Urban Delivery Solutions Initiative

Leading businesses know that increasing urban freight activity has negative environmental implications. The UDSI is a national network of businesses and organizations working to modernize urban freight operations in Canadian cities.

Urban delivery solutions

With projected population and employment growth in Canadian cities, paired with a growing e-commerce sector and demand for fast and convenient deliveries of online purchases, cities need to better manage goods movement to combat traffic congestion, air, noise and carbon pollution, while saving time and money for businesses. To respond to this challenge, some leading businesses and municipalities are already taking action. 

However, the current ad hoc city-by-city approach to solving the urban freight problem means that municipalities and businesses are reinventing the wheel, so to speak, all across Canada. By coming together and sharing learnings, cities can move forward faster on solving this growing problem in concert with business and other levels of government, saving much sought-after municipal resources at the same time. 

Businesses stand to gain substantially from a national approach, particularly those that have multi-province and/or national operations. Businesses need solutions that can be scaled up economically across the country. Like any other clean economy policy, the business community needs clarity and consistency to achieve efficiencies and economies of scale. 

What is the Urban Delivery Solutions Initiative?

The UDSI is a national network of businesses and organizations working to modernize urban freight operations in Canadian cities. By coming together, businesses can share, engage and champion for efficient and sustainable urban freight activities. This Initiative aims to:

  1. Lead needs-based research to fill knowledge and information gaps in urban freight planning.
  2. Showcase successful clean freight business practices in Canada through profiles and storytelling.
  3. Identify best practices and pursue pilot projects to test effective near-zero and zero-emissions delivery solutions.
  4. Co-ordinate industry’s recommendations and jointly advocate for modernization of policies, standards, or regulations.
  5. Share industry expertise and foster ideation and educational initiatives to socialize change.

What does the Urban Delivery Solutions Initiative offer?

  • Connect with other industry leaders and share best practices
  • Explore and understand the critical pathways to achieving more efficient and sustainable urban freight activity
  • Communicate to governments the necessary policies to modernize urban freight operations in Canada

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Interested in becoming a partner? Contact Jennifer Meneses for details

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