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Factors Affecting the Choice of Urban Freight Vehicles: Issues Related to Brazilian Companies

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Department of Transport and Geotechnical Engineering, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte 31.270-901, Brazil
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Transportation Engineering Department, Universidade Federal do Ceará, Fortaleza 60.440-554, Brazil
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Sustainability 2019, 11(24), 7010; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11247010
Received: 27 September 2019 / Revised: 20 November 2019 / Accepted: 5 December 2019 / Published: 8 December 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue City Logistics)
In this paper, we present the attributes that influence the choice of an urban freight vehicle by using a systematic literature review and a survey conducted with logistics operators that perform urban deliveries in some of the biggest cities in Brazil. The results obtained facilitate the analysis and determination of the main attributes of vehicle selection in some cities of Brazil. Descriptive statistics are used to describe the characteristics of the companies, and a principal component analysis identifies the dependent variables, in order to evaluate the importance of each attribute. Also, an ordered logistic regression model is used to identify if the characteristics of the companies influence the choice of an urban freight vehicle. The results of this analysis indirectly indicate the dependence of the decision-making process on the logistics policies implemented in a given city. These attributes agree with those in the literature review. These results, despite of being evident, are different from the present selection criteria, which depend on local city policies. View Full-Text
Keywords: city logistics; urban freight transport; freight vehicles; attributes of choice; statistical analysis; ordered logistics regression model city logistics; urban freight transport; freight vehicles; attributes of choice; statistical analysis; ordered logistics regression model
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Oliveira, L.K.; Bertoncini, B.V.; Nascimento, C.O.L.; Rocha, L.B.; Batista, L.A.M.L.; Cellin, L.V. Factors Affecting the Choice of Urban Freight Vehicles: Issues Related to Brazilian Companies. Sustainability 2019, 11, 7010.

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