Monday, February 4, 2013

Delivering to future cities - Mega trends driving urban logistics

Frost & Sullivan
January 2013

Over the past two decades delivering goods into the cities has become a challenge with cities getting overly congested and traffic jams resulting in expensive logistics bottlenecks. In fact, studies show that the cost of congestion now in terms of time wasted in traffic and fuel consumption is off the roof, almost 200% more than what it was in the 1980s. And congestion is only a part of the urban delivery problem. Pollution, lack of parking bays, and warehousing costs are all restraints that are contributing to the economic cost of urban logistics.

There is already a paradigm shift in how products are being manufactured (3D printing) and retailed (transition to online channels) today and the common denominator, supply chain, at all stages of a product's lifecycle must quickly adapt to the changes as well. While it will take another decade or so for 3D printing to become mainstream, the growing market of online retail has already significantly impacted the industry. In order to understand these shifts, it is important to understand the megatrends that directly influence them.

Mega trends and Urban Logistics

We see four main Mega trends that will impact urban logistics - urbanisation, connectivity and convergence, bricks and clicks and multimodality (high speed rail).

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Monday, January 28, 2013

The fantasy world of private finance for transport via public private partnerships

Manchester Business School,University of Manchester,
United Kingdom
September 2012

Discussion Paper No. 2012-6
Prepared for the Roundtable on: Public Private Partnerships for Funding Transport Infrastructure: Sources of Funding, Managing Risk and Optimism Bias
(27-28 September 2012)
International Transport Forum

A key message of this paper is that it is more costly for the public sector to use the private sector as financial intermediaries. This is due in part to the higher cost of commercial over public debt and the cost of the profit margin of both the private partner and its extensive supply chain. But there are also the not inconsiderable legal and financial advisors’ fees to each of the numerous parties to the transaction to structure and negotiate it

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