Urban Freight Transportation Systems - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128173626

Urban Freight Transportation Systems

1st Edition

Editors: Ralf Elbert Christian Friedrich Manfred Boltze Hans-Christian Pfohl
Paperback ISBN: 9780128173626
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 1st October 2019
Page Count: 256
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Most of the world's population now live in cities. This urban growth significantly increases commercial traffic. There are numerous challenges for delivering goods into cities efficiently and sustainably, especially because of increased online retailer deliveries and just-in-time delivery concepts.

Urban Freight Transportation Systems offers new insights into the complexities of today’s urban freight transport system.  It provides a much needed multidisciplinary perspective of researchers from the fields of transportation and traffic planning, logistics and business management as well as engineering. The book examines numerous critical issues such as the strategies for delivery, logistics and freight transport spatial patterns, urban policy assessment, innovative transportation technologies and much more. The book also uniquely examines urban hubs, and factories and their role in the urban freight transport system.

Urban Freight Transportation Systems offers a novel conceptual approach for addressing the problems of production, logistics, and traffic in an urban context.

Key Features

  • Interdiscplinary contributors from around the globe offer a wide range of methodologies
  • Includes never-before-published original research to help to keep current and develop a deeper understanding of the field
  • Each chapter include the methods and results of the research, useful for both academics and practitioners


Urban Transportation Planning and Logistics researchers, graduate students, and practitioners

Table of Contents

Part A: Transportation Planning and Concepts
1. Last mile transport of fragmented deliveries
2. data accuracy for efficient and feasible routing plans
3. intelligent transportation systems for road freight transport
4. Commercial traffic 2.0 –delivery strategies in urban areas
5. Corporate players’ criteria of mobility alternatives
6. Homogenous groups in commercial traffic using cluster analysis
7. Tracking Logistics Locations

Part B: Innovative Technologies and Green Solutions
8. Company Mobility Behavior in urban areas
9. E-Vehicles for innovative and sustainable urban distribution
10. Truck platooning in short distances
11. Mixed freight and passenger rail transport efficiency and impact

Part C: Urban Policies
12. Regulate, stimulate, innovate or co-create in an urban context
13. Urban traffic congestion and freight transport

Part D: Urban Hubs and Factories
14. Demand on user behavior in multi-user warehouses
15. Resource Efficient Factories in Cities
16. High Performance Terminals


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About the Editor

Ralf Elbert

Professor of Management and Logistics at the Technische Universität. He has extensive experiences in transportation logistics, intermodal freight transport, and intralogistics as an academic researcher and consultant to both the public and private sectors. He is Chair of the WCTRS special interest group on intermodal freight transport.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Chair of Management and Logistics, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany

Christian Friedrich

Christian Friedrich is a Research Associate at the Chair of Management and Logistics at Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany. His research focus is on urban freight consolidation concepts and applications of simulation modeling and analysis in logistics, transportation, and supply chains.

Affiliations and Expertise

Research Associate, Chair of Management and Logistics, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany

Manfred Boltze

Head of the Institute of Transport Planning and Traffic Engineering at the Technische Universität. His research focuses on traffic, transport management, and Intelligent Transport Systems. He has been an Editorial Board member of several journals, including the Journal of International Association of Traffic and Safety Sciences. He serves as a Member of the Scientific Committee and Steering Committee for the WCTRS.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Institute for Transport Planning and Traffic Engineering, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany

Hans-Christian Pfohl

is Professor Emeritus at the Technische Universität and Professor of Management and Logistics at the Tongji-University. The result of his management, logistics and supply chain research is documented in an extensive list of books, articles and reports. He held numerous offices in science, associations and industry. He is Head of the European Logistics Association Committee for Research, and is a member of the Editorial Board of the scientific journals Logistics Research, Logistique & Management and the International Journal of Logistics Management.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor Emeritus, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany, and Professor of Management and Logistics at Tongji-University Shanghai, China.

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