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Classification system for a collaborative urban retail logistics

: Lange, Volker

World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology. Online resource 81 (2013), S.320-324
ISSN: 2010-376X
Fraunhofer IML ()
city logistics; Horizontal Collaboration; urban freight; transport; urban retail logistics

From an economic standpoint the current and future road traffic situation in urban areas is a cost factor. Traffic jams and congestion prolong journey times and tie up resources in trucks and personnel. Many discussions about imposing charges or tolls for cities in Europe in order to reduce traffic congestion are currently in progress. Both of these effects lead - directly or indirectly - to additional costs for the urban distribution systems in retail companies. One approach towards improving the efficiency of retail distribution systems, and thus towards avoiding negative environmental factors in urban areas, is horizontal collaboration for deliveries to retail outlets - Urban Retail Logistics. This paper presents a classification system to help reveal where cooperation between retail companies is possible and makes sense for deliveries to retail outlets in urban areas.