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City Logistics

This project focuses on the important area of city logistics. It investigates an integrated urban freight simulation environment, a unique measurement framework for the environmental footprint of transport and logistics, and the performance measurement of new innovative urban transport and logistics concepts. Specifically, we deal with the different and important considerations of new transportation solutions, new mechanisms for execution and control of city logistics, and research on the urban distribution of goods reducing urban freight movements and its impact on residents and the environment. The fundamental idea is to stop considering each shipment, actor (e.g. shippers, logistics service providers, etc.) and vehicle in isolation, but as components of an integrated logistics system to be optimized. The keywords are CONsolidation and COORDination (CONCOORD) of the urban distribution flows that are currently fragmented. The project’s results, simulation tools, and insights are, among others, disseminated via an important CONCOORD deliverable: the European Urban Transportation Experience Lab, or the EU/t ELab. CONCOORD involves key players in the urban transportation field, both from leading European universities and world-class Europe-based companies, who have expertise and experience in city distribution and who have the willingness to explore this issue for the benefit of all those in Europe.

Transportation system

To enable the common European market to function effectively, an integrated, green and efficient transportation system is required. This will enable the free movement of goods and people within, and into and out of, EU territory. An efficient transportation system is vital for economic growth, European cohesion and the well-being of its citizens. This proposal focuses on the important area of urban related freight transportation flows. Based on the literature and previous European projects, the proposal makes an inventory of smart concepts regarding urban distribution, both in terms of infrastructure, policies and business models, and proposes new ones. Moreover, we develop a systematic evaluation and measurement framework for performance evaluation of these new and innovative transport and logistics concepts. This is the objective of the integrated urban freight simulation system: an indispensable tool that not only serves for validation and verification but in addition offers policy makers and all stakeholders involved an environment to experiment with new models. Specifically, we deal with the different and important considerations of new transportation solutions, new mechanisms for execution and control of city logistics, and research on the urban distribution of goods reducing urban freight movements and its impact on residents and the environment. The fundamental idea is to stop considering each shipment, actor (e.g. shippers, logistics service providers (LSPs), etc.) and vehicle in isolation, but rather see them as components of an integrated logistics system to be optimized.

The keywords throughout this project are CONsolidation and COORDination (CONCOORD) of the urban distribution flows that are currently fragmented. The project’s results, simulation tools, and insights are, among others, disseminated via an important CONCOORD deliverable: the European Urban Transportation Experience Lab, or the EU/t E-Lab. CONCOORD involves key players in the urban transportation field, both from leading European universities and world-class Europe-based companies, who have expertise and experience in city distribution and who have the willingness to explore this issue for the benefit of all those in Europe.

Project organization

Project Partners:

  • Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) Netherlands
  • University of Twente (UT) Netherlands
  • Technical University Denmark (DTU) Denmark
  • Middle East Technical University (METU) Turkey
  • Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU) Austria
  • Proctor and Gamble (PG) Belgium
  • DHL (DHL) Germany
  • BlueRock Logistics(ITU) Netherlands
  • Dinalog (DIN) Netherlands
  • Heineken (HEI) Netherlands
  • Binnenstadservice (BIN) Netherlands

Project leader: Tom van Woensel

Project runtime: 36 Months

Estimated start date: 1/1/2013

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