City Distribution and Urban Freight Transport: Multiple Perspectives (NECTAR Series on Transportation and Communications Networks Research)
By: Sandra Melo (editor), Cathy Macharis (editor)Hardback
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City distribution plays a key role in supporting urban lifestyles helping to serve and retain industrial and trading activities, and contributing to the competitiveness of regional industry. Despite these positive effects, it also generates negative (economic, environmental and social) impacts on cities worldwide. Relatively little attention has been paid to these issues by researchers and policymakers until recently. The analyses found in City Distribution and Urban Freight Transport aim to improve knowledge in this important area by recognizing and evaluating the problems, with a focus on urban freight transport system. This book offers a thorough evaluation of city distribution and urban freight transport, highlighting the importance of developing methodologies that reflect and integrate stakeholder perceptions. Case studies demonstrate that knowledge and awareness in the area of urban freight transport is low, and that broadening knowledge in this area is integral to the innovation of new urban freight policies.
The authors argue that the main challenge for researchers lies in developing methodologies that facilitate communication and cooperation between the different actors, citing that this can be achieved by defining either a common evaluation framework with quantitative indicators or an evaluation framework where the points of view have been explicitly modeled. This will be of interest to researchers, city planners and policymakers. Students and scholars of development, public policy, and urban studies will also find much of relevance in this important volume.
Contents: 1. Introduction 2. City Distribution: Challenges for Cities and Researchers 3. City Distribution, a Key Element of the Urban Economy - Guidelines for Practitioners 4. Urban Freight Transport; the Challenges in Making it More Sustainable 5. Characteristics and Typology of Last-mile Logistics from an Innovation Perspective in an Urban Context 6. Urban Freight Policy Innovation for Rome's LTZ: A Stakeholder Perspective 7. Multi-Actor Multi-Criteria Analysis: A Case Study on Night Time Delivery for Urban Distribution 8. Definition of a Set of Indicators to Evaluate the Performance of Urban Goods Distribution Initiatives 9. City Logistics in Italy: Success Factors and Environmental Performance 10. Transport of Goods to and from the Centre of Brussels: Using the Port to Improve Sustainability 11. Optimization of Urban Deliveries: Evaluating a CEP Pilot Project in Berlin 12. The Use of Rail Transport as Part of the Supply Chain in an Urban Logistics Context 13. Evaluation of Urban Goods Distribution Initiatives - an Empirical Overview in the Portuguese Context
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