Delivery Notice: Sustainable Urban Freight Solutions for the Last Mile

The Conference Board of Canada, 17 pages, April 28, 2022
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In this issue briefing, we highlight last-mile innovations that can help create a more sustainable last-mile logistics system.

Document Highlights

E-commerce is experiencing rapid growth. There is a risk that unmanaged delivery-related traffic will create worsening congestion and increased emissions. This doesn’t have to be the case.

  • Managing the evolution of urban freight provides policy-makers with an opportunity to enhance sustainable planning objectives.
  • Automated parcel lockers can simplify last-mile delivery networks by reducing travel and emissions.
  • Curb management strategies need to better account for freight by increasing supply of dedicated delivery parking in high-demand areas.
  • Electrifying delivery fleets is critical to reducing last-mile emissions.
  • Cyclelogistics networks reduce emissions and congestion, while making operations more efficient.

Table of Contents

Key findings
The New Era of E-commerce
Automated Parcel Lockers: Simplifying Delivery
Managing the Curb
Electrifying Delivery Fleets
Microhubs and Cyclelogistics
A Sustainable Last Mile
Appendix A: Methodology
Appendix B: Bibliography

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