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International Journal of Logistics Systems and Management
International Journal of Logistics Systems and Management


Special Issue on: "Advancing Logistics Systems and Management in the Current Market"

Guest Editors:
Dr Ming K. Lim, University of Derby, UK
Dr Albert Tan, Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation, Malaysia
Dr Mahender Singh, MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics, USA

Due to the global market becoming increasingly dynamic and competitive as well as experiencing the recent economic downtown, the logistics industry is experiencing a tough time in reducing operating costs and enhancing operational efficiency. Enterprises in this industry are exploring different ways to achieve competitive advantage in their industry. Within the last decade, active sourcing from low cost economies has taken place and this has led to the logistics network becoming globalised and complex. Adding on the uncertainty in the market due to the turbulent economy, some existing operations may have become obsolete or less efficient in coping with the market.

In academic papers and business articles, a wide range of works can be found focusing on different aspects in enhancing logistics operations. However, it can be seen that these publications are rather segregated with respect to their real impact on businesses as a whole and their potential to cope with existing market needs. This segregation forms the purpose of this Special Issue, which is to gather innovative and high impact research papers focusing on the right scope and areas in logistics operations to enhance their complete competitiveness in the current market.

The issue aims to bring to light the impact of work that matters to industrial practitioners and to identify the great potential of the domains that will inspire academics for their future research direction.

Subject Coverage
Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
  • Inventory planning and control
  • Inventory management
  • Warehouse process optimisation
  • Warehouse management
  • Warehouse improvement (including plant layout, storage systems, material handling systems)
  • Distribution network/route design and optimisation
  • Distribution management
  • Transport/fleet management
  • Logistics systems design and optimisation
  • Logistics modelling, analysis and simulation
  • Logistics information systems, identification and communication (e.g. radio-frequency identification technology)
  • E-logistics
  • Automation in logistics
  • Green logistics
  • Global logistics
  • Reliability and maintenance of logistics systems
  • Financial and economic modelling of logistics
  • Reverse logistics, recycling and waste management
  • Logistics outsourcing

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper was not originally copyrighted and if it has been completely re-written).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page.

Important Dates

Deadline for submission: 1 December 2012

First review due: 15 February 2013

Revised manuscript due: 31 March 2013

Final manuscript acceptance: 30 April 2013