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STATUS: Complete YEAR: 2018 TOPIC AREA: Sustainability, energy, and health CENTER: MetroFreight

Delivery couriers on bicycle in Paris: comparing two surveys

Project Summary

Project number: MF-5.3c

Funding source: Volvo Research and Educational Foundations

Performance period: 1/1/2018 - 12/31/2018


Project description

This proposed research contributes to a new body of research that investigates the potential of digital market places to disrupt city logistics. Instant delivery services provide deliveries within one or two hours after order, operated by self-contracted couriers on bicycles connected to freight demand via smartphone apps. Large companies (Amazon Prime Now) are involved together with start-ups, some of which grew into medium size companies (Deliveroo, Delivery Hero, GrubHub). These services disrupt the urban freight routine in many ways (business models, labour conditions, environmental performance, vehicle choice, delivery routes) (Dablanc et al., 2017).




Laetitia Dablanc
Director of Research, IFSTTAR, French Institute of Science and Technology for Transport, Development and Networks - University of Paris-East
14-20 boulevard Newton, Cite Descartes
Marne la Vallee cedex 2, 77447
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Neila Saidi
, School of Architecture and Planning
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