Special Issue "Smart City Logistics Services and Sustainability"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2022) | Viewed by 6084
In the last decade, the smart city issue has attracted the attention of both researchers and practitioners in an attempt to address the challenges currently characterizing urban areas, such as increased population, pollution, and congestion. The smart city notion unfolds in a number of domains including transport and mobility of both goods and people. City logistics refers to the optimized management of urban logistics flows by managing aspects associated with traffic conditions, energy consumption, and environment preservation. This Special Issue is focused on urban freight transportation. Not only the recent structural changes undergone by urban areas but also the digital transformation of commercial relationships, with the diffusion of e-commerce and omni-channel retail, have stressed the role of efficient city logistics. Frequent deliveries of limited quantities, if not single units, are required to satisfy a variety of customers with heterogeneous needs in terms of demand for products and associated services. The possibility of easily ordering online and receiving at home whatever one wants has increased emotional purchases, which in turn produce relevant return flows of goods, exacerbating city logistics complexity. Many organizational and operational solutions to improve urban freight distribution systems have been introduced, several of them relying on the latest available technologies. They include urban consolidation centres, parcel lockers, low emission zones, time window deliveries, dynamic routing, lay-by area monitoring and booking, low emission vehicle adoption, and crowd shipping. Ex ante and ex post studies of the impacts of city logistics strategies have been conducted. However, are these solutions really sustainable? What can be done to make them sustainable? This Special Issue welcomes papers about the operational, social, economic, and environmental sustainability of city logistics services. Contributors from different fields are invited to submit their papers based on both qualitative and quantitative analysis approaches.
Prof. Dr. Anna Corinna Cagliano
Manuscript Submission Information
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- City logistics decision-making and strategies
- City logistics services
- Enabling technologies
- City logistics implications of emotional purchases
- Reverse city logistics
- Operational sustainability
- Environmental and energy impacts
- Green city logistics
- Social impacts
- Economic effects of city logistics strategies