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Retail shopping and the last mile transport: past, present and future transformations

The project addresses an important part of the transport system with its focus on last mile deliveries in retail shopping. Representing a large share of the transports performed in society, it is an area where changes have great impact on the overall performance of the transport system. To contribute to the transition to a more sustainable transport system, a better understanding of these transports and their transition is required.

The project explores and analyses transformation of last mile transport within retailing based on three work packages (WP).

  • WP1 focuses on the transition to shopping centres, a significant transformation of Swedish retailing during the last three decades, with an increasing amount of transports performed by the consumers usually using their own cars.
  • WP2 focuses on the present digitalization of retailing with an increasing share of e-commerce with last mile delivery provided by the retailers or various third-parties based on emerging business models.
  • WP3 is oriented towards the future and, building upon the two first work packages, and employing backcasting methods, identifies sustainability criteria that future transport systems should attain and what measures are required to achieve such outcomes and what the implications are.

The three work packages will be conducted through a combination of methods. The first work package will be conducted through archive studies and interviews. The second work package will be conducted through case studies that involve interviews, observations, document and digital methods. The third work package will be conducted through backcasting methods, which involves different stakeholders including researchers, retailers, transport providers and policy makers.

The project will be reported with articles published in international academic journals and a popular science report oriented towards a larger public. Results from the project will also be reported at academic conferences and presentations oriented towards practitioners.

Per Lundin (Project leader), Associate Professor, Science, Technology and Society, Chalmers
Kajsa Hulthén, Professor, Supply and Operations Management, Chalmers
Johan Hagberg, Associate Professor, Centre for Retaling and Department of Business Administration

The project is conducted 2018-2019 and funded by University of Gothenburg and Chalmers in Area of Advance Transport.

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Utskriftsdatum: 2020-02-21