Skip to main content
European Commission logo

Integrating Transport and E-Commerce in Logistics Supply Chains

United Kingdom
United Kingdom Flag
Geo-spatial type
STRIA Roadmaps
Network and traffic management systems (NTM)
Transport mode
Multimodal icon
Transport policies
Societal/Economic issues
Transport sectors
Freight transport


Background & Policy context

The proposed research is particularly novel as for the first time freight transport and e-commerce are explicitly examined as integral elements of the total supply chain. Also, the research brings together a unique combination of skills in terms of the investigators. It will build on previous UK research such as the work at Heriot-Watt University, 'A new deal for transport: Better for everyone', Dundee which applied Japanese manufacturing techniques to road haulage operations; and on the EU 4th Framework research relating to freight transport such as the REDEFINE, STEMM, SOFTICE, TERMINET projects, and the OECD funded TRILOG project.

  • Analyse and document logistics, transport, management and e-commerce practices involved in the partners' current supply chains; inter and intra-sector in the UK, European and global contexts. 
  • Assess the utilisation of vehicles and other carriers (as proxy for performance) and their empty running in fast moving consumer goods (grocery and non-food), steel, and other sectors, taking into account variance in public policy, infrastructure (inclusing e-commerce technology) and sectors.
  • Model, simulate and evaluate samples of supply chains using alternative node locations, modes of transport (including multi-modal transport), information technologies (such as e-commerce) and compare their performance with status-quo in terms of supply chain effectiveness and cost. 
  • Construct and model scenarios of supply chains based on significantly growth in the e-commerce channel to market and testing the application of the lean thinking philosophy.


Parent Programmes
Institution Type
Public institution
Institution Name
Department for Transport
Type of funding
Public (national/regional/local)


Lead Organisation
EU Contribution
Partner Organisations
EU Contribution


Contribute! Submit your project

Do you wish to submit a project or a programme? Head over to the Contribute page, login and follow the process!