Special Issue "Sustainable Purchasing and Supply Management during and after the Pandemic Era: Effects, Operations, and Innovations"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Economic and Business Aspects of Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Yi Zhang
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Logistics School, Beijing Wuzi University, Beijing 101149, China
Interests: operations management
Prof. Dr. Guowei Hua
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School of Economics and Management, Beijing Jiaotong University, Shangyuancun 3, Beijing 100044, China
Interests: operations and supply chain management; sustainability; dual supply chain; inventory management; facility location
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Prof. Dr. T.C. Edwin Cheng
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Department of Logistics and Maritime Studies, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Interests: operations management; operations research
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Prof. Dr. Weihua Liu
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Department of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, College of Management and Economics,Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072, China
Interests: service supply chain management; service operation management; supply chain financial management and innovation; innovation model design for logistics and supply chain; sustainable logistics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The COVID-19 crisis shocked supply chains and provides additional evidence that the three sustainability dimensions are inextricably linked (Sarkis, 2020). As one of the significant operations of the companies in the pandemic era, sustainable purchasing and supply management has been met with big pressures and challenges. On one hand, how does COVID-19 affect the operation and sustainability outcomes of purchasing and supply management? How many traditional purchasing and supply strategies and policies will survive the COVID-19 outbreak after life returns to normal? On the other hand, how do companies seek to better models and tools to effectively deal with the purchasing and supply management problems to survive post-COVID-19, and how well prepared are they for similar risks? The crisis also helped us to identify new technologies and innovation opportunities to achieve a more sustainable and innovative purchasing and supply management in the post-pandemic era.

The overall purpose of this Special Issue is to focus on the operations and innovations of purchasing and supply management to better cope with the pandemic to contribute to sustainability. In this context, the Special Issue welcomes research papers addressing one or more of the following research topics:

  • Customer purchasing behaviors (e.g., purchasing pattern, purchasing preference);
  • Retailers’ purchasing behaviors;
  • Supplier selection;
  • Supplier management;
  • Supply chain contract management;
  • Risk management;
  • Innovative sourcing strategy or tools;
  • Data motivated sourcing management;
  • Innovative technologies (e.g., big data, blockchain, digital economy, 3D, virtual Technology, 5G) and sustainable purchasing;
  • Logistics management and purchasing management;
  • E-commerce innovations and purchasing management;
  • Consumer food purchasing;
  • Circular economy;
  • The sharing economy.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.


Sarkis, J. (2020). Supply chain sustainability: learning from the COVID-19 pandemic. International Journal of Operations & Production Management.

Dr. Yi Zhang
Prof. Dr. Guowei Hua
Prof. Dr. T.C. Edwin Cheng
Prof. Dr. Weihua Liu
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Purchasing and supply management
  • Pandemic
  • Sustainability

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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