Tobias Merten

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Due to a rapid increase in population, the demand for urban freight transport is growing as people are consuming more goods and services. The United Nations predicts that by 2050 about three-fourth of population will live in urban areas, while today it is about half. The city logistics industry is facing many challenges such as traffic congestion, transport-policy related issues, parking, loading or unloading problems, customer related problems etc. In our interview, Tobias Merten, Manager Advisory Services of a Global Management Consulting firm explains how urban planners and local authorities can overcome these challenges and how the industry can handle growing transport volumes and freight traffic growth.