A Location Analysis of Pick-Up Points Networks in Antwerp, Belgium

This article uses the current state of the pick-up point networks in the Belgian city of Antwerp to serve as a case study on urban logistics and how to address the “last mile” problem. The author notes that pick-up points are one of the main alternatives to tackle last-mile issues within e-commerce deliveries. The data used in the discussion is from a sample survey from the main carriers currently performing home deliveries in Antwerp. The authors calculated the "catchment" area of each pick-up point by measuring the number of customers that fall within a 5-minute walking range, analyzed the types of establishments where the pick-up point is located, and evaluated to what extent the points are clustered as well as the hours and days of business at each establishment. Results showed that the networks assessed do not encourage the use of non-motorized vehicles or the chaining of pick-up trips with other activities. The authors then propose a new analysis of pick-up points networks that expands analysis to include the specific types of shops that are providing pick-up services, the opening and closing hours, and spatial indicators. They also show how the selected location of the network can have an impact on the sustainable use of the pick-up points and make suggestions for improved network configurations.

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    • Special issue on European Transport Conference 2017.
  • Authors:
    • Cardenas, Ivan Dario
    • Beckers, Joris
  • Publication Date: 2018-12


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  • Accession Number: 01708067
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 18 2019 3:25PM