Yesterday I had the opportunity to participate in the webinar “Planning and collaborating to improve Urban Freight Distribution”, organized by Logistop. This initiative seeks to find sustainable and competitive urban logistics solutions. 

Specialists from different fields participated in the event, including Antoine Radal, an expert from Logistop’s Urban Logistics Working Group and UFD specialist consultant at Interface Transport; Enrique Onieva, professor at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Deusto and coordinator and main researcher at LOGISTAR; Ruth Lamas Borraz, head of the Metropolitan Bicycle Office and technical coordinator of Red de Ciudades por la Bicicleta (RCxB), and the chairperson, Tomás de la Vega, managing director of Logistop.

Colaboraciones públicas y privadas en la Distribución Urbana de Mercancías

Collaboration between private and public actors is key to the advancement and improvement of Urban Freight Distribution – UFD. From AIR Institute‘s experience in different projects, we know that home delivery is expanding rapidly and that it is important to establish synergies between all the players, despite the mistrust that may exist at the time of sharing certain data and information with competitors in the sector.

The path towards overcoming this mistrust is to demonstrate that collaboration is the best choice because it allows to offer better products and save time for the parties involved.

Here are some of the contributions of some of the participants who propose different tools to improve UFD from different perspectives.

“Building collaborative strategies between private and public actors through co-creation and working groups, like the ones being developed as part of Logistop, is the best means of coping with the ever-changing developments in urban logistics.”

Antoine Radal

“We have to find the most suitable ways of overcoming the reluctance of companies to share their data, ensuring them that their data remains private and invisible”.

Enrique Onieva

“The public administration is aware of the commitment involved in urban freight distribution in order to achieve and face the sustainability challenges posed by the climate emergency situation in which we live”.

Ruth Lamas

Enrique Onieva also presented a specific case of collaborative logistics optimization developed within the framework of the Logistar project. The case used data provided by companies operating in different sectors within the supply chain, to provide stakeholders with solutions based on intelligent algorithms.

No doubt, there is much room for improvement in the optimization of urban logistics space and resources.

Posted by Juan M. Corchado

Juan Manuel Corchado (15 de Mayo de 1971, Salamanca, España) Catedrático en la Universidad de Salamanca. Ha sido Vicerrector de Investigación desde el 2013 hasta el 2017 y Director del Parque Científico de la Universidad de Salamanca. Elegido dos veces como Decano de la Facultad de Ciencias, es Doctor en Ciencias de la Computación por la Universidad de Salamanca y, además, es Doctor en Inteligencia Artificial por la University of the West of Scotland. Dirige el Grupo de Investigación Reconocido BISITE (Bioinformática, Sistemas Inteligentes y Tecnología Educativa), creado en el año 2000. Director del IOT Digital Innovation Hub y presidente del AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado también es Profesor Visitante en el Instituto Tecnológico de Osaka desde enero de 2015, Profesor visitante en la Universiti Malaysia Kelantan y Miembro del Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado ha sido presidente de la asociación IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics, y coordinador académico del Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Arte y Tecnología de la Animación de la Unviersidad de Salamanca e investigador en las Universidades de Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) y en el Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). En la actualidad compagina toda su actividad con la dirección de los programas de Máster en Seguridad, Animación Digital, Telefonía Movil, Dirección de Sistemas de Información, Internet de las Cosas, Social Media, Diseño e Impresión 3D, Blockchain, Z System, Industria 4.0, Gestión de Proyectos Ágiles y Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings​, en la Universidad de Salamanca y su trabajo como editor jefe de las revistas ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) o Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado desarrolla principalmente trabajos en proyectos relacionados con Inteligencia Artificial, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids y Análisis de sentimiento.