A review on transportation last-mile network design and urban freight vehicles

Jessica Calderón Guerrero, Jenny Díaz-Ramírez

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Abstract

Last mile logistics also referred as city logistics or urban logistics, concerns to the optimization of urban freight transportation systems. This relatively recent concept responds to the need for feasible and sustainable last mile logistics solutions that contribute to reductions on not only costs but on congestion and environmental effects, particularly in dense cities. Decisions on a supply level involve network design, which includes urban facilities location. In this context facilities are called urban or city distribution centers, micro distribution centers, satellites platforms or just satellites. On other hand, vehicle fleet related decisions need to be also customized to this particular urban distribution context, specifically dealing with multi-mode selection, fleet size, smaller vehicle capacities (i.e. city-freighters), power technology, vehicle autonomy, and inclusive, vehicle design, etc. Literature suggests there is still an opportunity in terms of optimization modeling and methodologies to address these issues. This work revises the drivers motivating the topic, the last mile distribution network elements, and establishes an explicit connection between urban network design and the actual development and use of more environmental and suitable vehicles for urban freight.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)533-552
Number of pages20
JournalProceedings of the International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management
Volume2017
Issue numberJUL
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017
EventEuropean International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management.IEOM 2017 -
Duration: 24 Jul 201725 Jul 2017

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Logistics
Satellites
Urban transportation
Freight transportation
Electric power distribution
Environmental impact
Freight
Network design
Costs
Distribution center

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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