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Sustainability 저널, "Urban Freight Transportation and City Logistics" 특별호 모집 안내

SSCI/SCIE 저널인 Sustainability 의 Special Issue "Urban Freight Transportataion and City Logistics" 특별호 Guest Editor를 맡게 되었습니다. 도심에서의 물류 최적화 / 데이터 분석, 라스트마일 배송, 이커머스 물류, 풀필먼트 등 도시를 중심으로 다양한 분야의 물류 혁신 사례를 제출하시면 됩니다. 아래 내용은 저널 Call-for-paper 일부이며, 이번 주제에서 다루는 Issue 후보들을 함께 올려드립니다.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Sang Hwa Song

Guest Editor

Graduate School of logistics, Incheon National University, Incheon 22012, Korea

Interests: last-mile logistics; e-commerce fulfillment; smart logistics

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Prof. Dr. Taesu Cheong

Guest Editor

Department of Industrial and Management Engineering, Korea University, Seoul 02841, Korea

Interests: sustainable logistics; transportation and SCM; business analytics in logistics and SCM

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, the proliferation of e-commerce business models has helped customers to access product information online easily and receive products they ordered whenever and wherever they want. As customers are accustomed to e-commerce services, it becomes crucial to improve the quality of such services. Businesses are trying to differentiate their services by competitively offering various delivery options such as next-day delivery, same-day delivery, and instant delivery within an hour. In addition, offline retailers are investing heavily in their existing offline retail spaces and have started to provide omnichannel services to compete with online counterparts. Start-up companies equipped with creative ideas have jumped into the on-demand business competition and successfully attracted customers with highly customized solutions.

E-commerce and the associated on-demand business models require different ways of fulfilling customer orders compared to the traditional logistics systems. To stay competitive, businesses need to deliver smaller orders more frequently to customers spread across areas, which makes it challenging to achieve economies of scale. The lower density of customer locations restricts the consolidation of orders in larger transportation lots, and the increased service expectations with reduced order lead times confines the design options from which to choose. In addition, freight transportation and order delivery in urban areas tend to aggravate road congestion and air pollution. Therefore, businesses need to devise ways of providing environmentally friendly logistics solutions. Thus, the effective integration of logistics and supply chain management with sustainability is necessary to resolve the complicated problems of urban logistics systems.

To deal with the problems in the aforementioned urban logistics environment, wise investment in automation and intelligent algorithms for the logistics systems are critical. By carefully incorporating the existing urban infrastructures with logistics facilities, efficient and sustainable freight transportation is expected to become possible. Furthermore, novel business models such as crowd-sourced delivery systems, sharing economy, and digital logistics platforms will supplement the current urban logistics systems and contribute to achieving the sustainable growth of on-demand business models. Combining research ideas in logistics and supply chain management, operations research, computer science, and transport engineering is necessary to provide differentiated solutions.

We invite you to submit papers for this Special Issue. Relevant research topics are listed below, which are illustrative and not exhaustive. Any relevant papers in the broad areas of logistics innovations in urban areas are welcome.

  • Network design for e-commerce logistics;

  • Optimization models for urban freight and logistics systems;

  • The economic analysis of urban logistics systems;

  • Sharing economy models for urban delivery services;

  • Operation analysis at fulfillment centers;

  • Business model design of e-commerce fulfillment services;

  • The urban freight consolidation center and its operations;

  • The analysis of last-mile delivery models in urban areas;

  • Microfulfillment services for the quick delivery of e-commerce;

  • Inventory management models for e-commerce;

  • Demand forecasting for urban logistics operations;

  • Digital platforms for crowd-sourced urban freight delivery.

Prof. Dr. Sang Hwa Song

Prof. Dr. Taesu Cheong

Guest Editors


  • urban freight transport

  • urban logistics

  • city logistics

  • last-mile delivery

  • fulfillment service

Call for Paper


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