Logistics technologies and sustainability

Parlak, Cemal Atakan
The aim of this thesis is to identify the barriers hindering the adoption of electric commercial vehicles for sustainable last-mile logistics operations within the post & parcel sector in Turkiye. With the rapid expansion of the e-commerce industry, last- mile logistics operations contribute significantly to environmental degradation due to harmful gas emissions. However, the utilization of electric commercial vehicles offers an opportunity to mitigate these environmental impacts. This study employs the seven functions model to examine the relevant technological innovation system in Turkiye. The data generated from semi-structured interviews with diverse stakeholders are analyzed employing a deductive approach. Through this analysis, the barriers impeding the integration of electric commercial vehicles into last-mile operations for post & parcel companies are identified and categorized within the framework. Evidence-based policy recommendations are subsequently formulated to effectively address these barriers. Facilitating environmentally friendly last-mile operations with electric commercial vehicles in the post & parcel sector in Turkiye necessitates several key factors. These factors include the establishment of a national policy on electric commercial vehicles and sustainability, implementation of incentives to encourage the purchase and utilization of electric vehicles, increased research and development efforts focused on electric vehicles within academic institutions, the cultivation of a skilled workforce, and the enhancement of electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
Citation Formats
C. A. Parlak, “Logistics technologies and sustainability,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2023.