Ph.D. Defense – Raphaëlle Ducret


Raphaëlle Ducret is pleased to invite you to his Ph.D. defense on Friday 19th, December 2014 which take place in V107 at MINES ParisTech, 60 boulevard Saint-Michel 75006 Paris.

Structuring last-mile parcel delivery solutions for urban zones: an innovative spatial approach for urban goods distribution

Le jury est composé de :
Mme Laetitia DABLANC, Directrice de recherche, Laboratoire SPLOTT, IFSTTAR, Rapporteur
M. Bernard LEMARIE, Responsable Logistique urbaine, Branche SCC, La Poste, Invité
Mme Cathy MACHARIS, Professeur, BUTO, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Rapporteur
M. Hugues MOLET, Professeur, CAOR, Ecole des Mines de Paris, Directeur
M. Alain ROSET, Responsable Prospective 2020, Branche numérique, La Poste, Examinateur
M. Michel SAVY, Professeur, Lab’Urba, Université Paris-Est Créteil, Co-Directeur
M. Philippe WIESER, Professeur, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Examinateur

Résumé :

With the spread of new technologies and the advent of economic and social changes, the volume of parcels has grown in France. Parcel deliveries in cities have similarly experienced an important increase. Deliveries have become more and more complex because of changing client patterns, urban constraints and cities’ concerns for sustainability. The growing complexity of the ‘last mile’ delivery poses economic, organizational, environmental and political challenges to parcel providers. Putting the spatial organization of cities back at the heart of the creation of new logistics organizations and integrating spatial studies to urban logistics techniques and tools, in particular in modelling, can be means of innovation. Until now spatial studies have been largely under-used in UF. This study will provide an in-depth analysis of the relationships between urban spatial organization, urban form and UF. Based on those results, the thesis provides the first elements of a spatial urban freight modelling approach. The modelling approach will enable the creation of a decision support tool able to identify homogeneous urban zones based on urban form, economic and political characteristics in order to offer the most suitable delivery solution to each zone of a city.

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