International Journal of Logistics Economics and Globalisation
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International Journal of Logistics Economics and Globalisation (4 papers in press)
Investigating the location-routing problem in the competitive environment by Hasan Hosseini-Nasab, Mahdi Tavana-Chehartaghi Abstract: Location of facilities and routing of customer service are important factors in the competitive environment. This paper presents a new approach for market share using the location-routing problem within a competitive environment in which the competition is considered as a simultaneous game between the players. Two mathematical models are proposed for determining the share of the main and rival player in a competitive environment and then a hybrid metaheuristic model is presented for solving the related location-routing problem. The market share of each player is determined by solving a game and finding the Nash equilibrium and then, a location routing problem is solved for each player per each Nash equilibrium point. The information of a real case in the field of pizza distribution in an area of Mashhad, Iran, was used. The results show the proper performance of the proposed model for gaining maximum market share by competitors taking into account budget constraints. Keywords: competitive location-routing problem; competitive environment; simultaneous game; decision making. DOI: 10.1504/IJLEG.2021.10041366
Waste in Logistics 4.0 systems and applicable lean methods: interviews with experts by Simon Urban, Serina Al-Haddad Abstract: Logistics 4.0 systems are expected to change the current understanding of digital data and supply chain in terms of value, accessibility, and cost. This paper contributes a unique analysis of Logistics 4.0 and lean logistics and reviews the types of waste in Logistics 4.0. It also discusses how lean methods can help in reducing waste in Logistics 4.0 and be an economical option for companies. Moreover, it explores what types of waste are likely to exist in Logistics 4.0, which types could evolve, and which could be removed. This research reports the results of interviews with experts in the field in international companies and logistic service providers to further understand the types of waste. The results of this paper indicated that all eight types of waste continue to exist in a Logistics 4.0 environment, while a new type of waste and new forms of existing waste are emerging. Keywords: logistics; supply chain; industry 4.0; lean logistics; value stream mapping; shop floor management; kanban. DOI: 10.1504/IJLEG.2021.10041367
An information system for supplementing decision-making in transnational supply chains and its application in the thin-film-transistor liquid-crystal display industry by Nai-Chieh Wei, Shun-Yuan Yao, Kuo-Chuan Cheng, Chiung-Fen Huang Abstract: Supply chain management has become one of the fastest-growing areas of commercial intelligence application, and TFT-LCD is the next highlight in Taiwan after the rise of the semi-conductors. By combining the international supply chain management in the TFT-LCD industry to integrate its upstream and downstream supply chains, the core competitiveness of the enterprises can be upgraded. This paper proposes a vertical integration model for international supply chains and discovers the best solution in order to achieve the optimum profit. The system integrates factors such as hierarchical BOMs, transfer pricing, taxes, changes in demands, etc., and it can support international enterprises in dynamic environments to attain the optimal output allocation, production, and distribution decisions to maximise their profits. The system interface is structured around WebGIS (geographic information system). It connects models, data, and maps so that users can search, update and perform optimisation within the supply chain as necessary. Keywords: supply chain; TFT-LCD; optimisation; geographic information system; optimum profit; 'Two Trillion and Twin Star' industries; development plan; bullwhip effect; economic order quantity; EOQ; branch-bound algorithm; demand forecast; global supply chain. DOI: 10.1504/IJLEG.2021.10041368
Green product development designs for sustainability and challenges in its implementation by Praneti Shah, Nishant Agrawal Abstract: Electrical and electronic equipment have become indispensable in the lifestyle of modern societies. This paper covers green product designs in the electronic segment and challenges. Expert's opinion is taken to get insights into the green product design mechanisms and challenges faced in the development and market adoption phases. ISM is used to analyse the relationships among the identified challenges. To recognise the dependence and driving power of identified challenges, a MICMAC analysis is performed. It is found that the lack of provisions in existing regulations to support green and sustainable product design development creates a significant challenge to the green movement. This research may help governing bodies of large economies make favourable regulatory reforms to achieve sustainable development goals. Keywords: green innovation adoption; sustainable development; interpretive structural modelling; ISM; MICMAC analysis; Pareto analysis; MCDM. DOI: 10.1504/IJLEG.2021.10041369