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Light Commercial Vehicles (LCVs) in Urban Areas, Revisited

Chapter in book
Authors Johan Visser
Julian Allen
Michael Browne
José Holguin-Veras
Juvena Ng
Published in City Logistics 1: New Opportunities and Challenges / edited by Eiichi Taniguchi, Russell G. Thompson.
Pages 29-43
ISBN 9781786302052
Publisher Wiley-ISTE
Place of publication London & New York
Publication year 2018
Published at Department of Business Administration, Industrial and Financial Management & Logistics
Pages 29-43
Language en
Keywords Light commercial vehicles, Vans, Trends in e-commerce
Subject categories Transport Systems and Logistics, Business Administration


This chapter provides an update of the review on light commercial vehicle (LCV) use in urban areas from the Sixth International Conference on City Logistics in 2009 by Browne. It focuses on the data availability. The chapter describes the latest developments of LCVs in the Netherlands, USA and the UK. LCVs play an important role in the distribution of goods and provide all kinds of services (from plumbing to copy machine repair) within cities. Braithwaite notes that the importance of activities such as construction and building together with the use of vans for service trips mean that e‐commerce parcel deliveries remain a relatively modest part of the total van activity in urban areas. According to McKinsey, new players and new business models will enter the logistics industry and will impact the use of LCVs in urban areas. The underlying trends are technological advancements, regulations/sustainability, and new (urban) consumer demands.

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