October 17, 2017 — August 20, 2017

I-NUF: International Urban Freight Conference

I-NUF: International Urban Freight Conference

Heleen Buldeo Rai and Bram Kinour research associates in City Logistics, are confirmed as speakers for the 7th METRANS International Urban Freight Conference (2017 I-NUF).

Bram Kin will present the paper The impact of shipper requirements on last mile delivery problems, co-authored by himself, dr. Sara Verlinde and prof. dr. Cathy Macharis

Heleen Buldeo Rai presents Retailers’ logistics strategies in times of omnichannel retail, also co-authored by dr. Sara Verlinde and prof. dr. Cathy Macharis. Her presentation is scheduled on Wednesday, October the 18th, during the session ‘Track 1-2 Economic Omnichannel Distribution and Last Mile‘ (1:30—3:00 pm). Bram Kin presents later that same day (3:30—5:00 pm), during the session ‘Track 1-3 Capturing Shipper Perspective‘.

The conference is organised by the METRANS Transportation Center and will take place from 17-20th October, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency in Long Beach, CA. For more information about the conference and how to register, please visit: https://www.metrans.org/2017-i-nuf-event-registration.


“(…) the purpose of I-NUF is to provide a forum for multidisciplinary research on all aspects of urban freight. A second purpose of I-NUF is to raise the visibility of urban freight research.  I-NUF is recognized as the premier venue for urban freight research. It draws participants from around the world representing the research community, the private sector, and government.

Urban freight is a growing area of research. As the population becomes increasingly urbanized, cities become larger and more dense; transport demands of both passengers and freight become more challenging to manage. When population and economic activity are concentrated, the externalities of freight–air pollution, noise, traffic congestion–affect more people. At the same time, some of the solutions that solve passenger transport problems, such as more use of non-motorized modes or alternative fuel vehicles, are much more difficult to apply to freight transport. Cities have historically been centers of trade, and globalization has reinforced this role. The largest ports, airports, and trade centers are located in cities, adding another dimension to urban freight. Finally, freight accounts for a substantial share of all transport sector GHG emissions. Developing ways to reduce these emissions is critical, whether through better managing freight demand, more efficient freight flows, new vehicle technologies, or other strategies.

I-NUF 2017 will feature papers and presentations in the following thematic areas:

  • Local/last mile pickup and delivery
  • Trade nodes and hubs – ports, airports, distribution hubs
  • Freight modes – trucking, rail, water
  • Urban modeling and planning
  • New technology
  • Changing consumption, production and spatial organization
  • Best practices”