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A Special Session on the Curb Side Management in the Physical Internet: Paola Cossu, CEO of FIT Consulting, moderator and speaker at the 8th International Physical Internet Conference

Paola Cossu, CEO of FIT Consulting, is the moderator and speaker at the 8th International Physical Internet Conference, Special Session on Curbside Management in the Physical Internet.

 16th of June from 11.00 to 12.30, Session 28 – In cooperation with POLISErasmus University RotterdamFM LogisticsUrban Radar and Barcelona City Council.

The curbside constitutes the start and end point for a wide array of mobility services. As eCommerce continue to grow due to COVID-19, conventional on-street parking and loading/unloading areas are conflicting with new mobility modes, causing curbside disorder, generating conflicts, environmental issues and inefficiencies.

The focus of her presentation is about the “Curbing the chaos” driving to Physical Internet: the curb appeal encoding competing interest and needs.

Planners and urban specialists have many options to manage the curb, but a core challenge to address is understanding real-time demand, considering that the curb zone located between streets and sidewalks is the newest real estate, valuable asset to avoid traffic congestion, double parking and increase inclusion and environmental goals, with potentials to generate revenue opportunities for cities and business.

The Special Session deals with smart and flexible curbside management, as a strategic framework for understanding key mobility conflicts, boosting for all the different needs of city users, and how collaborative digital dialogue between forward thinking municipalities and operators, allows dynamic and virtuous mobility options at the curb, generating value from existing assets, clear advantages for zero-emission powered cars and better quality of life in cities – as Physical Internet driven approach – fast-tracking the suitable decisions and smart planning.

This Session provides input generated by a large-scale survey conducted in May-June 2021 to logistics operators and cities, highlighting the ongoing transition from traditional parking management approach to curbside management.

Conference Topics Addressed

  • Topic 1 – Last mile & City Logistics
  • Topic 2 – Business models for open & interconnected logistics
  • Topic 3 – Systems and technologies for interconnected Logistics


  • Moderator: Paola Cossu – FIT Consulting – CEO and ALICE Urban Logistics Vice Chair. “Curbing the chaos” driving to Physical Internet: the curb appeal encoding competing interest and needs.
  • A curb survey in Europe: a special focus on urban logistics for a better understanding and informed decisions on competing curbside demands – Giuliano Mingardo (Senior Researcher Transport Economics) Erasmus University Rotterdam.
  • Drive new rapid solutions to address curbside challenges in urban logistics: two case studies
    • Enabling sectoral collaborations and tailoring tools to improve urban logistics in Barcelona – Philippe Rapin (CEO) Urban Radar; Alvaro Nicolás Loscos (Mobility and infrastructures Department) City of Barcelona.
    • “Pop-up logistics centres in vacant or disused buildings in the Ile-de-France region: The Plume project” – Charlotte Migne (Group Sustainable Development Director) – FM Logistics and chair of the ALICE Urban Logistics Thematic Group
  • Forward thinking European cities by harmonising and generating value from the urban logistics curb community: Giacomo Lozzi (Coordinator urban freight) and Ivo Cré (Director Policy and Projects) POLIS Cities and regions for transport innovation.


For more information and for registration: https://www.pi.events/

See here the complete event program: https://www.pi.events/IPIC2021/content/ipic2021-agenda