Registration is now available for the January 17, 2018 Talking Freight Seminar


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Date/Time: January 17, 2018  1:00 – 2:30 pm ET

Topic: Freight Deliveries and the Last 50 Feet of the Supply Chain




Description and Presentations: In recent years, there has been an increasing amount of focus on the freight transportation aspects of supply chain operations by public sector transportation professionals.  Much of this research has examined freight movements in urban areas, with freight deliveries being a particular focus area.  Freight deliveries, particularly in urban areas, can create challenges both for freight carriers, who need a place to park their vehicles in locations that often lack adequate or appropriate truck parking, and for other transportation system users (car drivers, bicyclists, pedestrians, transit users, and other freight carriers), who in some cases are negatively impeded by the freight delivery activities.  Additionally, the growth of e-commerce has dramatically increased the volume of commercial retail deliveries to non-commercial retail locations, and in some cases the lack of storage areas at these delivery locations create their own set of challenges.  This final portion of the freight transportation supply chain, sometimes called the last 50 feet of the supply chain, is short in length but critical in impact for freight deliveries; inefficient freight deliveries can create dramatic, adverse impacts for freight carriers that need to make multiple freight deliveries every day.  Many researchers, including those at the Urban Freight Lab at the University of Washington, are studying freight delivery issues in an effort to understand how those deliveries can be improved and made more efficient while not negatively impacting other transportation system users.


This webinar will discuss some the research conducted by the University of Washington’s Urban Freight Lab and their coordination efforts with the City of Seattle and the U.S. Postal Service to improve the efficiency of freight deliveries, especially in higher congestion urban locations.


Overview of Reasons for Studying the Last 50 Feet of the Supply Chain

This presentation will examine the motivations for studying the last 50 feet of the supply chain, and the role of infrastructure in delivery operations.



Examination of Research Done by the Urban Freight Lab on the Last 50 Feet of the Supply Chain

This presentation will discuss how research about the last 50 feet of the supply chain prioritized measurable goals, examined systems analytics, and pilot tested promising strategies to provide greater understanding about the topic issues.


City Perspective on the Last 50 Feet of the Supply Chain

This presentation will talk about the City of Seattle’s perspectives on the impacts the last 50 feet of the supply chain can have on urban transportation, including both freight and passenger transportation movements.



Freight Carrier Perspective on the Last 50 Feet of the Supply Chain

This presentation will review freight carrier perspectives regarding the last 50 feet of the supply chain, including challenges with delivery vehicle parking and transporting goods from the vehicle to the delivery location.





If you have not yet participated in Talking Freight, I encourage you to do so. These monthly seminars, sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration, are held via web conference, which means that you view the PowerPoint presentations over the Internet while listening to the presenters over your computer or the telephone. There is no cost involved and you do not have to leave your desk to participate. More information about Talking Freight is available at  Links to past presentations and recordings are available on


Talking Freight seminars are eligible for 1.5 AICP Certification Maintenance Credits (for AICP members). In order to receive credit, you must attend the full seminar and login to the seminar with your full name or type your full name into the chat area during the seminar if you are in a room with a group of people. Visit the AICP web site for more information about AICP Certification Maintenance Credits.


In addition, FHWA is now offering PDH certificates for those who are interested.


If you have any questions about the webinar content, please contact Chip Millard, FHWA Freight Office, at 202-366-4415 or [log in to unmask]If you have any questions about the technology aspects of the webinar, please contact Jennifer Symoun, Toxcel, 703-754-0248, [log in to unmask]


Jennifer Symoun, PMP | toXcel
Director, Transportation Technology

Office: 703.754.0248 (x8208)
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