Monthly archives: February, 2021

LEAD report sheds light on the main challenges in city logistics

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The resilience of the logistics chains is essential and has been increasingly put to test with the dawn of on-demand logistics, attempting to accommodate citizen’s expectations for fast delivery at low or even or zero cost. City logistics have long been an important element of sustainable urban mobility, with its importance being further reinforced with the …

Royal Mail is testing call-and-check services in Jersey

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Loneliness is increasingly being recognized as a public health issue. Nearly one out of five of all adults in the UK feel lonely most or all the time. Health implications of loneliness include heart disease, stroke, and Alzheimer’s. In support of the UK’s loneliness strategy, Call&Check partnered with the Royal Mail to check on older …

On-demand food delivery: a literature review

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Due to its success and the significant complexities behind it, the on-demand food delivery (ODFD) business has been gaining the interest of academics. ODFD is the delivery of freshly prepared meals from restaurants to customers enabled by online platforms. The purpose of a paper by Seghezzi et. al. is twofold: first, to review the extant …

Waste collection with barges in Leiden (NL)

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CityBarge, Renewi, and their logistics partners are starting to transport commercial waste on the canals of Leiden (NL). CityBarge’s mission is to make cities more liveable by restoring existing canals and using them for city logistics. Through a combination of a zero-emission pusher tug and pushed barges, logistics flows in the inner city are transferred …

Uber: more revenue in delivery than in mobility in 2020

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In the fourth quarter of 2020 ‘delivery’ is now bigger than ‘mobility’. Mobility (gross bookings fourth quarter 2020): $6.79 billion, down 50% from a year ago. Delivery (gross bookings): $10,1 billion, up 130% from a year ago. For all of 2020, Uber’s net losses amounted to $6,8 billion, around a 20% improvement from a staggering $8,5 billion loss …

The digital potential in creating a circular construction economy

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The construction and maintenance of housing, offices, roads, and other infrastructure represent the third-largest resource footprint in the Netherlands (at 32 million tonnes). The sector also accounts for the highest level of raw material consumption across all sectors (at nearly 29 million tonnes). Scenarios for creating a more circular construction economy have to date included …