Last Mile Logistics

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When you order a package online, when you do your groceries, when you shop in a library… a whole logistics chain has been set into motion before you get to touch the goods.

The most challenging part of this chain is the end of this logistics journey: the last mile.

In this course you will:

  • Understand the importance of the last mile in urban logistics.
  • Learn from best practices and smart solutions that make the last mile sustainable.
  • Get recommendations on how to proceed with the implementation of sustainable solutions for the last mile.


3 modules

Recommended schedule

1 day

Total length

1 hour and 30 minutes


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Philippe Lebeau

Prof. dr. Philippe Lebeau is teacher and researcher at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He is lecturing in the class of sustainable mobility and logistics in the Solvay Brussels School. He is also member of the research group Mobilise where his work is focused on the sustainability of the last mile. His more recent research projects have been dedicated to cycle logistics.

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Cathy Macharis

Prof. dr. Cathy Macharis is a full professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in the Faculty of Economics. She has a passion for the transition to a more sustainable world. She is coordinating the research group Mobilise, where 35 engaged researchers and staff study and support the acceleration of the transition towards a sustainable and inclusive mobility system. She has published more than 100 articles in scientific journals and 11 books. Last year she wrote the book "With a factor 8 to a sustainable mobility system" in which she explains how we can reach the climate objectives for the transport sector.

This course was co-created with VUB mobilise

Within the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, the research group Mobilise aims at accelerating the transition to a more sustainable and inclusive mobility and logistics system. Our urban mobility team analyses the behaviour of transport users and the barriers to adoption of sustainable transport modes. The sustainable logistics team focusses on research to reduce externalities by avoiding transport operations, creating awareness amongst stakeholders, anticipating new technologies and shifting goods to more sustainable transport modes.

Free & Paid Options

You can access and participate in the course for free. If you want to earn a  certificate upon completion, you can purchase it. The certificate will be accessible only once the course is successfully completed. Read more here.

What Urban Professionals Have to Say

This course is easy to take. It gives an good overview of the challenges of last mile logistics and it provides a methodology to address them.
Philippe Van de Casteele
Belgian Cycle Logistics Federation

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3 Ratings
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Carolina Sosa Alvarez
Posted 2 months ago
how to apply it


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Mohamed Gad
Posted 4 months ago
Learning mode improvement

Module 1 was all reading which was not engaging, whereas module 3 included a game, videos, a short reading, and was more focused on comprehension.

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Posted 4 months ago
Clarifying and constructive course

I liked the transversal overview about the Last Mile Deliver issue. There are many references of real iniciatives. In some cases the examples are very generic, and solutions could be addressed for each type or size of city.

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