Sustainable solutions in last mile logistics
Tutor / directorVan Wunnik, Lucas Philippe; Mangiaracina, Riccardo; Siragusa, Chaira; Seghezzi, Arianna
CovenanteePolitecnico di Milano
Document typeMaster thesis
Rights accessOpen Access
This report addresses the current and future solutions that contribute to improve the level of environmental sustainability in the last mile of the supply chain. The increase in the trend of e-commerce together with the inefficiencies of the delivery process causes many negative externalities known as the last mile issue. The dynamic development of electronic commerce and the era of consumers’ immediacy have increased the number of home deliveries, mostly in urban areas. Therefore, the number of delivery points increase while the quantities to deliver become smaller compared to traditional store deliveries, which challenge even more the last mile delivery sector. On the other hand, the last mile was already one of the most expensive, inefficient and pollutant activities in the entire supply chain. Additionally, and together with the e-commerce new trend, it has increased the negative impact on traffic congestion and noise, reduction in road capacity and increase pollutant emissions. This are the reasons why there has been a concern to find sustainable solutions to overcome this issue while keeping the operational logistics efficiency. Consequently, this report introduces through a literature review, current and future sustainable solutions together with new digital technologies implemented inthe last mile delivery sector.
SubjectsFreight and freightage -- Environmental aspects, Metropolitan areas -- Case studies, Physical distribution of goods -- Management, Transport de mercaderies -- Aspectes ambientals, Àrees metropolitanes -- Casos, Estudis de, Distribució de mercaderies -- Direcció i administració
DegreeMÀSTER UNIVERSITARI EN ENGINYERIA INDUSTRIAL (Pla 2014)