Urban freight/city logistics

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City logistics comprise the delivery and collection of goods in urban areas. Improving city logistics may address transportation methods, handling and storage of goods, management of inventory, waste and returns, as well as home delivery services.

Making this process sustainable requires efficient interfaces between long-haul transport and short-distance distribution to the final destination. It also requires efficient planning of the routes to avoid empty runs or unnecessary driving and parking. Furthermore, sustainable urban freight requires smaller, more efficient and cleaner vehicles.

By Isobel Duxfield / Updated: 19 Apr 2021
By lauraschubert / Updated: 19 Mar 2021
By Cláudia Ribeiro / Updated: 11 Mar 2021

Report sheds light on the main challenges, trends and factors influencing city logistics

The resilience of the logistics chains is essential and has been put through several stress tests with the rise of on-demand logistics, aiming to accommodate citizen’s expectations for fast delivery at low or even or zero cost. Urban logistics have long been an important element of sustainable urban mobility, with its importance being further reinforced with the COVID-19 crisis. The fast-changing patterns of consumers, who are increasingly turning to online on-demand platforms, is also bringing additional stress to the existing systems and to last-mile deliveries with pressing calls for action.
By Sofia Pechin / Updated: 08 Mar 2021
By Claus Köllinger / Updated: 03 Mar 2021
By Sophia / Updated: 17 Feb 2021
By Sophia / Updated: 17 Feb 2021
By Benjamin Baxter / Updated: 11 Feb 2021
By Claus Köllinger / Updated: 04 Feb 2021
By Sofia Pechin / Updated: 25 Jan 2021

Italian guidance published on “Urban logistics in an integrated vision”

The Italian Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport has published "Urban logistics in an integrated vision ", which deals with the issue of the movement of goods in cities. It intends to be a first step to better understand the challenges that decision-makers face in the daily elaboration of sustainable mobility policies related to urban logistics.