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A heuristic method for developing innovative city logistics concepts

  • Rapidly growing population and increasing amount of shipments induced by the e-commerce are two of the main reasons for the constantly rising urban freight traffic. Cities are therefore overwhelmed by a growing stream of goods and the available infrastructure, shared between people and goods traffic, often reached its maximum capacity. Phenomena such as traffic congestion, pollution and lack of space are direct consequences of this trend and their impact on the quality of life in the city is not negligible. City administrations are keen to evaluate innovative city logistics concepts and adopt alternative solutions, to overcome the challenges posed by such a dynamic environment, constrained in existing infrastructure. In this paper, a heuristic method based on the utility analysis is presented. Thanks to a modular approach accounting for stakeholders´ requirements, possible different scenarios and available technologies, the development of new city logistic concepts is supported. The proposed method is then applied to a case study concerning the city of Reutlingen (Germany). Results are presented and a brief discussion leads to the conclusion.

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Author of HS ReutlingenUrru, Augusto; Bonini, Marco; Engel, Tamara; Lenhart, Tobias Thomas; Pischzan, Timo; Taebel, Dennis Thomas; Wezel, Jan Philipp; Wolfangel, Sina; Echelmeyer, Wolfgang
Erschienen in:2019 4th International Conference on Smart and Sustainable Technologies (SpliTech), Bol/Split, Croatia, June 18-21, 2019
Place of publication:Piscataway, NJ
Editor:Toni Perković
Document Type:Conference proceeding
Publication year:2019
Tag:city logistics; concept development; last mile delivery; milk-run; tugger trains; utility analysis
Page Number:6
DDC classes:650 Management
Open access?:Nein
Licence (German):License Logo  In Copyright - Urheberrechtlich geschützt