Quotation Fikar, Christian, Hirsch, Patrick, Gronalt, Manfred. 2018. A decision support system to investigate dynamic last-mile distribution facilitating cargo-bikes. International Journal of Logistics: Research and Applications. 21 (3), 300-317.


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This work presents a decision support system to facilitate efficient urban last-mile distribution. Orders are collected and delivered by a fleet of both conventional vehicles owned by a logistics provider and cargo-bikes operated by freelancers. Additionally, micro-hubs are operated to perform transshipments between multiple vehicles. To investigate the corresponding problem setting, an agent-based simulation is developed, which uses dynamic optimisation procedures to generate and select vehicle routes and transshipment points. Experiments motivated by dynamic real-world urban restaurant delivery services investigate the impact of cargo-bikes, urban consolidation and guaranteed delivery times. Potentials are discussed and implications for successful implementations are provided. Results highlight the importance of having a sufficient number of active cargo-bikes available and benefits of incorporating consolidation strategies to guarantee timely deliveries.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation External
Type of publication Journal article
Journal International Journal of Logistics: Research and Applications
Citation Index SSCI
WU-Journal-Rating new STRAT-C
Language English
Title A decision support system to investigate dynamic last-mile distribution facilitating cargo-bikes
Volume 21
Number 3
Year 2018
Page from 300
Page to 317
URL https://doi.org/10.1080/13675567.2017.1395830
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13675567.2017.1395830
Open Access N

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Fikar, Christian (Details)
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Gronalt, Manfred (Universität für Bodenkultur Wien, Austria)
Hirsch, Patrick (Universität für Bodenkultur Wien, Austria)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
1112 Logistics (Details)
5347 Operations research (Details)
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