Planning for freight

Planning for freight in urban settings is complex. Issues confronting planners encompass –
– buffering and protection of freight places and corridors;
– the capacity of local government staff to deal with freight management; and
– planning to manage the externalities associated with transport and logistics activities.

Some of the supply chain trends expected to create further impact are –
– lengthening of supply chains;
– visibility requirements;
– flattening of supply chain management structures;
– multi-channel retailing;
– the “100 mile club” lifestyle and re-localisation of supply;
– reducing fossil fuel dependency in freight transport; and
– supply chain turbulence.

If you wonder why there is so much conflict associated with the management of freight in urban areas, this diagram may help explain the situation.

Notice how the closer freight gets to the customer, the less capacity is available on the network just as the volume of deliveries increases?

Are you managing land use regulation? Are you managing conflict between residents and transport? Are you trying to generate an efficient supply chain for your business?

Learn more about these trends and how we might manage urban freight movement efficiently.


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