Shenle Pan, Damien Trentesaux, Duncan McFarlane, Benoit Montreuil; Eric Ballot ; George
We investigate digital interoperability (DI) issues in logistics and SCM.
We discuss new and important DI challenges under the Physical Internet (PI) Paradigm.
Bibliometric review shows the current solutions are not fully aligned with PI.
Interdisciplinary approaches and solutions are studied for new research
New research avenues are suggested to advance the research and application for PI.
Interoperability is playing an increasing role for today’s logistics and supply chain management (LSCM) because of the trends of cooperation or coopetition. Especially, digital interoperability concerning data or information exchange becomes a key enabler
for the next evolutions that will massively rely upon digitalization, artificial intelligence, and autonomous systems. The notion of Physical Internet (PI) is one such evolution, an innovative worldwide logistic paradigm aimed at interconnecting and
coordinating logistics networks for efficiency and sustainability. This paper investigates how digital interoperability can help interconnect logistics and supply networks as well as the operational solutions for sustainable development, and examines
the new challenges and research opportunities for digital interoperability under the PI paradigm. To this end, we study the most relevant technologies for digital interoperability in LSCM, via a bibliometric analysis based on 208 papers published
during 2010−2020. The results reveal that the present state-of-the-art solutions of digital interoperability are not fully aligned with PI requirements and show new challenges, research gaps and opportunities that need further discussion. Accordingly,
several research avenues are suggested to advance research and applications in this area, and to achieve interconnection in logistics and supply networks for sustainability.