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Logistics system is becoming a dominant factor as a competitive advantage for organizations running operations in Latin America. Thus, with the increased integration of suppliers operating in emerging countries to global supply chains, companies are forced to innovate for a better performance, especially when manufacturing specialized products and services with high sensitivity on time and costs.

For decades, Latin American international trade was based on three main flows:

  1. exchange flows of manufactured products towards industrialized nations;
  2. export flows of products from industrialized nations to Latin America; and
  3. export flows of raw material and primary goods from Latin America to industrialized ones.

However, since offshoring strategies became a critical part of most of the manufacturing business models, nowadays this context is fundamentally different. The geographical dispersion around the globe of different value components of the same value chain, allowed Latin American countries as Mexico, Brazil, Chile and others to be part of the global supply chains they did not participate before.

Since tremendous economic globalization allows obtaining needed goods from anywhere in the world, during the next years, identify new trends, models and technologies to improve sustainability of logistics systems running operations in emerging countries as Latin America will have great importance to global sustainable economic growth.

Logistics systems is already a powerful driver of economic growth of modern nations. Similarly, companies in Latin America are looking for improving their business models, by integrating a logistics approach based on new engineering models and management perspectives. However, despite the increasing attention to the logistics systems by both practitioners and academics, the new trends of logistics systems operating in emerging countries as Latin America remain unexplored. Furthermore, although logistics systems has been explored by several researches in the past from different standpoints, most of these studies have focused on industries operating in developed markets. Since emerging markets have been recognized as the major business growth area for the century, a new and more global perspective is needed for knowing their challenges and opportunities.

The aim of this special issue is to identify and diffuse innovative and high-quality research contributions regarding the use and implementation of conceptual frameworks, strategies, techniques, technologies, methodologies, informatics platforms and models applying new perspectives on logistics systems running operations in Latin America.


Possible topics for research papers include, but are not limited to:

  • Logistics Systems Design
  • New production systems detection
  • Lean production and quality trends
  • Sustainable Supply Chain Management
  • Green Operations Management
  • Reverse Logistics
  • Optimization and Operations Research for Development
  • Supply Chain Resilience and Sustainability
  • Disruptions in the Supply Chains and Implications for Sustainability
  • Humanitarian Logistics
  • Sustainable Transportation
  • Optimization for Energy and Power System’s Management
  • Sustainable Vehicle Routing
  • Progress in the Evolution and Management of the Decentralized ‘Smart Grid’
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Environmental Optimization of Human Diets
  • Renewable Resource allocation
  • Natural Disaster Planning and Management
  • Land Conservation in Relation to Sustainable Regional Management of Biodiversity and Eco-System Services
  • Effective Sustainable Supply Chain Design
  • Sustainable Supply Chain Key Performance Indicators
  • Measurement and optimization of the value of Sustainable Supply Chains
  • Strategic outsourcing of technology and processes
  • TIC´s for Sustainable Supply Chain Management
  • Identification of Success Drivers of Sustainable Supply Chains
  • Technology-Driven Innovations in Sustainable Supply Chains
  • Knowledge Management in Sustainable Supply Chain
  • Quantitative Models for Managing Intermodal Logistics Platforms
  • Mobile Applications in Sustainable Supply Chains
  • Sustainable Supply Chains Simulation
  • Cloud Computing in Sustainable Supply Chains
  • Game theory in Sustainable Supply Chains
  • Lean Approach in Sustainable Supply Chains
  • Cross-Domain Software Innovations Applied to Sustainable Supply Chains
  • B2C and B2B Trends in Emerging Markets
    • Sustainable Supply Chains in Public and Not-for-Profit Sectors
    • Event Management in Sustainable Supply Chains
    • Theories and Models for Sustainable Supply Chains


Guest editors:

Submission Guidelines and Other considerations

This special issue will only publish regular research papers. Papers submitted must not have been published previously or under consideration for publication, though they may represent significant extensions of prior work. All submitted papers will go through a rigorous peer-review process (with at least two reviewers) that will include both topic relevance as well as scientific quality. The acceptance process will focus on those papers that address original scientific contributions in the form of theoretical and experimental research and case studies applying new perspectives on Sustainable Supply Chains operating in Latin America.

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal’s Author Guidelines.

Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the JIEM submission system at https://www.jiem.org/index.php/jiem/login according to the following timeline:

  • Abstract submission: November 1, 2016
  • Notification on abstract review results: until December 15, 2016
  • Full papers submission deadline: February 14, 2017
  • Notification of paper review results: until June 1, 2017
  • Submission of revised papers: July 31, 2017
  • Publication: September, 2017