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|A state-of-practice review of urban consolidation centres: practical insights and future challenges
|FRASCATI::Social sciences::Economics and Business::Business and Management
|Urban consolidation centres
urban freight distribution
last mile logistics
sustainable freight transportation
|Taylor & Francis
|International Journal of Logistics Research and Applications
|Urban Consolidation Centers (UCCs) constitute an appealing solution to urban freight distribution that ensures environmental-friendly and cost-efficient distribution in densely populated areas. Existing relevant research has placed the emphasis on the analysis of the underlying characteristics, services and operational advantages of UCCs, with limited focus on key determinants of long-term viability of UCC initiatives. The objective of this paper is to provide a comprehensive state-of-practice review of UCCs in Europe. The research capitalises on positive and negative experiences and practices so that it comes up with key success factors and viability drivers, common sources of failure, as well as key determinants for the successful operation and management of UCCs. A hybrid approach combining Systematic Literature Review (SLR) methodology with multiple case study research was adopted. Our analysis highlights specific strategic, tactical and operational factors that directly affect the successful operation and viability of a UCC.
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