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Discrete Dynamics in Nature and Society
Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 3452037, 12 pages
Research Article

Collaboration and Evolution of E-Commerce and Express Delivery Industry Supply Chain

1College of Economic Commerce, Ningbo Dahongying University, Ningbo 315175, China
2College of Economics & Management, Zhejiang University of Technology, Hangzhou 310023, China
3Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242, USA
4Zhejiang Technical Institute of Economics, Hangzhou 310018, China

Received 5 June 2016; Accepted 15 November 2016

Academic Editor: Paolo Renna

Copyright © 2016 Ying Xu et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Considering the contradictions between the electronic commerce (e-commerce) and its matching express delivery service, this paper investigates a supply chain regarding e-commerce and express delivery industry, in which collaborative operations of enterprises are discussed. The profitability and collaboration capability acting as order parameters and the rest of the influential resources including logistics, fund, information, and commodity are selected with their interrelations being examined based on servo theory of synergetics. Besides, evolutionary model of the e-commerce and express delivery industry is established and analyzed according to self-organization method of system dynamic theory to illustrate order parameters’ role in system evolution, and numerical analyses emerged to intuitively demonstrate the solutions. We conclude the work along with its results of significant references for investigating resource integrations by combining the two closely related businesses in an entire cooperative supply chain and providing guidelines for e-commerce and express delivery enterprises and industries in effective collaboration and system evolution.