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: 5.877
ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2019:38/226 (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 42, Issue 1
Published: March 2021

Can We Connect? Benefits and Barriers to Adoption of Transformative Technology in Global Supply Chains
Robert Glenn Richey Jr., Beth Davis-Sramek 
Special Topic Forum: Blockchain: Applications and Strategies for Supply Chain Research and Practice: 
Blockchain Applications in Supply Chain Transactions
Christian F. Durach, Till Blesik, Maximilian von Düring, Markus Bick
Understanding Managers’ Reactions to Blockchain Technologies in the Supply Chain 
Ellie C. Falcone, Zachary R. Steelman, John A. Aloysius
Blockchain in Additive Manufacturing and its Impact on Supply Chains
Stefan Kurpjuweit, Christoph G. Schmidt, Maximilian Klöckner, Stephan M. Wagner
The Struggle is Real: Insights from a Supply Chain Blockchain Case
Henrik S. Sternberg, Erik Hofmann, Dominik Roeck
On the Quest for Supply Chain Transparency through Blockchain: Lessons Learned from Two Serialized Data Projects
Shashank Rao, Allan Gulley, Matthew Russell, Justin Patton
Special Topic Forum: The Physical Internet and the Internet of Things as a Paradigm Shift: Drivers and Enablers of a New Way of Doing Logistics
Physical Internet: First Results and Next Challenges
Eric Ballot, Benoit Montreuil, Zach G. Zacharia

From the Digital Internet to the Physical Internet: A Conceptual Framework With a Stylized Network Model
Chuanwen Dong, Rod Franklin

Why Collaborate in a Physical Internet Network? Motives and Success Factors
Michael Plasch, Sarah Pfoser, Markus Gerschberger, Regina Gattringer, Oliver Schauer

Toward the Physical Internet – Logistics Service Modularity and Design Implications
Henrik S. Sternberg, Meltem Denizel

Do You See What I See? A Simulation Analysis of Order Bundling within a Transparent User Network in Geographic Space
Tomas Ambra, An Caris, Cathy Macharis

Volume 41, Issue 4
Published December 2020

Volume 41, Issue 3
Published September 2020

Later issues of the Journal of Business Logistics can be found here .  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

Global Supply Chain Research

The presence of global supply chains in conjunction with increased environmental uncertainty, stemming from structural complexity, dynamism, and munificence, introduces practical management challenges. Moreover, volatile international relations among countries or political & economic unions can influence a firm’s operations and their underlying supply network design through the interactions among trade policies and firms. For example, how can the risk be assessed and what measures are effective in ensuring the continuity of a global supply chain in a global crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic or in a trade war like the current one between the U.S. and China? What is the cost of counterfeiting and security breaches in global supply chains? Should firms be able to adjust supply chains flexibly during the times of increasing trade restrictions and political instability? How can local management teams of facilities connected in a global supply or production network overcome obstacles to integration and achieve coordination at the network level? These examples illustrate that traditional supply chain management practices may be ineffective due to the uncertainty affecting global supply chains.
This STF seeks to solicit and publish research that is not only of interest to the academic readership but also to supply chain professionals. Consequently, research questions should seek answers to real-world problems and phenomena within the scope of global supply chains. For more information, click here .

Submission deadline: May 31, 2021

Retail Industry Research

The retail industry’s evolution continues to create new opportunities for innovation in retail supply-chain management and logistics (SCML). SCML is critical to the retail industry's management of a broad set of factors, including the ongoing expansion of e-commerce, the continuing development of omnichannel capabilities, and the recent shock of the pandemic. Moreover, advancing customer expectations and technological developments continue to create new prospects for, and demands upon, retail SCML practitioners. Such ongoing developments within the retail industry generate substantial opportunities for academics in SCML to conduct “research that examines more expansive SCML boundary-spanning processes and capabilities” (Richey Jr. and Davis-Sramek, 2020).
The special topic forum (STF) on retailing seeks to extend our knowledge about modern retail SCML. For more information, click here .
Submission deadline: August 31, 2021


Transformative Supply Chain Research 

Transformative research is scholarship that not only employs rigorous methods to inform theory, but that also contributes to the well-being of individuals, families, communities, and ecosystems by disseminating and applying findings to relevant stakeholders. In this context, wellbeing is defined as “a state of flourishing that involves health, happiness and prosperity” across physical, emotional, social, economic, spiritual, environmental and political dimensions,” (Mick et al., 2012). Transformative research by business scholars has grown over the past two decades, particularly within the marketing discipline via the transformative consumer research (TCR) movement. In the management discipline, transformative service research (TSR) has built upon TCR, where both communities have explored topics such as poverty alleviation, sustainability, health, and service execution, among other topics. This special topic forum is a call to action for supply chain researchers to address the role of supply chain management and logistics (SCML) in bringing about enhanced well-being outcomes by engaging in transformative supply chain research (TSCR) (Mollenkopf et al. 2020).
The special topic forum will kick off with a 45-minute webinar. The guest editors will describe the objectives, review process, and what they will be looking for in a suitable submission, including Q&As. A recording of the webinar is available here for those unable to attend, or for anyone wishing to revisit the discussion. For more information, click here .
Abstract submission deadline: June 30, 2021


The Journal of Business Logistics 2019 Awards 

Bernard LaLonde Best Paper Award

Matthew A. Schwieterman., Thomas J. Goldsby, and Keely L. Croxton. "Customer and supplier portfolios: Can credit risks be managed through supply chain relationships?." Journal of Business Logistics 39.2 (2018): 123-137.
Highly Commended: Vincent E. Castillo, John E. Bell, William J. Rose, and Alexandre M. Rodrigues. "Crowdsourcing last mile delivery: strategic implications and future research directions." Journal of Business Logistics 39, no. 1 (2018): 7-25.
Highly Commended: Beth Davis‐Sramek, Rodney W. Thomas, and Brian S. Fugate. "Integrating behavioral decision theory and sustainable supply chain management: Prioritizing economic, environmental, and social dimensions in carrier selection." Journal of Business Logistics 39, no. 2 (2018): 87-100.

Associate Editor Awards:
Martin Dresner
, Professor and Chair, University of Maryland
Glenn Richey, Raymond J. Harbert Eminent Scholar and Professor in Supply Chain Management, Auburn University
Nada Sanders, Distinguished Professor of Supply Chain Management, Northeastern University

Best Reviewer Awards:
Christian Durach,
Professor and Chair, ESCP Business School
Jon Kirchoff
, Associate Professor, East Carolina University 
John-Patrick Paraskevas, Assistant Professor, Miami University
William Rose, Assistant Professor, Iowa State University
Dawn Russell, Associate Professor, University of North Florida
Henrik Sternberg, Assistant Professor, Iowa State University


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