Research: possibilities for cargo trams in city logistics

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Trams are usually used to carry passengers, but across Europe, there are some examples of using them for carrying freight (‘CarGoTram’ of Dresden, Germany and the ‘Cargo-Tram’ of Zurich, Switzerland). There are specific conditions that provide a possibility of using trams for cargo delivery in urban areas. They concern infrastructural, economic, and organizational issues.

ABB and Amazon Web Services steer fleets to an all-electric future

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ABB and Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced a collaboration to develop a cloud-based digital solution for the real-time fleet management of electric vehicles (EVs). The solution will optimize the efficient use of EVs and speed up the electrification of transport fleets, helping operators maintain 100 percent business continuity as they transition to fully electric.

DHL: growing potential in B2B e-commerce

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DHL Express released a Whitepaper “The Ultimate B2B E-commerce Guide: Tradition is out. Digital is in“. The paper predicts strong growth for the B2B E‑commerce market in the coming years. By 2025, 80% of all B2B sales interactions between suppliers and professional buyers will take place in digital channels.

IKEA invests in what3words technology

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Ingka Investments, the investment arm of Ingka Group, owner and operator of 389 IKEA stores and e-commerce in 32 countries, has invested close to GBP 12 million in location technology what3words. The investment will be used to launch the company in new international markets while continuing to develop partners within the e-commerce and logistics sector.

MIT: e-commerce leads to lower emissions


With e-commerce setting records during the 2020 holiday season and package deliveries forecast to grow by 80% over the next decade, a new study by the MIT Real Estate Innovation Lab reveals the tangible environmental benefits of online shopping versus bricks-and-mortar.