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  • Logistics, Vol. 2, Pages 8: The Integration of Extended Supply Chain with
           Sales and Operation Planning: A Conceptual Framework

    • Authors: Md. Rokonuzzaman
      First page: 8
      Abstract: This research is an effort to present the emergence of ways to enable marketers to attain high sensitivity and visibility in the supply chain network. It also aims to facilitate better multi-criteria decisions throughout the extended supply chain. It is a qualitative study considering 31 published research articles related to supply chain integration, sales and operation planning, and the use of information systems. With a focus on narrative data, a purposive sampling technique was used to select the papers for review and to produce the results of this study. The findings of this research indicate that the sales and operation planning (S&OP) processes and the key operations in the supply chain network need to be fully integrated. The findings also indicate that information system resources are the key enabler of S&OP and supply chain integration. To be specific, this research is an exercise in theorizing a conceptual framework for optimally confronting the emerging challenges and opportunities regarding an extended supply chain and is intended to bring the proficiency of multi-criteria decisions and actions in the entire supply chain network.
      Citation: Logistics
      PubDate: 2018-03-21
      DOI: 10.3390/logistics2020008
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 2 (2018)
  • Logistics, Vol. 2, Pages 9: A Risk-Based Location-Allocation Approach for
           Weapon Logistics

    • Authors: Cihan Çetinkaya, Samer Haffar
      First page: 9
      Abstract: Governments have vital missions, such as securing their nation from many internal or external risks/threats. Thus, they prepare themselves against different scenarios. The most common scenario for all countries is “facing attacks from other countries”. However, training for these scenarios is not possible because military exercises are too expensive. The contribution of this paper is a scientific approach proposed for such a scenario. A mathematical model is developed to allocate different weapon types to a set of candidate locations (demand nodes, the military installations that need weapons) while minimizing total transportation costs, setup costs, and allocation risk. The risk arises from allocating the weapons to other military units as backups during a conflict. The risk increases when one military unit allocates their weapons to another unit during attacks. The mathematical model is tested on a case study problem of Turkish Land Forces. This case study is solved in 14 min, and the optimal total transportation and setup costs are determined. Since it is very important to make quick decisions during an attack, this scientific approach and computational time can be useful for military decision makers. Additionally, the results of this study can guarantee that any attack can be handled with the minimum cost and risk.
      Citation: Logistics
      PubDate: 2018-05-02
      DOI: 10.3390/logistics2020009
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 2 (2018)
  • Logistics, Vol. 2, Pages 10: Archetypes of Supply Chain Analytics
           Initiatives—An Exploratory Study

    • Authors: Tino Herden, Steffen Bunzel
      First page: 10
      Abstract: While Big Data and Analytics are arguably rising stars of competitive advantage, their application is often presented and investigated as an overall approach. A plethora of methods and technologies combined with a variety of objectives creates a barrier for managers to decide how to act, while researchers investigating the impact of Analytics oftentimes neglect this complexity when generalizing their results. Based on a cluster analysis applied to 46 case studies of Supply Chain Analytics (SCA) we propose 6 archetypes of initiatives in SCA to provide orientation for managers as means to overcome barriers and build competitive advantage. Further, the derived archetypes present a distinction of SCA for researchers seeking to investigate the effects of SCA on organizational performance.
      Citation: Logistics
      PubDate: 2018-05-08
      DOI: 10.3390/logistics2020010
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 2 (2018)
  • Logistics, Vol. 2, Pages 2: The Supply Chain Has No Clothes: Technology
           Adoption of Blockchain for Supply Chain Transparency

    • Authors: Kristoffer Francisco, David Swanson
      First page: 2
      Abstract: Blockchain technology, popularized by Bitcoin cryptocurrency, is characterized as an open-source, decentralized, distributed database for storing transaction information. Rather than relying on centralized intermediaries (e.g., banks) this technology allows two parties to transact directly using duplicate, linked ledgers called blockchains. This makes transactions considerably more transparent than those provided by centralized systems. As a result, transactions are executed without relying on explicit trust [of a third party], but on the distributed trust based on the consensus of the network (i.e., other blockchain users). Applying this technology to improve supply chain transparency has many possibilities. Every product has a long and storied history. However, much of this history is presently obscured. Often, when negative practices are exposed, they quickly escalate to scandalous, and financially crippling proportions. There are many recent examples, such as the exposure of child labor upstream in the manufacturing process and the unethical use of rainforest resources. Blockchain may bring supply chain transparency to a new level, but presently academic and managerial adoption of blockchain technologies is limited by our understanding. To address this issue, this research uses the Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology (UTAUT) and the concept of technology innovation adoption as a foundational framework for supply chain traceability. A conceptual model is developed and the research culminates with supply chain implications of blockchain that are inspired by theory and literature review.
      Citation: Logistics
      PubDate: 2018-01-05
      DOI: 10.3390/logistics2010002
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 1 (2018)
  • Logistics, Vol. 2, Pages 3: Evaluation of Maintenance and EOL Operation
           Performance of Sensor-Embedded Laptops

    • Authors: Mehmet Dulman, Surendra Gupta
      First page: 3
      Abstract: Sensors are commonly employed to monitor products during their life cycles and to remotely and continuously track their usage patterns. Installing sensors into products can help generate useful data related to the conditions of products and their components, and this information can subsequently be used to inform EOL decision-making. As such, embedded sensors can enhance the performance of EOL product processing operations. The information collected by the sensors can also be used to estimate and predict product failures, thereby helping to improve maintenance operations. This paper describes a study in which system maintenance and EOL processes were combined and closed-loop supply chain systems were constructed to analyze the financial contribution that sensors can make to these procedures by using discrete event simulation to model and compare regular systems and sensor-embedded systems. The factors that had an impact on the performance measures, such as disassembly cost, maintenance cost, inspection cost, sales revenues, and profitability, were determined and a design of experiments study was carried out. The experiment results were compared, and pairwise t-tests were executed. The results reveal that sensor-embedded systems are significantly superior to regular systems in terms of the identified performance measures.
      Citation: Logistics
      PubDate: 2018-01-08
      DOI: 10.3390/logistics2010003
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 1 (2018)
  • Logistics, Vol. 2, Pages 4: Acknowledgement to Reviewers of Logistics in

    • Authors: Logistics Editorial Office
      First page: 4
      Abstract: Peer review is an essential part in the publication process, ensuring that Logistics maintains high quality standards for its published papers.[...]
      Citation: Logistics
      PubDate: 2018-01-09
      DOI: 10.3390/logistics2010004
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 1 (2018)
  • Logistics, Vol. 2, Pages 5: Use of Bayesian Networks to Analyze Port
           Variables in Order to Make Sustainable Planning and Management Decision

    • Authors: Beatriz Molina Serrano, Nicoleta González-Cancelas, Francisco Soler-Flores, Samir Awad-Nuñez, Alberto Camarero Orive
      First page: 5
      Abstract: In the current economic, social and political environment, society demands a greater variety of outcomes from the public logistics sector, such as efficiency, efficiency of managed resources, greater transparency and business performance. All of them are an indispensable counterpart for its recognition and support. In case of port planning and management, many variables are included. Use of Bayesian Networks allows to classify, predict and diagnose these variables and even to estimate the subsequent probability of unknown variables, basing on the known ones. Research includes a data base with more than 40 variables, which have been classified as smart port studies in Spain. Then a network was generated using a non-cyclic conducted grafo, which shows port variable relationships. As conclusion, economic variables are cause of the rest of categories and they represent a parent role in the most of cases. Furthermore, if environmental variables are known, subsequent probability of social variables can be estimated.
      Citation: Logistics
      PubDate: 2018-01-11
      DOI: 10.3390/logistics2010005
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 1 (2018)
  • Logistics, Vol. 2, Pages 6: Assessing Port Governance, Devolution and
           Terminal Performance in Nigeria

    • Authors: D. Onwuegbuchunam
      First page: 6
      Abstract: Concerns about performance and efficiency in port terminals led many national governments to embark on port reforms. The Federal government of Nigeria, for example, adopted the Landlord port model which brought about concessioning of port terminals to private operators. Despite high investments in terminal facilities by the private terminal operators, there are still complaints about level of service offered to port users. This paper applied key performance indicator metrics and parameters of queuing model in assessing performance of Nigeria’s concessioned port terminals. Data for the study were obtained from terminal level records of cargo and ship handling activities for years 2000 to 2015. Major findings indicate that cargo and vessel throughputs improved after the reforms in the six ports examined. However, much variability was observed in trends in ships’ turnround times across all ports after the concession policy implementation. Additional results from the queuing model analysis suggest that the high ships turnround times observed in some ports are associated to delays in ship operation at the berths. The paper recommends that policy interventions be focused on ship operations at the berths as a step in improving service level in the port terminals.
      Citation: Logistics
      PubDate: 2018-02-25
      DOI: 10.3390/logistics2010006
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 1 (2018)
  • Logistics, Vol. 2, Pages 7: Considering Materials Management in
           Construction: An Exploratory Study

    • Authors: Zakaria Dakhli, Zoubeir Lafhaj
      First page: 7
      Abstract: While materials count for a considerable amount of construction costs, the way materials are managed seems to be improvised rather than approached methodically. This study investigates the practice of novel techniques used to manage materials in the construction industry. Techniques that have already proven themselves to be efficient ways to manage the production pace within the industry include the pull system, Just-In-Time, Kitting and off-site fabrication. These are explained and assessed in the context of the French construction industry through an exploratory study, supported by a questionnaire completed by contractors. The results reveal that a clear plan to manage materials on-site is lacking among the respondents, creating common inventory problems. This research provides evidence to support the central role played by an efficient management of material flow on-site. It also highlights the obstacles that hinder the adoption of innovative techniques, such as sub-contractor coordination.
      Citation: Logistics
      PubDate: 2018-03-05
      DOI: 10.3390/logistics2010007
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 1 (2018)
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