International Journal of Logistics Research and Applications: A Leading Journal of Supply Chain Management Contribute to this special issue: The One-Belt-One-Road Initiatives and its Impact on Global Supply Chain and Logistics

International Journal of Logistics Research and Applications

How is the One-Belt-One-Road Initiatives impacting global supply chains and logistics?

There is no doubt that globalisation has changed and reshaped the world economically, politically, environmentally, and technologically. International supply chain networks permit organisations from different geographic regions to cooperate throughout the lifecycles of their products and services.

These ever-evolving global supply chain and logistics networks encounter several challenges, one such challenge is the need to maximise the operational performance of logistics networks. China has offered a response to this challenge by reviving the old Silk Road.

One of the major aims of the “One-Belt-One-Road” (OBOR) initiative is to enhance connectivity and cooperation between China and the rest of Eurasia and Africa, and thus to boost trade and logistics activities within and between two continents. The priority of the OBOR initiative is to upgrade logistics, transportation, and communication infrastructure networks in the coverage areas. To achieve this, a Silk Road Fund which amounts to USD$ 40 Billion was set up in November 2014 and the AIIB has been open to fund relevant projects since January 2016.

The OBOR initiative is an ambitious attempt at reviving the ancient Silk Road. However, for researchers and global logistics company leaders, its details and impacts on global supply chain and logistics networks are unclear [1]. Thus, this special issue aims to fill this gap as well as to provide an academic discussion and knowledge sharing platform for researchers and field experts to shed light on the OBOR initiative.

What can I contribute?

Potential topics proposed in this special issue include, but are not limited to:

At the policy level: the impact of the OBOR initiative and its accompanying or related development strategies/policies developed by China and OBOR’s coverage areas on global supply chain and logistics networks.

  • For example,China: One Belt One Road, Pilot Free Trade Zone;
  • India: Monsoon project;
  • ASEAN: Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).

At the corporate strategic level:

  • Foresight and forecasting for Eurasia and Africa logistics flows;
  • In the context of OBOR, logistics facility location selection, especially for multimodal transportation logistics facilities/dry ports/automated port container terminals, etc.
  • Design of multiregional/multinational trade and logistics networks;
  • Port competition and cooperation under the background of OBOR.

At the corporate operational level:

  • New technologies (e.g., Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, RFID, NFC, Block Chain, etc.) and new logistics concepts (e.g., Synchro-modality, Co-modality, Physical Internet, etc.) and their applications on cross-border trade and logistics in the context of the OBOR initiative;
  • Operational challenges and related experiences in pilot Free Trade Zones/multimodal logistics hubs/automated port container terminals, etc.;
  • Operational challenges and related experiences in multi-regional or multinational logistics network distribution/routing/service timetabling.

At the coordination level:

  • Related environmental impacts and social issues such as labour practices, community disturbances, fair operations for logistics and supply chain management due to implementation of the OBOR strategy;
  • Coordination among related stakeholders in supply chains and financiers in the OBOR initiative.

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?

You can find more information on how to join the conversation here. If you have any further questions feel free to contact any of the editorial team below. 

 [1] Kris Kosmala, One belt, one road, and one very blurry supply chain benefit, http://www.quintiq.com/blog/one-belt-one-road-one-very-blurry-supply-chain-benefit/ , 1 Dec 2015.

Editorial information

  • Guest Editor : Qinghua Zhu, Prof Qinghua Zhu, Distinguished Professor Associate Dean, Sino-US Global Logistics Institute Antai College of Economics and Management Shanghai Jiao Tong University (qhzhu@sjtu.edu.cn)
  • Guest Editor: Jianghang Chen, Assistant Professor, Sino-US Global Logistics Institute Shanghai Jiao Tong University (jianghang.chen@sjtu.edu.cn)
  • Guest Editor: Kee-hung Lai, Professor Deputy Director, Shipping Research Centre Programme Director, Master of Science in Quality Management Department of Logistics and Maritime Studies, Faculty of Business, Hong Kong (mike.lai@polyu.edu.hk)