Monthly archives: October, 2019

Research on emission urban construction

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To achieve a more climate-friendly future practical steps need to be taken in the development and construction of cities. C40 Cities partnered with Arup and the University of Leeds to publish Building and Infrastructure Consumption Emissions, a report highlighting key opportunities to reduce construction emissions.

Blackstone makes €8 bln bet on European urban warehousing

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Blackstone has acquired an € 8 bln portfolio of warehouses and dark kitchens in Europe. The world’s biggest real estate investor bets that e-commerce and delivery services will play an increasingly big role in Europe. The private equity group created a separate company, Mileway, to hold the properties in a move seen as a precursor to …

Freight in urban planning and local policies in France

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Since the French 1996 law “LAURE”, which first made it mandatory to include a freight transport policy strategy in urban travel plans, local authorities are expected to regulate and plan freight transport within their territory, using urban planning tools at their disposal. The objective of research by Adeline Heitz and Laetitia Dablanc, from the University of …

Can smart locks provide a solution to delivery failure?

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The number of consumers that make online purchases is growing, together with the frequency in which these purchases are made. This change in consumer behavior revitalized the practice of home delivery. Consumers prefer their homes in favor of alternative locations, despite the fair chance that they are not present at the time of delivery.

Understanding the fragmented demand for urban transportation for nanostores in emerging markets

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The demand for goods transportation in emerging markets is fragmented, mainly due to the unstructured and informal ordering behavior of the many small, traditional retailers in these markets. In a new paper, Boulaksil et. al. study such small traditional retailers located in the neighborhoods of big cities in emerging markets. They call them nanostores.