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Implementation of coordinated urban distribution and consolidation centres: –A Swedish municipality perspective
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics Management. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Environmental Technology and Management. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
2012 (English)Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Freight transportation in urban areas is an important area in the development of more sustainable cities. Several Swedish municipalities have recognised the inefficiency in the flow of goods to their premises, resulting in negative environmental, economical and social impact. Some Swedish municipalities have started to consolidate their distribution, separate the purchase of goods from the purchase of transport services, as well as started to place demands on the transportation service purchased. However, different establishments are applied by different municipalities, and there is a lack of overview and knowledge exchange between different initiatives.

The purpose of this paper is to describe and analyse activities in the Swedish municipalities’ development process of consolidated urban distribution in order to identify important knowledge dissemination and collaborative actions. Empirical data is gathered from interviews, internet information and brochures regarding initiatives taken by three Swedish municipalities.

The investigation of the initiatives shows several similarities but also many differences. The results also provide examples of how knowledge can be integrated in the organisation. There is a need for an expanded collaboration between actors to make the freight transports in the cities more efficient. Increased knowledge transfer can help municipalities overcome several of these weaknesses. This area of research is still in its infancy and new areas for further research are identified in this paper.

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Sustainable urban development, city logistics, actor collaboration, role of municipalities, coordination
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Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-86264OAI: diva2:576148
Greening of Industry Network Conference (GIN 2012), 21-24 Oktober 2012, Linköping, Sweden
Available from: 2012-12-12 Created: 2012-12-12 Last updated: 2012-12-19

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