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Supply Chain 4.0

Improving Supply Chains with Analytics and Industry 4.0 Technologies

Learn from research into smart, integrated and sustainable logistics practices, with a focus on market requirements and cutting edge applications from innovators in the logistics industry.
EAN: 9781789660739
Edition: 1
Published:
Format: 234x156
312 pages

About the book

'Supply Chain 4.0' has introduced automation into logistics and supply chain processes, exploiting predictive analytics to better match supply with demand, optimizing operations and using the latest technologies for the last mile delivery such as drones and autonomous robots. Supply Chain 4.0 presents new methods, techniques, and information systems that support the coordination and optimization of logistics processes, reduction of operational costs as well as the emergence of entirely new services and business processes.

This edited collection includes contributions from leading international researchers from academia and industry. It considers the latest technologies and operational research methods available to support smart, integrated, and sustainable logistics practices focusing on automation, big data, Internet of Things, and decision support systems for transportation and logistics. It also highlights market requirements and includes case studies of cutting-edge applications from innovators in the logistics industry.

About the authors

Professor Michael Bourlakis is the Head of the Logistics, Procurement & Supply Chain Management Group at Cranfield School of Management. He is a member of the European Technology Platform (Food for Life, European Commission).

Dr Emel Aktas is a Senior Lecturer in Cranfield School of Management at Cranfield University. She specializes in supply chain analytics, using mathematical modelling and decision analysis in transport, retail and manufacturing sectors.

Dr. Vasileios Zeimpekis is a lecturer at the Hellenic Open University. He is a transportation expert in the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and in the Hellenic Committee for Competitiveness and Development for Logistics. He is the Vice President of Operations at the board of directors of the Hellenic Logistics Association.

Professor Ioannis Minis is a Professor in the Department of Financial and Management Engineering of the University of Aegean. He is also the chairman of the National Council for Supply Chain Growth and Competitiveness, an advisory body to the Greek government.


Supply Chain 4.0 is currently generating major interest from industry and academic communities. This book will be extremely useful and relevant to academic researchers, practitioners and managers involved with these technologies. The editors have combined strong theoretical foundations with application to practice within each chapter by incorporating a plethora of technologies in relation to supply chain settings. Supply Chain 4.0 will pave the way for further academic and managerial thinking in this domain and become invaluable to students considering the critical, current and future role of supply chain technologies in contemporary business operations.

Professor Angappa Gunasekaran, Dean at School of Business and Public Administration, California State University, Bakersfield, USA