The project aims at addressing freight urban distribution, focusing on food logistics.

At a glance

  • DatesJune 2015 - May 2018
  • SponsorEuropean Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme
  • Funded€2,735,542
  • PartnersAthens University of Economics and Business - Research Center, Cranfield University, Technische Universitat Dortmund,  Simplan Ag, Barilla G. E R. Fratelli Spa, Trt Trasporti E Territorio Srl, Lcp Consulting Limited, Optilog Advisory Services Monoprosopi Ike, Intrasoft International Sa

The project will contribute to our understanding of freight distribution in urban areas, especially addressing the special requirements and needs of food transportation, and will suggest innovative collaboration practices and tools towards achieving more efficient operations from both an environmental and a cost perspective.

The project will analyse existing freight urban flows, identify synergies and winning logistics sharing and collaboration strategies and will assess them in three ways: through comparative analysis based on actual market data, through simulation experimentation, and via pilot execution in three different countries: UK, Italy, and Greece.

U-TURN will further contribute to the adoption of logistics sharing strategies for urban freight transport through managerial assessment, quantifiable benefits, and the provision of tools, including a "smart" transport matching tool, a collaboration platform, a simulation tool, and an economic assessment model.

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