Tag «city logistics»

Using Amsterdam waterways for city logistics

A recent study by Dutch TNO explores the potential of shifting transportation modes from roads to waterways to mitigate adverse externalities like CO2 emissions, congestion, and air pollution associated with last-mile construction logistics in urban settings. The investigation was carried out within the framework of the Amsterdam Vaart! project, where the transportation activities of sixteen …

The state of sustainable urban last-mile freight planning in US cities

In the US, the transportation sector is the primary contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. Cities nationwide are responding to this challenge by devising climate action and sustainability plans to mitigate transportation-related carbon footprints. However, amidst this effort, the burgeoning last-mile delivery sector, a vital component of urban transport, remains largely overlooked regarding emissions reduction strategies. …

The physical Internet: a sustainable last-mile delivery model

City logistics is slowly growing, and vehicle emissions have increased as well. For example, in 2019, 40% of the transport sector’s CO2 emissions were caused by freight transport. Another negative aspect has been the increasing costs for logistics companies due to the high number of deliveries in e-commerce. Looking specifically at parcel deliveries, the high …

ONOMOTION cooperates with Mercedes-Benz Vans for efficient solutions along the last mile

ONOMOTION, a Berlin-based company that specializes in electric cargo bikes, and Mercedes-Benz Vans are revolutionizing last-mile logistics efficiency by integrating cargo bikes with eSprinter. Collaboratively, ONOMOTION and Mercedes-Benz Vans have enhanced the technology demonstrator SUSTAINEER, built on the foundation of the Mercedes-Benz eSprinter. Through the partnership between the SUSTAINEER and the e-cargo bike ONO, Mercedes-Benz …

SENATOR platform reaches technological maturity

The SENATOR project has achieved the technological maturity that allows it to start the most operational phase of pilots in 2024 and test its advanced technology, based on artificial intelligence, to improve city logistics in two Urban Living Labs, in Zaragoza (ES) and Dublin (IE). SENATOR is led by Correos and aims to make last-mile delivery more …

Dutch plan to use railways for city logistics

There are opportunities for combining passenger and freight transport in passenger trains. The Dutch Ministry of IenW and ProRail have commissioned TU Delft, TNO, and Royal HaskoningDHV to investigate the feasibility. The study indicates that implementation could be possible from 2030 (until 2050). We need to approach mobility differently in terms of space and energy …

Varamis Rail launches zero-emission freight service in London

Varamis Rail has unveiled its innovative zero-emission freight service to revolutionize urban logistics. This service utilizes high-speed electric trains to transport goods directly into the heart of London. Compared to existing urban logistics options, this new service promises faster, more efficient, cost-effective, and sustainable deliveries. The company marked the launch with an event at London’s …

The retailer’s perspective on the potential for using urban consolidation centers (UCCs)

A new paper examines the role of supportive policies and value-added services that may incentivize retailers to use an urban consolidation center (UCC). The methodology is a case study of Edinburgh, Scotland, based on semi-structured interviews with 30 retailers. Results show that retailers are generally not positive towards using UCCs, and the services that they …

Light Electric Freight Vehicles: beyond the hype

The advancements in city logistics are fostering a rise in smaller, time-sensitive deliveries. Over the past decade, the parcel market has expanded, driven by emerging business models like ship-from-store (B2C and B2B) and quick commerce. Additionally, companies are increasingly emphasizing sustainability. To tackle the challenges of quicker delivery demands, clean transportation (low/zero-emission), and limited space …

Decision support for improved construction traffic management and planning

Cities continually face the challenge of urban densification, necessitating ongoing construction, renovation, and demolition projects. These activities lead to a substantial influx of heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) into urban areas, yet the specific effects of construction transportation on the urban traffic network remain largely unexplored. This research delves into the spatiotemporal network impacts of construction …