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Mobile Access Hub Deployment for Urban Parcel Logistics

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Physical Internet Center, School of Industrial & Systems Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, lGA 30332, USA
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Supply Chain & Logistics Institute, School of Industrial & Systems Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 30332, USA
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Schneider National Chair in Transportation and Logistics, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 30332, USA
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Coca-Cola Material Handling & Distribution Chair, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 30332, USA
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Sustainability 2020, 12(17), 7213; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12177213
Received: 28 July 2020 / Revised: 26 August 2020 / Accepted: 1 September 2020 / Published: 3 September 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable City Logistics and Innovation)
Last-mile logistics is an essential yet highly expensive component of city logistics responsible for many nuisances in urban areas. Mobile access hubs are flexible consolidation and transshipment points aiming at creating more sustainable city logistics systems by dynamically using urban space as logistics facilities. In this paper, we examine the potential of mobile access hub deployments for urban parcel logistics by identifying the impact of design parameters on economic and environmental performance. We propose a mathematical modeling framework and an integer program to assess the performance of mobile access hub deployments, and study the impact of a set of design parameters through synthetic cases and an illustrative case inspired from a large parcel express carrier’s operations. Results indicate design flexibility relative to the location of hubs and pronounced advantages in highly variable environments. The illustrative case shows significant savings potential in terms of cost and time efficiency as well as environmental sustainability. It emphasizes a trade-off between operational efficiency and environmental sustainability that can be balanced to achieve global sustainability goals while being economically sound. View Full-Text
Keywords: city logistics; mobile hubs; dynamic use of urban space; micro-consolidation; capillary logistics networks; physical internet city logistics; mobile hubs; dynamic use of urban space; micro-consolidation; capillary logistics networks; physical internet
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Faugère, L.; White, C., III; Montreuil, B. Mobile Access Hub Deployment for Urban Parcel Logistics. Sustainability 2020, 12, 7213. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12177213

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Faugère L, White C III, Montreuil B. Mobile Access Hub Deployment for Urban Parcel Logistics. Sustainability. 2020; 12(17):7213. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12177213

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Faugère, Louis, Chelsea White III, and Benoit Montreuil. 2020. "Mobile Access Hub Deployment for Urban Parcel Logistics" Sustainability 12, no. 17: 7213. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12177213

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