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LOGISTICS HUB LOCATION-SCHEDULING MODEL FOR INNER-CITY LAST MILE DELIVERIES

DOI: 10.7708/ijtte.2020.10(2).04


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Author(s)

Anastasios Charisis - Freight Mobility Research Institute, Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatics Engineering Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL, 33431, USA -

Stephen Spana - University of Florida Transportation Institute Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611, USA -

Evangelos Kaisar - Freight Mobility Research Institute, Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatics Engineering Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL, 33431, USA -

Lili Du - University of Florida Transportation Institute Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611, USA -


Abstract

Logistics play a vital role in the prosperity of today’s cities, but current urban logistics practices are proving problematic, causing negative effects such as traffic congestion and environmental impacts. This paper proposes an alternative urban logistics system, leasing hubs inside cities for designated time intervals and using handcarts for last mile deliveries. A mathematical model for selecting the locations of hubs and allocating customers, while also scheduling the optimal times during the day for leasing hubs is developed. The proposed model is compared to current delivery methods requiring door-to-door truck deliveries. It is shown that truck traveled distances decrease by more than 60%. In addition, analysis shows that in certain conditions the approach can be economically competitive and successfully applied to address real problems.


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Acknowledgements:

The research presented in this study is supported by the Freight Mobility Research Institute (FMRI), a Tier 1 United States Department of Transportation University Transportation Center, as part of the second year funded research projects under the number Y2R2-18.


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