The last 50 feet of delivery in cities is a challenge that will only continue to grow along with urban populations and the popularity of e-commerce shopping. Yet many metropolitan areas aren’t set up to accommodate the number of delivery vehicles now entering their boundaries. They also don’t have enough loading docks and designated curbside loading zones to meet the increasing demand. And the problem is only going to get worse.
In MHI’s new video, “Urban Logistics Strategies,” experts Randy Bradley, Assistant Professor of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management at the University of Tennessee, and Barbara Ivanov, Director of the Urban Freight Lab at the University of Washington, outline the challenges and possible solutions. Among them are multiple ways that cities and logistics providers can collaborate to address the common obstacles in the final 50 feet.