In the era of e-commerce and climate change, sustainability in last-mile delivery is an important factor. More online shopping and more fast shipping mean more vehicles on the road with lower utilization, higher frequency of deliveries, and more stops per route. These conditions have a direct impact on the environmental footprint of last mile.
During the International City Logistics Conference 2019 Matthew J. Roorda (University of Toronto) presented his research on vehicle routing problems (VRP) with movement synchronization of drones, sidewalk robots, or foot-walkers (the ‘driver helper’). The VRP extension with movement synchronization (VRPMS) has potential applications of drone and robot technologies to assist with the delivery of parcels.
One out of four delivery vans in cities are for installation, repair and maintenance work by engineers; often still diesel. That is why the universities of applied sciences of Amsterdam (AUAS), Arnhem and Nijmegen (HAN) are starting a two-year research project into the use of electric vehicles in service logistics.
In the United States and Western Europe, many traditional grocery retailers are seeing their sales and margins fall. And, things could get even worse. McKinsey presents a vision on how to reverse the trend and presents six imperatives for change. The last mile in online groceries being one of them.
The transport sector uses little electricity today. It accounts for less than 2% of total global electricity demand, according to the World Energy Outlook. Rail is the largest user, responsible for about 70% of transport electricity demand. Plans for further electrification in railways and new subways, especially in developing economies, may lead to a small increase.
According to Dutch research institute TNO, the safety level of the Stint is not sufficient for passenger and freight transport. A study conducted by TNO presents risks for the safety of the driver and passengers of the Stint.
In an interview with Lovisa Westblom, project coordinator of the JPI Urban Europe funded project CIVIC, JPI’s Klara Broms Seving discussed the importance of understanding all stakeholders’ visions and perspectives to increase sustainability in urban construction projects.
City logistics in Amsterdam (NL) is becoming more complex resulting in unnecessary extra mileage and higher costs. At the end of 2017, the city of Amsterdam, together with Stichting Connekt, Topsector Logistiek and Amsterdam Smart City, wrote a competition: who would come up with a smart solution for the logistical problem in the city center?
Transport management systems (TMS) for urban freight optimizing time, distance and cost of trips have not been fully explored. There are different shortcomings of TMS currently available on the market. Trip times in the city remains a very uncertain factor. Consider that drivers spend 65% of their time standing beside their vehicle rather than sitting …
The KiM Netherlands Institute for Transport Policy Analysis published a new report on electric LCV’s. Approximately 876,000 delivery vans were driving around the Netherlands in 2016, of which the majority were diesel-powered delivery vans.