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Internet Deliveries to Households and Deliveries to Business: Impacts on Cities and Solution Approaches

This webinar "Internet Deliveries to Households and Deliveries to Business: Impacts on Cities and Solution Approaches" is part of the Peer-to-Peer Exchange Program designed to share global cases of best practices and real world examples of sustainable urban freight systems. This program is open to anyone with a professional or a personal interest in freight transportation issues.

The Internet economy has put at consumers’ fingertips an array of consumer goods without precedent in human history; in doing so, the business-to-consumer (B2C) component of the Internet economy has increased market transparency making it easier for consumers to find suppliers and vice versa. The freight traffic generated, in turn, has aggravated congestion, pollution, and accidents. As the same time, traditional deliveries to commercial establishments—business-to-business (B2B)—have also increased in response to the reactivation of the economy, and the increasing reliance on frequent deliveries of small shipments. Aggravating the already significant challenge, the transition to service economies prevailing in developed economies, is creating an increasing traffic of service activities that, though relatively small in numbers, occupy the curbside space for very long periods of time. The conjunction of these trends have created a perfect storm of commercial traffic in cities. In this talk, Professors José Holguín-Veras and Cara Wang will discuss their research on these topics and will outline potential solution approaches to deal with this crisis.

Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dr. Cara Wang got her BS and MS degrees in civil engineering from Tsinghua University and her PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. Her research mainly focuses on the analysis of the interactions between land use, transport (both passenger and freight), energy and environment, and the spatial dependence of travel behavior. She has published over 60 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. She is recipient of Pikarsky Award for Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation and INFORMS Franz Edelman Award.

Dr. Wang is Vice President of Chinese Overseas Transportation Association (COTA), member of TRB Committee ABJ70 (Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Computing Applications) and AT015 (Freight Transportation Planning and Logistics). She has been PI and Co-PI of research projects sponsored by National Science Foundation (NSF), National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP), National Cooperative Freight Research Program (NCFRP), New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), U.S. State Department of Transportation, among others.


Event: Internet Deliveries to Households and Deliveries to Business: Impacts on Cities and Solution Approaches

When: Wednesday December 18, 2019, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Time Zone: (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US and Canada) (Please note that Daylight Saving Time (+01:00 hr) is in effect during this time)

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