Last-mile logistics

Predicting and designing the last mile


Ajuntament de Barcelona


DataCity Lab

In response to the Data City challenge promoted by the Barcelona City Council and Numa, in collaboration with Ferrovial, we developed a last-mile delivery data model for the city of Barcelona. We formulated design hypotheses based on the consolidation center model.

We calculated e-commerce demand – including failed deliveries – for the residential fabric, offices and businesses. Based on the results, we then measured consolidation centers and their associated areas and assessed the road impact of various proposals.

If e-commerce exceeds its current rate of growth (25% per year, based on 2019 data), demand will double in three to four years. Therefore, last-mile design is a crucial piece of future mobility policies, which must promote the use of non-polluting modes of transport over private modes and ensure that the delivery of goods does not increase traffic volume or pollution.


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