Title: Logistics operators for physical distribution of goods In Mexico City: a strategy for mitigating emissions

Authors: Juan Antun, Marina Mallorquin, Ivette Toledo, Sonia Briceno

Addresses: Instituto de Ingenieria-Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Apdo. Postal 70-472 Mexico, DF (04510), Mexico. Instituto de Ingenieria-Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Apdo. Postal 70-472 Mexico, DF (04510), Mexico. Instituto de Ingenieria-Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Apdo. Postal 70-472 Mexico, DF (04510), Mexico. Instituto de Ingenieria-Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Apdo. Postal 70-472 Mexico, DF (04510), Mexico

Abstract: The National Institute of Ecology (INE) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) entrusted the Laboratorio de Transporte y Sistemas Territoriales of the Instituto de Ingenieria, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, with studying logistics strategies aimed at changing the structures of demand management for goods transport in Mexico City, and at diminution of greenhouse effect emissions. The current study is aimed at: (1) analysing logistic practices of large distributors; (2) assessing the level of use suppliers cross-docking centres; (3) measuring energy savings and pollutant emission diminution for distribution operations using groupage system; and (4) drawing up strategic recommendations for managing goods transport demand with specific incentives. The paper presents the first results obtained: (1) comparative analysis of logistic practices for supermarkets; (2) the state of the art for leading logistic operators (strategic alliances with distributions companies and suppliers); and (3) quantitative assessment of mitigated emission levels after a number of case studies from various metropolitan scenarios as a function of the use level of logistic distribution operators (cross-docking, storing and pick & pack system).

Keywords: air pollution; logistics; logistic hubs; logistic operators; Mexico City; urban goods transport.

DOI: 10.1504/IJVD.1998.001811

International Journal of Vehicle Design, 1998 Vol.20 No.1/2/3/4, pp.341-350

Published online: 14 Dec 2003 *

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