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The purchasing behavior of public organizations and its impact on city logistics

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



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This paper present three studies of public procurement and its impact on city logistics. The studies aimed to give an insight into the transport volume related to the delivery of products and services - at a university in Newcastle, two academic institutions in Amsterdam, and a municipality in Rotterdam. Furthermore, the role of the public organisations as large receivers and promoters of sustainable transport is discussed. The paper concludes that public organisations play a key role in the organisation and extent of city logistics planning, albeit they may not be making beneficial use of their impact. Key barriers are 1) the lack of standardised logistics information in procurement systems, and 2) incentives that promote sustainable and efficient delivery among purchasers.

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Author(s): Balm S, Ploos van Amstel W, Habers J, Aditjandra PT, Zunder TH

Editor(s): Eiichi Taniguchi; Russell G. Thompson

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: 9th International Conference on City Logistics

Year of Conference: 2016

Pages: 252-262

Online publication date: 25/02/2016

Acceptance date: 30/03/2015

Date deposited: 26/06/2015

ISSN: 2352-1465

Publisher: Elsevier


DOI: 10.1016/j.trpro.2016.02.063

Series Title: Transportation Research Procedia