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Themes and challenges in making urban freight distribution sustainable

Publiceringsår: 2012
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 21-39
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: NOFOMA 2012 - Proceedings of the 24th Annual Nordic Logistics Research Network Conference
Dokumenttyp: Konferensbidrag
Förlag: NOFOMA


Abstract in Undetermined


The purpose of this article is to explore and classify themes and challenges in making urban freight distribution sustainable.


The study has a cross sectional design which started by a narrative literature review and analysis of a sample of related literature (like peer-reviewed articles and EU (European Union) documents). It ended with complementary discussion and recommendation for tackling the challenges.


The results of the study illustrate eight and seven emerged categories of themes and challenges, respectively. It is concluded that there is great need for a packet of mixed strategies as well as a more holistic perspective where all actors together analyse and design future set-ups and operation of urban freight distribution. Such a holistic view is essential in order to: understand how different actors of the chain look upon sustainable urban freight distribution, avoid sub-optimal policies/governing rules, and suggest close-to-reality solutions for tackling the challenges.

Research limitations/implications

Freight distribution in urban areas is the main focus of this article. In addition, the study is demarcated to eco/environmental aspect of sustainability although it is impossible to completely exclude its interaction with economic and social aspects.

Practical implications

The results offered in this paper provide a systematic structure for classifying issues related to sustainable urban freight distribution; something which will be beneficial for managers and policy-makers when they approach sustainable supply chain management challenges.


This study provides a synthesized classification of themes and challenges which can guide researchers, industries, authorities, and policy-makers in future sustainability efforts.


  • Other Mechanical Engineering
  • Environment
  • Sustainability
  • Sustainable
  • Logistics
  • Urban distribution
  • City logistics
  • Themes
  • Initiatives
  • Challenges
  • Packaging logistics


24th Annual NOFOMA Conference, 2012
  • ISBN: 978-952-249-204-3

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