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1Izmir University of Economics, Izmir, Turkey; 2University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany; 3Universiti Utara Malaysia, Sintok, Malaysia
The COVID-19 pandemic research has emerged as a rapidly increasing field both from a practitioner’s and an academician’s perspective. In this paper, we present a synthesis of logistics and supply-chain related COVID-19 pandemic research and classify its results through a systematic literature review (SLR). To achieve this, the content of 87 papers was qualitatively assessed and classified according to their research themes and methodological approaches. The SLR findings pertain the changing mechanisms in logistics and supply chain management. The transformational change indicates insights for strategies, services, structures, and social issues. Accordingly, research avenues in logistics and supply chain management field are provided. Finally, propositions referring to research avenues and synthesis of the findings are suggested.
Development Paths of International Logistics Networks: Implications from the COVID19 pandemic
Nitsche, Benjamin; Straube, Frank
Technische Universität Berlin, Germany
The COVID19 pandemic is the biggest crisis of this century with far-reaching long-term implications for international logistics networks. Problems that were already there before the crisis, are now getting exacerbated but also new opportunities arise from this challenge. Building on focus group workshop and surveys among logistics experts from manufacturing and service provider industry, this presentation seeks to outline lessons learned and potential future development paths form international logistics networks emerging from the pandemic. Good Practice strategies for managing crises in logistics networks are being derived and also a gap analysis is performed that benchmarks the theoretical efficiency of recent crisis management strategies with the current implementation maturity of these strategies in practice. The resulting gaps indicate several areas of improvement and can guide future research and practice alike. The presentation will conclude with development paths of international logistics networks, synthesized from an industry assessment, that provide a comprehensive overview on how these logistics networks need to be positioned in 2026 in order to continue to be competitive.
Challenges and Approaches of Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions for Airport Operations during Pandemic Situations
During the COVID-19 pandemic, an uncontrolled spread of the virus worldwide was observed. To reduce the world wide spread of highly contagious viruses in the future, it is essential to target situations with a high risk for spreading contagious diseases. The risk of rapidly spreading of diseases is characterized by the fact that prevention measures cannot be applied as required, e.g., due to faulty execution. This situation has been observed during the COVID-19 pandemic in passenger transportation, especially at airports. Air transportation enabled the rapid exchange of people to and from different locations, which may have contributed to the spread of the virus, especially at the beginning of the pandemic before hygiene measures and vaccines were available. It would be particularly interesting for airports to use innovative guidance and tracking strategies and assistance systems to allow people to travel further and react fast in circumstances similar to the one observed during the COVID-19 pandemic. This paper examines the challenges in preventing the uncontrolled spread of disease in air transportation of people and highlights the current state of the art. Furthermore, a new approach using technical systems is demonstrated and discussed in other scenarios, e.g., rail transport.