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Professor Eiichi Taniguchi (Japan) City Logistics Experiences

City of Melbourne

Monday, July 18, 2011 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM (AEST)

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Introduction to City Logistics (Dr Russell G. Thompson)
The basic concepts of City Logistics with an emphasis on last kilometre and pedestrian areas based schemes, as well an overview of the local network to be established.
City Logistics Experiences (Prof. Eiichi Taniguchi)
Overseas experiences (Japanese and European) relating to last kilometre schemes and pedestrian area based schemes, role of government, stakeholder engagement mechanisms and other initiatives.


Professor Eiichi Taniguchi is a Professor of Urban Management at Kyoto University and the President of the Institute of City Logistics.

He is the recipient of a number of awards including Japan Society of Civil Engineers' Best Paper Award and the Eastern Asia Society for Transport Research's Outstanding Paper Award for his conributions to urban freight transport and City Logistics. He has published 9 books and more than 100 peer reviewed papers on urban freight transport and city logistics.
Dr Russell G. Thompson is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Transport Studies at Monash University.
He is Vice-President of the Institute for City Logistics and has been active in a number of research projects in Melbourne, including the Smart Delivery and Freight Futures program.



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:

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Melbourne Town Hall
Yarra Room
Swanston Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000

Monday, July 18, 2011 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM (AEST)

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