The ‘last mile’ implies the last mile a shipment travels before it is delivered to the customer. Because of the increasing number of online orders, customers are becoming consumers to an increasing extent, they live in urban areas more often, with it’s challenging logistic issues like congestion, livability and attractiveness.
Consumers are becoming more demanding and their purchasing behavior is changing. Meanwhile the retail landscape is developing as well as the street scene. Traditional retailers are becoming omni-channel fulfillers, online and offline are going together, ship-from-store and dropbox-delivery concepts are emerging and same day (local) delivery is considered normal. Return shipments are increasing, requiring smart solutions to reduce costs and negative effect on the environment.
Smart data is getting more and more important and Über- and AirBnB-like market places arise and are used for local delivery of online orders by private individuals. Capacity is made better use of, raw materials are re-used and goods are produced and consumed locally. All this according to processes that are as efficient as possible and carbon neutral.
‘Last Mile Logistics’ or ‘City Logistics’ deals with all these topics, developments and more. The curriculum encompasses various themes, dealt with in, among other things, the e-logistics course. Furthermore, research is conducted (by students and lecturers) commissioned by industrial partners. From Control Tower to use of low-noise wheeled containers for off-peak deliveries, and from Smart Data applications to making business cases for electric urban transport.
What do you do with your unused medicine? Reusable medicine worth €180 million are thrown away on a yearly basis.
Unused medicines cause pollution and economic damage. 4th year students of Breda University of applied sciences set up Medica-Turn to change the behavior of people and increase the amount of unused medicine via municipality Breda and pharmacists in Breda.
Introducing online sales by an offline retailer has major implications for both the way the inventory is and the warehouse processes are managed. In two articles these implications are studied.
Aim was a collaboration with ControlPay and G-ray.