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NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Logistics Management
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Project 302. City Logistics

Principal researchers : T.G. Crainic, Y. Bigras, J-M. Bourjolly
Collaborators : M. Gendreau, G. Perboli, N. Ricciardi, G. Storchi, R. Tadei
Postdoctoral fellows : Y. Gajpal, F. Errico
Students : A. Benjelloun, S. Mancini, C. Sterle (Ph.D.), T. Zaidane (MBA-Research)


Like elsewhere in the world, we are witnessing a crystallization of the need to analyze and regularize urban goods transport in order to improve the conditions of people living in the city in a context of sustainable development through reduced congestion, increased mobility and decreased noise and pollution. To do this, it is necessary to implement new organizational models in urban freight management. The fundamental idea behind City Logistics is to stop looking at each load, company and vehicle as an isolated element, seeing them rather as elements in an integrated logistics system that must be optimized globally. Coordination and consolidation are central to the concept of City Logistics: coordinating shippers, who use transportation services, and carriers, who provide them; and consolidating loads from several shippers, carriers and customers in a single vehicle. An efficient City Logistics system requires integrated planning of operations, deliveries and shipping. Implementing such a system is a major challenge for local authorities, companies, carriers and citizens and requires understanding, collaboration and innovative public-private partnerships.



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