PhD Katrien De Langhe (B): What role for rail in urban freight distribution?

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Many institutions encourage the use of environment-friendly transport modes. Subsequently, local authorities take increasing measures to prevent negative transport-related externalities in urban areas. Hence, logistics service providers consider alternative ways to deliver goods in urban areas. Which alternative mode is appropriate depends on multiple factors, including the available transport infrastructure, the freight volume, the time …

German StreetScooter to enter Chinese market

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The market entry of German StreetScooter in China continues the internationalization of the company after the strategic cooperation with the Japanese logistics company Yamato. Deutsche Post subsidiary StreetScooter and automobile manufacturer Chery Holding Group sign Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to begin local production, sourcing, and development of last-mile electric light commercial vehicles (eLCV) specially tailored …

Cabs and curb allocation: can we learn lessons for city logistics?

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The University of Washington Urban Freight Lab released the results of a pilot study on Curb Allocation Change supporting easier and less disruptive passenger pick-ups and drop-offs by cabs. The study tested the traffic impacts of providing more passenger load zones paired with in-app geofencing technology that guided drivers and riders to designated load/unload locations.

China: personal postcode for everyone

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China is giving everyone a personal postcode so delivery drones can find them The codes will make automated deliveries cheaper and easier as China contends with an aging population. One day, self-driving cars and drones could be responsible for delivering packages to your door. And in China, it could become easier than ever for the …

Park and parcel: are we walking or driving?

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Light goods vehicles are an important part of London traffic. With changes to delivery demand and traffic patterns more broadly, they often have a big impact on cities. A group of researchers partnered with industrial organizations specializing in last-mile parcel delivery, thereby gaining access to data which allowed researchers to construct an agent-based model of the …