Further Investigation on Urban Cooperative Delivery Strategies at the Firm Level

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Primary Investigator

Jane Lin
Department of Civil and Materials Engineering
University of Illinois at Chicago
842 W. Taylor Street (M/C246)
Chicago, IL 60607


A data set obtained from Treasure Valley, Idaho, which contains firm level information as well as detailed pickup/delivery tour information such the business type of every stop on the tour, enable us to extend our previous work to incorporate the critical supply chain and logistics decisions at the firm level. The Idaho data together with the night-time delivery survey data to be collected from a major grocery store chain in the Chicago region will be used to fine tune the ongoing work on urban consolidation/cooperative delivery project, in which a logistics cost model has been developed based on the Continuous Approximation (CA) method.


(1) To understand the urban goods distribution and delivery decisions at the firm level, (2) to incorporate the findings from (1) and additional survey data to further the investigation in urban cooperative delivery strategies at the firm level.


  1. Clean the Idaho commercial vehicle survey data and perform descriptive data analysis
  2. Detailed analysis and modeling of firm level goods distribution and delivery patterns
  3. Additional Survey data collection
  4. Continuous Approximation model refinement and sensitivity analysis
  5. Validation and implementation

Project Information

  • Duration: 10 months
  • Dates: August 16, 2011 – May 15, 2012
  • Budget: $40,114 (with $50,273 in matching funds)
  • Student Involvement: One graduate student
  • Modal Orientation: Highway
  • Project ID: CFIRE 05-22
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