[Lecture, Nov 22] LaaS (Logistics as a Service), MaaS (Mobility as a Service) and EV (Electric Vehicles)

time: 2019-11-21

Title:LaaS (Logistics as a Service), MaaS (Mobility as a Service) and EV (Electric Vehicles)

Speaker: Prof. Ikou Kaku, Department of Environmental Management and Sustainability, Tokyo City University, Japan

Time: 15:00, November 22, 2019

Venue: Room 210, Building 37, Wushan Campus

Introduction to the speaker:

IKOU Kaku is a Professor in Industrial Engineering & Operations Management, Department of Environmental Management and Sustainability, Faculty of Environment, Tokyo City University, Japan. He received a Ph. D. from the Department of Management Science and Engineering at Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1988. He has extensive experiences in software design and optimization methods of manufacturing systems. He had worked for two Japanese venture companiesten years ago as technical CEO of Q&D programs. His teaching and research interests include industrial engineering and operations management. His current researches include mathematical models and algorithms on Seru production system, Meta-algorithms for general multi-level lot sizing problems, data mining technology and its application on inventory control, eco-design and clustering techniques through productarchitecture.


Logistics-as-a-Service (LaaS) can be considered being an extension of Mobility as a Service (MaaS) which applied in the logistic field. Regarding MaaS is an innovative mobility concept that combines different transport modes to offer consumers the possibility to get from A to B in a flexible, personalized, on-demand and seamless way, through a single interface, however LaaS is a logistics network of organization, people, information and resources, to support dynamic optimization of the multimodal (route and transportation, warehouse and materials handing) as well as to take into account user preference (methods and tools) together with unexpected and unexpressed needs. In this paper, we discuss some interesting issues on electric LaaS, which means electric devices such as Electric vehicle (EV), drone, robot used in logistics industry, and is a major development trend and future expectation for transport and logistics, especially in the first and last mile context of modern city logistics concepts. Cost and sustainability regarding the use of electric vehicles in last mile logistics are evaluated in two real case examples. Several insights into the application business value of electric mobility concepts for logistics then are provided.