Proposed methodology to evaluate the benefits of an urban distribution center for mitigation of city logistics problems

Proposta metodológica para avaliação dos benefícios de um centro de distribuição urbano para mitigação dos problemas de logística urbana

This paper presents a methodology to evaluate the implementation of urban distribution centers of products model (UDC) with economical and environmental criteria. The methodology is shared in four steps: adoption model (step 1), based on stated preference, in order to define scenarios to achieve the demand offered by the product delivery system to the city (step 2). To each scenario, it was performed facility location and routing studies (step 3) by using Transcad software. In step 4, it was made economical, environmental, and logistic evaluations of each scenario analyzed. This methodology was applied in Belo Horizonte (MG) and showed that the UDC reduced the number of cargo vehicle to drive in the city by up 51.4%, besides that, the model increased the productivity of these vehicles by elevating in 264% the routes numbers allocated in each truck and decreased in 37.27% the pollutant emission and the fossil fuel consumption. These results indicated that the UDC can improve urban logistics processes and it can mitigate negatives externalities of product transportation in cities.


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  • Accession Number: 01531657
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 19 2014 11:32AM