Special Issue "Sustainable Supply Chain: Operations Management and Technical Research"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 19 November 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Antonio P. Volpentesta
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Department of Mechanical, Energy and Management Engineering, University of Calabria Arcavacata di Rende (CS), ITALY
Interests: food information technologies; collaborative networks in agrifood; supply chain management; innovation management
Dr. Alberto Michele Felicetti
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Department of Mechanical, Energy and Management Engineering, University of Calabria, Arcavacata di Rende (CS), ITALY
Interests: food information technologies; collaborative networks in agrifood; IoT technologies; supply chain management; innovation management

Special Issue Information

Dear colleagues,

The concept of sustainable supply chain is gaining more and more importance. Over recent years, companies involved in traditional supply chains have been facing several challenges such as globalization, resource scarcity, energy crisis, regulatory pressure, pollution, and environmental issues. In order to face these economic, societal, and environmental challenges, many companies have started implementing sustainable-oriented practices, both on their operations and in their extended supply chains. From a marketing-oriented perspective, the adoption of sustainability strategies is a well-known approach to reinforce company reputation, especially toward consumers interested in social, ethical, and health-related issues.

Recent advances in ICTs, such as Blockchain, Digital Twins, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, and the Internet of Things are paving the way to unprecedented changes, disrupting the existing operating model and favoring the transition toward new paradigms of a sustainable and resilient supply chain.

This transition is particularly relevant in the light of the current COVID-19 pandemic that is changing the priorities of supply chains in many sectors.

This Special Issue aims to address questions related to sustainable supply chains, emerging in many sectors like food, energy, etc. This is a fertile area for research calling for updated perspectives, theory, conceptual frameworks, managerial tools, strategies, and operational practices. Potential topics for the Special Issue include but are not limited to the following:

  • Strategic collaboration and sustainable supply chain management;
  • Post-COVID-19 resilient supply chains;
  • Corporate social responsibility in supply chain management;
  • Mathematical models for sustainable supply chain management;
  • Advances in sustainable supply chain logistics;
  • Digitalization in sustainable supply chain management and logistics;
  • Supply chain operations for a circular economy;
  • Business models for sustainable supply chains;
  • Drivers and obstacles for creating sustainable supply chain management and operations;
  • Sustainable supply chain design, optimization and data-driven modeling;
  • Successes and failures in studies and practice related to sustainable supply chains.

Prof. Antonio P. Volpentesta
Dr. Alberto Michele Felicetti
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • supply chain management
  • circular economy
  • sustainability
  • supply chain digitalization
  • operation management

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A Comparative Time-Series Investigation of China and U.S. Manufacturing Industries’ Global Supply-Chain-Linked Economic, Mid and End-Point Environmental Impacts
Sustainability 2021, 13(11), 5819; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13115819 - 21 May 2021
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Manufacturing activities of China and the U.S. account for a substantial portion of the global manufacturing output and environmental sustainability impacts. The two countries’ economies account for one third of the global economic output. Their supply chains are critically linked with and serve [...] Read more.
Manufacturing activities of China and the U.S. account for a substantial portion of the global manufacturing output and environmental sustainability impacts. The two countries’ economies account for one third of the global economic output. Their supply chains are critically linked with and serve most of the production and service industries across the globe. Recent global trends in manufacturing necessitate a study that comparatively analyzes the two countries’ manufacturing industries from an economic and environmental perspective. In this paper, U.S. and China manufacturing industries were investigated to analyze the economic and mid and endpoint environmental impacts over a 20-year study period. The literature is abundant with single period and single country focused works, and this study contributes to the state-of-art by extending the temporal dimension to 20 years and spatial focus to the global economy (40 countries and rest of the world). In terms of the methodology, Multi-region input-output (MRIO) models were built using the World Input-Output Database (WIOD) as the primary database, global input-output tables, environmental impact and economic output multipliers, and manufacturing industries’ final demand. Twenty MRIO models, each comprised of 40 major economies and the rest of the world (ROW), were built to cover the global trade linkages, which yielded the global supply chain linked cradle-to-gate life cycle inventory (LCI) of economic outputs and environmental impacts. The environmental LCI was extended to midpoint (Global Warming Potential (GWP) and Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP)) and endpoint (human health and ecosystem) impact dimensions by ReCipe framework. Lastly, the relative impact of a unit change in Leontief inverse, final demand and Green House Gas (GHG) emission multipliers on the total economic output and environmental impacts were explored with structural decomposition analysis (SDA). Results indicated that both countries’ manufacturing industries experienced positive economic output growth, in which China was more dominant in recent years. Both countries’ manufacturing industries’ midpoint and endpoint impacts were found to be steeply rising despite the negative growth observed in emissions intensities. The amount of GHG emissions and related midpoint (global warming and ozone depletion) and endpoint (damage to ecosystems and human life) impacts seemed to be quickly worsening in China compared to the USA. Full article
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Deploying Resilience Enablers to Mitigate Risks in Sustainable Fashion Supply Chains
Sustainability 2021, 13(5), 2943; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13052943 - 08 Mar 2021
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The complex structure of supply chains makes them vulnerable to risk, so enhancing their resilience is an important goal. In particular, fashion supply chain research has identified two important issues that need to be addressed: sustainability and risk. However, investigation of these issues [...] Read more.
The complex structure of supply chains makes them vulnerable to risk, so enhancing their resilience is an important goal. In particular, fashion supply chain research has identified two important issues that need to be addressed: sustainability and risk. However, investigation of these issues is relatively sparse and has primarily been independent with little combinatory research. Therefore, it is crucial to develop a risk mitigation method that can maximize the resilience of sustainable supply chains for fashion companies. The objective of this study is to develop an integrated quality function deployment approach and to mitigate supply chain risk by deploying resilience capabilities and resilience-enhancing features, thus ultimately providing the fashion industry with a useful approach for the development of resilient, sustainable supply chains. Using a fashion company as an example, the practicability of the proposed approach is verified. To strengthen resilience and thus mitigate key risks, it is found that the most urgent tasks are to reallocate the company’s resources, to carry out the real-time monitoring of risk on the spot, to share the risk responsibility, and to establish an incentive system. When these features are strengthened, agility and adaptability can be improved, and finally, the risks of supplier delays, natural disasters, political instability, and problematic supplier materials with the greatest impact can be alleviated. This study provides a new strategy for the fashion industry for the implementation of resilient, sustainable supply chains to mitigate risks. Full article
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