Last-mile delivery optimization is complex. Companies are implementing TMS-tools to include customer-specific or other constraints such as time windows and congestion patterns in their last-mile delivery plans. But, what if drivers do not follow the planning information provided by the routing tools in TMS systems.
The Physical Internet (PI) is a future vision for fully open and connected logistics networks, in which physical, digital, operational and financial interconnectivity are central. Research has shown that PI offers opportunities for more efficient, bundled and shared, and sustainable logistics, also in urban areas.
A ITF report analyses the impacts of increased automation of the driving task for road freight transport. It investigates the technology options from platooning to full autonomy and examines necessary policy responses. Focusing on the underlying regulatory frameworks, it asks how existing approaches can be maintained and when and how solutions will be needed.
A paper by Ruggero Golini et. al (2018) proposes a framework to support the collection and classification of information about the features of a city relevant to Urban Freight Transport (UFT). The information is organized in a framework of 28 different layers that are then stored in a Geographic Information System (GIS) tool to enable data retrieval …
Development of battery technology is making electric heavy-duty trucks technically and commercially viable and several manufacturers have introduced battery electric trucks recently. However, the national and sectoral differences in freight transport operations affect the viability of electric trucks.
It is in the common interest of local authorities and businesses to optimize city logistics, yet far too often they operate in isolation, without the necessary cooperation and agreement. Through bringing together the local actors as part of a collaborative planning process, meaningful plans for action can be developed.
The Physical Internet Initiative aims at transforming the way physical objects are moved, stored, realized, supplied and used, pursuing global logistics efficiency and sustainability. Originating from Professor Benoit Montreuil in 2006, this groundbreaking vision, revolutionizing current paradigms, has stirred great interest from scientific, industrial as well as governmental communities.
More and more young people are moving into cities. To reach this increasingly important market segment, retailers need to find a profitable and efficient way to do urban fulfillment. The CSCMP Supply Chain Quarterly presents an overview of trends and state of art in urban fulfillment.
Academic circles, as well as governments, have only grown the focus on urban logistics in recent years. This is because, on the one hand, more than half of the world’s population lives in urban areas and they account for 70% of total GDP worldwide.
The Final Project Symposium for the Freight Traffic Control 2050 project (www.ftc2050.com) will take place in London on Tuesday 25 June 2019: ‘Fast, Green & Free Deliveries: Overcoming the Last-Mile Challenge in Urban Transport’.