City logistics, also called urban logistics, has been playing an increasingly important role both in economic and in sustainable development. Its significance is even amplified today by the rapid growth of e-commerce sales, and particularly by the new business environment of omni-channel retailing. To advance their competitiveness, retailers and logistics service providers have devoted significant efforts to deploy express fulfilment services (e.g. same-day or next day delivery), develop advanced inventory management systems, and design multiple distribution or delivery channels. This results in new logistics challenges such as fragmented flows, high delivery frequency, short delivery time, and high uncertainty of demands and returns. Accordingly, logistics, and especially city logistics is required to be more agile, effective and efficient than ever before, involving various activities from freight transportation, warehousing and inventory control, to material handling, reverse logistics and packaging. In addition, special attention has also been paid to deal with the negative environmental and social externalities, such as traffic accidents, congestion, emissions, wastes, land use, pollutions. Unfortunately, current organizations of city logistics are still facing difficulties to balance economic profit and environmental or social protection. In this context, academia and practitioners have started paying increasing attention to the paradigm of smart city and its potential for sustainable city logistics. Following the stream, this special issue will contribute to the topic of “Smart city for sustainable urban logistics”, by discussing the state-of-the art, and current and next research avenues.
Aim of the Special issue
The aim of this special issue is to collate and present the recent breakthrough research focusing on smart city and its applications to sustainable city logistics. High-quality conceptual and empirical papers, real-word applications and case studies focusing on the topic are welcome. Potential topics will include, but not limited to, the following examples.
- Automated logistics systems: drone, autonomous vehicle, underground freight transport system, automated sorting center and hub, AI technologies, AR/VR.
- Smart objects or intelligent products for city logistics.
- Data collection, visualization, monitoring and sharing: cloud computing, blockchain, API technologies, IoT/ICT, digital connectivity, etc., and their applications for city logistics.
- Data-driven decision making: data mining, big data analytics, machine learning, smart logistics systems.
- Innovative concepts and paradigms for sustainability: hyperconnected city logistics, Physical Internet, short supply chain, sharing economy in logistics, etc., and their perspectives under the smart city paradigm.
- Smart and green technologies and infrastructure design for city logistics.
- Optimization or simulation approaches for large scale and real-time transportation management.
- Smart city for food supply chain.
- Smart logistics pricing with respect to sustainability issues.
- Sustainability performance measurement and metrics for city logistics.
- Smart city for reverse logistics and circular economy.
Dates for your diary
- Full manuscript submission deadline: February 29, 2020
- Notification of review reports: February, 2020
- Revised manuscript submission: May, 2020
- Final decision notification: Fall, 2020
- Final publication of this SI: Winter, 2020
Dr. Chao Chen (Professor)
College of Computer Science
Chongqing University, Chongqing, China