UW Research

Urban Freight Lab



The Urban Freight Lab is a structured partnership of academic researchers, public sector agencies, and private sector firms — shippers, retailers, tech providers, property owners, and manufacturers — working collaboratively to identify complex urban freight management problems and design solutions to make industry more efficient and cities more sustainable and livable.

Core Services Offered

Research: The Urban Freight Lab produces transformative research and conducts pilot tests in urban goods delivery, sustainable freight, curb space management, zero-emission freight, and modeling freight activity.

Education – Supply Chain Transportation & Logistics Master’s degree program designed for working professionals.

Funding Information

U.S. Department of Energy
City of Seattle Department of Transportation
U.S. Department of Transportation
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
Corporate memberships: Amazon, Automotus, Coaster Cycles, Cornucopia Logistics, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Grid Smarter Cities, Lacuna Technologies, Michelin, PepsiCo, REEF, Terreno Realty Corporation, URB-E, UPS

Reporting Structure

Bart Nijssen, Chair, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Related UW Entities

Department of Industrial Engineering
Continuum College

External Partners

  • Amazon
  • BrightDrop
  • Cornucopia Logistics
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Impinj
  • Lacuna Technologies
  • Michelin
  • PepesiCo
  • Terreno Realty Corporation
  • UPS
  • WARP