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New Vehicles Tackle Challenges of Urban E-Commerce

Transport Topics

A recent study from the Supply Chain Transportation and Logistics Center (SCTL) at the University of Washington found that challenges for trikes are “smaller cargo capacity, slower speeds, and severe weather conditions,” according to Measuring the Cost Trade-offs Between Electric-Assist Cargo Bikes and Delivery Trucks in Dense Urban Areas.

TRB Volunteer Profile: Barbara A. Ivanov

Transportation Research Board News (The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine)

Barbara A. Ivanov, director of the Urban Freight Lab at the University of Washington and the Chief Operating Officer of the Supply Chain Transportation and Logistics Center is a featured volunteer in the TR News.

Curb Clots: Seattle works to reconcile inherent clash between goods delivery and complete streets

Seattle Truck Flow
Landscape Architecture

The City of Seattle has partnered with the University of Washington (UW) and several major retailers to launch the Urban Freight Lab, a three-year research effort to better understand the rapidly changing landscape of goods delivery. Until now, cities have not viewed goods delivery as a system that needs to be designed, says Anne Goodchild, a professor of civil and environmental engineering and the director of UW’s Supply Chain Transportation and Logistics Center. What exists today, she says, is akin to a bus system without bus stops.

Solving the ‘Final 50 Feet’ Delivery Challenge

Transport Topics

Researchers are joining major retailers, logistics firms, city transportation offices and others in the freight industry to reconsider last-mile delivery systems, even reviewing the way they get packages the “final 50 feet” in congested urban downtowns. Delivery giant UPS Inc., which ranks No. 1 on Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest for-hire carriers in North America, is testing new methods. It has teamed with researchers at the University of Washington’s Urban Freight Lab, which is focusing on supply chain logistics and current practices in urban delivery.

Crowded streets: Cities face a surge in online deliveries

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Natalie Sherman, BBC News

In the US, where the car has been king and the revival of dense city centres is relatively recent, discussions about how to handle the glut of online shipments were somewhat slower to start. But they're happening now.

"They've been forced to think more about it in cities because that's where we see the coming together of these pressures in a real, urgent way," says Professor Anne Goodchild, director of University of Washington's Supply Chain Transportation and Logistics Center.