Logistics and courier companies are swiftly adopting innovative approaches for urban last-mile delivery. Departing from traditional diesel vans, a growing trend involves the integration of small electric vehicles, like e-cargobikes, for more efficient and sustainable transportation in urban areas. We spoke to Swobbee about their take on the evolution of the last mile.
How has the last mile transformed in your opinion over the last couple of years?
The transition is in full swing. More and more companies from the logistics and courier express, parcel (CEP) services have implemented new processes and delivery concepts for the last mile in urban areas. Instead of diesel vans, more and more small electric vehicles such as e-cargobikes are being used, which are supplied by MicroHubs distributed decentrally throughout the city.
What are the most significant changes and how are companies adapting?
One major challenge is the dense urban space, which makes it difficult to set up micro-hubs and charging infrastructure. Added to this are complicated and time-consuming approval processes. This is where local authorities are called upon to create better frame conditions.
The last mile is often what consumers see and brands are keen to make the experience seamless and green. Do they succeed?
Many companies are setting a good example and are convincing ambassadors for sustainable last mile solutions. But we are only at the beginning of this development, there is still a lot to do.
What advice can you give brands in this regard?
The time to switch to green last mile solutions is now. One thing we have learned in numerous projects is that cooperation is the key to success, especially when resources are limited, e.g. space in the city or money for smaller companies. ✷