How does quick commerce change (or not) urban freight and city policies?

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Location: RGL 308 & Zoom

Laetitia Dablanc Presents: A New Traffic Paradigm in the CAV Era


Wednesday, July 20, 2022    


12:00PM (Pacific)


RGL 308 & Zoom



Quick commerce’ is a service providing ultra-fast deliveries of groceries bought online. The service has
rapidly developed in 2020-2021 in the wake of the COVID 19 pandemic. Quick commerce is now at a crossroad, following financial as well as political challenges. Quick commerce is based on the implementation of a network of small urban warehouses (‘dark stores’) from which deliveries by bikes and mopeds are made. These facilities have generated a lot of attention from urban planners and neighborhood groups, translating into various municipal strategies from Paris to Amsterdam to New York to regulate or ban them. Professor Laetitia Dablanc will present results of her research team’s recent work on quick commerce deliveries in European cities, adding some US examples (NYC and LA) to the presentation. She will propose discussion points on economic, environmental, and planning issues in relation to quick commerce.


Laetitia Dablanc, an urban planner, is a Professor at the University Gustave Eiffel in Paris where she heads the Logistics City Chair. She is a member of MetroFreight, an international network of research on urban freight led by METRANS Consortium, University of Southern California. Her areas of research are freight transportation, freight and the environment, urban freight and logistics, freight policies, spatial issues related to logistics. She received a PhD in transportation planning from Ecole des Ponts-ParisTech,
and a Master’s degree in city and regional planning from Cornell University. Logistics City Chaire:


Please RSVP with Dr. Gen Giuliano at [email protected] and please note whether you will attend online or in-person. Note: Lunch will not be served for in-person attendees.