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The Scope for Pavement Porters: Addressing the Challenges of Last-Mile Parcel Delivery in London

Allen, J; Bektas, T; Cherrett, T; Bates, O; Friday, A; McLeod, F; Piecyk, M; ... Wise, S; + view all (2018) The Scope for Pavement Porters: Addressing the Challenges of Last-Mile Parcel Delivery in London. Transportation Research Record , 2672 (9) pp. 184-193. 10.1177/0361198118794535. Green open access

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Abstract

The UK parcel sector generated almost £9 billion in revenue in 2015, with growth expected to increase by 15.6% to 2019 and is characterized by many independent players competing in an “everyone-delivers-everywhere” culture leading to much replication of vehicle activity. With road space in urban centers being increasingly reallocated to pavement widening, and bus and cycle lanes, there is growing interest in alternative solutions to the last-mile delivery problem. We make three contributions in this paper: firstly, through empirical analysis using carrier operational datasets, we quantify the characteristics of last-mile parcel operations and demonstrate the reliance placed on walking by vehicle drivers with their vans being parked at the curbside for on average 60% of the total vehicle round time; secondly, we introduce the concept of “portering” where vans rendezvous with porters who operate within specific geographical “patches” to service consignees on foot, potentially saving 86% in driving distance on some rounds and 69% in time; finally, we highlight the wider practical issues and optimization challenges associated with operating driving and portering rounds in inner urban areas.

Type: Article
Title: The Scope for Pavement Porters: Addressing the Challenges of Last-Mile Parcel Delivery in London
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/0361198118794535
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177/0361198118794535
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10068267
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