LOG904-127 City logistics.

LOG904-127 City logistics.

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City logistics.
Program of study: 
MSc in Logistics - Seminars
Level of study: 
2. syklus (master)
Teaching semester: 
2016 Høst
Assessment semester: 
2016 Høst
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Course content

Logistics, as defined by the Council of Logistics Management, is the part of the supply chain process that plans, implements, and controls the efficient, effective flow and storage of goods, services, and related information, from the point of origin to the point of consumption, in order to meet customers’ requirements. However, when logistics activities take place in urban areas they show unique characteristics making them different from the general logistics activities, which is the reason why freight transport in urban areas, and specifically the freight flows associated to the supply of city centres with goods, is usually referred to as “city logistics”, “urban freight distribution” or “last mile logistics”, to highlight that it is a phenomenon with differentiating characteristics.

Although urban freight represents a small fraction of the total transportation length for the companies, many studies estimate that the last mile cost accounts for about 28% of the total transportation cost. On the other hand logistic fleets are a net contributor to traffic congestion in urban and metropolitan areas. It is estimated that between the 15% and the 20% of the average flows in cities during rush hours correspond to logistics fleets. Therefore, the peculiarities of urban freight distribution, its share of transportation costs, its relevant impacts on congestion, energy consumption and emissions, and thus in the quality of life in cities, makes city logistic a differentiated qualified object of study.

The objectives of this seminar are to propose a systemic approach to City Logistics, looking at the system as a whole, identify its stakeholders and account for their mutual interactions. Analyze the organizational aspects, consequence of the different objectives, interests and roles that the stakeholders can play in the City Logistics scenarios. Discuss the decision levels in City Logistics, strategic, tactical, operational and real-time, the associated decision making processes and the models supporting them. The seminar will also address the problem of consensus formation, in cases when conflicts of interest rise as a consequence of costs incurred by stakeholders, to show how cooperative cost allocation can help in finding win to win solutions.