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Smart city logistics is the future of urban infill supply chain

Cities are reacting to the onslaught of e-commerce deliveries by enacting new policies designed to help make urban logistics more efficient

Environmental and congestion concerns lead to innovations that impact urban logistics

Changing e-commerce expectations have consumers pressuring for both quick and more frequent parcel deliveries, and especially in dense major U.S. cities with strong consumer demographics—this has only intensified urban traffic congestion, vehicle pollution and difficulties in parking—amongst other issues.  Around the world, a billion more people are projected to live in cities by 2030, and as e-commerce continues to penetrate our lives. McKinsey projects that urban freight volumes are projected to grow 40 percent by 2050.

With more parcel deliveries bound to occur in cities, to both homes and businesses, more commercial trucks and vehicles are clogging streets, especially during peak business hours. To address these issues, some cities are embracing the fourth industrial revolution—and employing “Smart City Logistics” tactics to initiate more sustainable and economically efficient urban e-commerce logistics.

What's in this report?

We’ve compared “smart city logistics” initiatives in different cities around the world, and why these policies are becoming more and more important. You will also find out:

  • How cities are becoming more enterprising to tackle a variety of urban parcel delivery issues
  • Where public and private collaboration is leading to new innovations
  • How ‘big data’ and Industry 4.0 will continue to help mold how e-commerce is managed and performed within cities
     

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