When: 1-4:30 pm. on Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Where: University of Washington Seattle campus
The Urban Freight Lab is launching our second Tech Day, a pitch competition for innovators improving the final leg of urban delivery—the last mile or the Final 50 Feet.
Four finalists will be selected to present their solutions to our Urban Freight Lab members (retailers, freight carriers, University of Washington researchers, and the City of Seattle Department of Transportation), and a panel of venture capitalists and angel investors. One solution may be chosen for a pilot project.
The Final 50 Feet Problem
Global logistics spending is expected to reach $10.6 trillion in 2020, with transportation accounting for the majority (70%), according to “Urban Logistics Opportunities—Last-Mile Innovation” by Frost & Sullivan." About 40% of the overall logistics costs are associated with the last mile, forcing providers to come up with newer innovative solutions to deliver packages within cities.
Our suite of Final 50 Feet of research projects looks at methods to improve delivery at the end of the supply chain—beginning at the city-owned curb, commercial vehicle load zone, or sidewalk; extending through privately-owned building freight bays; and ending in the common areas within a building such as the lobby.
We are looking for new technologies that will
- reduce parking seeking behavior
- improve truck parking space productivity in the city’s commercial load zones,
- reduce failed first deliveries, and
- reduce dwell time for delivery vehicles.
Call for proposals is now open! Apply for Tech Day.