Professor Eiichi Taniguchi is a Professor of Urban Management at Kyoto University and the President of the Institute of City Logistics.
The City of Melbourne recently released it's draft Transport strategy Update, which says the following about Last KM deliveries:
Local service and delivery
Despite the significance of the ‘white vans’ that deliver goods to the city, there is very little information about how the system is operating, if it is effi cient, and if and how it may be able to be improved. There is a gap in understanding of the last kilometre task, due to the dispersed nature of deliveries and the wide range of participants in the industry.
Examples of the types of innovations that may help to improve the efficiency of freight delivery, while reducing the negative amenity impacts of freight vehicles, are:
- Local delivery and consolidation centres
- Environmentally friendly delivery vehicles
- Changing times for loading zone and delivery operation
- Incentives for shared deliveries.
There is a lack of understanding regarding the last kilometre delivery task, which makes it more difficult for government to support businesses and the delivery industry. To fill this knowledge gap, the City of Melbourne will need to work with industry to identify opportunities for specific improvements.
The full draft is available here: