Y3R4 - Managing the Growth of Last-Mile Deliveries and Curb Space Demand

According to the United States Census Bureau’s Quarterly E-Commerce Report (USCB, 2018), ECommerce sales in the United States (US) have increased at an average annual rate of 16% in the past two decades. This rapid growth of e-commerce and package/service deliveries is creating new challenges in urban areas. Static strategies, currently utilized in for the most part in urban areas across the US, to manage parking and allocate curb space have not kept pace with the rapid change observed on the demand side. There is a lack of conceptual approaches and analytic methods to manage scarce resources and reduce environmental impacts. This project leverages expertise from two universities, Portland State University (PSU) and University of Minnesota (UMN) and attempts to accomplish these objectives: (1) to model the allocation and benefits of new delivery systems (such as shared lockers) to improve last-mile efficiency, (2) to model the allocation and pricing of existing parking and curb resources, and (3) to outline best practices and policy guidelines to deal with the growth of e-commerce and package/service deliveries. The growth of ecommerce is blurring traditional definitions and categories. This research addresses both the growth of deliveries for services and packages. For example, Uber Eats and Instacart can be considered both meal and grocery delivery services whereas FedEx and UPS are more traditional package delivery companies. Some companies are fleet based (e.g. UPS) whereas others can be crowdsourced (e.g. Instacart), however, both types of companies utilize parking/curb space are within the scope of this research


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $180140
    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Managing Organizations:

      Freight Mobility Research Institute

      Florida Atlantic University
      Boca Raton, FL  United States  33431
    • Project Managers:

      Stearns, Amy

    • Performing Organizations:

      Portland State University

      1900 SW Fourth Avenue, Suite 175
      Portland, Oregon  United States  97201

      University of Minnesota Department of Civil, Environmental and Geo-Engineering

      500 Pillsbury Drive SE
      Minneapolis, MN  United States  55455
    • Principal Investigators:

      Figliozzi, Miguel

      Khani, Alireza

    • Start Date: 20180212
    • Expected Completion Date: 20210322
    • Actual Completion Date: 20210727

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01777978
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Freight Mobility Research Institute
    • Files: UTC, RIP
    • Created Date: Jul 27 2021 5:14PM