Challenges of Urban Deliveries in the Wholesale Trade: A Comprehensive Analysis of Policy-makers’ Sustainable Strategies

  • Stéphane Sirjean
  • Christian Morel
  • Gilles Paché
Keywords: City logistics, energy transition, France, policy-makers, sustainability, wholesale trade


Faced with the environmental challenges threatening the planet, a societal awareness seems to be emerging and gradually gaining momentum. The movement affects many human activities and questions the sustainable nature of industrial and logistical processes. This movement, which gives rise to an abundant literature, especially with a perspective of ecological economics, scattered works address the wholesaling trade, without always giving it the importance it deserves. Indeed, even as the sustainable city becomes a hot topic, it is often forgotten that the supply of the city remains largely in the hands of wholesalers, who have a key competence in last mile management. In reference to the French context, the paper addresses the topic of sustainability in the wholesaling trade by stressing in particular the regulatory constraints that weigh on urban logistics and which wholesaling trade must take into account.

Author Biographies

Stéphane Sirjean

She is Senior Consultant specialized in urban deliveries and the management of logistics process at Jonction Consulting, Aix-en-Provence, France

Christian Morel

He is Senior Consultant specialized in territorial development, city logistics and the railroad transport management at Jonction Consulting, Aix-en-Provence, France

Gilles Paché

He is Professor of Retailing and Supply Chain Management at Aix-Marseille University, and director of the University Press of Aix-Marseille, Aix-en-Provence, France. Corresponding author