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Transportation Journal

Yoshinori Suzuki, Editor
David Swanson, Editor


Quarterly Publication
ISSN 0041-1612
E-ISSN 2157-328X
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Transportation Journal

Yoshinori Suzuki, Editor
David Swanson, Editor

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Transportation Journal is devoted to the publication of articles that present new knowledge relating to all sectors of the supply chain/logistics/transportation field. These sectors include supply chain/logistics management strategies and techniques; carrier (transport firm) and contract logistics firm (3PL and 4PL) management strategies and techniques; transport economics; regulation, promotion, and other dimensions of public policy toward transport and logistics; and education.

Submit your paper for a special themed issue "Retail Logistics: Exploring the Changing Logistics Costs and Competitive Environment." Submissions are due March 31, 2020. Visit the "Submissions" tab for details.

Journal News

Announcing the 2018-19 Best Paper Award Winner

"Examining the Impact of Shipping Charge Fairness on Consumer Satisfaction and Behavior" by Angela L. Jones (Howard University), Stanley E. Griffis (Michigan State University), Matthew A. Schwieterman (Michigan State University), and Patricia J. Daugherty (Iowa State University) and published in Transportation Journal 58.2 (Spring 2019) has won the Best Paper Award.

2017-18 Best Paper Award Winner Transportation Journal 57.2 (Spring 2018): "The Impact of Out-of-Stocks and Supply Chain Design on Manufacturers: Insights from an Agent-Based Model" by Claudia Rosales (Michigan State University), Judith M. Whipple (Michigan State University), and Jennifer Blackhurst (University of Iowa).

2017-18 Outstanding Reviewer

David Cantor (Iowa State University) was chosen as the 2017-18 Outstanding Reviewer for his service to the journal. Thank you, David!

It is a journal of the Association for Supply Chain Management.

Yoshinori Suzuki
David Swanson

Regional Editors
Juan Carlos Martín Hernández
S. I. Ivan Su

Associate Editors
John Bell
David Cantor
Thomas Corsi
Stanley Griffis
Robert Novack

Assistant Editor
Michael Belding

Book Review Editor
Robert Overstreet

Industry Notes Editor
Robert Overstreet

Editorial Board
Yemisi A. Bolumole
Haozhe Chen
Michael R. Crum
Patricia Daugherty
Martin Dresner
Thomas Goldsby
Scott Grawe
Curtis M. Grimm
Svienn Gudmundsson
Christian Hofer
Deepak Iyengar
Milan Janic
Carol J. Johnson
Scott B. Keller
Steve Leon
Ira A. Lewis
Robert C. Lieb
Michael Maloni
Karl Manrodt
Ila Manuj
Keith Mason
John Mello
Subhro Mitra
Paul R. Murphy
Tobin Porterfield
John Saldanha
Tobias Schoenherr
Richard D. Stewart
Pete Swan
Evelyn Thomchick
John E. Tyworth
Bijan Vasigh
David B. Vellenga
W. David Walls
Ling Wang
Robert J. Windle
Kefeng Xu
Zach Zacharia
Walter Zinn

To submit a manuscript to the editorial office, please visit and create an author profile. The online system will guide you through the steps to upload your manuscript.

Special Issue Retail Logistics: Exploring the Changing Logistics Costs and Competitive Environment

Transportation and logistics service quality that has traditionally been more relevant in B2B commerce (i.e., lead time, lead time variance) is now increasingly salient to consumers. However, consumers may not necessarily be knowledgeable enough to discern service differences among traditional transportation companies, such as Fedex, UPS, and postal services. Does it mean that consumers continue to view companies involved in product delivery as interchangeable, or is it now the case that transportation service providers are becoming less commoditized?

Further, as consumer expectations of "free shipping" continue to evolve, how can retailers continue to lower cost of service and cover such costs in their pricing models? Even as most retailers continue to struggle to offer free two-day shipping programs, Walmart and Amazon further raised the standard by announcing free one-day shipping on millions of products in their online assortment. What are the competitive and cost implications of the ever-narrowing seam in between online retailers and consumers? How can retailers continue to fuel this last mile delivery "arms race" without bankrupting themselves in the process?

As retailers become increasingly aware of their finite delivery capacity, is there now greater incentive for companies to take control of their final mile delivery services? For instance, restaurants such as Cheesecake Factory rely on services such as Doordash to reach consumers. On the other hand, Panera contracted a service delivery platform and retained its own branding right up to the consumer’s doorstep. Meanwhile Amazon is adding to its fleet of trucks, trailers, and freight aircraft. What are the pros and cons of each service design?

As illustrated in the examples above, technological advances are fundamentally changing the way companies are embedding transportation and logistics in their overall consumer-facing service design. The proliferation of these last-mile delivery service models suggests that each possesses its own set of implications on both cost and service impact on consumers. Although omni-channel retailing had seen increasing academic and industry attention, less attention is being paid to the specific roles of transportation and logistics in the changing competitive landscape of last mile delivery services.

This special issue seeks to explore the changing role of retail logistics and invites submissions of research papers on this important topic.

Here are some suggested research questions for consideration.

What is the modern retail competitive environment’s impact on logistics service providers’ bargaining positions vis-à-vis shippers? How is retail logistics changing in the Internet Age of "Free Shipping?" How are transportation and logistics costs changing in the modern era to support "ordering online"? Where are transportation and logistics (including reverse) costs accounted for, and how can logisticians monitor the related operational and financial impacts? How do marketing campaigns regarding transportation and logistics costs impact consumers? What is the modern role of reverse logistics on retail strategies? How have "buy local" campaigns impacted retail transportation and logistics? How have recent trends impacted cold-chain logistics? How has retail logistics changed in the face of the "sharing economy"? How are technological advances, such as drone delivery programs and autonomous vehicles, altering our traditional understanding of the last mile delivery service design?

Manuscripts should be submitted to no later than March 31, 2020.

Guest Editors:

Dr. Henry Jin

Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management

Miami University

Dr. Frank Adams

Associate Professor of Marketing

Mississippi State University

Dr. Tyler Morgan

Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management

Auburn University

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