Transforming Food Supply Chains: Harnessing the Potential of the Digital Era



The modern food industry faces numerous challenges in ensuring efficient, sustainable, and resilient supply chains. To address these challenges, there is a growing recognition of the transformative power of digital technologies. The special issue titled "Transforming Food Supply Chains: Harnessing the Potential of the Digital Era" aims to explore the application of digital transformation in revolutionizing food supply chains and shed light on its features, benefits, and enablers within the context of the food industry.

The special issue seeks to provide both theoretical frameworks and practical research papers that examine various aspects of digital transformation in the food supply chain. By comparing traditional and digital food supply chains, the issue aims to analyse the advantages and opportunities presented by digital technologies. Additionally, topics such as contract management, critical success factors, digital capabilities, performance measurement, and supply chain risk management will be explored, offering valuable insights for practitioners and researchers.

What sets this special issue apart is its exclusive focus on the food supply chain and its potential for leveraging digital technologies. By investigating the impact of digital transformation in key areas such as sourcing, logistics, quality control, and traceability, this issue intends to contribute novel insights and best practices to address the unique challenges faced by the food industry.

The need for this special issue is underscored by existing literature and recent events that have emphasized the instability and vulnerabilities in food supply chains. Disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, geopolitical tensions, and shifting consumer preferences have highlighted the urgency for more agile and resilient supply chains. This special issue, by examining the role of digital technologies in addressing these challenges, aims to provide timely and relevant insights for enhancing supply chain efficiency and sustainability.

Moreover, the societal impact of this special issue is significant. By harnessing the potential of digital technologies, it seeks to address specific societal challenges related to the food supply chain. The application of digital solutions can lead to improved food safety, traceability, and sustainability. Furthermore, by optimizing supply chain processes, reducing waste, and enhancing productivity, it contributes to ensuring food security and addresses environmental concerns. This aligns with several United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including Goal 2 (Zero Hunger), Goal 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production), Goal 13 (Climate Action), and Goal 17 (Partnerships for the Goals).

List of topic areas

  • Comparative analysis of traditional and digital food supply chains.
  • Net zero and logistics and distribution strategies in the digital food supply chain.
  • Critical success factors for implementing digital food supply chains.
  • Digital capabilities enabling efficient and sustainable food supply chains.
  • Performance measurement and optimization in the digital food supply chain.
  • Networking strategies or supplier integration strategies in the era of digital food supply chain. 

However, topic areas may include (but are not limited to) the above.

Submissions Information

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Author guidelines must be strictly followed. Authors should select (from the drop-down menu) the special issue title at the appropriate step in the submission process, i.e. in response to "Please select the issue you are submitting to". 

Submitted articles must not have been previously published, nor should they be under consideration for publication anywhere else, while under review for this journal.

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Key deadlines

Opening date for abstract submission: 7th June, 2023

Closing date for abstract submission: 30th November, 2023

Opening date for manuscripts submissions: 7th June, 2023

Closing date for manuscripts submission: 6th March, 2024

Email for submissions: [email protected]