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The role of a structured stakeholder consultation process within the establishment of a sustainable urban supply chain

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Paulus AditjandraORCiD, Dr Tom ZunderORCiD



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Emerald, 2015.

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While the importance of a well-functioning urban goods distribution system is widely acknowledged, city authorities have become increasingly aware of the need to minimise the negative impacts associated to the system. There are now countless examples of attempts to increase the eco-efficiency of urban freight deliveries; however, very few have made a notable impact. The success of such schemes often depends upon the response of a range of private sector freight stakeholders and their involvement during the planning process of these solutions is crucial. This paper describes and analyses a case of local freight stakeholder involvement to plan and design eco-efficient city logistics innovations in Como, a small city in Italy. To engage local freight stakeholders within the planning process of a city logistics project, the Logical Framework Approach, in the form of the Design and Monitoring Framework (DMF) developed by the Asian Development Bank, has been applied. The structured consultation process implied within the DMF approach allowed urban freight stakeholders to share their aspirations from the beginning of the city freight planning process, despite their differences in priorities in adopting eco-efficient logistics innovations. The process ensured that city stakeholders accepted and committed to the city logistics strategies formulated during the consultation process, namely: changes to the Limited Traffic Zone regulation; the use of an urban consolidation centre; and hybrid electric truck adoption. The evaluation of the DMF application will be definitive after the demonstration/implementation stage of the city logistics project. It will then become clear if freight stakeholders have committed to the project and if it is effective in delivering the expected outputs and outcomes. Local city authorities may find this method useful in situations where a structured consultation process is needed for addressing urban freight issues. This is especially the case in the context of introducing innovative, eco-efficiency solutions. The application of DMF in the developed environment can be considered novel; this paper extends this with an application to the promotion of sustainable urban freight.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Ă–sterle I, Aditjandra PT, Vaghi C, Grea G, Zunder TH

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Supply Chain Management: An International Journal

Year: 2015

Volume: 20

Issue: 3

Pages: 284-299

Print publication date: 01/05/2015

Acceptance date: 01/12/2014

Date deposited: 06/05/2015

ISSN (print): 1359-8546

ISSN (electronic): 1758-6852

Publisher: Emerald


DOI: 10.1108/SCM-05-2014-0149

Notes: Special Issue: Future Cities and Urban Supply Chain Management


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