Special Issue "Sustainable Retail Marketing"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 October 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Sergio Barile
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Guest Editor
Department of Management, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy
Interests: systems thinking; viable systems approach (VSA); complexity, decision making; knowledge management; healthcare management
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Prof. Marialuisa Saviano
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Guest Editor
Department of Pharmacy and Pharmanomics Interdepartmental Research Center, University of Salerno, Salerno, Italy
Interests: viable systems approach (VSA); sustainability science; healthcare management; pharmaceutical management; service and retail marketing; cultural heritage management; knowledge management
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

It is time that scholars share with retailers the need to more systematically contribute to the urgent paradigm change required to embed sustainability in business models and marketing strategies. To this aim, the Special Issue will welcome papers covering a wide range of aspects related to the adoption of a sustainability perspective in the rethinking of retail marketing.

Many challenges and areas of enquiry arise from embracing sustainability in the management of the environmental, social, and economic dimensions of the retail ecosystem. They are all opportunities for progress. Accordingly, papers selected for this issue are invited to address the following (but also further) areas of enquiry:

  • The retail industry contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs);
  • Promoting healthy lives and equitable and sustainable wellbeing through retailing
  • Ecosystems marketing for sustainable retailing
  • Bio-economy, blue-economy, and circular economy solutions for sustainable retailing and green stores;
  • 3Rs (reduce–reuse–recycle) applications in retailing;
  • ICT solutions and Artificial Intelligence (AI) for sustainable retail marketing;
  • Service science management and engineering (SSME) applications for sustainable retail marketing;
  • Service-dominant (S-D) logic for sustainable retail marketing;
  • T-Shaped models for sustainable retailing;
  • High tech skills for sustainable retailing;
  • Educational aspects of sustainability in retail service;
  • Engaging retail customers with sustainable consumption;
  • Expanding the sustainability engagement along the supply chain;
  • The social dimension of sustainability in retail marketing;
  • Sustainability communication in retail marketing;
  • In-store and web communication for sustainability.

Prof. Sergio Barile
Prof. Marialuisa Saviano
Guest Editors

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 1800 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.


  • sustainability
  • SDGs
  • retail service
  • sustainable marketing
  • systems marketing
  • sustainable retail
  • retail ecosystem
  • green stores
  • smartness for sustainability
  • circular economy

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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