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Yoshizaki shares details of São Paulo night deliveries pilot project at Smart Freight Centre Leadership Seminar

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March 3, 2023

Professor Hugo Yoshizaki presented the webinar "The night deliveries pilot project in São Paulo: Lessons learned from a practitioner point of view" on Friday, March 3, 2023, from 11 AM to 12 PM.

The webinar was simultaneously screened to a live audience at the University of Toronto ITS Lab.


This talk presents the main results of the successful off-hour delivery (OHD) pilot project in the city of São Paulo, Brazil, in 2015. The pilot engaged all major stakeholders in urban distribution, such as local authorities, shippers, carriers, and receivers, with the aim to determine the main requirements, constraints, opportunities, and threats for establishing a public policy related to shifting deliveries to late night to mitigate traffic congestion.

The primary focus was on safety and noise, besides productivity aspects of travel time, truck speed, and delivery time.

The pilot was very successful, with no registered complaints of noise or security incidents. Travel speeds were obtained from GPS tracking data. We compared daytime and night operations and productivity in some supply chains improved significantly, but noise and safety must be carefully controlled to guarantee the program's success.

About the speaker

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Professor Hugo Yoshizaki

Hugo Yoshizaki is a senior professor of the Department of Production Engineering at Polytechnic School, University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil. He is co-director of the Center for Innovation in Logistic Systems at USP and has been the scientific director of the Centre for Disaster Research and Education (CEPED) at USP from 2013 to 2019. He was research affiliate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) Center for Transportation and Logistics in 2019, and senior research fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2008. He is a member of the TRB Standing Committee on Urban Freight Transportation and former Vice-President, Americas, of the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS). He is also a member of the Board of the Brazilian Logistics Association — ABRALOG. 

Professor Yoshizaki´s research interests are in sustainable logistics, logistic network design, megacity logistics, humanitarian operations management, and interactive visual analytics. He has published eight books and about 150 papers in journals and conference proceedings.

He coordinated the successful pilot project on Off Hour Deliveries in São Paulo in 2015.

Yoshizaki's presentation deck

Presented by the Smart Freight Centre and the University of Toronto ITE Student Chapter, UT-ITE.

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