City Logistic Network

                                                              

City Logistic Network

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Solution proposed by: 
OiER, SSI Schäfer
In a Nutshell: 
Through City Logistic Networks you minimize traffic flowing in and out of the city by using single trucks instead of a multitude of vans. City Terminals at the edge of the cities provide transit stations from where trucks carry the parcels to city hubs.
Where and When: 
Some cities like Hamburg (GER) are discussing measures for channeling parcel traffic alike. Wuppertal (GER) has implemented parts of that network for its small business and traders. Dortmund (GER) has done a trial with Tower 24 between 2003 and 2007 prior to the e-commerce hype.
Challenges: 
A City Logistic Network will control the flow of goods throughout the cities. It allows all businesses to make use of a common infrastructure, getting bundling effects for the variety of parcel flows.
Innovation: 
Cities minimize traffic, pollution and maximize a livable and sustainable environment through providing a common infrastructure for parcel distribution. Beginning at the peripheral borders of the cities with city terminals the network spins off into the quarters and neighborhoods, where city hubs serve as collecting or pick up points as start to accredited delivery services. The City Logistic Network is based in taking control over the different delivery streams into and out of the city by the municipalities themselves. It allows bundling effects and active influence about the channels how cities will be approached by the needed logistic traffic.
Concept: 
The city is able to provide the IT network, the common interfaces for international companies and a transport management system for the traffic in and out of the city. PPP organized terminals and hubs and with public transport systems as well as shared economy distribution gives an economic sustainable base to the concept. City terminals and hubs have to use standards in warehousing, for quality and getting efficiency and connectable IT services. City terminals in peripheral region and city hubs within quarters and neighborhoods are building a planned network to channel the streams of goods flowing into and out of the city, taking advantage of channeling and bundling effects. The effects give relieve to some pollution caused by uncontrolled logistic traffic, The need for goods going into the towns in a most effective way will support on time delivery and give hands to a livable and enjoyable environment within the cities. Supporting a common IT system with open interfaces for the use of small traders and businesses and even private persons help to sustain a vibrant economic life within quarters and neighborhoods, interchanging goods from hub to hub or providing delivery to international transporters connecting at the terminals.
Description: 
The City Parcel Logistic Network allows businesses of all scales to take advantage of a common infrastructure provided by the municipality through public private partnership. By building city terminals within the peripheral neighborhoods of a city, city hubs at transport nodal points with public private partnership (PPP) and an open transport management system provided by the municipality for use by parcel distributors as well as within a shared economy. Taking advantage of PPP terminals und hubs allows the municipality to create channels through which the goods are flowing into and out of the cities. This could even make use of already existing public transportation systems for the main stream of goods. PPP terminals will be bound to have common standards of IT systems and interfaces, allowing the other parts of the network to connect for track and trace the goods throughout their ways into and out of the cities. An easy to use internet based IT system to send goods within the city and to national and international logistic networks allow small traders and businesses to make use of their special competences and compete with international companies. A common transport management system allows distributors to collect as many goods as can be handled by the service vehicle doing a best route planning on the fly and at the same time collect the parcels from small traders and businesses within the neighborhoods. Vehicles of a bigger scale handle the traffic from the city terminals to the hubs situated within the quarters and neighborhoods. From there smaller vans from parcel distributors or even private accredited persons with their own cars could pick up deliveries and distribute to the consumer. At the same time, the hubs can serve as collection points allowing the consumer to collect their goods at these points after work.
Impacts: 
Control over the flow of goods, common standards throughout the warehousing and delivery services, less traffic, less pollution and at the same time support of small local traders and businesses will be the effects on the cities.