Initiative 39: Time Slotting of Deliveries for Large Traffic Generators

Time Slotting of Deliveries / Pick-ups for Large Traffic Generators
Description: Designed to be used at Large Traffic Generators (LTG), time slotting of deliveries/ pickups allows drivers to book their space before arriving to the delivery/pick-up place. Since LTGs are usually managed by property management firms, managers are responsible for the daily operations of the facilities and they coordinate time slots, depending on the availability of the delivery/pick-up area.
Targeted mode: Large Traffic Generators, Urban Deliveries

Geographic scope: City, Area

Type of initiative: Logistical Management: Last Mile Delivery Practices/Time slotting of deliveries/pick-ups for large traffic generators Primary objective: Reduce congestion

Expected costs and level of effort to implement: Time slotting of deliveries requires extensive collaboration between receivers, large traffic generator managers, and carriers. Costs are those associated with the platform/technology used to manage the appointments, bays and spaces.

Advantages:

  • Increase efficiency
  • Reduce congestion
  • Improve parking availability
  • Reduce vehicle miles traveled
  • Environmental sustainability
Disadvantages:

  • Low probability for unintended consequences:
    • Some carriers may claim the booking system would increase their work load
  • Require high/moderate coordination among multiple stakeholders/jurisdictions
  • Require high/moderate capital investments
Typical example:

  • Implementation of Delivery Space Booking in Bilbao, Spain (C-LIEGE 2010)
  • Implementation of off-peak gate program at the Port of Vancouver in Canada (Dablanc et al. 2013)
  • Implementation of truck booking and time slotting, GrainCorp in Australia (Regan and Garrido 2001)

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Initiative-39

Source: Regan and Garrido 2001

Related alternatives: 1. Loading and Parking Restrictions; 2. Timeshare of Parking Space; 3. Improved Staging Areas; 4. Nighttime Delivery Bans; 5. Staggered Work Hours Program
References: Regan and Garrido 2001; TURBLOG 2009; C-LIEGE 2010; FREILOT 2010; Holguín-Veras et al. 2010; Dablanc et al. 2013

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