Digital and Hyperconnected Supply Chain Systems

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    How to Reduce Information Silos While Blockchain-ifying Recycling Focused Supply Chain Solutions?
    ( 2023-01-03) Mazumdar, Somnath
    Blockchain has already found applications in the supply chain domain to ensure transparency. Recently, blockchain has further been extended to support the circular economy. Existing literature can broadly be divided into product tracing (or track-n-trace) and anti-counterfeiting. Unfortunately, the information generated in existing supply chain applications has stayed in silos. The existence of information silos reduces the value of “blockchain-ifying” the supply chain. Proper data curation via blockchain secures the information and eases the information flow in the supply chain ecosystem, which can accelerate the implementation of the circular economy. In this paper, a blockchain-IoT-based supply chain management framework has been proposed that offers two primary features. They are i) reducing data sitting in silos while opening doors to circular economy-focused services (particularly recycling), ii) documenting suppliers’ performances while delivering quality products focusing on sustainability. Thanks to such unification, relevant supply chain stakeholders will also have access to important events (ranging from the initial stage to the end of the product’s life cycle).
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    Introduction to the Minitrack on Digital and Hyperconnected Supply Chain Systems
    ( 2023-01-03) Lauras, Matthieu ; Faugère, Louis ; Fosso Wamba, Samuel
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    Simulation-based Assessment of Hyperconnected Humanitarian Supply Chains Response Readiness
    ( 2023-01-03) Zhang, Tianyuan ; Grest, Manon ; Rabah, Souad ; Zacharewicz, Gregory ; Benaben, Frederick ; Lauras, Matthieu
    The escalating disasters and increasingly complex external environment are forcing humanitarian organizations to continually improve their operations to provide better humanitarian relief. Transformation towards hyperconnected humanitarian supply chains is one of the most promising paths and the Physical Internet could provide a paradigm for this evolution. However, the impact of this shift on the humanitarian supply chain's performance, particularly readiness, has been understudied. To address this issue, a simulation-based assessment of hyperconnected humanitarian supply chains' response readiness is conducted. Different combinations of multiple potentials of the Physical Internet are simulated, and the corresponding effects on relief operations are analyzed. The findings of this work provide greater insight into the transformation towards hyperconnectivity and thus are helpful for decision-makers to design appropriate evolutionary avenues for today's humanitarian supply chains.