MAGAZINE  №3 (98) June 2020


CATEGORY  Analysis in logistics and SCM Analytics and reviews E-commerce corporate logistics



 Currently, logistics, like other sectors of the economy, is undergoing intensive implementation of digital technologies. Smart and network technologies are an integral part of many companies' supply chains. One of these technologies is social networks which have become a powerful media tool that is actively used not only for personal information exchange, but also for commercial purposes by various companies, including logistics ones. Western researchers have long conducted studies on the use of popular social networks (Twitter, etc.) by logistic companies. This paper provides a brief collection of practices of using social networks by leading foreign logistic companies; in addition, it examines the use of the social network «Vkontakte », focued mainly on Russian-speaking users, in Russian logistics practice. For this purpose, the authors developed specialized software used to analyze more than 33,000 posts published since 2014 by various participants of the logistics market in terms of their level and specialization. The results showed that while major players in the Russian logistics market, such as JSC Russian Railways, TransContainer, and Transneft, use social networks primarily to create a favorable image of the company, smaller ones use them very actively to promote their services and recruit employees, mainly freight forwarders. In addition, the developed approach was applied to analyze the reflection of new trends in the transport industry using the example of the dynamics of joint mention of the topic of transport and the topic of a new coronavirus infection in news reports.


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 Keywords:  logistics services social networks digital technologies digitalization Industry 40

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MAGAZINE  №1 (96) February 2020


CATEGORY  Analysis in logistics and SCM Analytics and reviews Sourcing Modern concepts and technologies in logistics and SCM



The article presents the current state of digital procurement technologies adoption in Russia compared to other countries. Major implementation barriers are highlighted. The research is based on consulting companies’ surveys, scientific publications and other relevant sources. Thus, main problems companies face during digital transformation of procurement were grouped by six perspective factors: technologic, organizational, competence-based, methodical, opportunistic and regulatory factors.
In particular, authors note that even taking into account high popularity level of digital procurement, there is still no single position about defining which technologies should be treated as “digital”. Authors attempt to determine the set of these technologies correlating them with “end-to-end” digital technologies classified in Roadmap for digital technologies development in Russia. Special accent is laid on the fact that sourcing is not the subject of systematic research in Russia either for academic or for consulting fields.
Most of international research is conducted by suppliers/developers of IT-based solutions, by companies providing outsourcing and/or by consulting companies, which leads to doubt in objectivity of conclusions and recommendations resulting from the research.

The authors make conclusion about the most popular directions of procurement digitalization in Russia based on open access references analysis: press releases, media publications. The authors conclude that modern systematic development of methodology for “intellectual” filling of digital technologies is limited, namely in sourcing risk identification and assessment sphere, in event management, in reference models for operations algorithms, in what-if analysis, in controlling, in factor cost analysis, in behavior models for “supplier-client” interaction, etc. Besides, a huge gap between modern technologies functionality and procurement specialists’ skills and knowledge still exists. Finally, a low level of labor automatisation in procurement is Russia’s specific feature. This conclusion is supported by analysis of requirements for procurement positions candidates that was conducted by the authors. 

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 Keywords: sourcing procurement digital technologies digital transformation digitalization

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MAGAZINE  №2 (91) April 2019

AUTHOR LAKHNO Y.V. - Cand. of Eс. Sc, Associate professor, Commerce and Logistics Department, Rostov State University of Economics (Rostov on Don, Russia)

CATEGORY  Analytics and reviews Supply chains reliability and sustainability Green Logistics& Supply Chain


The development of supply chains of the largest automakers is accompanied by an increase in the contribution of suppliers to the finished product and at the same time increasing the complexity of building sustainable supply chains. The purpose of the research is to study the experience of the largest automakers in terms of the organization of work with suppliers in accordance with the principles of sustainable development. The article discusses the criteria for selecting suppliers as an element of a sustainable supply chain. The evaluation procedure of the development potential of the provider in accordance with the principles of sustainable development is considered based on the analysis of the report on sustainable development of the companies of automobile manufacturers. Inconsistencies in the activities of suppliers to the principles of sustainable development are considered. Areas of work with suppliers aimed at stimulating the development of their responsible attitude to the environment, society and business partners are differentiated. The mechanism of work with suppliers in a sustainable supply chain of the automakers. The importance of digital technologies for the organization of sustainable supply chains is shown. An analytical study of the compliance of the criteria for selection of suppliers and the stages of development of logistics integration in the supply chain allowed to propose a hierarchy of criteria for selecting a supplier, where the criteria of a higher level cause changes in the criteria at the lower levels.

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MAGAZINE №5(88) October 2018


SULEIMANOVA K.P. - Graduate student, National Research University Higher School of Economics (Saint-Petersburg, Russia)

PLOTNIKOV V.A. - Cand.of Polit.Sc., Leading expert of the Centre for Applied Research and Development, National Research University Higher School of Economics  (Saint-Petersburg, Russia), Gazprom corporate Institute  (Saint-Petersburg, Russia)

CATEGORY  Analytics and reviews Information technologies in logistics and SCM 


Within the framework of the digital economy development in Russia, one of important areas is “digital logistics/ supply chain”. In the market of freight and passenger traffic the use of digital technologies gives a competitive advantage, therefore their implementation is becoming inevitable for the entire logistics industry. This article considers trends, advantages, prospects and barriers to the implementation of digital technologies in the Russian Federation; the main types of these technologies and their influence on logistics business processes efficiency. A scheme for digital technologies (Big Data, IoT (Internet of Things), Blockchain, Cloud Services, 3D Printing) using in the supply chain are also presented. This paper provides the analysis of digital technologies use impact and a methodology for assessing the relationship with the components of the model of total logistics costs (TLC) in supply chains. 
It should be noted that proposed TLC model does not only include  logistics operations costs, but also the costs associated with complete customer satisfaction.The use of digital technologies in logistics makes it possible to increase efficiency,precision and speed of logistics operations, however it requires significant financial investments, personnel training, accounting long-term physical movement over long distances, problems of customs clearance and terminal handling of goods.

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