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Review of Road Hauliers' Measures for Increasing Transport Efficiency and Sustainability in Urban Freight Distribution


  • Niklas Arvidsson
  • Johan Woxenius
  • Catrin Lammgård


This paper analyses a set of measures for transport efficiency improvements from the perspective of the road haulier, particularly regarding improvements suitable for urban distribution and their effects. The first part of the paper addresses literature within the area of transport efficiency. The second part reviews potential transport efficiency improvements with respect to environmental impact and the number of actors involved in the decision. The third part presents results from interviews with the CEOs of two road hauliers regarding their opinions of the transport efficiency measures. Finally, the conclusions about transport efficiency measures are summarized in a matrix, taking into account whether these measures can be considered as costs or benefits for the actors involved. The results show ambiguous and often intricate relations with regard to costs and benefits for the actors in the system. They also explain part of the inertia to change within the freight industry. However, an increasing number of transport operators are now offering more sustainable transport solutions and this service might gain them a competitive advantage in the future.

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  • Niklas Arvidsson & Johan Woxenius & Catrin Lammgård, 2013. "Review of Road Hauliers' Measures for Increasing Transport Efficiency and Sustainability in Urban Freight Distribution," Transport Reviews, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 33(1), pages 107-127, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:transr:v:33:y:2013:i:1:p:107-127
    DOI: 10.1080/01441647.2013.763866

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    1. Holden, R. & Xu, B. & Greening, P. & Piecyk, M. & Dadhich, P., 2016. "Towards a common measure of greenhouse gas related logistics activity using data envelopment analysis," Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Elsevier, vol. 91(C), pages 105-119.
    2. Arvidsson, Niklas, 2013. "The milk run revisited: A load factor paradox with economic and environmental implications for urban freight transport," Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Elsevier, vol. 51(C), pages 56-62.
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