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Special Issue "Decision Support Systems for Urban Logistics Planning: Multi-Stakeholder and Participative Approaches"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Transportation".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Andrea Genovese

The University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK
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Interests: decision support methods for logistics; supply chain management
Guest Editor
Dr. Antonino Sgalambro

The University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK
Istituto per le Applicazioni del Calcolo Mauro Picone (IAC-CNR), National Research Council of Italy
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Interests: operational research; logistics; supply chain management

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Sustainability will publish a Special Issue focusing on recent developments in the field of “Decision Support Systems for Urban Logistics Planning”. The goal is to compile state-of-the art research, spanning modeling, theory, empirical studies, applications, and case studies in this research area. We seek contributions that are rigorously executed, clearly and succinctly written, addressing contemporary challenges.

With the growth of the population share living in urban areas, over recent decades, interest and awareness in urban transport activities (often referred to as urban logistics) has been growing steadily, in both the research environment and in a wider policy context. Significantly, advances in urban logistics operations and improved local authority planning are seen as essential in order to alleviate the associated negative environmental and economic impacts occurring in cities.

Several types of actors and stakeholders are therefore involved in such urban logistics management processes. Among them, freight carriers and shippers are interested in minimizing freight logistics costs in order to maximize their profits, while maintaining a competitive level of service to their customers. City administrators and residents are oriented towards a decrease in traffic congestion, social costs and environmental nuisances, even though they are often direct beneficiaries of high quality delivery services. This leads to a multitude of differing and possibly conflicting objectives that are involved in urban freight transport planning and decision making, yielding a high level of complexity and providing a strong motivation for the development of tools for helping decision-makers to reach higher grades of efficiency.

Until recently, despite growing interest and awareness of freight transport operations at local authority level, many urban transportation authorities have often overlooked freight; at the same time, despite an increasing number of advanced models and powerful algorithms presented in the literature for optimizing Urban Logistics, planning-oriented Decision Support Systems (DSSs) are seldom considered by private and public agents as a concrete option to enhance the quality of real-world decision-making process. This is partly due to the fact that these models and methods rarely incorporate a multi-stakeholder perspective in their analysis, often resulting in centralised and hierarchical decision-making procedures that might be of little help in contexts where a more participatory approach is required.

Within this context, this special issue is aimed at publishing contributions that deal with the practical application of Decision Support Systems to real-world problems arising in Urban Logistics. These include (but are not limited to):

  • Multi-Criteria Decision-Making approaches for Urban planning;
  • Stakeholders engagement and participatory Decision-Making techniques;
  • Advanced mathematical modelling for Urban Logistics optimization;
  • Facility location for Urban Logistics;
  • Methods and Models for Reverse logistics optimisation in Urban contexts;
  • Risk management in Urban Logistics;
  • Financial implications of Urban Logistics solutions;
  • Social and Environmental Sustainability Evaluation of Urban Logistics solutions;
  • Integration of Decision Models and Geographical Information Systems;
  • Forecasting approaches for Urban Logistics;
  • Case studies concerning practical applications of Urban Logistics solutions.

All manuscripts should be submitted electronically via the online system. The submission deadline is September 30, 2018. The plan is to publish the Special Issue in early 2019. Researchers from all relevant disciplines are invited to consider this special issue as an outlet to publish their quality work on this topic of increasing significance. Inquiries on the Special Issue can be directed to the Guest Editors ([email protected]; [email protected]).

Acknowledgments: This Special Issue will be partially supported by the project "Promoting Sustainable Freight Transport in Urban Contexts: Policy and Decision-Making Approaches (ProSFeT)", funded by the H2020-MSCA-RISE-2016 programme (Grant Number: 734909)

Dr. Andrea Genovese
Dr. Antonino Sgalambro
Guest Editors

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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 monthly journal published by MDPI.

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Keywords

  • Urban Logistics
  • Decision Support Systems
  • Multi-Criteria Decision Making
  • Stakeholders Engagement

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Open AccessArticle Performance Analysis and Improvement of the Bike Sharing System Using Closed Queuing Networks with Blocking Mechanism
Sustainability 2018, 10(12), 4663; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10124663 (registering DOI)
Received: 24 October 2018 / Revised: 26 November 2018 / Accepted: 4 December 2018 / Published: 7 December 2018
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The Bike Sharing System is a sustainable urban transport solution that consists of a fleet of bikes placed in various stations. Users will be satisfied if they find available bikes at their departure station and free docks at the destination. Despite the regulation
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The Bike Sharing System is a sustainable urban transport solution that consists of a fleet of bikes placed in various stations. Users will be satisfied if they find available bikes at their departure station and free docks at the destination. Despite the regulation operations of the system provider (i.e., redistribution of bikes by truck) deeper modifications (bike fleet size or station capacity) are often necessary to ensure a satisfactory service rate. In this paper, we model a sub-graph of a Bike Sharing System using the closed queuing network with a Repetitive-Service-Random-Destination blocking mechanism. This model is solved using the Maximum Entropy Method. This model faithfully reproduces the system dynamics considering the limited capacity of stations. We analyze the performance, particularly, via an overall performance indicator of the system. The various control and monitoring decisions (fleet-size, capacity of stations, incoming and outgoing flow of bikes) are applied to find out the best performance levels. The results demonstrate that the overall performance is robust enough regarding the fleet size changes but it degrades with the increase of the stations’ capacity. Finally, the arrival and departure flows control is an efficient and powerful operational leverage. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Application of AHP and DEMATEL Methods in Choosing and Analysing the Measures for the Distribution of Goods in Szczecin Region
Sustainability 2018, 10(7), 2365; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10072365
Received: 23 April 2018 / Revised: 13 May 2018 / Accepted: 4 July 2018 / Published: 7 July 2018
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Urban areas are centres of business and innovation. Freight transport is indispensable for the proper functioning of any modern urban society. Urban areas cannot function without an appropriate freight transport system, due to the need to replenish stocks of food and other goods
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Urban areas are centres of business and innovation. Freight transport is indispensable for the proper functioning of any modern urban society. Urban areas cannot function without an appropriate freight transport system, due to the need to replenish stocks of food and other goods in retail shops. The complexity of the decisions concerning implementation of measures to improve the movement of goods in the city requires tools designed to support this process. In this context, a research gap and a research problem occur—how to obtain a reliable set of factors for development of sustainable urban freight transport (UFT). The purpose of this article is to introduce the possibility of applying the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) as well as the Decision Making Trial and Evaluation Laboratory Method (DEMATEL) in choosing a set of measures and in analysing the field of distribution logistics, which will help to solve delivery problems and streamline cargo flow in Szczecin, in the context of sustainable development. This paper presents the findings of a survey in which experts evaluate the main coefficients for sustainable freight transport in the city area. Using both AHP and DEMATEL methods, we have concluded that: (i) all coefficients from administrative, financial, technical and promotional measures are highly interconnected; (ii) strategy of freight transport development should take into consideration how these coefficients influence each other; (iii) P2—eco-driving trainings, T4—alternative delivery systems and P1—promotional campaigns for sustainable transport are the most important criteria and should be priorities for investments; (iv) A1—implementation of loading/unloading and transit restrictions—highly influences other coefficients; (v) T2—intelligent route guidance in freight transport is greatly influenced by them. Full article
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