During the NMW 18, the audience was able to gain insights into how to benefit from open platforms for the last mile, create more sustainable TCO optimised last-mile delivery experiences and learnt how to close the gap to fully driverless delivery applications.
Connecting the last mile through digitisation
Gunnar Gburek of TimoCom spoke about how to connect all supply-chain participants by making optimum use of the constant wave of digitalisation. Traditionally, the last mile would focus on transport from the retailer’s warehouse to the private customer, to the business customer, or to their own warehouse. Additionally, the last mile would include the transport directly to the B2C customer, such as cargo or deliveries to retail stores
Consequences of this
Cost-effective Newspaper Delivery with Battery Electric Vehicles
Dr Harald Hempel of SMART DISTRIBUTION LOGISTIK presented their work with
They experimented with the amount and weight of newspapers going out on different days (eg. 170 on a Monday vs 381 on a Wednesday) to calculate the most
Integrated Multifunctional Logistics Solution for the Last Mile
Rytle’s MD Ingo Lübs kicked off his presentation with an overview of how the booming e-commerce market is at the heart of last mile problematics:
To quote Lübs, “every time you say the
As Lübs said, “the enemy of transport is downtime”, so an integrated solution covers all possible aspects for the most effective use of transportation solutions. They are now working with UPS to aid in city logistics.
Sustainable Last Mile Challenge: Connecting e-commerce Warehouses to Europe’s professional Bike Messengers
Imagine Cargo’s Mika Koopmann was on hand to present their alternative with cargo biked. Find out more in an interview we did with him here on the blog.
Image Cargo targets the B2C package market in Germany and Switzerland (with a Total Available Market of €11.7B). As they are servicing all major urban areas resulting in a Serviceable Available Market of more than €1.5B. This is significant as the desire for same day and instant delivery are expected to reach a market share of 20-25% by 2025. Considering that there are 415.000 deliveries by fossil-fueled delivery vans in Berlin alone every single day, their solution with cargo bikes can’t be implemented far and wide soon enough.
Digitising the Last Mile for Logistics
Maximilian Mayer of ParkBob explained how the smart parking market is also expected to reach $43B by 2025, with customers growing increasingly frustrated by lack of space, fines and fees, as well as congestion in cities where the average driver spends 43 hours looking for parking while emitting 338kg of CO2.
By reducing the parking search time through routing and planning the trip, they have had success in Vienna, Moskow, Berlin, New York and San Fransisco, and plan on being in 70 cities by the end of the year.