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Making City Logistics More Efficient (and Green) – How to Get Started

City logistics is a complex playing field with a multitude of actors involved. Increasing efficiency and greening last-mile logistics can only be achieved if all these actors play their part, governments included. This is...

Pedalling Towards Change: The Case for Cargo Bikes in City Logistics

Cargo bikes and trikes are fast, flexible, they offer large storage capacity, and on top of all that, they produce zero tailpipe emissions. In other words, cargo bikes are the perfect fit for deliveries...

Addis Ababa: Lessons in Multimodal Transport from an African Capital

America and Europe are awash with cities putting multimodal transport at the forefront of cities’ policy and design. The voice of Africa doesn’t feel so prominent, but that’s misleading: Addis Ababa’s progressive transport plans...

“Truck or Trike?” – How a Vancouver Co-Op Challenges the Status Quo of Last Mile Delivery

In the highly competitive logistics business environment, Shift Delivery is taking delivery trucks off, and cargo trikes onto Vancouver’s streets. All by putting community over profit. Here’s what it means to deliver goods the...

City Logistics: Hub or No Hub?

Walther Ploos van Amstel is lecturer for city logistics at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (HvA). The article was originally published on his website www.waltherploosvanamstel.nl Countless books and articles have been written about urban distribution...

How to Make Last Mile Deliveries More Efficient (and Green): The Challenge

It’s a simple equation: A growing number of people living in cities plus a growing e-commerce sector plus a growing parcel volume equals traffic collapse, right? Well, maybe. But maybe not! We show how...

How to Deliver Goods via a Micro Hub: Insights from a Package Delivery Company

“We don’t need another empirical study on micro hubs. We have run enough trials – now is the time to act.” Rainer Kiehl, Project Manager for City Logistics at UPS Hamburg, is convinced that...

How to Consolidate for Last Mile – Learnings from a Small Dutch City

„Everybody was complaining, but nobody was working on a solution”, as former Inner-City Manager of the City of Nijmegen, Birgit Hendriks was never planning to get into logistics. And yet, that is what she...

Think Outside the Box – How to Co-Use Public Transport Facilities for City Logistics

Setting up micro hubs is a promising approach to last-mile delivery. Yet, what is often missing is a suitable space in city centres. Using public transport facilities such as a bus garage or tram...