Special Issue "Sustainable Food Delivery"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Transportation".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Angela Tumino
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Guest Editor
Politecnico di Milano, Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering
Interests: B2C e-commerce, Internet of Things, last-mile delivery, logistics 4.0, sustainable logistics and mobility, supply chain management and visibility, RFId (Radio Frequency Identification)
Prof. Dr. Riccardo Mangiaracina
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Guest Editor
Politecnico di Milano, Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering
Interests: B2C e-commerce, logistics management, last-mile delivery, distribution network design, B2B e-commerce, digital export, sustainable logistics, logistics 4.0
Mr. Arianna Seghezzi
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Guest Editor
Politecnico di Milano, Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering
Interests: B2C e-commerce, last-mile delivery, logistics 4.0, sustainable logistics, logistics management.
Mr. Chiara Siragusa
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Guest Editor
Politecnico di Milano, Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering
Interests: B2C e-commerce, sustainable logistics, last-mile delivery, logistics management, logistics 4.0

Special Issue Information

Dear Coleagues,

The rise of e-Commerce has reshaped the food delivery (FD) scenario. Multiple online FD platforms are available, and customers can issue orders to a wide range of restaurants from their personal computers or smartphones. e-Customers are very demanding in terms of both service level and price. On one hand, they ask for speed and punctuality; on the other, they are not willing to pay much money for delivery. In order to be efficient, players in the market usually resort to crowdsourcing logistics, which consists in outsourcing the deliveries to a network of common, nonspecialized people (i.e., “riders”). A great debate has arisen in several countries around the opportunities and risks of crowdsourcing logistics, and its sustainability from all the three possible perspectives: economic, social, and environmental. From an environmental point of view, FD—like other e-Commerce initiatives—is often claimed to have a negative impact in terms of packaging (e.g., boxes) and disposable materials (e.g., forks and knives). However, research efforts intended to assess the real impacts on the environment and propose innovative solutions to reduce it are still rare. From a social perspective, the impact of FD is still unclear: On one hand, it represents a new opportunity for people with disabilities, but on the other hand, it is often accused of giving the crowd scarce protection and working conditions which are not always acceptable. Finally, from an economic point of view, it is not always clear under which conditions FD can be considered profitable, due to the high service level required by the market and the low amount of money customers are willing to pay for such a competitive service level.

With these being the premise, this Special Issue is intended to collect papers that investigate the sustainability of logistics activities related to FD. Original contributions on all dimensions of sustainability, i.e., environmental, social, and economic perspectives, are welcome.

Prof. Dr. Angela Tumino
Prof. Dr. Riccardo Mangiaracina
Mr. Arianna Seghezzi
Mr. Chiara Siragusa
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Food delivery
  • Last-mile delivery
  • Crowdsourcing
  • Sustainable logistics
  • Green logistics
  • Sharing economy
  • Packaging
  • Sustainability

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Review of Online Food Delivery Platforms and their Impacts on Sustainability
Sustainability 2020, 12(14), 5528; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su12145528 - 08 Jul 2020
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During the global 2020 COVID-19 outbreak, the advantages of online food delivery (FD) were obvious, as it facilitated consumer access to prepared meals and enabled food providers to keep operating. However, online FD is not without its critics, with reports of consumer and [...] Read more.
During the global 2020 COVID-19 outbreak, the advantages of online food delivery (FD) were obvious, as it facilitated consumer access to prepared meals and enabled food providers to keep operating. However, online FD is not without its critics, with reports of consumer and restaurant boycotts. It is, therefore, time to take stock and consider the broader impacts of online FD, and what they mean for the stakeholders involved. Using the three pillars of sustainability as a lens through which to consider the impacts, this review presents the most up-to-date research in this field, revealing a raft of positive and negative impacts. From an economic standpoint, while online FD provides job and sale opportunities, it has been criticized for the high commission it charges restaurants and questionable working conditions for delivery people. From a social perspective, online FD affects the relationship between consumers and their food, as well as influencing public health outcomes and traffic systems. Environmental impacts include the significant generation of waste and its high carbon footprints. Moving forward, stakeholders must consider how best to mitigate the negative and promote the positive impacts of online FD to ensure that it is sustainable in every sense. Full article
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