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Next Generation Cold Supply Chain Management: Research, Applications and Challenges

Submission deadline: 1 March 2017

Guest editors:

Kune Muh Tsai,
Professor of Logistics Management,
National Kaohsiung First University of Science & Technology, Taiwan,
[email protected]

Kulwant S Pawar,

Professor of Operations Management,
Nottingham University Business School, UK,
[email protected]

Call for Papers

A cold chain, also called temperature controlled supply chain, is a logistics and supply chain system that provides series of facilities for maintaining ideal conditions for goods within a given temperature range, from the point of origin to the point of consumption, particularly used for food products. Typically, cold food supply chains face higher levels of risks and uncertainties due to issues such as product perishability, high degree of product variety and requirements, multiple raw material suppliers, short shelf life, stringent traceability and regulatory requirements, increasing levels of supply chain distances and thus more handling points and involvement in larger supply chain networks. This, in turn creates higher risks of food waste and increasing costs, and even potential damage to the health of consumers, if the spoiled goods end up on the market.

Due to the dynamic nature of movement of perishable goods around the world, it is becoming important to consider the food supply chain more holistically to include, not only cultivation and food processing, but also areas such as packaging, handling, storage and distribution as well as the technologies used to monitor the entire chain. These processes result in more complex supply networks, which emphasize the central role played by logistics systems in managing the cold supply chain stages from farm-to-fork (farm-to-chopstick) in an efficient and timely manner.

This special issue aims to extend understanding of the pertinent issues and challenges that are likely to be encountered when developing the next generation of cold supply chains by focusing on topics such as those listed below.

  • The impact of cold supply chains on business models, structure and configurations.
  • Coordination and collaboration strategies and practices for cold chain operations.
  • The analysis and development of cold chain operational standards and practices (local, regional, national, international).
  • Tools, techniques and methodologies for supporting next generation cold chains
  • The role of ICT in managing cold supply chains.
  • The deployment and use of big data and IOT approaches for supporting operational and strategic decisions.
  • Risk, quality and food safety assessment models and approaches in cold chains.
  • Education, training and talent development for enhancing cold chains operations.
  • Modelling and simulation methods and approaches to develop sustainable cost structures, processes and strategies for cold chains operations.
  • Comparative analysis of developments in regional and national practices for cold chain operations.
  • The role of multi-modal logistics in supporting food quality, safety and sustainability agenda (such as CO2 emissions, energy consumption, waste and environment etc.).
  •   est practice cases highlighting behaviours and practices of different stakeholders in handling perishable goods (for example farmers, producers, warehouses, transporters and retailers).
  • Case studies on special equipment application such as storage, packaging and handling, etc. for efficient and safe cold supply chains.

Manuscript Submission:

Prospective authors are encouraged to submit abstracts of their papers to the Guest Editors in advance of full submission. In preparing and submitting your articles, please follow the author guidelines that can be found on the IJLM journal website. (see

All articles should be submitted in English. We strongly advise that non-native English speakers have their manuscripts proofread prior to submission.

All papers should be submitted through the ScholarOne Manuscripts online submission system (

Authors should ensure that the cold chain special issue option is selected on the fourth page of the submission process. All appropriate papers will go through the normal journal review process.