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Demonstration C: Oxfam: Remote 'bring-site' monitoring for more reactive and sustainable logistics

  • Watch our video (published 18th Nov 2011, 4 mins)
  • Go to our workshop report page
  • See our results
  • Publications:
    • Streamlining charity collections (McLeod and Cherrett), Waste Planning, Haymarket Business Media, Issue 99, p20, June 2013. Access this document
    • Dynamic collection scheduling using remote asset monitoring: A case study in the charity sector (McLeod, Erdogan, Cherrett and Bektas). Pre-print of paper presented at the Transportation Research Board 92nd Annual Meeting, Jan 13-17, 2013. Access this document
    • Using remote monitoring data for dynamically scheduling collections and visualising transport options (McLeod and Cherrett), ITS(UK), Autumn/Winter 2012 review. Access this document

Oxfam is a registered charity in England and Scotland, having around 1300 donation banks (textiles and books) situated across the UK. At present, bank collections are not driven by the amounts of materials in the banks. Schedules are based around historical or 'typical' fill rates and can often result in collection vehicles travelling to remote banks, only to find that the banks are near-empty, since few donations were made since the previous collection. If banks can be interrogated remotely then more meaningful collection schedules can be devised, focussing on the most profitable banks that need servicing more frequently and avoiding wasted trips.

Oxfam collecting banks
Oxfam collecting banks

The demonstration involved equipping Oxfam banks with infra-red sensors that measured how full the banks were, reporting these data twice daily, with these data being used to schedule collections more efficiently. Collections from banks during the demonstration were undertaken with the assistance of the University of Southampton, who had developed a specially designed vehicle routing and scheduling algorithm to suggest suitable vehicle rounds based on the remote monitoring data. The proposed routes output by the algorithm for each day of operation were assessed by Oxfam's transport manager and were adapted, as seen fit, for implementation, taking into account issues such as round balancing, vehicle access restrictions, staff availability and other constraints. After extensive testing of the remote monitoring equipment and of the algorithm, the demonstration went live on the 9th May, 2013 and ran until the 19th July 2013. The results showed relatively modest time and distance savings (~3%), these being limited by Oxfam's fixed shop servicing constraints. However, more substantial time and distance savings (up to 25%) were estimated for similar applications where collections can be made at any time.



Project Final Review meeting, Brussels

Smart Urban Freight Conference hosted by NewRail, Newcastle University, including contributions from Straightsol project
[Conference webpage]

Evaluation Framework Training Sessions, Newcastle University

Open ENLoCC event, Brussels, including presentation of Colruyt and Delhaize night-time deliveries demonstration

Demonstration Results Workshop/Exhibition in Amsterdam

TNT Express demonstration workshop in Brussels

Oxfam demonstration workshop in Batley, near Leeds, UK

DHL Supply Chain demonstration workshop in L'Hospitalet de Llobregat/Barcelona, Spain

Oslo: Demonstration workshop
Smart Urban Transport - Standardising information in retail supply chain management and last-mile distribution


Thessaloniki: Demonstration workshop
"Intelligent" systems for the interconnection of urban-interurban freight transport


Brussels: STRAIGHTSOL project workshop on Smart Urban Freight Solutions
(in collaboration with the Smartfusion partnership)