The paper refers to an innovative urban freight distribution scheme, aimed at reducing the externalities connected with the freight delivery process. Both packages destined to commercial activities and to private consumers (e-commerce) are taken into account. Packages are firstly delivered to urban distribution centers (UDCs) on the border of urban areas; each package is characterized by an address and dimensions. FURBOT boxes are consolidated in the UDC with these packages. Each box is addressed to a temporary unloading bay and it is delivered there by a FURBOT vehicle. The FURBOT vehicle has a capacity of 2 boxes. The paper focuses on the problem of choosing the couple of boxes to be loaded on each vehicle and on the related choice of the route to be assigned to each vehicle: from the UDC to the first stop where the first box should be unloaded, to the second stop where the second box should be unloaded, and then back to the UDC. A methodology for the specific routing problem is proposed and its application to the case study of Genoa city centre is presented.

The routing problem of an innovative urban freight distribution scheme

Cepolina E. M.;
2014

Abstract

The paper refers to an innovative urban freight distribution scheme, aimed at reducing the externalities connected with the freight delivery process. Both packages destined to commercial activities and to private consumers (e-commerce) are taken into account. Packages are firstly delivered to urban distribution centers (UDCs) on the border of urban areas; each package is characterized by an address and dimensions. FURBOT boxes are consolidated in the UDC with these packages. Each box is addressed to a temporary unloading bay and it is delivered there by a FURBOT vehicle. The FURBOT vehicle has a capacity of 2 boxes. The paper focuses on the problem of choosing the couple of boxes to be loaded on each vehicle and on the related choice of the route to be assigned to each vehicle: from the UDC to the first stop where the first box should be unloaded, to the second stop where the second box should be unloaded, and then back to the UDC. A methodology for the specific routing problem is proposed and its application to the case study of Genoa city centre is presented.
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