Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review
Call for papers for the special issue:“Emerging Digitalization Technologies in Freight Transport and Logistics”
• 大类 : 工程技术 - 2区
• 小类 : 工程：土木 - 2区
• 小类 : 运筹学与管理科学 - 2区
• 小类 : 运输科技 - 3区
Freight transport and logistics is experiencing a new wave of digitalization. Digitalization refers to the use of digital technologies to support the existing and innovative provisions and management of freight transport. It often involves significant changes at 1) within organisations (e.g. change in business models and processes), 2) between organisations (e.g. governance, relational, technical and process configurations), and 3) at the level of ecosystem and industry (e.g. disruptions to the status quo and emergence of new product/service providers). Technological advances are developing at an unprecedented rate and are transforming and disrupting the status quo of the sector. These waves of technological innovation have disrupted or will disrupt a number of industries. Some broader socio-economic initiative that affect transport technology include concepts of crowdsourcing, smart cities, the sharing economy, and Industry 4.0. The transportation technological innovation litany lengthens.
Cloud computing allows an on-demand model to be deployed instilling agility and cost advantages to organisations, while artificial intelligence powers important applications of robotics and autonomous vehicles (AVs), computer vision, virtual agents and machine learning. Blockchain, also known as distributed ledger technology, is an industrial and social game changer for its potential impact supply-chain structures, relationship configurations and cash flows (Saberi et al., 2018; Wang et al., 2018). Pervasive computing affords smart objects and the internet of things (IoTs) to be embedded in transport networks. It supports various practical, sector-specific activities, such as digital rail, smart motorways and smart port programmes. An array of social technologies such as enterprise social media have penetrated into organisations that facilitates project management, collective problem solving and corporate communication (Leonardi et al 2013).
Meanwhile broader technological development umbrellas such as industry 4.0 and structural changes (e.g. offshoring and reshoring, distributed manufacturing) that are taking place in manufacturing will largely influence how freight operates. Both manufacturing and freight are integral parts of supply chains. Therefore, any digitalization efforts in manufacturing will directly impact freight and should be investigated carefully.
Freight transport and logistics digitalization can influence many levels. It has great potential to contribute to organizational competitive advantage (Gunasekaran et al 2017). Digitalization can enhance transport sustainability with respect to physical, environmental, economic and social dimensions. Technological advances also enable seamless mobility between different transport mode and a more integrated global freight transport ecosystem (Harris, et al 2015). New industry business models may be required in this new environment (Kamargianni and Matyas, 2017). Community redesign and the implication of smart cities and transport planning will also be influenced (Wang et al., 2016).
Yet, given all these forces and revolutionary technological advances, our scholarly and academic understanding of these disruptive emerging technologies remains fragmented and limited. The negative epistemic consequences resulting from the contemporary landscape of these digitalizations technologies is also not well established. This special issue focuses on contemporary research that seeks to explore the application and impact of emergent digitalization technologies on the theory and practice of freight transport and logistics.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
Diffusion of digitalization technologies across various freight transport and logistics industries
Theoretical developments and rethinking theory in this emergent digitalization environment using formal analytical modelling
Advancing analytical modelling and decision making for the planning, integration, adoption, and maintenance of emergent technologies
Systems and adaptive model requirements in the integration of transportation technological systems; their interaction and standalone capabilities and limitations
The social, environmental, and economic implications of digitalization technologies on industry, community and regulatory policy for freight transportation
Entrepreneurial activities in freight transport and logistics and how industry business models may change
Operations and supply chain modelling for emergent digitalization of freight transport and logistics
Technological forecasting and outcomes including potential roadmaps based on theoretical, historical, and scenario planning for freight transportation and logistics
Competitive and game theoretic modelling aspects of emergent digitalization of freight transport and logistics
Big data, predictive analytics and decision making in freight and logistics optimisation
Data driven business models and concepts
Intelligent freight transport concepts (e.g. digital rail, smart motorways and smart port) and their implications
Applications of artificial intelligence such as robotics and truck platooning, machine learning and virtual agents in freight transport and their disruptive effect
Immersive technologies (such as augmented, mixed or virtual reality), simulation and behavioural change
The emergence of distributed ledger technology/blockchain technology and its value creation in logistics and freight transport e.g. smart contract, product provenance, asset management and disintermediation
Effects of social media networks and social commerce on freight transport and logistics
Industry 4.0, IoTs and digital twin and related structural, process and relational changes imposed
Intersection between various digital technologies and their integrative impact on future of mobility
Applications of new technologies in freight urbanisation, cross-border integration, multimodality and sharing economy