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Sensors securing sustainable digital urban logistics

The transport of goods, equipment, and waste to, from, in, and through urban areas (city or urban logistics) is essential for the economic vitality of the city but, at the same time, makes urban environmental and social targets more difficult to achieve The European Green Deal and the UN Sustainability Goals also challenge the ways …

Explaining the growth in light electric freight vehicles

Van Duin, Ploos van Amstel and Quak (2022) wrote a chapter in Innovations in Transport explaining the growth in light electric freight vehicles. Literature on ex-post analysis based on real cases with LEFV usage is limited. The application of the Technological Innovation System (TIS) framework can provide insight into the cumulative systematic change toward more …

Alibaba logistics group Cainiao grew 26% over the past year

China internet giant Alibaba Thursday reported September-quarter results that beat earnings but showed another quarter of weak revenue performance. The e-commerce firm reported adjusted earnings of $1.82 per U.S. share on revenue of $29.12 billion. On a year-over-year basis, Alibaba’s earnings rose 15% while sales increased 3%. In the prior quarter, revenue fell by 4%. Cainiao Logistics …

Joint modeling of arrivals and parking durations for freight loading zones for city logistics

Truck parking, especially curb space management in cities is a key challenge faced by urban freight policy makers and transportation planners. A new paper analyzes truck parking patterns in urban freight loading zones by jointly modeling the vehicle arrival rates and the parking durations. Three models were explored: Count data (Negative Binomial) for vehicle arrivals. Survival …

Delivery shame? No: delivery pride!

Delivery shame? Delivery pride! Anyone concerned about the environment will order online from now on. This is two to three times less harmful to the environment than going to the store yourself. Reports on the environmental impact of e-commerce are based on solid research. Researchers agree that there is no reason for concern from a …

Instabox Netherlands filed for bankruptcy

Challenger in the Dutch parcel market Instabox Netherlands (and Red Je Pakketje) has been declared bankrupt. However, an internal email reveals that the company will soon have a consultation with staff and the appointed trustee Mr. Voermans. The parent company Instabox was founded in 2015 in Stockholm and operates the most extensive network of parcel …

Leen Menken Foodservice: delivering zero-emission with Last Mile Box

When refrigerated products are delivered using a mobile cooler with electric transport, there are no CO2 emissions. It also reduced the number of transport movements in Amsterdam during a trial initiated by Dutch Leen Menken Foodservice Logistics and Rijkswaterstaat this spring. The test took place in Amsterdam Zuid. Further research and deploying multiple mobile cool …