Part A. Freight and the City

The main conceptual background of city logistics can be defined as the urban freight landscape. The multidisciplinary approach covers urban geography, urban economics, urban planning, logistics, and supply chain management, the main domains of city logistics. Jointly they provide a comprehensive overview of the spatial, social, economic, infrastructural, and regulatory context in which city logistics operates.

Editors: Genevieve Giuliano, Laetitia Dablanc, Jean-Paul Rodrigue

Section 1. The urban freight landscape

Lead: Laetitia Dablanc

The contemporary city is a complex infrastructural, economic, mobility, and social construct. How freight transportation is linked to the role cities play in the regional and global economy. The urban planning process and the main discrepancies between conventional urban planning (including urban design and architecture) and freight distribution.

Section 2. Drivers of urban freight demand

Lead: Genevieve Giuliano

Transportation and land use dynamics such as economic activities, density, and forms of consumption as drivers of urban freight demand. Major trends in global manufacturing and distribution, such as the emergence of e-commerce and shifting supply chain networks.

Section 3. Urban freight distribution

Lead: Jean-Paul Rodrigue

How global supply chains are established and how they operate, from the global to the local. The components related to urban freight transportation such as modes and terminals. The provision of urban freight transport services and the main distribution channels used. The setting of e-commerce-derived forms of urban distribution such as home deliveries.