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Transforming the energy demands of last-mile urban freight through collaborative logistics

About FTC2050

Freight transport accounts for 16% of all road vehicle activity in our cities. Last-mile urban freight contributes to traffic congestion and poor air quality. The cost of congestion in London was estimated to be £5.4bn in 2013, rising to £9bn by 2030.

The FTC2050 project has received funding from the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) under grant agreement no. EP/N02222X/1.

Fundamentally reconsidering the efficiency of last-mile logistics

Working directly with Transport for London and innovative carriers (TNT and Gnewt Cargo and through them, DX and Hermes), we will developing new understandings of the overlap of delivery schedules, algorithms and business models to enable carrier co-ordination that reduces energy demand.

Team

Southampton, Westminster, UCL and Lancaster

Tom Cherrett and Fraser McLeod, Transportation Research Group, University of Southampton
Tolga Bektas and ThuBa Nguyen, Southampton Business School, University of Southampton
Maja Piecyk, Julian Allen and Marzena Piotrowska, Department of Planning and Transport, University of Westminster
Adrian Friday, Nigel Davies and Oliver Bates School of Computing and Communications, Lancaster University
Sarah Wise and Kostas Cheliotis Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, University College London

News

August 13, 2018 - [CONSULTATION] DRAFT NEW LONDON PLAN SHOWING MINOR SUGGESTED CHANGES (MAYOR OF LONDON)
In response to the call for evidence FTC2050 (under "University of Westminster") provided evidence for the New London Plan published by the Mayor of London.
[FTC2050 Evidence]
[CONSULTATIONS FROM PROFESSIONAL BODIES]

July 3, 2018 - [SEMINAR] URBAN DELIVERIES – THE INNER CITY CHALLENGE, LONDON
This commercial seminar organised by Post&Parcel explored the challenges facing retailers and carriers delivering an ever-growing volume of parcels due to online shopping, which is threatening to cause rising traffic problems in our cities. The seminar investigated innovative solutions to these delivery difficulties. Tom Cherrett and Sam Clarke (from Gnewt) presented the results of the portering trial that was carried out in central London in 2018 as part of FTC 2050, providing insight into the transport and environmental benefits associated with it.

June 26, 2018 - [CONFERENCE] E-COMMERCE DELIVERY 2018, LONDON
This commercial conference run by Leaders in Logistics focused on how to satisfy the customer in a competitive delivery market. Sam Clarke from Gnewt spoke about his company’s involvement in the FTC 2050 project to better understand the impacts of its operations, and the portering trial carried out in central London as part of FTC 2050 with the aim to reduce the transport and environmental impacts of its urban delivery operations.

March 27, 2018 - [WEBINAR] U.S. AND EUROPEAN EXAMPLES OF GAINING INSIGHTS FROM FREIGHT DATA
Tom Cherrett took part in a US/European webinar which focused on two organisations’ efforts (one from the U.S., one from Europe – FTC 2050) to gain deeper insights from freight data, with a particular focus on how freight data has supported the development of freight plans and other technical documents, stakeholder engagement, and infrastructure investments.

March, 2018 - INDUSTRIAL AND LOGISTICS SOUNDING BOARD (ILSB), LONDON
Julian Allen was invited to participate in the work of the Industrial and Logistics Sounding Board (ILSB) which was established in 2017 to provide independent scrutiny of the Mayor of London’s Draft New London Plan’s policies relating to industry and logistics land. The board comprised representatives from across the sector including occupiers and business representatives, planning and property experts from the public and private sector, and academics.

September 27, 2017 - [WEBINAR] LAND-USE RELATED FREIGHT TRANSPORT CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES IN LONDON
In this webinar, Mr. Paul Strang from Transport for London (TfL) and Mr. Julian Allen from the University of Westminster discuss the challenges and opportunities related to the interface between land-use and freight transport in London
Originally Aired: Wednestday 27th September (4pm BST)

September 7, 2017 - (GOV.UK) TRANSPORT BENEFITS FROM BIG DATA AND THE 'INTERNET OF THINGS' IN SMART CITIES.
Gov.uk have published a scoping study into deriving transport benefits from big data and the internet of things in smart cities.

April 27, 2017 - [PANEL] SOLVING THE INNER CITY CHALLENGE, LONDON.
Julian Allen took part in panel session on how parcel carriers can shrink their environmental footprint and green the supply chain at this commercial seminar run by Post&Parcel. The theme of the seminar was to provide insight into the strategies and tactics required to meet the challenge of delivering an ever-growing volume of parcels to inner city customers.

April 26, 2017 - LOGISTICS LAND AVAILABILITY IN LONDON – A DISCUSSION, LONDON .
A half day event organised at the University of Westminster as part of FTC 2050 to bring public and private sector representatives together to discuss the lack of logistics land availability in London and what can be done about it. Participants included representatives from parcels carriers (including GNewt and TNT), property developers/land owners, town and transport planners from London boroughs, Transport for London, trade associations, and the National Infrastructure Commission.

April 12, 2017 - NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE COMMISSION, URBAN FREIGHT EXPERT ROUNDTABLE, LONDON.
Julian Allen was invited to present insights from the FTC 2050 project to an Urban Freight Expert Roundtable as part of the National Infrastructure Commission’s production of its first-ever National Infrastructure Assessment, which it has to produce once a Parliament. This publication in 2018, set out the NIC’s assessment of long-term infrastructure needs in the UK to 2050 and its recommendations on how best to meet this need. The Urban Freight Expert Roundtable focused on the last-mile delivery of freight in urban areas to understand current challenges the solutions that need to be considered by policy makers over the next 30 years, and the infrastructure impacts of these solutions.

April 3, 2017 - OXFORD STREET WEST FREIGHT GROUP, LONDON.
Sarah Wise and Julian Allen presented FTC 2050 research findings to the Oxford Street West Freight Group (including Westminster City Council and the Cross River Partnership). The Oxford Street West Freight Group is carrying out work into reducing the impact of freight transport on Oxford Street and the surrounding area and has been considering the redesign of Oxford Street, London’s premier shopping street.

March 28-29, 2017 - [CONFERENCE] HOME DELIVERY WORLD EUROPE 2017 CONFERENCE, LONDON.
A two-day commercial conference with exhibitors aimed at companies involved in the home delivery market. Included talks by retailers and ecommerce brands, delivery companies, collection point and locker bank providers and IT solutions companies. Maja Piecyk led a roundtable discussion on urban freight and home delivery sustainability in the context of FTC 2050 and its findings

February 8, 2017 - (ITS REVIEW) AUTOMATION OF URBAN DELIVERIES DEBATED.
Autonomous vehicles and drones could aid the last mile delivery of goods in urban areas but are not yet ready to be deployed widely, speakers at a conference concluded last week.

Partners

In collaboration with TNT, Gnewt Cargo and Transport for London

TNT Gnewt TfL

Events

PAST EVENTS

TACKLING THE LAST MILE - MANAGING URBAN PARCEL DELIVERIES (BOOK NOW)

Start Date: 31/01/2018 18:45
End Date: 31/01/2018 21:00
Event Code: HDG0343
When: 31 January 2018, 18:45 for 18:30 - 21:00
Where: Solent Conference Centre (The Spark), East Park Terrace Campus of Southampton Solent University, Southampton, SO14 0LY
Meeting Point: The Willow Conference Room (on Level 3) of the Solent Conference Centre
Speaker: Tom Cherrett, BSc, PhD, FCILT, Professor of Logistics & Transport Management, The University of Southampton & Graham Ellis FCILT, Managing Director, Ellis International Transport Consulting Ltd.
Description: The internet has given consumers access to the global marketplace. Delivery expectations for their orders are high and those logistics professionals who have to plan the 'last mile' face some significant challenges. Our two expert presenters will both demonstrate the current reality and describe what is being done to guarantee that the customer's experience will be a satisfying one. In particular, illustrating recent work on the Citylab project and the implementation of measures such as van space sharing, consolidation centres and micro-hubs. This presentation is an important one that will provide much essential information for all logistics and transportation professionals.

Refreshments will be provided.

Book online at https://ciltuk.org.uk/Events/Events-Listing or contact Membership Services, Tel: 01536 740104 or email: membership@ciltuk.org.uk quoting the event code: HDG0343 Cost: Member: Free; Non-Member: Free

PREVENTING AN URBAN DELIVERY CRISIS – JOINTLY MEETING BUSINESS AND CUSTOMER NEEDS AND SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES
Thursday 2nd February 2017, University of Westminster

Papers

O. Bates, A. Friday, J. Allen, F. McLeod, T. Cherrett, S. Wise, M. Piecyk, M. Piotrowska, T. Bektas, T. Nguyen,
ICT FOR SUSTAINABLE LAST-MILE LOGISTICS: DATA, PEOPLE AND PARCELS,
In Proceedings of ICT4S (ICT for Sustainability) 2018, Toronto, Canada May 2018

O. Bates, A. Friday,
INTANGIBLE COMMODITIES WITH FREE DELIVERY: FINDING THE LIMIT IN DIGITALLY MEDIATED E-COMMERCE,
ACM Workshop on Computing within Limits 2018, Toronto, Canada, Toronto, Canada May 2018

O. Bates, A.Friday, J. Allen, T. Cherrett, F. McLeod, T. Bektas, T. Nguyen, M. Piecyk, M. Piotrowska, S. Wise, N. Davies,
TRANSFORMING LAST-MILE LOGISTICS: OPPORTUNITIES FOR MORE SUSTAINABLE DELIVERIES,
In Proceedings of CHI 18, Montreal, Canada April 2018

J. Allen, M. Piecyk, M. Piotrowska, F. McLeod, T. Cherrett, T. Nguyen, T. Bektas, O. Bates, A. Friday, S. Wise, M. Austwick, UNDERSTANDING THE IMPACT OF E-COMMERCE ON LAST-MILE LIGHT GOODS VEHICLE ACTIVITY IN URBAN AREAS: THE CASE OF LONDON, Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trd.2017.07.020). 2017

F. McLeod, O. Bates, T. Cherrett, A. Friday, S. Wise, M. Austwick, J. Allen, M. Piecyk, M. Piotrowska, T. Bekta, T. Nguyen, K. Ghali, EXPLORING THE TEMPORAL AND SPATIAL IMPACT OF SEASONAL PARCEL DEMAND ON URBAN FREIGHT. Presented at the 22nd Annual Conference of The Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport, Logistics Research Network (LRN), Southampton Solent University, GB, 06 - 8 Sep 2017. 2017

M. Piotrowska, M. Piecyk, J. Allen, F. McLeod, M. Austwick, O. Bates, A. Friday, S. Wise, T. Bektas, T. Nguyen, K. Ghali, T. Cherrett, ANALYSING THE PERFORMANCE OF LAST-MILE PARCEL DELIVERY OPERATIONS IN LONDON. To be presented at the 22nd Annual Conference of The Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport, Logistics Research Network (LRN), Southampton Solent University, GB, 06 - 8 Sep 2017. 2017

O. Bates, B. Knowles, A. Friday, ARE PEOPLE THE KEY TO ENABLING COLLABORATIVE SMART LOGISTICS? CHI EA '17 Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems Pages 1494-1499. Denver, Colorado, USA — May 06 - 11, 2017
[POSTER]

J. Allen, T. Bektas, T. Cherrett, A. Friday, F. McLeod, M. Piecyk, M.Piotrowska, M. Z. Austwick, ENABLING THE FREIGHT TRAFFIC CONTROLLER FOR COLLABORATIVE MULTI-DROP URBAN LOGISTICS: PRACTICAL AND THEORETICAL CHALLENGES, Transportation Research Board 96th Annual Meeting (TRB 2017), Washington, US, 08 - 12 Jan 2017. 17pp.

Other Publications

C.Remy, O. Bates, V. Thomas, M. Broadbent,
“SUSTAINABILITY... IT’S JUST NOT IMPORTANT.” THE CHALLENGES OF ACADEMIC ENGAGEMENT WITH DIVERSE STAKEHOLDERS,
In Proceedings of ICT4S (ICT for Sustainability) 2018, Toronto, Canada May 2018

O. Bates, V. Thomas, C. Remy, L. Nathan, S. Mann, A. Friday
THE FUTURE OF HCI AND SUSTAINABILITY: CHAMPIONING ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL JUSTICE.

Special Interest Group, CHI 2018, Montrel, Canada May 2018

C. Remy, O. Bates, A. Dix, V. Thomas, M. Hazas, A. Friday, E. Huang EVALUATION BEYOND USABILITY: VALIDATING SUSTAINABLE HCI RESEARCH
CHI 2018, Montrel, Canada May 2018

O. Bates, A. Friday,
FOOD 'ON-DEMAND': LEARNING FROM SUSTAINABLE LAST-MILE FREIGHT LOGISTICS. Presented at the "Designing Sustainable Food Systems" Workshop @ CHI '17. Denver, Colorado, USA — May 06 - 11, 2017

Reports

M. Piecyk, J. Allen, LAND AVAILABILITY IN LONDON,
Logistics & Transport Focus, p 38 - 40, November 2017.
[Full Magazine]

J. Allen, M. Piecyk, M.Piotrowska, AN ANALYSIS OF ONLINE SHOPPING AND HOME DELIVERY IN THE UK, Internal Report, February 2017.

J. Allen, M. Piecyk, M.Piotrowska, AN ANALYSIS OF ROAD FREIGHT IN LONDON AND BRITAIN: TRAFFIC, ACTIVITY AND SUSTAINABILITY, Internal Report, December 2016.

J. Allen, M. Piecyk, M. Piotrowska, AN ANALYSIS OF THE NEXT-DAY AND ECONOMY PARCELS MARKET AND PARCEL CARRIERS' OPERATIONS IN THE UK,
Internal Report, December 2016.

Select Committee Evidence

Tom Cherrett, Speaking on Behalf of FTC2050, URBAN CONGESTION - TRANSPORT COMMITTEE, Monday 30 January 2017
[Transcript]

Consultation Documents

CITY OF LONDON - FREIGHT AND SERVICING SUPPLEMENTARY PLANNING DOCUMENT - CONSULTATION DRAFT, August 2017.

MAYOR OF LONDON - MAYOR’S TRANSPORT STRATEGY: DRAFT FOR PUBLIC CONSULTATION, August 2017.

LONDON ASSEMBLY TRANSPORT COMMITTEE, CALL FOR EVIDENCE: FUTURE TRANSPORT, August 2017.

Case Studies

Portering

The FTC2050 project has investigated the use of porters for the ‘last-200m’ delivery of parcels. By decoupling transport and delivery in this way, portering aims to reduce the need for van transport. Our animation describes the concept, its main aims and benefits and summary results obtained from surveys, field trials and analyses.

Our report provides full details of the methods used and all results.
[REPORT]

Opportunities

There are currently no opportunities on FTC2050.

Previous Opportunities

[PhD] - PhD Studentship (South Coast DTP) - Next generation urban logistics for a carbon-zero city of the future, University of Southampton
Deadline: Friday 28 July 2017.