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Urban Freight for Livable Cities Publication

Now available for download a book based on the papers presented in the 2012 international VREF Future Urban Transport Conference, this book aims to make the freight issue more visible, by sharing experiences and new ideas from across the world.

Read more: Urban Freight for Livable Cities Publication

8th International Conference on City Logistics

Members of the Smartfusion consortium recently attended the 8th International Conference on City Logistics, June 17-19 in Indonesia. They joined around 45 delegates, representing an esteemed group of city logistics researchers from the city logistics and urban freight community. 3 days of presentations and associated papers over 8 sessions covered quantitative and qualitative research, various modeling approaches and a wide range of subjects from discussions of methodology to policy,practice and implementation. Attendees came from across the globe and included, not exhaustively: Japan, Australia, Brazil, Sweden, The Netherlands, Italy, United Kingdom, Singapore, France, Belgium, USA, Poland, South Africa, Korea, and Canada.

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Further details regarding the conference can be found here

Copies of the presentations of Smartfusion work are available to download from here

Smartfusion Newsletter #2 - Special Report Newcastle

This issue of the Smartfusion Newsletter discusses the Design and Monitoring Framework (Logical Framework) process used for the stakeholder analysis, results are described at a local level including the background for Smartfusion in Newcastle, looking both at the city of Newcastle upon Tyne and the wider Tyne and Wear region within which it sits.

There is also an update on the Smartfusion Enhanced Transfer Programme (ETP) which is aimed at helping to deliver a mentoring process toward a standardised methodology for planning, implementing, delivering and monitoring logistics solutions; with a standardised impact assessment methodology for the evaluation of urban freight initiatives, and the Smartfusion Smart Urban Freight Designer - an exploitable tool for future consideration of the applicability of these innovations to other city-regions and commercial supply chains.

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Enhanced Transfer Programme (ETP) kick's off

On the May 16th, in Milan, Italy the first Smartfusion Enhanced Transfer Programme (ETP) meeting took place this meeting looked at the output of Work Package 1 - Design and Monitoring Frameworks, the methodology used for three demonstration cities and it’s transferability to other regions. Presentation from the Senate Department for Urban Development and the Environment reporting about Berlin, Gruppo Clas, providing feedback regarding Como and NewRail giving an overview regarding Newcastle University. Each city outlined the key finding from each of the DMF processes at the demonstration sites. This was followed by a further presentation from Panteia regarding the DMF methodology. The day ended with a question and answer session the ETP members were given this opportunity to question both the methodology and finding from the whole process.

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The Smartfusion Enhanced Transfer Programme (ETP) members are key stakeholders, from the public and private sector, academics, and local authorities, working in the field of urban logistics. The aim is to provide a mentoring process, whereby city-regions can develop their expertise in the field, thus supporting the transferability of innovation to other regions in Europe. The Region of Emilia-Romagna (Italy), and the cities of Milan (Italy), Madrid (Spain) and Oslo (Norway) are part of this group. In addition, Austria Tech, CNC-Logistica (Spain) and the Swedish organization Lindholmen Science Park will bring to the ETP a view from national programmes on clean vehicles and urban freight. Finally, the University of Insubria in Italy and the Belgian Vrij Universiteit Brussel (VUB) will complement the ETP with their academic point of view. The members of the ETP are involved in different European initiatives with which Smartfusion seeks to establish further cooperation, including projects such as FREVUE, STRAIGHTSOL and WINN.

The following day the Smartfusion Consortium met to discuss the ongoing progress of the project, now 13 months into the 36 month project. This meeting was held in another of Region Lombardy offices the on the 26th Floor of Palazzo Pirelli offering stunning panoramic views out over Milan.


STRAIGHTSOL - Oxfam Demonstration

The Straightsol Oxfam Workshop held on 23rd April 2013, provided an overview of Oxfam: Remote 'bring-site' monitoring for more reactive and sustainable logistics.

The demonstration focuses on Oxfam textile banks across the UK, and the remote monitoring of these assets, information monitoring will allow Oxfam to make more informed business decisions, such as the expected level of donations in a given bank and if the clothing bank needs to be ‘serviced’ emptied.

Oxfam clothing and shoe bankOxfam’s collections from the 1300 donation banks are currently made at fixed intervals, which are largely dictated by the servicing needs of Oxfam's 750 high street shops. The banks and shops are serviced with the same fleet of vehicles resulting in some banks being visited when few goods are available for collection. The study aims to reduce wastage milage by reducing the number of unnecessary trips to banks. Another issue is identifying when a bank should be visited, because a full bank could result in either lost revenue, where potential donations were taken elsewhere or the donated materials being dumped outside the bank.

The trail focuses on the improvement of the legacy schedule supply chain. Oxfam are equipping around 75 of their banks, in an area (~11,000km2) to the north and west of London, with infra-red remote monitoring sensors, developed by Smartbin These sensors measure and report how full the banks are at regular time intervals (twice daily), with the data being transmitted via GSM and stored on a central web server. Equipped with this data, visits to banks can be scheduled according to the banks' true servicing needs, while maintaining the required shop collections at the same time.

Further benefits of monitoring the clothing banks are:

  • Identify ‘Leakage’ or theft from banks
  • Monitoring postcode regions generating the best quality stock regions generating the most contamination.

An algorithm developed specially for the task by the University of Southampton Mathematic Department has supported vehicle routing and scheduling. The algorithm ensures that visits to banks are not scheduled until the bank fill level has reached a specified threshold value; extensive offline testing suggests a threshold value between 50% and 60% is optimal, for profit maximisation. The algorithm can also maintain fixed shop, if desired, or can allow flexible collection days, as for the banks, which provides greater scheduling options and has been modelled to increase profit by 5%.

Expected outcomes of the demonstration are:

  • Significant savings in fleet miles from optimising collections
  • Increase in value (avg £/tonne) as a result of strategic locating of collection banks to generate ‘better’ quality donations


If you would like to find out more about Oxfam or donate please visit:

Second Newcastle Stakeholder Workshop

Take a sneak peak into what is to come in the next Smartfusion Newsletter a Special Newcastle Edition

Read more here



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