Category «Research»

Design guidelines for last-mile logistics structures


Research from Cambridge University reviewed LML-related literature in the areas of operations management and supply chain within a time span of 15 years since 2000 to 2014 to gather previously researched LML structures and the design variables. An initial survey into the literature on last-mile logistics (LML) structures revealed that, despite the significant LML innovations and …

Supporting e-mobility in city logistics: a multi-criteria analysis of policy measures in Germany


Policies in Germany to support electric vehicles mostly focus on urban road passenger transport. However, road freight vehicles are a main source of air pollutants and noise emissions in cities. Available vehicle types, tour planning and purchase decisions in urban road freight transport differ from the passenger transport segment. The political and scientific literature lacks …

Investigating the potential for off-hour deliveries in Rome

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Italian researchers investigated the potential for off-hour deliveries (OHD) in the city of Rome (Italy). the study focused on amongst others retailers and HoReCa that play a fundamental role in the decision making process often determining delivery times. The study explored their preferences for three off-hour delivery scenario’s, namely: staffed OHDs (assisted), OHDs without staff present in …

Data on urban freight in London (UK)


University of Westminster in December 2016 published a report on road freight in London (UK): “traffic, activity and sustainability”. This report has been produced as part of a research project entitled “Freight Traffic Control 2050 (FTC2050): Transforming the energy demands of last-mile urban freight through collaborative logistics”.

Research on optimising multicarrier, multi-drop collection and delivery schedules


There is increasing interest into how horizontal collaboration between parcel carriers might help alleviate problems associated with last-mile logistics in congested urban centres. Through a detailed examination of parcel logistics literature pertaining to collaboration, along with practical insights from carriers UK research examines the challenges that will be faced in optimising multicarrier, multi-drop collection and …