March 23, 2016

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.– High-­tech logistics systems have quickened the delivery of goods from manufacturing hubs to big­-city markets in recent years. But speeding up the so­ called last mile, from a local distribution center to a retailer or a customer’s home, has remained a challenge, especially in crowded urban centers.

That’s a crucial hurdle, since the last mile of delivery routes tends to be the slowest and least cost-­effective, according to Matthias Winkenbach, director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Megacity Logistics Lab, an initiative of the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics.

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