Spatial Characteristics and Efficiency of Logistics Facilities

The authors analyze the relationship between logistics facility locations and their efficiencies in terms of truck trip distances, which the authors call “distance efficiencies”, using the data from a large urban freight survey conducted in the Tokyo Metropolitan Area in 2013. The analysis categorized the logistics facilities into groups based on type of commodity handled. The analysis sheds light on the differences and the similarities on the location – distance efficiency relationships for different logistics facility groups. The result indicates that, while the lack of available space for logistics land use near the urban center leads to significant distance inefficiency for some logistics facility groups, such as those handling daily goods, those same locations may not be advantageous for others. Also, the logistics facilities in the exurbs are likely to be inefficient. In terms of land use policy, the study reveals that detailed data on logistics facilities and shipments is crucial to formulate effective approaches to improve the distance efficiency of logistics land use.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This paper was sponsored by TRB committee AT025 Standing Committee on Urban Freight Transportation.
  • Authors:
    • Sakai, Takanori
    • Kawamura, Kazuya
    • Hyodo, Tetsuro
  • Conference:
  • Date: 2018


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Maps; References;
  • Pagination: 6p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01661016
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 18-00924
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jan 8 2018 10:14AM