Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management

ISSN: 2042-6747

Article publication date: 7 October 2014



Kovács, G. and Spens, K. (2014), "Editorial", Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Vol. 4 No. 2. https://doi.org/10.1108/JHLSCM-10-2014-0033



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Article Type: Editorial From: Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Volume 4, Issue 2

As the journal is maturing, we are seeing positive signs with increased submissions from different parts of the world as well as from a broader author base. In reply to this, JHLSCM is expanding, as can be seen in the number of papers published in this number. Here are some highlights, representing different geographical areas as well as many different approaches to humanitarian logistics.

L’Hermitte, Tatham and Bowles revisit existing disaster taxonomies and suggest a different way of classifying disasters from the logistics perspective in their paper on “Classifying logistics-relevant disasters: conceptual model and empirical illustration”. Their taxonomy is discussed on the basis of an illustrative case on the Horn of Africa food crisis 2011-2012. Next, Soneye adds to this with his “An overview of humanitarian relief supply chains for victims of perennial flood disasters in Lagos, Nigeria (2010-2012)”. Importantly, this overview is based on data collected from people affected by these floods.

Schiffling and Piecyk focus on the views of beneficiaries as well as donors in their systematic literature review on “Performance measurement in humanitarian logistics: a customer-oriented approach”. Due to various simultaneous customer groups of humanitarian organisations, the paper suggests using the balanced scorecard for performance measurement, because of its ability to capture various views and components that contribute to performance.

Procurement is at the core of Buddas’ “A bottleneck analysis in the IFRC supply chain” that reports the findings of a study on procuring items for emergency relief units in Finland. The analysis itself brings together process mapping, critical path analysis, and critical success factors in the humanitarian supply chain in order to highlight where bottlenecks occur in, and also, how they could be removed from the procurement process. The paper is based on an MSc thesis that has received an honorary mention for best master thesis in humanitarian logistics by the HUMLOG Institute.

These are followed by a series of papers that suggest modelling approaches for humanitarian supply chains: a first such model can be found in Iakovu, Vlachos, Keramydas and Partsch’ “Dual sourcing for mitigating humanitarian supply chain disruptions”. This is followed up by Das and Hanayoka’s suggested “An agent-based model for resource allocation during relief distribution”. This distribution model shall overcome bottlenecks through a zoning approach that prioritises demand points based on the social benefit they would create. In a third model but at the same time on a more practical note, Ertem, ahin and Emür evaluate “Using containers as storage facilities in humanitarian logistics”, in particular in earthquake response.

The author base has increased, as stated earlier, however, we would still like to broaden the author base both geographically as well as in terms of the topics addressed. In a recent discussion with the Editorial Advisory Board a call was made for broadening the perspective of the journal, especially with regards to health care. We hereby encourage submissions in the field of health care as well as other approaches than those encountered in the journal so far.

Gyöngyi Kovács and Karen Spens

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