Special Issue "Digital Supply Chain"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dimitrios Vlachos
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Laboratory of Statistics and Quantitative Analysis Methods, Division of Industrial Management, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, P.O. Box 461, 54124 Thessaloniki, Greece
Interests: supply chain management; logistics; sustainable supply chains; applied operational research; management, business restructuring and strategy development
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Dr. Naoum Tsolakis
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Centre for International Manufacturing, Institute for Manufacturing (IfM), Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
Interests: supply chain management; logistics; applied operational research; sustainable supply chains; intelligent distribution systems
Dr. Dimitrios Bechtsis
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Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, International Hellenic University (IHU)
Interests: supply chain management; logistics; applied operational research; sustainable supply chains; information technology; autonomous vehicles; multi-agent system

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Digitalization of manufacturing network operations could be used to tackle traditional challenges in the supply chain management field like market demand volatility, health and safety issues, and sustainability concerns. To that end, operations research scholars and practitioners alike investigate the impact of Information Technology (IT) based applications on the management and operations of international supply networks. In particular, under the IT umbrella the following indicative fields are explored:

  • The Internet of Things (IoT) paradigm that enables interconnection, intercommunication and interaction among supply chain actors that allow for the dynamic management of global network operations, hence promoting digital transformations in a cradle-to-grave perspective.
  • Multi-Agent systems that enable the creation of decentralized value networks, in correspondence with the supply chain entities, and provide a framework for information sharing.
  • Autonomous entities and robotic systems (e.g. autonomous vehicles) that facilitate flexible manufacturing systems and enable the dynamic reconfiguration of a supply network.
  • The blockchain technology that enables resource sharing, smart contracts and smart property in private or public decentralized value networks.

The aim of this Special Issue is to explore state-of-the-art Operational Research and Management Science developments, embracing digital and IT-based applications, to tackle established and emerging challenges in the Supply Chain Management field, and further promote the deployment of sustainable value networks. In this context, systematic reviews, case studies, mathematical and simulation modelling approaches that emphasize the management, assessment and optimization of Digital Supply Networks are invited for submission.

Prof. Dimitrios Vlachos
Dr. Naoum Tsolakis
Dr. Dimitrios Bechtsis
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Digital supply chains
  • Digital and smart manufacturing
  • Smart logistics
  • Blockchain
  • Industry 4.0
  • Big Data and business analytics
  • Intelligent autonomous vehicles
  • Innovation in supply chains
  • Sustainable supply chains

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The Impact of Blockchain Technology Application on Supply Chain Partnership and Performance
Sustainability 2019, 11(21), 6181; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11216181 - 05 Nov 2019
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Blockchain technology is now considered a next generation information technology tool for sustainable growth in supply chain (SC) management. However, its study is relatively rare in the literature on SC collaboration and sustainability management research, despite its advantages in sustaining connectivity and reliability [...] Read more.
Blockchain technology is now considered a next generation information technology tool for sustainable growth in supply chain (SC) management. However, its study is relatively rare in the literature on SC collaboration and sustainability management research, despite its advantages in sustaining connectivity and reliability among SC partners. This study investigates how the use of blockchain in SC activities can influence (increase or decrease) SC partnership efficiency and growth, thereby affecting SC performance outcomes. Specifically, this study empirically validates a measurement and structural equation model with 306 SC experts from various industries. The findings show that the blockchain technology characteristics (information transparency, information immutability, and smart contracts) have significant positive effects on partnership growth and marginal effects on partnership efficiency. Though partnership growth has a positive effect on firm performance, partnership efficiency shows a negative effect. Full article
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Pricing of Digital Video Supply Chain: Free versus Paid Service on the Direct Distribution Channel
Sustainability 2019, 11(1), 46; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11010046 - 21 Dec 2018
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Media publishers that have commonly relied on profits from advertisements and content sales to fund their operations are not only content providers (manufacturers) to media aggregator platforms (retailers) but are also competing service providers (rival retailers) in the digital video supply chain. Different [...] Read more.
Media publishers that have commonly relied on profits from advertisements and content sales to fund their operations are not only content providers (manufacturers) to media aggregator platforms (retailers) but are also competing service providers (rival retailers) in the digital video supply chain. Different from a traditional media supply chain, they can easily operate their own direct distribution channels in the Internet era. In the digital video supply chain, it is not clear whether commercialization of the direct distribution channel would be beneficial for the media publisher because it would decrease profits from advertisements. The choice about commercialization should be investigated thoroughly because it is closely related to the media publishers’ sustainability as a public medium in a digital environment. In this study, we analyze the impacts of commercializing the direct distribution channel based on a game-theoretic approach. Specifically, we compare the profits of a media publisher with and without the commercialization of the channel from analyses of sequentially defined games. Our results show that media publishers prefer to use a free service on their direct channel if the content they provide is not highly valued. They can also choose not to provide their content to the media aggregator with a paid service. Full article
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Blockchain Technology Implementation in Logistics
Sustainability 2019, 11(4), 1185; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11041185 - 23 Feb 2019
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This paper researches decentralized data storage represented by blockchain technology and the possibility of its development in sustainable logistics and supply chain management. Although the benefits of blockchain technology have been most widely researched in the financial sector, major challenges in logistics, such [...] Read more.
This paper researches decentralized data storage represented by blockchain technology and the possibility of its development in sustainable logistics and supply chain management. Although the benefits of blockchain technology have been most widely researched in the financial sector, major challenges in logistics, such as order delay, damage to goods, errors, and multiple data entry can also be minimized by introducing blockchain technology. This paper presents a comprehensive review of the current and rising trends of blockchain technology usage in logistics and supply chain management. Full article
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