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CLUE: Research-in-Progress Meeting

October 27 @ 12:00 pm 1:00 pm EDT

CLUE: Research-in-Progress Meetings are closed events for the CLUE community.

Moderator

Bahar Viniche (York University—Prof. Nourinejad)

Agenda

Hesam Rashidi (University of Toronto—Prof. Matt Roorda): 12:05-12:20

Title: Same-day Delivery: a review of concepts, challenges, and operational methodologies

Abstract: As e-commerce has grown, consumers’ expectations and delivery demand have also increased. Same-day Delivery (SDD) is an attractive last-mile delivery concept where the courier guarantees deliveries within tight deadlines, in some cases hours after placement. Given its convenience, increasingly more customers are selecting fast delivery services upon checkout. A growing body of literature has contributed to improving vehicle routing and operations in same-day services in the last decade. To this end, this article systematically reviews the existing publications to classify the established concepts, innovations, and applied computational methods within SDD. The findings of this review propose areas within SDD that may require further study and research.

Si Liu (McMaster University—Prof. Hassini): 12:20-12:35

Title: Pricing Strategies For Operating The Smart Mobile Lockers In Tandem With City Buses

Abstract: This study aims to prove the financial feasibility of deploying smart mobile lockers in tandem with city buses (SML-CB) which serve the last-mile e-commerce delivery. In addition, it investigates pricing strategies for SML-CB stakeholders. A multi-level model is developed and solved due to different optimization objectives of various SML-CB stakeholders, including locker operating platform, public transit system, customers, etc. The model links the pricing strategy to operational drivers, such as the scheduling of lockers and customer pick-ups, etc., and designs the pricing strategy under different demand and supply scenarios.

12:35-1:00: Discussion

Short biographies

Hesam Rashidi is a first-year Ph.D. student of Transportation Engineering at the University of Toronto. His research interest lies in logistics and supply chain management. Hesam’s current research focuses on last-mile delivery system design, routing optimization, and pricing. He holds a B.Sc. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the Sharif University of Technology.

Si Liu is a 4th year Ph.D. candidate in Management Science at the DeGroote of Business and is supervised by Prof. Elkafi Hassini. His thesis is on models and heuristics of smart mobile lockers in tandem with city buses. His research interests include smart last mile delivery in smart cities, shared mobility, sustainable operations, etc. He has presented his work at CORS, POMS, AOM, and INFORMS annual meetings. He is now the president of the CORS Hamilton Student Chapter and served as the DeGroote Doctoral Students Association president from 2021 to 2022. 

Bahar Viniche is a PhD candidate in Transportation Engineering at York University, and she works under supervision of Dr. Mehdi Nourinejad.   Bahar holds a BSc in aerospace engineering and MSc in air transportation from Sharif University of Technology, Iran. Her research primarily focuses on the intersecting of transportation engineering and operations management. She is working on geometry of novel transportation networks and last-mile delivery problem. Her current project is on drone-enabled last-mile delivery.

City Logistics for the Urban Economy (CLUE)