Research: vans versus bikes versus drones

Urban distribution in medium-sized cities faces a major challenge, mainly when deliveries are difficult in the city center due to: an increase in e-commerce, weak public transportation system, and the promotion of urban sustainability plans. As a result, private cars, public transportation, and freight transportation compete for the same space. A new paper by Serrano-Hernandez …

Research: the environmental impact and costs of externalities of using urban consolidation centres

Literature on city logistics presents a large number of practical experiences of urban consolidation centres (UCCs). Still, there is limited knowledge about the potential reduction of the environmental impact and the related externality costs (vehicle kilometres, the number of vehicles, CO2 , NOx  and PM). A new paper by Katsela et al. evaluates the environmental …

Cargo bikes are a winner in parcel deliveries

Electric cargo bikes provide a cleaner, quicker solution for urban deliveries, but clearer regulations and banning fossil-fuelled vehicles are key to encouraging their uptake. These were conclusions of The Promise of Low-Carbon Freight report, which, using data from logistics operator Pedal Me, found that adopting cargo bikes not only reduced carbon emissions by 90%, compared with diesel …

The rise and fall of parcel delivery companies?

Investors in the parcel delivery business are cautious. Royal Mail lost 15 percent of its value in one month, Belgian Bpost lost 18 percent. UPS and FedEx losing 7 to 9 percent. With a 5 percent drop in the AEX last week, is Dutch PostNL the next loser? Dutch PostNL sent 11 percent more parcels …

Research: exploring the feasibility of electric vehicles in the short food supply chain

The transition towards more sustainable approaches in the Food Supply Chain was concretely visible in the implementation of alternative models, like Short Food Supply Chains. Some authors raise doubts on the environmental impact of this model, in particular for the externalities caused by the transport system, suggesting the adoption of Electric Freight vehicles. By adopting …

Winning Last Mile Challenge team addresses the problem of combining mathematical routes with driver knowledge

Finding the optimal route between multiple destinations (the traveling salesman problem) is a challenge regularly faced by Amazon’s Last Mile team. Meeting that challenge has meant developing planning software to allow Amazon’s delivery fleet to find the most efficient routes. But what happens when drivers must deviate from those routes? Drivers have access to real-time …

LeasePlan and Arrival partner to bring electric vans to European cities

LeasePlan and Arrival sign partnership to bring revolutionary electric vans to European cities. LeasePlan, one of the world’s leading Car-as-a-Service companies, and Arrival, the global technology company creating electric vehicles (EVs) with its unique technologies, announced that LeasePlan will be the preferred operational leasing partner for Arrival electric vans. The partnership is based on an …

The automobile logic of policymakers hinders roll-out of LEVs

The Dutch mobility system is in transition. Because of the need for low-carbon transportation modes, various new vehicle types are being developed. These new vehicle types are also developed in the form of light and electric-powered vehicles (LEVs). The current regulation system around the admission of these new vehicle types is delegated by the Ministry …

Picnic: how does the Picnic real-time delivery radar work

Picnic is an online, mobile, and app-only supermarket providing affordable grocery shopping with free delivery in the Netherlands, Germany, and France. Picnic respects their customers’ time and aims to provide a service reflecting that. They guarantee to deliver groceries during a one-hour delivery window selected by the customer between one day and one week ahead. …

Uber: delivery business now bigger than ride hailing business

Uber’s delivery business is now bigger than its ride hailing business. Uber on Wednesday reported widening losses even as trips and deliveries grew as driver incentives hit revenue. Uber said riders returned to its platform in greater numbers in July and it expects the trend to continue in the coming months, together with strong growth …