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Moving Urban Logistics Forward, Part III

There are essentially two avenues to take when confronting logistics and transportation issues surrounding the cities of the future.

The first one is conventional: Build a better mousetrap.

Leg by leg along the supply chain – from manufacturer to consumer – you scour every resource and process with careful analysis to develop the most productive logistics machine possible.

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Have you factored in all of the delivery points? Accounted for demand shifts and trends?

How about emissions?

And finally, which emerging technologies might improve efficiencies and create less impact in congested environments?

That search for new tech actually leads down the second, more disruptive path.

It’s taking the discussion beyond efficiency toward a completely novel approach: thinking about your business mission without preconceptions or guardrails from the past.

Wrapping up our three-part series on urban logistics, we spoke with Thomas Madrecki, director of urban logistics and mobility at UPS, and Peter Harris, director of sustainability for UPS Europe, about the balance between efficiency and self-disruption – and what it’s starting to look like at UPS.

Note: You can download the first two episodes in this series on iTunes, Stitcher or right here on Longitudes.

Moving Urban Logistics Forward, Part I: John Davies, GreenBiz

Moving Urban Logistics Forward, Part II: Matthias Winkenbach, MIT

Peter Harris is Director of Sustainability for UPS Europe. He has worked for UPS for 27 years, holding positions as UK Automotive Director, as well as UK Industrial Engineering Director. He holds a Masters in Engineering from Cambridge University, UK, and is a Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

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Thomas Madrecki is Director of Urban Innovation and Mobility at UPS.

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