International Symposium in Logistics 19/ International Symposium in Logistics 20

International Symposium in Logistics 19/ International Symposium in Logistics 20

Two of the papers in this issue were developed from their original eight-page paper delivered at the 19th International Symposium on Logistics (ISL 2014) held in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in July 2014. From the 96 papers addressing the ISL2014’s theme “Designing Responsible and Innovative Global Supply Chains”, the Program Committee selected 15, inviting authors to submit an extended version to this journal for consideration. Seven papers went through the double-blind peer-review process. The two ISL2014 papers included in this issue focus on external collaboration, an inevitable element undergirding the design of innovative supply chains in the global context.

The 20th International Symposium on Logistics was held in the beautiful and ancient University of Bologna, Italy from 5th to 8th July 2015. Focusing on the theme of “Designing Responsible and Innovative Global Supply Chains”, the conference was attended by 113 delegates from 26 countries, representing perspectives from Europe, Asia, North American and Australia/New Zealand. The conference included a fascinating tour of the Ducati Motorcycle factory, where cellular manufacturing principles were being employed to produce a broad range of high performance machines. Of the 92 papers presented at the conference, 23 were short listed for development into a journal article and 19 full papers were submitted.

An investigation of the effects of storage assignment and picker routing on the occurrence of picker blocking in manual picker-to-parts warehouses,Design and control of food job-shop processing systems: a simulation analysis in the catering industry,Guest editorial ISL 20,Guest editorial ISL19,The adoption of vendor managed inventory for hospital pharmaceutical supply,The symbiotic existence of interorganizational and interpersonal ties in supply chain collaboration,Value creation and appropriation in product returns management,Value creation through reverse logistics in used clothing networks,Who controls transport emissions and who cares? Investigating the monitoring of environmental sustainability from a logistics service provider’s perspective

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