In urban areas, tackling economic and environmental sustainability challenges increasingly calls for horizontal collaboration in logistics.
In this context, the U-TURN project set out to tackle particular problems associated with with urban food transportation, including congestion, increased use of convenience stores, and a rise in home deliveries of food ordered online.
With shared logistics as its base operating principle, U-TURN sought to establish more efficient and sustainable distribution models for food by conducting three pilot initiatives:
Through the knowledge gained from these pilots, U-TURN helped improve understanding of freight (food) distribution in urban areas and put forward innovative practices and tools for stakeholders improve their operations. This set of tools facilitates the quick analysis and uptake of shared logistics practices for market stakeholders.
Find more in-depth information on the lessons learned in U-TURN on p.31 - p.33 of the publication CIVITAS Research Projects - Lessons Learned - 2015-2018.