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Urbanisation And Online Retailing To Provide Opportunities For Future Urban Logistics, Says Frost & Sullivan

LONDON, April 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- According to research by Frost & Sullivan's Visionary Innovation Group ( www.frost.com), urban logistics spending will more than double to $5.980 Trillion over the next decade, influenced by the following four mega trends: urbanisation, connectivity & convergence, bricks & clicks as well as multimodality (high speed rail). Transport and distribution activities are expected to account for the majority of the cost.

Urban Logistics is one of the key topics at Frost & Sullivan's forthcoming annual industry workshop ' Urban Mobility 3.0: New Urban Mobility Business Models ', taking place at the House of Lords and the Siemens Crystal Building in London on 19 – 20 June 2013. A panel discussion, focusing on " Urban Logistics: How Urbanisation and Online Retailing Provides Opportunities for City Logistics" is scheduled for the afternoon of Day 2 of the event.

"The future will shift towards smarter models of urban logistics," explains Frost & Sullivan Senior Research Analyst, Archana Vidyasekar. "However, there is no homogenous strategy as each city represents a different picture in spatial pattern, infrastructure and urban setting. Each city looks at unique and customised options with private logistics providers to mitigate risks associated with urban freight distribution."

By 2025, there will be 35 mega cities globally demanding unique logistics solutions, with 3 out of 5 people expected to live in cities globally. Currently, an average city dweller from a developed city generates about 0.1 deliveries per day. For 2025, deliveries are expected to grow to a minimum of 500 million daily deliveries to cities.

"To meet that kind of volume, logistics companies must consolidate their delivery and polarise their fleet," Ms. Vidyasekar continues. "Companies will adopt a hub and spoke model in logistics for deliveries to be consolidated and dispatched."

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