Cyber physical ecommerce logistics system: An implementation case in Hong Kong

Xiang T.R. Kong, Ray Y. Zhong, Zhiheng Zhao, Saijun Shao, Ming Li, Peng Lin, Yu Chen, Wei Wu, Leidi Shen, Ying Yu, George Q. Huang

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Space limitation confines cross-border ecommerce logistics development in Hong Kong. Information technologies and practices lagged types are still used in most of small and medium sized enterprises. In order to upgrade the ecommerce logistics by making full use the cutting-edge technologies and principles, this paper proposes a multi-layer cyber physical system-enabled cloud platform to achieve logistics assets virtualization and real-time control, execution, reconfiguration as well as simultaneous-and-punctual process synchronization. In physical world, industrial wearable technology transforms traditional assets into cloud assets. In cyber world, synchronization mechanisms improve the utilization ratio of spaces and resources while reducing waiting and wastage. An implementation of the platform is conducted through two major pilot cases. It shows that this platform can realize modularization of technology application with sufficient productivity improvement and bring about step-change paradigm for ecommerce logistics.

Original languageEnglish
Article number106170
Number of pages15
JournalComputers and Industrial Engineering
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Case studies
  • Cyber physical system
  • Ecommerce logistics
  • Synchronization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science
  • General Engineering


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