6th INFORMS Transportation Science and Logistics Society Workshop

7 - 10 January, 2018

Hang Seng Management College, Hong Kong


Hang Seng Management College is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the 6th INFORMS Transportation Science and Logistics Society Workshop, E-Commerce and Urban Logistics. The Workshop will be held on 7 - 10 January, 2018, hosted by the School of Decision Sciences at Hang Seng Management College in Hong Kong.

THEME OF THE WORKSHOP: E-Commerce and Urban Logistics

With the advent of internet, social media and mobile phones, e-Commerce has been transformed, especially in China. China has the most internet shoppers in the world, leading the distant second (USA) by a wide margin. It has been identified that online e-Commerce for individual shoppers must be accompanied by efficient logistics. Reportedly, in 2015, the Alibaba Group's websites accounted for over 60% of the parcels delivered in China. Every day, more than 30 million parcels are delivered through the Alibaba Group’s websites. At the same time, the transportation operations have a significant impact on the environment, due to the negative externalities generated, such as the increase of traffic and congestion, the energy consumption, visual, noise and air pollution. These problems tend to make urban logistics very expensive, inefficient and polluting. In this scenario, several stakeholders, such as companies operating in the Courier, Express and Parcel markets, as well as local administrations, ready to consider City Logistics projects and to implement new business models based on vehicles with low and very low environmental impact.

Possible topics are (but not limited to):

  • business model developments, relevant for urban logistics, in the world of e-Commerce
  • new business models that drive urban logistics, such as Online-to-offline (O2O), meal delivery, on-demand delivery, crowd sourcing
  • city logistics
  • green urban logistics
  • last mile problem
  • revenue management
  • e-Commerce and supply chain management
  • urban transportation
  • vehicle routing and scheduling


Please submit your abstract on our website. The submission system will open in May of 2017. Abstracts should be as complete as possible and not exceed two pages. All abstracts must be received electronically on or before August 1, 2017.

Scientific quality is the main criterion when reviewing contributions. In addition, sessions involving practitioners will be given special consideration. Accepted abstracts will be printed in the Workshop Program. At least one of the authors must certify that he/she intends to register for and attend the conference to present the paper if it is accepted. Each presentation must be accompanied by at least one unique regular (non-student) registration. We plan to have a special issue of Transportation Science associated with the workshop.


Authors will be notified on September 15, 2017 regarding the results of the review process.