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Special Issue "Environmentally Sustainable Third Party Logistics"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Transportation".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 March 2019)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Edward Sweeney

Aston Logistics & Systems Institute, Aston University, UK
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Interests: supply chain design; logistics technologies; sustainable supply chain management
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Maria Huge-Brodin

Department of Management and Engineering (IEI), Linkoping University, Sweden
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Interests: environmental sustainability in supply chains; transport management and technology; strategies for sustainable logistics
Guest Editor
Dr. Pietro Evangelista

Institute for Research on Innovation and Services for Development (IRISS), National Research Council (CNR), Naples, Italy
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Interests: environmental sustainability in the third party logistics industry; ICT and technology innovation in logistics and SCM; knowledge management in logistics and supply chain
Guest Editor
Dr. Witold Bahr

Aston Logistics & Systems Institute, Aston University, UK
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Interests: integration-enabling technologies in supply chain and logistics; sustainable supply chain management

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

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
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. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

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Keywords

  • Third party logistics
  • Environment
  • Sustainable
  • Transport
  • Supply chains
  • Green logistics
  • Decarbonizing distribution
  • Green logistics technology
  • Customer-3PL green collaboration

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Open AccessArticle An Integrated Analytic Hierarchy Process—Slack Based Measure-Data Envelopment Analysis Model for Evaluating the Efficiency of Logistics Service Providers Considering Undesirable Performance Criteria
Sustainability 2019, 11(8), 2330; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11082330
Received: 15 February 2019 / Revised: 13 March 2019 / Accepted: 12 April 2019 / Published: 18 April 2019
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Sustainable concerns are reputed to be of the utmost priority among governments. Consequently, they have become more and more of a concern among supply chain partners. Logistics service providers (LPs), as significant contributors to supply chain success but also one of the greatest [...] Read more.
Sustainable concerns are reputed to be of the utmost priority among governments. Consequently, they have become more and more of a concern among supply chain partners. Logistics service providers (LPs), as significant contributors to supply chain success but also one of the greatest generator of emissions, play a significant role in reducing the negative environmental impact. Thus, the performance evaluations of LPs should necessarily involve such a measure which, firstly, represents a balance between all three pillars of sustainability and, secondly, consider the desirable and undesirable performance criteria. This paper proposes an integrated analytic hierarchy process (AHP) and slack-based measure (SBM) data envelopment analysis (DEA) model, based on the assumption of a variable return to scale (VRS). An AHP pairwise comparison enables selecting the most influential input/output variables. Output-oriented SBM DEA provides simultaneously evaluation of both the undesirable and desirable outputs. The proposed model was tested on a numerical example of 18 LPs. The comparison of output Charnes, Cooper and Rhodes (CCR) and SBM DEA models resulted in a higher number of inefficient LPs when the SBM DEA model was applied. Moreover, efficiency scores of inefficient LPs were lower in SBM DEA model. The proposed model is fair to those LPs that are environmentally friendly. Full article
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Open AccessConcept Paper Logistics Innovation in China: The Lens of Chinese Daoism
Sustainability 2019, 11(2), 545; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11020545
Received: 1 November 2018 / Revised: 28 November 2018 / Accepted: 17 January 2019 / Published: 21 January 2019
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Innovation is vital for the logistics industry. This paper develops a Daoism-based conceptual model for logistics innovation in China. It identifies research gaps in this area and provides directions for future research. Following a content-based literature review methodology, 45 studies were selected. We [...] Read more.
Innovation is vital for the logistics industry. This paper develops a Daoism-based conceptual model for logistics innovation in China. It identifies research gaps in this area and provides directions for future research. Following a content-based literature review methodology, 45 studies were selected. We identified five research themes: interpretation of logistics innovation; Chinese institutional environment for logistics innovation; innovation generation; innovation adoption; and innovation capability. We integrate the process view and outcome view of logistics innovation and propose that logistics capability, as an innovation outcome, is reflected and measured by innovation generation and adoption. This study is probably one of the first conceptual development papers on logistics innovation in China, providing a model for innovation within this context. It provides new avenues of research in this emerging, albeit important, area of research. Our conceptual framework utilizes Chinese Daoism philosophical thinking to provide a new lens for logistics innovation that is sensitive to the cultural environment. Full article
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