may, 2021

19may2:10 pm2:50 pmReimagining and addressing last-mile deliveries through innovative solutions

Event Details

Reimagining and addressing last-mile deliveries through innovative solutions  

Wednesday, 19th of May, 14:10-14:50 CEST      

Language: English

Urban freight generates a great share of congestion, pollution, safety issues and other negative externalities. To conserve road space and reduce pollution levels, cities are regulating movement of freight vehicles in the inner-city area. At the same time, the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the rise of e-commerce and online shopping, changing consumer behavior, and influencing the “high frequency-less volume” for goods. As these trends continue to progress, last-mile deliveries will continue to be a challenge for both the public and private sectors. Innovation and strengthened public-private partnerships will be essential in reimagining the future of last-mile deliveries post pandemic. As such, ICLEI’s EcoLogistics initiatives are exploring innovative solutions to tackle the last-mile problem and to decarbonize the freight sector.

The session provided an overview of how cities are managing the increase in urban deliveries and present emerging solutions to meet the demand for last-mile deliveries spurred by e-commerce.

Agenda

Welcome and introduction by the moderator Yiqian Zhang, Sustainable Mobility Officer, ICLEI World Secretariat (5 mins)

Presentation by Dr. Christopher Mejia-Argueta, Director, MIT Food and Retail Operations Lab and Director, MIT SCALE network for Latin America and the Caribbean (5 mins)

Presentation by Camilo Urbano, Urban Planning Leader, Despacio (5 mins)

Presentation by  María Cantore, Environmental Undersecretary of the Municipality of Rosario (5 mins)

Panel discussion and Q&A from the audience (20 mins)

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Time

(Wednesday) 2:10 pm - 2:50 pm

Organizer

Autonomy 10 Rue de Penthièvre, Paris, île-de-France 75008, France

Speakers for this event

  • Camilo Urbano

    Camilo Urbano

    Leader of Urban Planning, Despacio

    Camilo is the leader of Urban Planning at Despacio.org. Despacio is a research center and non-profit organization with projects in more than 20 cities and Latin America countries. Camilo has been working for more than thirteen years in project management as well as urban planning and public transport. Before joining Despacio, Camilo worked as a consultant for the World Bank, Bogota’s Secretariat of Mobility, and the City Council of Bogota etc. Recently, Camilo has led key projects such as the EcoLogistics project of ICLEI for Colombia and Argentina. Also, he was the public policy leader in the formulation of the National public policy of Transport Oriented Development (TOD) for Colombia etc.

    Leader of Urban Planning, Despacio

  • Dr. Christopher Mejía

    Dr. Christopher Mejía

    Director, MIT Food and Retail Operations Lab and Director, MIT SCALE network for Latin America and the Caribbean

    Dr. Chris Mejía has over 14 years of experience doing applied research around the world (i.e., over 15 countries from four different continents). He has developed dozens of industry, government and multi-lateral agency projects related to freight transportation, logistics, retailing and supply chain management. He has published four books and over 20 research papers. He does research in retail operations, particularly on nanostores, urban distribution and supply chain management for food and agribusiness. He holds a PhD and a MSc from Monterrey Tech, Mexico where he got summa cum laude honors in both cohorts. Prior to joining MIT, Chris was a postdoctoral fellow at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands, the academic leader at the Center for Latin-American Logistics Innovation (CLI) in Bogota, Colombia and an external consultant for Hewlett-Packard Labs in the U.S.

    Director, MIT Food and Retail Operations Lab and Director, MIT SCALE network for Latin America and the Caribbean

  • María Cantore

    María Cantore

    Environmental Undersecretary of the Municipality of Rosario

    María Cantore, Environmental Undersecretary of the Municipality of Rosario. She has a degree in International Relations (UNR), a master's degree in Climate Change Law and Economics (FLACSO). She was project manager for Latin America of the Under2 Coalition at The Climate Group, Executive Director of the Fundación Nueva Generación Argentina (FNGA) and coordinator of the Political Advocacy Node of the Alliance for Argentine Climate Action. She has worked in public policy with government and civil society representatives and participated in the United Nations Climate Change Conference, New York Climate Week and United Nations Climate Action Summit.

    Environmental Undersecretary of the Municipality of Rosario

  • Yiqian Zhang

    Yiqian Zhang

    Sustainable Mobility Officer, ICLEI World Secretariat

    Yiqian supports the sustainable mobility agenda at ICLEI. She works with cross-functional teams to support cities to transform the urban logistics scenes and plan for people-friendly and socially inclusive mobility options. Yiqian has a background in public administration and global studies, and has previously worked for NGOs in the fields of sustainability, climate change and European policies.

    Sustainable Mobility Officer, ICLEI World Secretariat

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