SPECIAL ISSUE: Managing Supply Chain and Logistics Systems in COVID-19 Situation

Managing Supply Chain and Logistics Systems in COVID-19 Situation


Title of the Special Issue

Managing supply chain and logistics systems in COVID-19 situation

Short Title, as paper type: ‘Managing SCL in COVID-19’




Prof. Gerhard-Wilhelm Weber


Poznan University of Technology, Poznan, Poland




Guest Editor


Dr. Vijay Kumar


Dept. of Basic and Applied Science, National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management, Sonepat, India



Co-Guest Editors


Dr. Rahul S Mor


Dept. of Food Engineering, National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management, Sonepat, India




Dr. Aalok Kumar


Operations Management, Jaipuria Institute of Management Lucknow, India



Aims and Scope (Maximum 300 words)

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is testing the supply chain and logistics systems like no other crisis in recent history and the current situation due to COVID-19 necessitates agile supply chain planning to minimize disruptions and nourishing a balance in demand & supply systems. This kind of planning allows manufacturing and service organizations to make strategic, timely, and fact-based decisions to meet their corporate goals. The pandemic has affected the global economies very badly and the resulting disruptions are now a challenge for such organizations to get their supply chain and logistics systems back on the right track. This has evolved to vast uncertainties in demand and supply equations, transportation & trade restrictions, change in consumers’ behavior, stock-outs, etc. To overcome such challenges, organizations now need unprecedented efforts in managing their supply chain and logistics operations including procurement, manufacturing, service operations, distribution, etc. Significant changes in demand and supply create more crisis than opportunities for existing supply chain & logistics to manage through. All the same, the COVID-19 pandemic has evolved to technological innovations, alternate and sustainable business strategies, and most importantly, digital technologies and artificial intelligence. The sustainable consumption and production of manufacturing and service operations is a prime research agenda currently, and the studies having practical and managerial implications can help manage the supply chain and logistics systems, and hence strengthening global economies in this crisis.

Thus, this special issue attempts to report the challenges and strategic supply chain & logistics systems that help in managing through disruptions. The issue would be instrumental in managing supply chain and logistical systems for the manufacturing & service organizations as well as for academia by discussing empirical models with implications.

Topics of Interest (Please list core topics of your special issue)

The papers correlating ‘COVID-19 and supply chain & logistics’ issues and proposing strategic systems on the following topics, but not limited to, are welcome:

  • Sourcing, manufacturing, material management and distribution during COVID-19
  • Artificial intelligence and expert systems technologies and issues in pandemics
  • Stochastic models for designing the supply chain network in pandemics
  • Supply chain traceability issues in pandemics
  • Capacity analysis and optimization methods
  • Simulation and system-dynamic models
  • Technological innovations and in-depth case studies
  • Multi-criteria decision-making for supply chain resilience
  • Management information systems and performance measurement
  • Big data analytics to optimize supply chain & logistics decisions
  • Demand forecasting, allocation and rationing, transportation
  • Factors attributing to change in consumers’ behavior in pandemics

Expected Dates Schedule (tentative)

Submission Deadline: November 30, 2020

Notification of Acceptance: March 30, 2021

Final Version Due: April 30, 2021

All manuscripts will be subject to a rigorous review process under the supervision of the Guest Editors and Editor-in-Chief, and accepted papers will be published online before print publication. Regarding the submission guidelines and other details, authors should refer to http://www.ijsom.com/journal/authors.note