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dc.contributor.authorAlvarez, Esther
dc.contributor.authorDe la Calle, Alberto
dc.identifier.citationAlvarez, Esther; De la Calle, Alberto. Sustainable practices in urban freight distribution in Bilbao. "Journal of Industrial Engineering and Management", Setembre 2011, vol. 4, núm. 3, p. 538-553.
dc.description.abstractPurpose: The objective of the present study is to select some feasible and sustainable logistic practices in order to improve the urban freight distribution in Bilbao city. Design/methodology/approach: After a thorough literature review and a benchmarking, Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) techniques were used in order to support the decision making processes in order to select the most interesting practices. The criteria used for this selection were based on four factors: (1) improvement of the city freight distribution, (2) implementation possibility, (3) short and medium term applicability and (4) impact on the citizens of Bilbao. Findings: The paper identifies some specific problems that must be faced during the last stage of the logistics chain, where products are usually delivered to final customers in the urban environment. Research limitations/implications: Not all good urban freight distribution practices can be applied universally to all types of towns. Therefore, it is necessary to design some practices specifically to each particular city according to the physical characteristics of the city, the companies’ motivation and the citizens’ habits. Practical implications: All the agents involved in the city freight distribution should be aware of the benefits and problems that their actions cause. Originality/value: This study was carried out from a wide perspective that included researchers, logistics operators and local authorities.
dc.format.extent16 p.
dc.publisherSchool of Industrial and Aeronautic Engineering of Terrassa (ETSEIAT). Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Spain
dc.subject.lcshPhysical distribution of goods -- Bilbao
dc.subject.lcshBusiness logistics -- Bilbao
dc.subject.otherAnalytic Hierarchy Process (AHP)
dc.subject.otherUrban freight distribution
dc.subject.otherLast-mile logistics
dc.titleSustainable practices in urban freight distribution in Bilbao
dc.subject.lemacDistribució de mercaderies -- Bilbao
dc.subject.lemacLogística (Indústria) -- Bilbao
dc.description.peerreviewedPeer Reviewed
dc.rights.accessOpen Access
local.citation.authorAlvarez, Esther; De la Calle, Alberto
local.citation.publicationNameJournal of Industrial Engineering and Management

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    Special Issue – International Conference on Value Chain Sustainability ICOVACS 2010, Valencia (Spain)

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