How to unlock value from last mile delivery for cities, transporters and retailers

Today, 64% of all travel happens within urban environments, and the total amount of urban kilometers traveled is expected to triple by 2050. A similar trend is anticipated in terms of urban goods distribution, with e-commerce being the fastest-growing driver of urban deliveries, which also impacts the length and fragmentation of urban logistics flows. As a growing number of vehicles in urban areas implies increased congestion, air pollution and noise, which negatively impact traffic safety, quality of life and urban economic competitiveness, more and more cities are experiencing issues related to last mile delivery of goods.

Last mile delivery of goods is a difficult issue to apprehend, as it involves several levels of complexity. In addition to the heterogeneity of the goods transported and of the means of transportation, urban logistics encompass diverse levers and multiple stakeholders. [...]

The world is changing at a faster pace than ever. With increasing mobility demand and evolving mobility needs as well as increasing ecosystem complexity, the reform of urban mobility systems is one of the key challenges facing the world today. The 2015 UITP Global Public Transport Awards, presented at the UITP World Congress and Exhibition in Milan on June 10th 2015, aim to inspire the public transport sector by highlighting innovative and successful ideas and projects implemented around the world.

In this report, the UITP – the International Union of Public Transport -,with the support of Arthur D. Little, recalls the three strategic directions for cities to better shape their future urban mobility and presents the UITP Awards 2015 categories around the four dimensions that need to be addressed to put sustainable urban mobility systems in place: visionary strategy, mobility supply, mobility demand management and public transport financing.

Arthur D. Little saw a great opportunity in collaborating on the 2015 edition of the UITP Awards as they recognize some of the most innovative practices introduced by Public Transport stakeholders over the past two years and build on the “system-level framework for sustainable mobility” we developed jointly with the UITP. We would like to acknowledge the excellent work of the UITP in leading this initiative. [...]

Strategic Directions and Ecosystems to Address China’s Urban Mobility Challenges

As a global management consultancy llinking strategy, innovation and transformation, Arthur D. Little aims to help its clients succeed in this “new world of innovation.” The Future of Urban Mobility (FUM) Lab is our contribution to tackling the urban mobility challenge. With its FUM studies, Arthur D. Little aims to support cities and nations in shaping the extended mobility ecosystems of tomorrow and facilitate an open dialogue between urban mobility stakeholders. [...]

Imperatives to shape extended mobility ecosystems of tomorrow

By 2050 urban mobility will be one of the biggest challenges of cities around the globe. The second version of Arthur D. Little`s report on the “Future of Urban Mobility” delivers answers to the pressing issues of tomorrow. It includes an updated version of the Urban Mobility Index with an extended scope of 84 cities worldwide as well as an extended set of 19 criteria. It highlights what is holding cities back and identifies three strategic directions for cities to better shape the future of urban mobility. [...]

All scores in detail

The results of the Urban Mobility Index 2.0 report make grim reading as it finds most cities are badly equipped to cope with the challenges ahead. Only 11 cities score above 52 points. This figure specifies the strengths and weaknesses of the above average cities. [...]

Summary of the major findings

Our new viewpoint from Arthur D. Little`s second and updated version of the “Future of Urban Mobility” study outlines mobility trends, general strategic imperatives for cities and the Urban Mobility index comparing 84 cities around the globe. The index finds most cities are still badly equipped to cope with the challenges ahead indicating there is still significant potential for improvement. [...]

Around the globe more and more people are moving into the cities. This mushrooming in urban population will be accompanied by a massive growth in the number of individual journeys taken on a daily basis. This explosion will in return present new challenges on a number of different fronts. [...]

7 regions with different numbers of cities analyzed

There are big differences between the top- and low-end performers in various regions. European urban mobility systems turned out to be the most mature ones as of today and lead the way in mobility performance. [...]

First improvements for all cities

Three typical city clusters depending on urban mobility system positioning can be seen on the evolutionary curve. Each of these city clusters requires a different approach to making them fit for the future. The picture shows, which city clusters should take which strategic direction. [...]

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