Sustainable city distribution

This work package aims at the implementation of city distribution concepts through inland ports. City distribution is a promising logistic concept with several advantages: it improves the competitiveness of inland ports and reduces environmental impact of transport (less traffic & congestion, cleaner air, improved safety, less noise and better living conditions).

Shops and businesses will be served from the city distribution centre which will be supplied by water, road and rail. Incoming goods will be sorted and stored in a central building. From there, supermarkets and shops will be supplied using small zero-emission vehicles. A feasible and sustainable concept also requires a return load for these vehicles. City distribution is complex because a certain scale is needed for a distribution centre to be operational and it is hard to attract clients before the distribution centre is running. The project will study the conditions that make city distribution a success.