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Logistics, Volume 1, Issue 1 (September 2017)

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Editorial

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Open AccessEditorial Logistics Is about Competitiveness and More
Logistics 2017, 1(1), 1; doi:10.3390/logistics1010001
Received: 30 August 2016 / Accepted: 31 August 2016 / Published: 12 September 2016
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Stripped to its basics, logistics is about capturing competitive advantage and creating customer value, not just optimizing costs.[...] Full article
Open AccessEditorial Preparing for the Era of the Digitally Transparent Supply Chain: A Call to Research in a New Kind of Journal
Logistics 2017, 1(1), 2; doi:10.3390/logistics1010002
Received: 13 October 2016 / Revised: 18 October 2016 / Accepted: 18 October 2016 / Published: 24 November 2016
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Research

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Open AccessArticle The Origin and Consistency of the Ton–Mile Metric in the Shipping Economics
Logistics 2017, 1(1), 3; doi:10.3390/logistics1010003
Received: 25 October 2016 / Revised: 31 January 2017 / Accepted: 14 February 2017 / Published: 21 February 2017
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The aim of this paper is to investigate an underpinning of the conventional maritime economics, supply-demand framework, and measurement of shipping services in particular. The ton–mile metric is frequently employed as a measure of demand in both academia and professional readings. On the
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The aim of this paper is to investigate an underpinning of the conventional maritime economics, supply-demand framework, and measurement of shipping services in particular. The ton–mile metric is frequently employed as a measure of demand in both academia and professional readings. On the other hand, the ton–mile measurement approach has various drawbacks and inconsistencies that are thought to be negligible or simply ignored. The incompleteness of the ton–mile metric approach, which is usually taken as granted, is discussed in terms of its origin and historical presence in the literature. Assumptions behind the approach are investigated, and practical limitations are revisited. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Developing Talent from a Supply–Demand Perspective: An Optimization Model for Managers
Logistics 2017, 1(1), 5; doi:10.3390/logistics1010005
Received: 21 June 2017 / Revised: 27 July 2017 / Accepted: 31 July 2017 / Published: 3 August 2017
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While executives emphasize that human resources (HR) are a firm’s biggest asset, the level of research attention devoted to planning talent pipelines for complex global organizational environments does not reflect this emphasis. Numerous challenges exist in establishing human resource management strategies aligned with
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While executives emphasize that human resources (HR) are a firm’s biggest asset, the level of research attention devoted to planning talent pipelines for complex global organizational environments does not reflect this emphasis. Numerous challenges exist in establishing human resource management strategies aligned with strategic operations planning and growth strategies. We generalize the problem of managing talent from a supply–demand standpoint through a resource acquisition lens, to an industrial business case where an organization recruits for multiple roles given a limited pool of potential candidates acquired through a limited number of recruiting channels. In this context, we develop an innovative analytical model in a stochastic environment to assist managers with talent planning in their organizations. We apply supply chain concepts to the problem, whereby individuals with specific competencies are treated as unique products. We first develop a multi-period mixed integer nonlinear programming model and then exploit chance-constrained programming to a linearized instance of the model to handle stochastic parameters, which follow any arbitrary distribution functions. Next, we use an empirical study to validate the model with a large global manufacturing company, and demonstrate how the proposed model can effectively manage talents in a practical context. A stochastic analysis on the implemented case study reveals that a reasonable improvement is derived from incorporating randomness into the problem. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Ecologically Friendly Sourcing in Developing Countries: A Non-Food Case Study
Logistics 2017, 1(1), 6; doi:10.3390/logistics1010006
Received: 21 June 2017 / Revised: 10 August 2017 / Accepted: 13 August 2017 / Published: 17 August 2017
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The purpose of this paper is to investigate how nearby sourcing versus long-distance sourcing affects the ecological friendliness—operationalized in terms of energy efficiency—of a supply chain for a non-food item in a developing country. Using case research, we show that the average energy
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The purpose of this paper is to investigate how nearby sourcing versus long-distance sourcing affects the ecological friendliness—operationalized in terms of energy efficiency—of a supply chain for a non-food item in a developing country. Using case research, we show that the average energy needed to supply a pair of imported shoes to a retailer in Morocco is less than the average energy needed to supply a pair of locally produced shoes. These findings highlight the need to assess the true total energy effects of nearby sourcing versus long-distance sourcing since the outcomes of such assessments may be more complicated than they appear upon first glance, particularly in developing countries. Full article

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Open AccessReview Environmentally Concerned Logistics Operations in Fuzzy Environment: A Literature Survey
Logistics 2017, 1(1), 4; doi:10.3390/logistics1010004
Received: 18 April 2017 / Revised: 30 May 2017 / Accepted: 8 June 2017 / Published: 13 June 2017
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Growing environmental awareness coupled with stricter governmental regulations has fueled the need for integrating sustainability into supply chain and logistics activities. Accordingly, recent studies in the literature have emphasized the significance of environmentally concerned logistics operations (ECLO). Research in the broad area of
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Growing environmental awareness coupled with stricter governmental regulations has fueled the need for integrating sustainability into supply chain and logistics activities. Accordingly, recent studies in the literature have emphasized the significance of environmentally concerned logistics operations (ECLO). Research in the broad area of ECLO encompasses a wide range of topics including sustainable supply chain, green supply chain, closed-loop supply chain, low-carbon logistics, and waste management. In this paper, a comprehensive content analysis and area review is presented. Over 800 papers published between 1994 and 2017 in peer-reviewed journals, proceedings, and book chapters are utilized. These papers are analyzed in consecutive stages after being reviewed under a structural dimension process that addresses the fields of environmentally concerned logistics operations. Following the state-of-the-art review, a detailed analysis of ECLO research with a special emphasis on fuzzy applications is provided. The findings clearly indicate that the fuzzy multi-criteria decision making technique is a frequently used hybrid method, whereas fuzzy sets theory and other fuzzy hybrid techniques identify a gap in the related literature. This paper provides further critical analysis and other research suggestions in order to clarify these gaps and offer additional research perspectives. This information may provide extensive data that will enable future researchers to fill these gaps within this field. Full article
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