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Digitalization of Urban Freight for Improving Sustainability and Livability

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Transportation".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 17 September 2024 | Viewed by 522

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Department of Transport Engineering, Infrastructure Engineering, University of Melbourne, Melbourne 3010, Australia
Interests: physical internet; urban freight; intelligent transport systems; freight modelling; distribution network; city logistics
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Department of transport systems and logistics, O. M. Beketov National University of Urban Economy, Kharkiv 61001, Ukraine
Interests: city logistics; consumer logistics; transport ergonomics; urban freight

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Department of Strategic Management, AGH University of Science and Technology, Krakow, Poland
Interests: operations research; vehicle routing problem; transportation planning and modelling; supply chains; circular economy; business process management

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The increasing impact of freight transport on people's quality of life has led to a growing need for digitalization of urban freight, in order to minimize negative societal and environmental impacts and ensure sustainable designs. The gig economy, which involves short-term digital contracts for service provision, presents a unique opportunity to optimize underutilized assets and meet triple-bottom-line targets, thereby addressing the challenges associated with growing urban freight demand. Policy makers are increasingly recognizing the importance of sustainable freight mobility in addressing environmental issues, particularly as the on-demand economy transforms freight transport practices. As such, there is a pressing need for knowledge and assessment of the sustainability of emerging trends and technologies in the mobility sector. This knowledge is essential for both public and private decision makers, making it critical to structure and disseminate information on these topics.

This Special Issue will feature papers that explore various aspects of sustainable urban freight transport and liveability solutions in urban areas. Authors are encouraged to examine the environmental impacts of dynamic urban logistics, including topics such as freight planning and modelling in urban areas, the use of electro-mobility in city logistics, Urban Freight Transport Resilience, logistics impact assessment on livability, public–private partnerships for sustainable urban logistics, and safety considerations in urban freight transport, including ITS, advanced human–machine interfaces, and driver behavior. Special attention will be given to platform-based management, physical internet, digital twin for urban freight, and sustainable urban transport policy through digital decision making.

In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Environmental impacts of dynamic urban logistics;
  • Utilization of electro-mobility in city logistics;
  • Digital twins in transportation;
  • Platform-based management for urban freight distribution;
  • Consumer logistics;
  • Planning and modeling freight in urban areas;
  • Public–private partnerships for sustainable urban logistics;
  • Safety aspects in urban freight transport: ITS, advance human–machine interface, driver’s behaviour;
  • Logistics impact assessment on livability;
  • Sustainable urban transport policy via digital decisions;
  • Hyperconnected city logistics;
  • Physical internet for urban freight;
  • Urban freight transport resilience via digitalization;
  • Logistics as a service;
  • Decision-making problems in urban freight;
  • Last-mile delivery;
  • Process management in urban freight.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Prof. Dr. Russell Thompson
Dr. Andrii Galkin
Dr. Katarzyna Gdowska
Guest Editors

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