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Urban Freight Last Mile Logistics-Challenges and Opportunities to Improve Sustainability: A Literature Review

Bosona, Techane (2020). Urban Freight Last Mile Logistics-Challenges and Opportunities to Improve Sustainability: A Literature Review. Sustainability. 12 , 8769
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Abstract

Last mile logistics (LML) is the least efficient and complex part of supply chain. The main objective of this study was to identify major challenges of urban freight LML and opportunities for intervention. For this, 42 peer-reviewed full papers published after 2010 and three additional references were used. The findings indicated that urban freight flow has a trend of steady growth. The main driving forces behind this steady growth are population growth, urbanization, densification, globalization, online and omni-channel (OC) retailing, and urban economic development. Using typology analysis, three main potential freight LML configurations were mapped and discussed. Freight LML configurations that involve light cargo vehicles and cargo bike-based delivery schemes could be more attractive freight LML models if the delivery failure is minimized. The LML challenges were categorized as technological, infrastructural, LML system and management, and logistic cost related challenges, and discussed broadly. Similarly, the potential opportunities were discussed from environmental, economic, and social sustainability aspects. Finally, this report has pinpointed future potential research agendas related to LML. The study could be a knowledge base useful for academicians and practitioners, logistics and technical service providers, policy makers, and customers.

Authors/Creators:Bosona, Techane
Title:Urban Freight Last Mile Logistics-Challenges and Opportunities to Improve Sustainability: A Literature Review
Year of publishing :2020
Volume:12
Article number:8769
Number of Pages:20
Publisher:MDPI
ISSN:2071-1050
Language:English
Publication Type:Article Review/Survey
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 2 Engineering and Technology > 201 Civil Engineering > Transport Systems and Logistics
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 105 Earth and Related Environmental Sciences > Environmental Sciences (social aspects to be 507)
Keywords:freight last mile logistics, LML typology, LML challenges, LML sustainability, urban freight flow
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-109359
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-109359
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DOI10.3390/su12218769
Web of Science (WoS)000589383500001
ID Code:19791
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Energy and Technology
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:29 Dec 2020 21:04
Metadata Last Modified:15 Jan 2021 19:18

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