The work plan of U-TURN has been designed to achieve the original project objectives in a timely and cost-effective manner. The work plan of U-TURN consists of seven (7) work packages with clear input/ output and interdependencies, clear responsibilities of consortium members and well-defined tasks per each work package. Each work package (WP) is led by the partner whose competencies, skills and resources fit best to the work requirements of the work package. Figure 6 presents an overview of the project's methodological approach and work plan, while its proposed duration is 36 months, as presented in detail in the next section.
WP1 collects the users’ requirements, reviews the current (As-Is) food distribution scenarios in the urban environment and concludes with the proposed (To-Be) collaborative food logistics scenarios and the specifications of the U-TURN collaboration platform. Taking input from WP1, WP2 focus on the comparative assessment of the collaborative logistics pooling schemes both versus the As-Is distribution practices and between them, in terms of costs and benefits (service time savings, transport cost, labour cost, trucks utilisation, etc.) as well as environmental impact.
Further, WP2 implements the ‘stable allocation theory’ principles to take optimal logistics sharing matches and assess them based on real-data. Then, in the course of WP3, simulation modelling and experimentation is used to comparatively assess different choices of logistics resource sharing in terms of operational and environmental KPIs. Overall, WP2 and WP3 embody the 3, out of 4, axes approach of comparative assessment that the U-TURN project adopts. Respectively, WP4 transforms the WP1 system specifications to the actual U-TURN collaboration platform. Finally, WP5 foresees three pilot applications to validate the U-TURN system and tools and two separate rounds of pilots, where the 1st phase will give valuable input back to WP1-WP4, before the 2nd round of pilots. Based on the results of the pilot applications, the 4-th axis of comparative assessment is conducted to compare the pilot-executed collaborative scenarios with the current distribution scenarios and the results of WP2 and WP3. WP6 and WP7 will run in parallel throughout the whole project lifespan addressing dissemination, exploitation and project management issues respectively.