Evaluation of the Cooperative Multi-Carrier Delivery Initiatives

In the last several years there has been a surge of interest in fostering more sustainable logistical operations in urban areas. Under the umbrella of the generic term City Logistics, these initiatives try to take advantage of the coordinating power of a municipal government to convince urban delivery companies to participate in collaborative schemes that, by reducing truck trips, increasing the utilization of trucks, or both, may reduce the negative externalities associated with urban truck traffic. For the most part, the bulk of the research on this topic has focused on: analyses of real life trials (Kohler, 2001; 2004; Hayashi et al., 2006); the use of routing models to assess potential benefits and costs (Thompson, 2003; Yamada and Taniguchi, 2005); policy issues and national programs in City Logistics (Kohler, 2001; Patier, 2006), among other topics. Unfortunately, not much research has been conducted to understand the behaviors of urban carriers and freight receivers in response to the cooperative multi-carrier delivery initiatives to assess its impact on a disaggregate level. One exception is the behavioral modeling work conducted by Holguín-Veras (2010), using data from New York City (Holguín-Veras, 2006; Holguín-Veras et al., 2006a; 2006b). The results show that 15%-18% of the urban carrier industry would be either highly or extremely likely users of either joint delivery services (JDS) or a joint staging area (JSA). Company size and tour length are negatively correlated with the likelihood of participating in the JDS concept, implying that engaging small and mid-size companies is more likely to succeed than convincing large or very large carriers to participate in JDS. It was also found that there are industry segments that have an innate inclination to participate in cooperative multi-carrier delivery initiatives. Carriers delivering food products to both Manhattan and Brooklyn were found to have a statistically significant higher propensity to join the service. Companies that identify themselves as "distributors," chemical carriers and household good carriers tend to have a higher propensity to collaborate with a JDS to make deliveries to Manhattan. Similarly, manufacturers, textile carriers and plastic carriers expressed a higher interest in participating with the JDS to make deliveries to Brooklyn. Taken together, these findings clearly suggest that City Logistic projects should target the industry segments more likely to participate in the proposed concepts. This is bound to significantly reduce implementation costs and, at the same time, increase success rates and collective welfare. This project attempts to build on the behavioral models established by Holguín-Veras (2010) and further evaluate the benefits, costs and impact of the cooperative multi-carrier delivery Initiatives. Based on the behavior simulation, the impact of cooperative multi-carrier delivery initiatives on freight trips will be analyzed. Its further impact on carriers, receivers and society at large will also be assessed.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $236750.00
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    University Transportation Centers Program
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Mooney, Deborah

  • Performing Organizations:

    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

    Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
    110 8th Street
    Troy, NY  United States  12180

    City College of New York

    Civil Engineering, Steinman T-127
    140th Street and Convent Avenue
    New York, NY  United States  10031
  • Principal Investigators:

    Holguin-Veras, Jose

    Wang, Xiaokun

    Kamga, Camille

    Conway, Alison

  • Start Date: 20120201
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20131130
  • Source Data: RiP Project 29289

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01476709
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: University Transportation Research Center
  • Contract Numbers: 49111-19-22, 49111-18-22
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Mar 26 2013 1:00AM