Individual Papers

18 Challenges of urban freight

The development of large cities and the concentration of populations in urban areas induce more and more logistics issues: environmental constraints, limited resources of energy and urban space, new practices linked to e-business, etc.

New urban delivery vehicles are being developed, using electric or hybrid engines, but also human propelled. Supply chain design and organization and alternative use of passenger transport vehicles for freight transport offer innovative solutions. Management of urban space sharing is also proposed or implemented by several large cities to reduce congestion and improve the services. Vulnerable users’ safety against heavy duty vehicles in cities is also an important challenge.

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