Conference Paper

Incorporating Collaborative Freight Transport Operations in an Urban Context: First Insights from the Agricultural Products Sector in the Metropolitan Area of Milan

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  • TRT Trasporti e Territorio
Conference Paper

Incorporating Collaborative Freight Transport Operations in an Urban Context: First Insights from the Agricultural Products Sector in the Metropolitan Area of Milan

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Abstract

In response to the increasing demand of incorporating environmental and social practices into a firm’s supply chain, enterprises are transforming their strategies to meet global trends in sustainability. As a consequence, the collaboration in freight transport operations in urban environment has gained ground not only for the academia, but also for the business sector. By conducting a case study in the Milan metropolitan area, this paper is focusing on proposing, discussing and evaluating collaborative logistics practices across the agricultural products’ supply chain while, at the same time, addressing all the special characteristics that underline their importance. Within this context, three alternative logistics models were analysed and an attempt to assess their impact on economic, social and environmental KPIs has taken place. The importance of parameters, such as family businesses, constrained resources, own delivery means and unplanned production, which now remain unaddressed, has been underlined by the data collection process and a set of questionnaire-based short interviews with farmers aiming to clarify the problematic areas and the factors driving the success of collaborative logistics practices. Thus, the significance of incorporating collaborative practices, such as urban consolidation centers and transport pooling techniques has been highlighted. The results underline the great interest lying on the field and the countless business opportunities that arise.

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