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The impact of emerging and disruptive technologies on freight transportation in the digital era: current state and future trends

Chuanwen Dong (ESCP Europe – Berlin Campus, Berlin, Germany)
Asif Akram (Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden)
Dan Andersson (Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden)
Per-Olof Arnäs (Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden)
Gunnar Stefansson (Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden) (School of Engineering and Natural Science, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland)

The International Journal of Logistics Management

ISSN: 0957-4093

Article publication date: 12 January 2021

Issue publication date: 29 April 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

With various challenges in the digital era, stakeholders are expressing growing interests in understanding the impact of emerging and disruptive technologies on freight transportation. This paper provides a systematic literature review of the current state of affairs as well as future trends and aims to support stakeholders' decision-making in logistics management in the era of disruptive technologies.

Design/methodology/approach

Several recent and representative articles from academic, industrial and governmental perspectives were investigated to set the scene for this research and to serve as a baseline for electing nine emerging technologies, which were then used to conduct a systematic literature review covering the literature within the area during the past twelve years.

Findings

3D printing, artificial intelligence, automated robots, autonomous vehicles, big data analytics, blockchain, drones, electric vehicles and the Internet of Things were identified as the emerging technologies. The current state of existing research and potential future opportunities were analyzed.

Research limitations/implications

Since the potential literature body is almost impossible to fully cover, a tradeoff between the number of emerging technologies and the related literature reviewed has been performed. However, the paper provides a novel approach to select the emerging and disruptive technologies and a systematic literature review to fill the identified research gap in the related literature.

Practical implications

The research support various stakeholders to better capture the current status of and the future opportunities in freight transportation and gain a clearer understanding of the disruptive technologies as well as to guide them in how to deploy these initiatives in future decision-making.

Originality/value

By providing a systematic literature review on the trends, themes and research opportunities in the era of disruptive technologies, the papers bring about broad and comprehensive review on the impact of disruptive technologies on logistics and transportation as well as opportunities to support management decision support in the logistics industry.

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Acknowledgements

This paper forms part of a special section “Decision Making in Logistics Management in the Era of Disruptive Technologies”, guest edited by Vijay Pereira, Gopalakrishnan Narayanamurthy, Alessio Ishizaka and Noura Yassine.This paper is based on work done in the project AEOLIX, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No 690797.

Citation

Dong, C., Akram, A., Andersson, D., Arnäs, P.-O. and Stefansson, G. (2021), "The impact of emerging and disruptive technologies on freight transportation in the digital era: current state and future trends", The International Journal of Logistics Management, Vol. 32 No. 2, pp. 386-412. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJLM-01-2020-0043

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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