MODEX 2018 - supply chain, manufacturing, distribution trade show
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  Atlanta, GA | April 9-12, 2018
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The Final 50 Feet of the Urban Goods Delivery System: Reduce FFAs and Truck Dwell Time

Sponsored by Urban Freight Lab at the University of Washington

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  • Seminar Number
  • Date Tuesday, April 10, 2018
  • Time 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
  • Location Smart City Logistics and Connected Supply Chain Theater 1
  • Type Seminar

Presented By

Barbara Ivanov - Director, Urban Freight Lab
Urban Freight Lab at the University of Washington


What You Will Learn

The growth of e-commerce and urban populations are creating big challenges for cities. Millions of online shoppers expect the urban good delivery system to bring them whatever they want within one to two hours. This is putting increasing pressure on cities grappling with high demand for scarce curb and alley space. The ‘Final 50 Feet’ of the urban goods delivery system is a new field of practical research in which city officials improve the productivity of curb, alley and freight bay space in concert with building developers/managers, supply chain, transportation and logistics firms, and retailers. Optimizing the Final 50’ will also reduce the % of failed first delivery attempts and significantly reduce truck traffic in cites. The Final 50’ is shorthand for the supply chain segment that begins where trucks load/unload goods at the city curb or alley, or in a building’s internal freight bay. It tracks the delivery process inside buildings, and ends where the purchaser takes receipt of their goods. UPS, USPS, Nordstrom, Costco, and Charlie's Produce are members of the Urban Freight Lab at the University of Washington (UW), which is working with the City of Seattle Department of Transportation, and using a systems engineering approach to solve delivery problems that overlap cities’ and business sectors’ spheres of control. The Final 50’ project is the first time that researchers have analyzed both the street network and cities’ vertical space (office, hotel, retail and residential towers) as one unified goods delivery system.

Key Takeaways

How the Urban Freight Lab at UW, in a strategic research partnership with the Seattle Department of Transportation and Urban Freight Lab members Charlie’s Produce, Costco Wholesale, Nordstrom, UPS and USPS is reducing the:
1. Rate of failed first delivery attempts, and
2. Dwell time in truck parking spaces.


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