Journal of Business Logistics

Are you and your organization prepared for what’s on the horizon? Supply chain management professionals who read the Journal of Business Logistics (JBL) learn about upcoming research and in-depth studies on hot buttons in the industry. Articles in the Journal of Business Logistics are oftentimes collaborations between and among prominent academics, thought leaders, consultants, and practitioners.

About Journal of Business Logistics

Edited By: Robert "Glenn" Richey, Jr. and Beth Davis-Sramek of Auburn University
5-year Impact Factor: 7.041
ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2021:42/226 (Management)
Online ISSN: 2158-1592

The editorial objectives of the Journal of Business Logistics are to advance knowledge and science and to stimulate greater thought and effort in the fields of logistics and supply chain management by providing readers with:

  • new and helpful information;
  • new logistics and supply chain management theory or techniques;
  • research generalizations about logistics and supply chain management thought and practice;
  • creative views and syntheses of dispersed concepts in logistics and supply chain management;
  • articles in subject areas which have significant current impact on thought and practice in logistics and supply chain management which present challenges for the future.

Robert “Glenn” Richey, Jr.

Auburn University

Beth Davis-Sramek

Auburn University

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Volume 43, Issue 3
Published: January 2022

Logistics for a better world
Beth Davis-Sramek and Robert Glenn Richey, Jr.
Invited Editorial:
Artificial intelligence, robotics, and logistics employment: The human factor in digital logistics
Matthias Klumpp and Caroline Ruiner
Special Topic Forum: Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, and Logistics Employment
Empirical evidence on human learning and work characteristics in the transition to automated order picking
Dominic Loske

Job satisfaction: An explorative study on work characteristics changes of employees in Intralogistics 4.0
Sven Winkelhaus, Eric H. Grosse, Christoph H. Glock

Innovation and labor in the port industry: A comparison between Genoa and Antwerp
Andrea Bottalico, Thierry Vanelslander, Patrick Verhoeven

In artificial intelligence (AI) we trust: A qualitative investigation of AI technology acceptance
Abhinav Hasija and Terry L. Esper 

Volume 43, Issue 2
Published: April 2022

Volume 43, Issue 1
Published January 2022

Historical volumes until the year 2000 are available digitally.  For any later issues, please contact the Journal of Business Logistics at [email protected]

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CSCMP continues to be a champion for bridging academic rigor and practical relevance.  Where else can the global community of scholars convene with the supply chain community to be informed and influenced by those who make the seemingly impossible happen every day?  The Journal of Business Logistics is the epitome of this melding of the minds.  CSCMP and JBL have long been vital sources for good ideas, inspiration, and support for my research and teaching endeavors.

- Tom Goldsby, James A. Haslam II Chair of Logistics
Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee


Call for Papers: Special Topic Forums

Disruptive-Techs and the (Real) Value Creation to Firms and Supply Chains in Today’s Industry: A Proactive Perspective

Global supply chains (SCs) are exposed to intertwined, simultaneous, and prolonged disruptions (ISPD) (Falcone et al., 2021; Queiroz et al., 2020) including but not limited to pandemic outbreaks, climate change, Brexit, financial crises, and war. These and other extreme events cause negative impacts in the short, middle, and long term and may call for the accelerated adoption of digital technologies (van Hoek, 2021). The interdependence of global SCs amplifies negative effects from one crisis to another, contributing to the long-term impact of disruptions. For instance, the onset of COVID-19 combined with Brexit expanded UK shortages in supermarkets products, labor, raw materials, etc. Using disruptive technologies (disruptive-techs) can play a decisive role in not only supporting the operations of the firms and their SCs (Dolgui & Ivanov, 2020), but also in value creation. In this view, it is best practice to take proactive actions (Knemeyer et al., 2009) in managing the firms' technology resources through the SCs. Bode et al. (2021) highlighted the prominence of proactive actions of managers to improve SC responsiveness in the wake of disruption, but it isn’t clear how managers can or are using disruptive-techs to support the operations of their firms and SCs, and, at the same time, add value (Richey et al., 2021). We thus call attention to the need for researchers to make tangible contributions to – what, why, where and how – disruptive-techs may or may not create value for the firms and SCs. For more information, click here .


The Journal of Business Logistics 2021 Awards 

Bernard LaLonde Best Paper Award

Stefan Kurpjuweit, Christoph G. Schmidt, Maximilian Klöckner, Stephan M. Wagner. "Blockchain in Additive Manufacturing and its Impact on Supply Chains." Journal of Business Logistics 42, no. 1 (2021): 46-70.

Highly Commended: 
Robert Wiedmer and Stanley E. Griffis. "Structural characteristics of complex supply chain networks." Journal of Business Logistics 42, no. 2 (2021): 264-290.

Highly Commended: 
Lisa M. Ellram and Wendy L. Tate. "Cost Avoidance: Not Everything that Counts is Counted." Journal of Business Logistics 42, no. 4 (2021): 406-427.


Senior Editor Awards:

Paul D. Larson,
Professor, Supply Chain Management Department, Asper School of Business, University of Manitoba

Judith M. Whipple,
Donald J. Bowersox and Robert W. Thull Professor in Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Broad College of Business, Michigan State University

Frank G. Adams,
Associate Professor of Supply Chain & Marketing, Mary Jo and Paul Karre Fellow, College of Business, Mississippi State University


Best Reviewer Awards:

Sebastian Garcia-Dastugue,
Assistant Professor, Department of Marketing & Logistics, College of Business, Florida International University

Annibal C. Sodero,
Assistant Professor, Marketing & Logistics, Fisher College of Business, Ohio State University

Zachary Rogers,
Assistant Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management, College of Business, Colorado State University

Mikaella Polyviou,
Assistant Professor, Department of Supply Chain Management, W.P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University

Evi Hartmann,
Chair of Supply Chain Management, School of Business, Economics, and Society, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität

Michael Bourlakis,
Chair in Logistics, Procurement and Supply Chain Management, Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield University



Interested authors can submit their paper to the Journal of Business Logistics online, through Wiley's ScholarOne Manuscripts system.