Course Title : City Logistics

Code 10F213
Course Year Master and Doctor Course
Term 1st term
Class day & Period Wed 3rd
Credits 2
Restriction No Restriction
Lecture Form(s) Lecture
Language English
Instructor Eiichi Taniguchi, Ali G. Qureshi

Course Description

The methodologies of city logistics for establishing efficient and environmentally friendly logistics systems in urban areas will be described. Focusing on the truck traffic within road network, the process, models and the evaluation for building urban freight policy will be given. As well logistics systems using recent development of ICT, the effects of e-commerce on freight transport and supply chain management will be discussed.


Term examination 80%, Report 10% and Quiz 10%

Course Goals

The course goals are fully understanding the methodologies for establishing efficient, environmentally friendly and safe logistics systems in urban areas as well as obtaining the basic knowledge on modelling and evaluating city logistics initiatives.

Course Topics

Theme Class number of times Description
Introduction 1 Introduction to issues on urban freight transport is given and the importance of these issues is discussed in conjunction with urban planning.
What is city logistics? City logistics are presented to totally solve problems on the efficiency of urban freight transport as well as social problems including tranffic congestion, traffic environment, traffic safety and energy. The concepts of city logistics and characteristics and implementation methods are given.
Status quo and issues in freight transport---urban freight transport policy The status quo and issues on freight transport is presented and urban freight transport policies are discussed for establishing efficient, environmentally friendly logistics systems in urban areas.
ITS and logistics Logistics systems using ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems) are presented and how to implement city logistics initiatives using ITS is discussed.
Vehicle routing and scheduling 3 Models for optimising the visiting order and allocation of trucks in delivering goods to customers in urban areas are given and solution methodologies and practical applications are discussed. The probabilistic vehicle routing and scheduling problems with the uncertainty of travel times as well as the dynamic vehicle routing and scheduling problems with the real time travel times are also described.
Location of logistics terminals 2 The optimal location models of logistics terminals and the solution methodologies and their application to practical problems are presented. The location routing planning including vehicle routing and scheduling problems are discussed.
Cooperative freight transport systems 1 Cooperative freight transport systems which jointly operate logistics terminals, trucks and information systems are presented. The merits and demerits of cooperative freight transport systems as well as the methods for promoting them are discussed.
Application of ICT and ITS It is shown that ICT (Information and Communication Technology) and ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems) allow us to collect data, transmit and analyse them relating to city logistics. The importance of ICT and ITS is emphasized.
Supply chain management, third party logistics and intermodal freight transport Supply chain management, third party logistics and intermodal freight transport is presented and the innovative management systems which are used in modern logistics are discussed.
New freight transport systems The chategorization, characteristics and significance of new freight transport systems including underground freight transport systems are presented. The possibility of realizing new freight transport systems is discussed based on cost benefit analyses.
transport demand management and e-commerce The transport demand management, which is important in city logistics is described and the difference is highlighted with the transport demand management for passenger traffic. Effects of e-commerce on urban freight transport are discussed based on recent behaviour change of consumers.
deregulation and evaluating city logistics The deregulation on freight transport is described and performance indicators for evaluating city logistics initiatives are discussed.


1) Taniguchi, E. and T. Nemoto, City logistics---Efficient and environmentally friendly freight transport planning in urban areas, Morikita Publishing, 2001 (In Japanese).
2) Taniguchi, E., R.G. Thompson, T. Yamada and R. van Duin, City Logistics --- Network modelling and Intelligent Transport Systems. Pergamon, Oxford, 2001.
3) Taniguchi, E. and R.G. Thompson (Eds.) Innovations in freight transport, WIT Press, Southampton, 2002.
4) Taniguchi, E. (Eds.) Contemporary new city logistics, Morikita Publishing, 2005 (In Japanese).


1) Urban logistics planning, In: Urban transport II, Traffic Engineering Series, Japan Society of Traffic Engineers, 2002 (In Japanese).
2) Brewer, A. M., K.J. Button and D.A. Hensher (Eds.) Handbook of logistics and supply chain management, Pergamon, Oxford, 2001.
3) R.G. Kasilingam, Logistics and transportation, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, 1998.
4) OECD, Delivering the Goods---21st Century Challenges to Urban goods Transport, OECD, 2003.
5) Taniguchi, E. and R.G. Thompson (Eds.) Logistics systems for sustainable cities, Elsevier, 2004.
6) Taniguchi, E. and R.G. Thompson (Eds.) Recent advances in city logistics, Elsevier, 2006.
7) Kuse, H., K. Takada and Y. Takahashi, Logistics management in urban areas, Keiso Shobo, 2006.
8) Taniguchi, E. and R.G. Thompson (Eds.) Innovations in city logistics, Nova Science Publisher, 2008.


Linear programming, optimisation, queueing theory

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