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Special Issue "City Logistics"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 29 February 2020.
Interests: transport; freight and logistics; disaster management; healthy transport
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We face complicated and difficult issues with urban freight transport in terms of economic growth, environment, safety, and security. Most of the goods distribution in urban areas is executed using trucks and vans on road networks. Efficient and environmentally friendly urban freight transport systems are required for a sustainable society. Recently, smart solutions for city logistics using ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems), ICT (Information and Communication Technology, IoT (Internet of Things), AI (Artificial Intelligence), big data, and autonomous vehicles and robots have been proposed for tackling these problems and implemented in a number of cities.
This special issue will highlight new opportunities and challenges for sustainable urban freight transport, focusing on technological advancements and management initiatives, including public–private partnerships between stakeholders. We welcome papers on:
- Modelling the behaviour of stakeholders and evaluating the performance of city logistics policy measures, including multi-agent, vehicle routing and scheduling with time windows, multi-echelon vehicle routing, facility location, multi-actor multi-criteria, and freight traffic flow models.
- Evaluating the application of innovative technologies in city logistics, including ITS, ITC, IoT, AI, big data, autonomous delivery vehicles and robots, electric vehicles, and drones for smart cities, focusing on the integration of information technologies and urban freight transport systems.
- Planning and management of city logistics schemes, encompassing collaboration between public and private sectors, multi-modal transport systems, sharing the capacities of logistics companies, integration of land use and urban freight transport planning, and space allocation of passenger traffic and freight transport on urban streets.
- Case studies that evaluate city logistics initiatives, such as urban consolidation centres (UCCs), off-hour deliveries, parcel lockers, cargo cycles, cargo trams, and management of loading/unloading bays.
- Future perspectives on sustainable urban freight transport.
Prof. Eiichi Taniguchi
Dr. Russell Thompson
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.