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Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2017-06-01 - 2018-05-31

In 2016, Vienna Airport, together with seven surrounding municipalities, launched a process to further develop the economic region "Airport Region" with political support from the state of Lower Austria. The focus in ongoing development activities is on the three main focuses (1) joint marketing platform, (2) inter-municipal operations and (3) efficient transport infrastructure. The subject of logistics and freight transport in the sense of innovative and sustainable freight mobility concepts for metropolitan areas is not taken into account in the defined development activities to the airport region, but should be integrated into the existing activities as an innovation and location factor for the region due to already known future requirements for urban and suburban freight transport solutions. The project-relevant definition of the airport region can be divided into three categories: 1. The airport as an agglomeration center of economic enterprises, 2. the region as a municipal association of the seven surrounding communities; 3. the airport region as a surrounding region of the city of Vienna. In the objective exploratory project, concepts and models for the area of ​​goods mobility and logistics are examined in connection with the potential and ongoing development activities of the airport region, taking into account the requirements for (sub) urban freight transport solutions as a surrounding region of the city of Vienna
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2017-04-01 - 2021-03-31

Thinkport Vienna is a mobility lab which is faced with the challenges of urban freight transport. It will work as katalysator, inkubator und multiplikator for new technologies, ideas and concepts in order to support freight transport innovastion. In a first setting three innovation plans which support effects on urban life and improve the quality of urban logistics services are developed.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2017-04-01 - 2019-03-31

Home deliveries of regional organic food, a business sector with significant growth rates, requires complex and challenging logistics operations and is leading to increasing consequences on traffic and transport conditions. To support sustainable food logistics, innovative processes and business models are required, which explicitly consider food specific characteristics and challenges. In addition to complications of traditional delivery services such as return shipments and failed delivery attempts, food-safety, perishability of products and cold chains have to be considered. Prior developed mobility concepts, however, often do not explicitly consider such factors. Consequently, substantial additional work is required. To narrow this gap and to further support a reduction in shipping costs and transport emissions, this project investigates the option to facilitate existing agricultural infrastructure to consolidate multiple food shipments to end customers of various providers. Therefore, agricultural business provide free capacity for transshipment as part of a sharing economy to generate additional income and enable cost savings at logistics provider. By the development of corresponding logistical simulation and optimization-based decision support systems, sustainable deliveries of organic food to urban city as well as rural areas are supported. Through a systemic view considering a wide range of organizational and regulative factors, business models based on cost and risk-sharing mechanisms are formulated and tested to enable future developments and the acceptance of generated results. By a reduction in transportation and related emissions as well as an increase in vehicle utilization as a result of consolidation, sustainable food logistics operations are supported. Results of this project will be disseminated in a demonstrator to show potentials and promote consolidations of organic food deliveries. Planned activities in close cooperation with various stakeholders further facilitate future activities and enable the project team to acquire valuable feedback to improve developed methods. Consequently, the aim of this project is to support future implementations and sustainable food logistics operations.

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