Category «Food for thoughts»

Rethinking last-mile logistics post-COVID-19

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COVID-19 is generating short-term disruptions and longer-term structural changes, with e-commerce experiencing soaring growth in categories like groceries and home care. Last-mile success will be tough, but getting it wrong could be catastrophic. Eric Hannon, Bernd Heid, Anja Huber, and Christoph Klink of McKinsey & Company present their vision in Automotive World.

Indirect stakeholders in city logistics business model development

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The importance of stakeholders in the development of a sustainable urban freight sector has been highlighted in recent research. Not all stakeholders have a direct link to the supply chain, but they may still play a role in creating sustainable urban freight initiatives. These stakeholders include Public Procurement Organisations, Facility Management Companies, Business Improvement Districts, and …

Coronacrisis: collaboration is needed in ‘out of home’ and ‘at home’ food deliveries

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Dutch cartel watchdog Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) will, due to the corona crisis, monitor competition in the Netherlands less strictly. ACM director Martijn Snoep explains: “For example, supermarkets want to know if they can keep each other informed. We are faced with those kinds of questions”. This offers opportunities for groundbreaking cooperation in …

How do you design a business ecosystem?

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The challenge for companies is to develop new revenue models for city logistics. Business models that link innovative processes and technology (stuff) to the smart use of data (fluff). This requires collaboration between the government, entrepreneurs, and research. In recent years, many cities have focused on the development of business ecosystems around knowledge institutes and business …

What opportunities do urban waterways offer for city logistics?

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City logistics transport became a specific research topic as the general awareness of the increasingly negative effects of freight delivery activities on local liveability grows. The awareness for external costs (congestion, emissions, noise and road safety) grew. As a result, (local) authorities implemented specific city logistics policies. Often, these limit the free, flow of traffic, …

It’s Green Postal Day today

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A Green Postal Day has been added to the mobility actions in the European Mobility Week campaign and Zero Emissions Day. “Green Postal Day” promotes sustainable mobility and climate protection. This year will mark the world’s very first Green Postal Day, in which eighteen postal companies across the globe are participating.

JustEat and Take Away: friend or foe?

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It seems like a boy’s book story. Dutch Jitse Groen, founder of Thuisbezorgd.nl, Take Away, will create one of the largest meal delivery companies in the world with the merger with JustEat. With a leading position in Europe, Take Away makes it even harder for competitors Uber Eats and Deliveroo to make money. What are …