3 trends shaping last-mile logistics transport

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Innovations in transport mode technology quickly change how last-mile logistics are operated. European research project ULaaDS focuses on the challenges ahead. We asked an expert panel of 30+ logistics professionals, policy makers and researchers on decisive developments shaping the future of last-mile logistics transport.

3 trends shaping last-mile logistics transport
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European logistics experts all agree that last-mile logistics will soon be dominated by sustainable modes of transport. Here is what they had to say:

1.    Changing circumstances force logistics operators to innovate

Transport modes play a central role in logistics operations and are key in realizing fossil-fuel-free last-mile logistics. To encourage this transition cities are implementing access restrictions, such as time restrictions and limitations to certain types of vehicles. As a consequence, courrier, express and parcel service players are challenged to make significant investments and innovate their business models in order to retain access to inner cities.

2.    (E)-cargo bikes are on “top of mind” of policymakers

According to the consulted stakeholders, (e)-cargo bikes are expected to take up the largest share of last-mile deliveries in inner cities within fifteen years from now. Due to their emission reduction potential, health benefits, low costs and overall “green image”, they are currently top of mind of local policy makers who see them as an important asset in the realization of their policy goals. New types of cargobikes, which are able to handle different cargo sizes and blend the distinction between bikes and LEVs, form a good non-motorized alternative to traditional delivery vans.

3.    Battery-electric and fuel cell vehicles to the rescue

The perceived inadequacy of cargo bikes to transport large volumes and odd-sized cargo results in the expected combination of cargo bikes and (shared) emission-free vehicles. Logistics stakeholders have high hopes for the potential of battery-electric and fuel cell vehicles and expect a combined share for both fuel types.

Interested in reading more about the future of transportation and other trends that are likely to shape the future of last-mile logistics? Read our trend report: ‘What’s in store for sustainable last-mile logistics’ here.

Article originally hosted on LinkedIn here. For information on the European research project ULaaDS, visit ulaads.eu.

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