Global innovative urban logistics R&D and policy trends report (book chapter)


The purpose of this deliverable is to contribute to summarize current R&D and policy development related to urban logistics in the different regions China, Singapore and Latin America. The deliverable covers societal challenges, policy trends and examples of R&D advances in the regions. The source in the deliverable is from within the Viajeo Plus project WP7 work, see D7.1 deliverable for innovative urban logistics solutions, earlier EU projects and from available public material from research and public. The China section covers the overall societal challenges in the fast growing Chinese economy where e-commerce and urbanisation are strong drivers for urban logistics. It is expected that e-commerce by 2020 will be roughly equivalent to the collective size of today’s markets in the USA, Japan, the U.K, Germany and France. The Chinese Government has started to pay more attention to urban logistics and has released a series of Policies, Opinions and Notifications specifically on urban logistics. The following main policy trends identified: Guiding Documents for Urban Logistics; Organizing and Promoting Joint Distribution; Gradually Regulating the Urban Logistics Vehicles. Singapore is one of the main logistics hubs in Asia and is considered as one of the Asian miracle economies. In the case of innovative urban logistics, the adoption of advanced technologies to support business and manage a sustainable urban system presents opportunities for urban logistics stakeholders to contribute to economic growth. Urban logistics challenges concern issues of effective land use is the main challenge for Singapore considering congestion, complexity of last-mile deliveries, stakeholder coordination, real-time data management, emerging urban development and synchronization of public/private information trading. The main policy trends for Singapore is to focus on entrepreneurship and creativity driven by societal demands like aging, flexible land-use where contemporary consumption will be an integral part of good urban living in order to ‘do better with less’. The Concept Plan i another policy instrument to decentralize logistics facilities in
relation to commercial centres and residential areas. In Latin America Brazil, Peru, Mexico and Chile are examples. Freight transport it is generally strong economic sector in the region but t has a variety of problems associated with economic instability and urban freight transportation shares these problems in general. There is generally a lack of research on the urban logistics topic, which makes it difficult to measure the specific problems and hence formulate the solutions required. The importance of urban freight transport is shown not only by its contribution to the economy, but also because it is an industry that involves a huge variety of stakeholders. Some examples of challenges in the region are: Roads appropriate for trucks; Truck parking areas; Specific routes for vehicles with oversized cargo and dangerous goods; Dedicated areas loading / unloading; Lack of facilities for consolidation and transhipment and storage of goods; Cargo damage; Safety and well-being of citizens; Pollution; Lack of coordination among the logistics actors; Lack of transparency in the logistics flow from the traffic departments.


MATS, Rosenquist; ADITJANDRA, Paulus; TIMMS, Paul; LEAL, Adriano Galindo; CHEN, Haibo; TAO, Chengliang. Global innovative urban logistics R&D and policy trends report. In: VIAJEO PLUS: international coordenation implementation of innovative and efficient urban mobility solutions. Bruxelas-Belgica: Ertico, 2016. D7.2, 40 p.(Urban logistics R&D and policy trands report)

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