International Journal of Logistics Research and Applications: A Leading Journal of Supply Chain Management Contribute to our special issue on Urban Logistics Innovations in the Sharing Economy

International Journal of Logistics Research and Applications

How will the sharing economy impact the organisation of shared urban logistics and transport?

Could your research help create better models for urban logistics and help society explore alternative concepts of personal transport?

In this special Issue, we will provide a platform for exchanging knowledge on emerging methods, practical implementation, and lessons learned regarding both urban freight logistics and the mobility of people in the sharing economy, and you can join the conversation.

Fuelled by digital technology and the Internet, the sharing economy (also referred to as collaborative consumption) is a developing phenomenon based on renting or borrowing goods and services, rather than owning them (Chan & Shaheen, 2012). The emerging sharing economy is particularly relevant in the context of cities that struggle with population growth and increasing density. Undoubtedly, some shared urban logistics and transportation service models may have disruptive impacts, and likely change the way in which people and goods are moved within a city (Savelsbergh & Woense, 2016). Urban logistics infrastructures and transportation systems in many cities already operate at maximum or near-maximum capacity, so it is important to consider novel approaches to organising shared urban logistics and transport.

In this special issue, we call attention to the movement of both freight and people. Shared mobility, the shared use of motor vehicles, bicycles, or other transportation modes, is one facet of the sharing economy, often accompanied by new organisational concepts, such as mobility-as-a-service (MAAS). Shared mobility could potentially improve urban sustainability by decreasing total vehicle-miles and congestion, saving energy, and reducing greenhouse gases, but these advantages may be diminished by rebound effects. This sharing is also applied to urban freight logistics, which involves the movement of freight within cities. Shared freight logistics enables companies to share existing assets and capacities, resulting in increased consolidation, higher capacity utilisation, and decreased fleet sizes for collaborating partners (Matzler, Veider, and Kathan, 2015; Seo et al., 2016).

The emerging concept of the sharing economy continues to motivate researchers and practitioners to develop better models for urban logistics and explore alternative concepts of personal transport. From the academic point of view, research on sharing logistics and transportation has predominantly relied on normative quantitative research methods; especially optimization studies (see Savelsbergh & Woense, 2016 for a review), and conceptual papers are also common (Henten & Windekilde, 2016). However, empirical studies concerning urban logistics in sharing economy remain scarce.

What can I contribute?

Our guest editors are encouraging submissions of original research articles that report significant research contributions including, but not limited to:

  • What motivates potential adopters (at the individual, group, organisation, and supply chain level) to get involved in sharing urban logistics? What are the outcomes of adoption?
  • What are the emergent business and governance models that enable, employ, or leverage shared logistics services? How might common objectives be obtained via sharing?
  • What are the strategies, processes, capabilities and resources needed for a successful and effective implementation of a certain urban logistics sharing initiative?
  • What are the context and consequences of the urban logistics sharing economy that drive government regulation?
  • Which government regulation models are best for developing urban logistics sharing practices?
  • What are the economic, social and environmental impacts of urban logistics sharing?
  • What are the critical factors for travellers to use shared mobility services? What is travellers’ response to the introduction of shared mobility services in terms of changes in travel behaviour?
  • What are the effects of transitions to shared mobility systems on traffic flows, congestion, and environmental indicators?
  • How can shared mobility concepts benefit accessibility or inclusion of vulnerable groups?
  • What are the impacts of shared mobility systems on car ownership and the design of urban spaces?
  • What are the positive or negative equity outcomes of transitions to shared mobility systems?
  • How do sharing technologies (such as algorithms, rating and trust systems, etc.) enable new forms of organisational governance?
  • Which theories help to explain the nature and growth of the sharing economy in urban logistics?
  • What are the useful conceptual models and empirical analysis of the antecedents, consequences, and contingencies associated with sharing economy in urban logistics?
  • What are the new applications of data collection methods and tools of analysis in the domain of urban logistics sharing

Why contribute to the International Journal of Logistics Research and Applications?

  • Your article will be published in a widely read and cited journal (impact factor 1.018) enabling you to effectively contribute to the development of the research area
  • Your research will be validated by a robust single-blind peer review process
  • You can share you research using our open access options
  • You can follow the impact of your research using My Authored Works

How can I contribute?

For detailed instruction on how you can contribute to our special issue click here. If you have any further questions feel free to contact our editorial team below.

Editorial information

  • Principal Guest Editor: Yacan Wang, School of Economics and Management, Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing, China (
  • Co-Editor: Benjamin T. Hazen, Air Force Institute of Technology, Ohio, USA (
  • Co-Editor: Dick Ettema, Department of Human Geography and Planning, Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University, the Netherlands (