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Special Issue "Environmentally Sustainable Third Party Logistics"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 March 2019).
Interests: supply chain design; logistics technologies; sustainable supply chain management
Interests: environmental sustainability in supply chains; transport management and technology; strategies for sustainable logistics
Interests: environmental sustainability in the third party logistics industry; ICT and technology innovation in logistics and SCM; knowledge management in logistics and supply chain
Logistics and supply chain activities are vital in the globally connected and technologically advanced business landscape. All products reach the final consumer through often complex networks of firms that typically comprise manufacturers, retailers and other actors. Third party logistics play a pivotal and dynamic role in these networks. As well as satisfying increasingly discerning customers in an economically efficient manner, contemporary logistics and supply chain management (LSCM) places a strong emphasis on the need for the development and implementation of more sustainable business models.
The anthropogenic impact of supply chain and logistics activities on the natural environment is now well documented. This includes, but is not limited to, transportation activities. In the third-party logistics service sector, environmental concerns have become particularly pressing as a result of government regulatory pressures, the scarcity of critical energy resources and sustained growth in demand for transportation and other logistics services.
In this context, recent years have seen a sharpening of the focus on the need to take action with a view to meeting challenging national and international targets in relation to greenhouse gas emissions. This involves the incorporation of environmental objectives into the strategic thinking of firms—including third party logistics providers (3PLs)—and the attendant implementation of plans that focus on the simultaneous achievement of economic and environmental sustainability. Further, exacting targets cannot be realistically achieved by single firms acting in isolation: there is a need for increased supply chain collaboration and the role of 3PLs is key in this regard.
This special issue on environmentally sustainable third-party logistics is timely. It will showcase the work of leading researchers from a variety of geographical settings, as well as from supply chains than span a range of different industrial sectors and products. It has a particular focus on methodological innovation. This is critical if fresh insights are to be developed into our understanding of the myriad complex phenomena that contribute to the design, planning and execution of truly sustainable third-party logistics operations. Papers adopting combined qualitative and quantitative methodologies, as well as more conceptual and theoretical papers, are particularly welcome.
Papers selected for this Special Issue will be subject to rigorous peer review with the aim of wide dissemination of new insights in a timely manner. Ultimately, this will contribute to policy development at national, regional and international levels, as well as to strategy formulation at supply chain and firm levels. It will also contribute to the debate amongst scholars as we seek to further develop a deeper understanding of the factors under investigation.
Prof. Dr. Edward Sweeney
Prof. Dr. Maria Huge-Brodin
Dr. Pietro Evangelista
Dr. Witold Bahr
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
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. Sustainability 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 1700 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.
- Third party logistics
- Supply chains
- Green logistics
- Decarbonizing distribution
- Green logistics technology
- Customer-3PL green collaboration