Innovative last-mile concepts in distribution (last-leg changes: automation (delivery drones/robots), consolidation, customer movements, and secure deliveries)
Services and business models (with receivers in the lead / providing direction)
Integrate home-delivery networks (home care, groceries, parcels)
Relationship between urban space and city logistics
Space needed for logistics concepts and hubs (optimising flows from city or neighbourhood perspective rather than just the logistics perspective)
Impact of greening city centres and reduction of logistics space in (and around) cities
Redesign (semi-public) space and position logistics activities in it.
Digitisation, digitalisation, and improved data availability are key to all three directions to connect logistics operations in the cities to the other urban systems such as energy, the built environment, mobility and vehicles. As a result, innovations at the interface between the systems are made feasible. In addition, it also enables the visualisation of logistics and its impacts in the urban environment.
The professorship of Smart Cities and Logistics is closely linked to the professorships of Urban Mobility Planning.