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Title: Assessing the vulnerability of logistics service supply chain based on complex network
Authors: Ma, Fei
Xue, Huifeng
Yuen, Kum Fai
Sun, Qipeng
Zhao, Shumei
Zhang, Yanxia
Huang, Kai
Keywords: Engineering::Civil engineering
Issue Date: 2020
Source: Ma, F., Xue, H., Yuen, K. F., Sun, Q., Zhao, S., Zhang, Y., & Huang, K. (2020). Assessing the vulnerability of logistics service supply chain based on complex network. Sustainability, 12(5), 1991-. doi:10.3390/su12051991
Project: 17YJCZH125
Journal: Sustainability
Abstract: The reliable operation of a logistics service supply chain (LSSC) is a key factor for improving logistics efficiency and service level, and vulnerability is an important indicator of reliable LSSC operation. Based on complex network theory, we reconstructed the running mechanism of logistics service providers, integrators, and demanders. We constructed an improved structure model of LSSC. By observing the selected three indicators (clustering coefficient, maximum connectivity, and network connectivity efficiency), the influence caused by the problem will continue to spread to more subjects along the network when a problem exists in one part of the network. The results showed that the destructive power of deliberate attacks is far greater than the damage caused by random attacks, and the disruption of logistics service integrators will considerably increase the vulnerability of the LSSC. However, even if logistics service integrators are removed completely, the LSSC still can operate at low efficiency. Through a case analysis, we identified the vulnerable nodes in logistics service, clarify the vulnerable mechanism in LSSC, and provide guidance for the operation of LSSC in real life.
ISSN: 2071-1050
DOI: 10.3390/su12051991
Rights: © 2020 The Authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (
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