into concrete solutions. In addition to stronger CO2 pricing, further regulatory interventions are to be expected, not only on the ecological but also the social level of sustainability (e.g., through Supply Chain Acts). Furthermore, the integration of low-income countries into global value creation networks is one of the core tasks that has to be tackled by companies together with governmental actors in order to create more sustainable international logistics networks in the future. Here, the integration of Sub-Saharan African countries into these value streams is of especially high importance. Many Sub-Saharan African countries have a high population growth, big economic growth potential, and a huge drive for digitalization, and therefore have the opportunity to leapfrog others in their logistics performance, especially by means of digitalization and technologization, if mistakes made by industrialized countries in the past are being avoided. Moreover, the improvement of sustainable transportation systems in these countries plays a major role in integrating them into global value streams and to foster economic growth and wealth [7].

The already complex task of managing international logistics networks was further complicated right at the beginning of this decade by the sudden emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is spreading into all areas of life and also has far-reaching consequences for the current and future planning, design, and management of international logistics networks. Already known trends in international logistics are now becoming even more important, but also the previous problems of globalization and poorly executed digital transformation are now becoming more evident even faster [8,9]. Traditional design approaches for international logistics networks are being phased out to test new methods, and the question arises regarding how globally dispersed future logistics networks can and will be in the wake of the megatrends of digitalization and sustainability and what new forms of resilience might look like.

To contribute to the necessary discussions about the aforementioned topics and trends, this Special Issue aims to bring together scientific contributions on key topics in international logistics. Authors are cordially invited to submit original research papers, review articles, empirical studies and case studies for this Special Issue of Logistics. Manuscripts or papers can be submitted on the following topics (non-exhaustive list):

  • Managing risks, dynamics and volatility in international logistics networks;
  • New management concepts, tools and approaches to achieve more sustainable international logistics networks;
  • Use of technology for logistics performance improvement (e.g., digital supply chain twins or blockchain applications);
  • Utilization of artificial intelligence and machine learning for managing international logistics networks on operational and tactical levels;
  • Novel approaches to achieve resilience and flexibility in international logistics networks;
  • Process automation and autonomization in international logistics networks;
  • Post-pandemic trends and strategies for global logistics;
  • New business models for international logistics service providers (e.g., logistics platforms);
  • Assessment of current state and future directions of global freight market;
  • Integration of low- and mid-income countries (e.g., from Sub-Saharan Africa) into global value streams to foster intra- and inter-continental trade;
  • The role of governments in improving logistics systems;
  • Investigations of international infrastructure programs such as the Belt and Road initiative/New Silk Road or the EU Global Gateway and their effect on logistics networks;
  • Implications of Supply Chain Acts on the future design and management of logistics networks;
  • Case studies (especially related to low- and mid-income countries, i.e., in Sub-Saharan Africa).

Other articles related to the broad topic of international logistics networks are highly welcome. We are looking forward to receiving your submissions.

Recommended sources:

  1. Nitsche, B.; Durach, C.F. Much Discussed, Little Conceptualized: Supply Chain Volatility. International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management 2018, 48, 866–886, doi:10.1108/IJPDLM-02-2017-0078.
  2. Nitsche, B. Decrypting the Belt and Road Initiative: Barriers and Development Paths for Global Logistics Networks. Sustainability 2020, 12, 9110, doi:10.3390/su12219110.
  3. Straube, F. (Ed.); Junge, A.L.; Verhoeven, P.; Reipert, J.; Mansfeld, M. Pathway of Digital Transformation in Logistics: Best Practice Concepts and Future Developments; Scientific Series Logistics at the Berlin Institute of Technology. Special Edition; Universitätsverlag der TU Berlin: Berlin, 2019; ISBN 978-3-7983-3094-8.
  4. Nitsche, B.; Straube, F.; Wirth, M. Application Areas and Antecedents of Automation in Logistics and Supply Chain Management: A Conceptual Framework. Supply Chain Forum: An International Journal 2021, 1–17, doi:10.1080/16258312.2021.1934106.
  5. Nitsche, B. Exploring the Potentials of Automation in Logistics and Supply Chain Management: Paving the Way for Autonomous Supply Chains. Logistics 2021, 5, 51, doi:10.3390/logistics5030051.
  6. Gerlach, B.; Zarnitz, S.; Nitsche, B.; Straube, F. Digital Supply Chain Twins—Conceptual Clarification, Use Cases and Benefits. Logistics 2021, 5, 86, doi:10.3390/logistics5040086.
  7. Nitsche, B. Embracing the Potentials of Intermodal Transport in Ethiopia: Strategies to Facilitate Export-Led Growth. Sustainability 2021, 13, 1–21, doi:10.3390/su13042208.
  8. Nitsche, B.; Straube, F. Defining the “New Normal” in International Logistics Networks: Lessons Learned and Implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic. WiSt 2021, 50, 16–25.
  9. Straube, F.; Nitsche, B. Heading into “The New Normal”: Potential Development Paths of International Logistics Networks in the Wake of the Coronavirus Pandemic. International Transportation 2020, 72, 31–35.

Dr. Benjamin Nitsche
Prof. Dr. Frank Straube
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Keywords

  • international logistics
  • digitalization
  • sustainability
  • globalization
  • localization
  • resilience
  • artificial intelligence
  • digital supply chain twins
  • blockchain
  • low-income countries

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Editorial
Current State and Future of International Logistics Networks—The Role of Digitalization and Sustainability in a Globalized World
by Benjamin Nitsche and Frank Straube
Logistics 2023, 7(4), 83; https://doi.org/10.3390/logistics7040083 - 11 Nov 2023
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The management of international logistics networks poses major challenges for companies [...] Full article
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The Influence of Technologies in Increasing Transparency in Textile Supply Chains
by Caterina Hauschild and Angelica Coll
Logistics 2023, 7(3), 55; https://doi.org/10.3390/logistics7030055 - 21 Aug 2023
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Background: In the current political discourse, supply chain transparency is seen as a key to improving the working and environmental conditions within textile supply chains. Additionally, the use of technology is increasingly being regarded as a means of reducing complexity and increasing transparency [...] Read more.
Background: In the current political discourse, supply chain transparency is seen as a key to improving the working and environmental conditions within textile supply chains. Additionally, the use of technology is increasingly being regarded as a means of reducing complexity and increasing transparency within these supply chains. While much research has been conducted to understand the impact of the textile industry on sustainability and the impact of technology on the overall performance of the textile supply chains, little attention has been placed on the following question: How do technologies affect transparency within the textile supply chains? Methods: We conducted seven interviews with actors from the textile industry. Based on these collected data, the relevance of selected technologies for improving transparency is established and the challenges of their implementation and impact on the industry are assessed. Results: Digital technologies, such as blockchain, the Internet of Things and dialog platforms, are promising instruments for transparency, even though their current implementation is not ideal. Furthermore, great skepticism on platforms for reporting (audits and complaint systems) is still prevalent. Conclusions: Since the influence of transparency on sustainability is conditioned by the goal orientation with which the technologies are implemented and used, we propose a framework for the implementation of the selected technologies that account for the interaction between said technologies in the textile supply chains. Full article
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Utilization of Free Trade Agreements to Minimize Costs and Carbon Emissions in the Global Supply Chain for Sustainable Logistics
by Yuki Kinoshita, Takaki Nagao, Hiromasa Ijuin, Keisuke Nagasawa, Tetsuo Yamada and Surendra M. Gupta
Logistics 2023, 7(2), 32; https://doi.org/10.3390/logistics7020032 - 1 Jun 2023
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Background: Since global warming is a crucial worldwide issue, carbon tax has been introduced in the global supply chain as an environmental regulation for the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Costs, GHG emissions, and carbon tax prices differ in each country [...] Read more.
Background: Since global warming is a crucial worldwide issue, carbon tax has been introduced in the global supply chain as an environmental regulation for the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Costs, GHG emissions, and carbon tax prices differ in each country due to economic conditions, energy mixes, and government policies. Additionally, multiple countries have signed a Free Trade Agreement (FTA). While FTAs result in their economic benefit, they also increase the risk of carbon leakage, which increases GHG emissions in the global supply chain due to relocation production sites from a country with stricter emission constraints to others with laxer ones. Method: This study proposes a mathematical model for decision support to minimize total costs involving carbon taxes with FTAs. Results: Our model determines suppliers, factory locations, and the number of transported parts and products with costs, FTAs, carbon taxes, and material-based GHG emissions estimated using the Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) database. The FTA utilization on the global low-carbon supply chain is examined by comparing the constructed supply chains with and without FTAs, and by conducting sensitivity analysis of carbon tax prices. Conclusions: We found that FTAs would not cause carbon leakage directly and would be effective for reducing GHG emissions economically. Full article
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A Sustainable Two-Echelon Logistics Model with Shipment Consolidation
by Noha A. Mostafa and Omar Eldebaiky
Logistics 2023, 7(1), 18; https://doi.org/10.3390/logistics7010018 - 19 Mar 2023
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Background: Shipment consolidation is a concept in logistics management in which two or more shipments are transported by using the same vehicle with the aim of using less resources. Methods: The objective of this manuscript is to study shipment consolidation and [...] Read more.
Background: Shipment consolidation is a concept in logistics management in which two or more shipments are transported by using the same vehicle with the aim of using less resources. Methods: The objective of this manuscript is to study shipment consolidation and assess its impact on cost environment, to achieve this, a mathematical model was developed to optimize shipment consolidation while reducing the emissions and minimizing the costs. Results: A case study from major dairy products manufacturers in Egypt was used to validate the model and evaluate the outcomes. A comparison was made between two transportation models, with and without consolidation. Results show that shipment consolidation reduced the total costs by 40% in addition to consuming less fuel, and consequently producing less emissions. Conclusions: These findings emphasize the importance of shipment consolidation and how it can be used to achieve more sustainability in logistics management. Full article
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The Impact of Digital Technologies and Sustainable Practices on Circular Supply Chain Management
by Sara Romagnoli, Claudia Tarabu', Behzad Maleki Vishkaei and Pietro De Giovanni
Logistics 2023, 7(1), 1; https://doi.org/10.3390/logistics7010001 - 3 Jan 2023
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Background: This study investigates how firms can enhance the functionality of their circular supply chains (CSCs) by adopting a portfolio of sustainable practices as well as digital technologies to increase performance. It analyzes the benefits that firms can obtain when investing in [...] Read more.
Background: This study investigates how firms can enhance the functionality of their circular supply chains (CSCs) by adopting a portfolio of sustainable practices as well as digital technologies to increase performance. It analyzes the benefits that firms can obtain when investing in specific technologies to boost the impact of technologies and sustainable practices on CSCs, and further increase performance. Methods: We test several hypotheses by using structural equation modeling as well as multi-group analysis to verify whether CSCs can be achieved through sustainable practices and technologies and improve the firms’ performance. Results: The empirical results partially support the research hypotheses. While the main research hypotheses are fully supported, the analysis of single digital technologies reveals that only a few solutions can contribute to both the management and the improvement of the CSC. Conclusions: Our findings demonstrate that the identification of green suppliers and ad hoc environmental regulations, combined with attention to the origin and provenance of raw materials, can promote a CSC. Moreover, transportation management systems (TMS) and the internet of things (IoT) are efficient technologies for managing transportation and product flow in the CSC. Furthermore, machine learning (ML) is effective in making positive green decisions, and 3D printing can extend product life. Full article
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Blockchain Technology and Sustainability in Supply Chains and a Closer Look at Different Industries: A Mixed Method Approach
by Büşra Ayan, Elif Güner and Semen Son-Turan
Logistics 2022, 6(4), 85; https://doi.org/10.3390/logistics6040085 - 8 Dec 2022
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Background: This study presents a comprehensive review of blockchain technology with a sustainability orientation in supply chains and logistics. Methods: The publications are extracted from the Scopus and Web of Science databases, comprising 552 publications between 2017 and 2022. Several bibliometric [...] Read more.
Background: This study presents a comprehensive review of blockchain technology with a sustainability orientation in supply chains and logistics. Methods: The publications are extracted from the Scopus and Web of Science databases, comprising 552 publications between 2017 and 2022. Several bibliometric laws and techniques, namely three-field analysis, Bradford’s Law, Lotka’s Law, and thematic maps, are applied in R with the bibliometrix package. Content analysis is also carried out based on 185 publications to appreciate the industry-based view of the field. Results: The bibliometric results indicate that this field is on the rise. Authors, sources, affiliations, countries, keywords, and their relationships are also addressed. The findings of the content analysis and thematic maps reveal that some of the most highlighted themes in the literature include traceability, COVID-19, the internet of things, and Industry 4.0. The most popular industry in this field is discovered to be food and agriculture. Conclusions: This paper contributes to the still relatively scarce literature on how blockchain technology fosters sustainable supply chains and logistics, providing a closer look at blockchain use, methodologies, and future directions for different industries concerning food, agriculture, fashion, textile and apparel, manufacturing, automotive, maritime and shipping, healthcare and pharmaceutical, mining and mineral, and energy. Full article
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Current Trend of Industry 4.0 in Logistics and Transformation of Logistics Processes Using Digital Technologies: An Empirical Study in the Slovak Republic
by Patrik Richnák
Logistics 2022, 6(4), 79; https://doi.org/10.3390/logistics6040079 - 15 Nov 2022
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Background: The digital transformation towards Industry 4.0 has become a necessity for businesses as it makes them more flexible, agile and responsive. Logistics is no exception, as it is constantly undergoing a significant transformation supported by revolutionary Industry 4.0 technologies that are [...] Read more.
Background: The digital transformation towards Industry 4.0 has become a necessity for businesses as it makes them more flexible, agile and responsive. Logistics is no exception, as it is constantly undergoing a significant transformation supported by revolutionary Industry 4.0 technologies that are fundamentally changing logistics processes and operations. Methods: In the construction of the paper, the following classical scientific methods were used: analysis, synthesis, induction, deduction, analogy, specification and comparison. Among the special scientific methods, the method of classification, concretisation, graphical methods, questionnaire survey and statistical methods were used. Results: The analysed enterprises perceive digital transformation in logistics. In the analysed enterprises in Slovakia, the Industry 4.0 strategy is implemented in logistics. Industry 4.0 in logistics has the largest representation in production logistics in each enterprise category. In implementing Industry 4.0 in logistics, enterprises confront the biggest barrier, namely, investment costs. Conclusions: Through one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) and Pearson’s correlation coefficient, several significant relationships were confirmed. The significant relationship between manufacturing logistics and selected Industry 4.0 technologies was demonstrated. The significant relationship between procurement logistics and selected Industry 4.0 technologies was also demonstrated. The statistical analysis also confirmed a significant relationship between distribution logistics and the selected Industry 4.0 technologies. Full article
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Selecting Partners in Strategic Alliances: An Application of the SBM DEA Model in the Vietnamese Logistics Industry
by Nguyen-Nhu-Y Ho, Phuong Mai Nguyen, Thi-Minh-Ngoc Luu and Thi-Thuy-Anh Tran
Logistics 2022, 6(3), 64; https://doi.org/10.3390/logistics6030064 - 15 Sep 2022
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Background: Strategic alliance is a popular strategic option for business entities to strengthen the competitive advantages of all partners in a partnership. The global logistics industry has witnessed the formulation of several successful strategic alliances. However, the Vietnamese logistics industry seems to grow [...] Read more.
Background: Strategic alliance is a popular strategic option for business entities to strengthen the competitive advantages of all partners in a partnership. The global logistics industry has witnessed the formulation of several successful strategic alliances. However, the Vietnamese logistics industry seems to grow slowly and lacks long-term inter-firm partnerships. In such a context, it is critical to have a more effective approach to selecting partners in strategic alliances to increase long-term relationships and firm performance. Method: Thus, this study proposes using the SBM-I-C DEA model to examine and suggest partners for Vietnamese logistics firms to form strategic alliances. Results: Our findings show that integrating technology in managing strategic alliances will foster companies in the alliance to formulate a better strategy with up-to-date information on policies. Conclusion: Using the SBM-I-C DEA model, companies can minimize operating costs and optimize delivery time. Thus, companies can better satisfy customers. From the research findings, some implications are proposed for Vietnamese logistics companies. Full article
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Analysis of the Activities That Make Up the Reverse Logistics Processes and Their Importance for the Future of Logistics Networks: An Exploratory Study Using the TOPSIS Technique
by Vitor William Batista Martins, Denilson Ricardo de Lucena Nunes, André Cristiano Silva Melo, Rayra Brandão, Antônio Erlindo Braga Júnior and Verônica de Menezes Nascimento Nagata
Logistics 2022, 6(3), 60; https://doi.org/10.3390/logistics6030060 - 16 Aug 2022
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Background: The wide variety of terms that converge in reverse logistics have been more evident and discussed in the current context of the literature, such as reverse channels, reverse supply chain, closed-loop supply chain, and circular supply chain. Regarding this, this paper [...] Read more.
Background: The wide variety of terms that converge in reverse logistics have been more evident and discussed in the current context of the literature, such as reverse channels, reverse supply chain, closed-loop supply chain, and circular supply chain. Regarding this, this paper aimed to investigate the level of uncertainty about the activities that make up the Reverse Logistics process in the opinion of professionals working in this area in Brazil, to develop a discussion relating to the sustainable development goals proposed by the UN and their importance for the future of logistics networks. Methods: Initially, through a detailed systematic review of the literature, the activities that make up the RL processes were identified. Then, a questionnaire was elaborated on regarding such activities, and a survey was developed with professionals in the area. The data obtained were analyzed through a descriptive analysis of means, calculation of Cronbach’s Alpha, and using the multicriteria decision technique TOPSIS. Results: It is possible to see that professionals involved with RL processes in Brazil still have many doubts regarding which activities belong to the RL process. In the opinion of Brazilian professionals, 10 of these activities have generated high levels of uncertainties about their belonging or not to the RL process. On the other hand, with a low level of uncertainty, 3 activities were not considered and 3 were considered to make up the RL process. Conclusions: It is believed that this study can contribute to the generation of knowledge by comparing basic information in the scientific literature with the practical knowledge of professionals belonging to the reverse logistics sector working in the Brazilian context. Full article
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Analyzing the Implementation of Digital Twins in the Agri-Food Supply Chain
by Tsega Y. Melesse, Chiara Franciosi, Valentina Di Pasquale and Stefano Riemma
Logistics 2023, 7(2), 33; https://doi.org/10.3390/logistics7020033 - 12 Jun 2023
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Background: Digital twins have the potential to significantly improve the efficiency and sustainability of the agri-food supply chain by providing visibility, reducing bottlenecks, planning for contingencies, and improving existing processes and resources. Additionally, they can add value to businesses by lowering costs [...] Read more.
Background: Digital twins have the potential to significantly improve the efficiency and sustainability of the agri-food supply chain by providing visibility, reducing bottlenecks, planning for contingencies, and improving existing processes and resources. Additionally, they can add value to businesses by lowering costs and boosting customer satisfaction. This study is aimed at responding to common scientific questions on the application of digital twins in the agri-food supply chain, focusing on the benefits, types, integration levels, key elements, implementation steps, and challenges. Methods: This article conducts a systematic literature review of recent works on agri-food supply chain digital twins, using a list of peer-reviewed studies to analyze concepts using precise and well-defined criteria. Thus, 50 papers were selected based on inclusion and exclusion criteria, and descriptive and content-wise analysis was conducted to answer the research questions. Conclusions: The implementation of digital twins has shown promising advancements in addressing global challenges in the agri-food supply chain. Despite encouraging signs of progress in the sector, the real-world application of this solution is still in its early stages. This article intends to provide firms, experts, and researchers with insights into future research directions, implications, and challenges on the topic. Full article
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Warehouse Management Systems for Social and Environmental Sustainability: A Systematic Literature Review and Bibliometric Analysis
by Daria Minashkina and Ari Happonen
Logistics 2023, 7(3), 40; https://doi.org/10.3390/logistics7030040 - 7 Jul 2023
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Background: With the continuing growth of warehouses globally, there is an increasing need for sustainable logistics solutions in warehousing, but research linking warehouse management systems (WMS) and sustainability is lacking. Methods: A systematic literature review and bibliometric analysis were conducted in Scopus [...] Read more.
Background: With the continuing growth of warehouses globally, there is an increasing need for sustainable logistics solutions in warehousing, but research linking warehouse management systems (WMS) and sustainability is lacking. Methods: A systematic literature review and bibliometric analysis were conducted in Scopus and Web of Science databases from 2006 to 2022 to investigate academic knowledge of WMS contributing to warehouses’ social and environmental sustainability. Results: Findings revealed only 12 topic-relevant articles from 2013 to 2022, primarily published recently. More recent articles have received more citations than earlier published works. The articles were from multiple research fields, such as business economics, engineering, computer science, and social sciences, with only one article on environmentally sustainable technologies. The top keywords were “warehouse management system”, “internet of things”, “industry 4.0” and “supply chain”. Only six articles had environmental sustainability terms in the keywords. Findings show more discussions about social rather than environmental sustainability. Most studies suggest integrating WMS with other systems to support sustainability efforts in warehousing. Conclusions: The study addressed a gap in academic literature regarding WMS and sustainability. Research findings added knowledge of practical activities to achieve warehouse operations and performance sustainability and proactively reduce warehouse operations’ environmental and social impacts. Full article
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