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Hyperconnected urban fulfillment and delivery

Nayeon Kim, Benoit Montreuil, Walid Klibi and Nitish Kholgade

Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, 2021, vol. 145, issue C

Abstract: Urban last-mile delivery faces great challenges to satisfy growing customer demand with faster, punctual delivery expectations, under tight budgets and environmental requirements. The recently introduced physical internet (PI) offers a conceptual framework to address these challenges, overcoming low efficiency of current fragmented logistics operations with seamless asset sharing and flow consolidation leveraging hyperconnected systems. This article first provides a decision and system architecture for hyperconnected urban logistics, then investigates its potential at a strategic level through a simulation-based experiment in the context of large-item delivery. The results clearly demonstrate the potential of hyperconnected urban logsitics by concurrently improving often opposing measures: economic efficiency, service capability and sustainability.

Keywords: Urban logistics; Physical internet (PI); Hyperconnected logistics system; Last-mile delivery; Large-item logistics; Agent-based simulation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1016/j.tre.2020.102104

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