Improving urban logistics by availability of unloading bays
Publication date: 19-01-2022
In developing economies, urban logistics is very fragmented due to the nanostore retail landscape. By making available parking bays for unloading, we create a low-cost app-based solution that dramatically improves efficiency for delivery companies AND reduces freight vehicle presence in dense urban districts.
Stage of the project
Why was this project started?
A vision that parking space is largely neglected as an affordable opportunity to resolve urban logistics challenges. This makes it very easy to implement in cities in developing countries with little to no public investment.
The results of the project so far
First project was run in Queretaro, Mexico, in 2018, with reductions in freight vehicles of about 40%. Detailed results reported at https://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3768028.
Second project run in Zapopan, Mexico, in 2021, with a smartphone-based app to provide transparency and scaleability. Reporting is being prepared.
What are specific, distinctive, strong elements in this project?
- low tech, cheap solution
- high impact
- independent academic analysis
- strong involvement of city authorities and private companies
Which specific lessons, do's and don'ts would you like to share? What would be suggestions for others when preparing or implementing the project in their own city?
The power of proper freight parking policies is hugely underestimated as a source for solving urban logistics challenges. More parking opportunities = Less freight vehicles in town.
Have others adopted, or shown interest in adopting, your idea in their own area?
Yes, we are currently in discussion with two of the three major cities in Mexico. Open to interest of other cities.
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