RIPPL #32: Fietskoeriers – nationwide, same day deliveries by bike

Fietskoeriers.nl is a collective of 15 bicycle courier companies who together cover every major town and city in the Netherlands. They offer a number of different services, but one in particular is unique: they are able to deliver packages by bike on a same day service, nationwide. Continue reading “RIPPL #32: Fietskoeriers – nationwide, same day deliveries by bike”

RIPPL #31: UPS – Reducing vehicle movements with city centre container hubs

Global logistics operator UPS have been trialling a new way to reduce vehicle movements in the dense city streets of Hamburg, Dublin and Leuven. Once every day, an on-street storage container – the rear of a short articulated truck – is placed in a pre-arranged central location. The container is pre-loaded with all of the packages to be delivered to the central area that day and becomes UPS’ delivery hub. Continue reading “RIPPL #31: UPS – Reducing vehicle movements with city centre container hubs”

RIPPL #29: PAZTIR – chasing efficiency in the time, management and security domains

How can cycle logistics operators become more efficient? How can they prevent theft? How can they better control their operations? PAZTIR is a system that aims to address all of these questions. Continue reading “RIPPL #29: PAZTIR – chasing efficiency in the time, management and security domains”

RIPPL #27: Velove and Pling Transport – Pedal-Powered Logistics: exactly how energy efficient?

The Armadillo is a unique vehicle. It’s perhaps best to leave it to Swedish manufacturers Velove to provide a succinct description:

“a four wheel, fully suspended cargo cycle . . . Somebody called it a ‘mix of gokart, bike and van’, which we think pretty much nails it!”

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RIPPL #23: Consolidation Down Under: Sydney’s CBD cycle logistics hub

Major infrastructure upgrades in Sydney’s Central Business District (CBD) have prompted State and Municipal authorities there to begin experimenting with promoting cycle logistics. Construction of a light rail line, upgrades and work on Central Station and the main ferry hub, and several large construction projects in central areas are causing disruption and changes to normal traffic flows. Continue reading “RIPPL #23: Consolidation Down Under: Sydney’s CBD cycle logistics hub”

RIPPL #13: Outspoken! Delivery – Consolidation and Containerisation

This is the second in a series of RIPPL posts about Outspoken! Delivery, a cycle logistics company based in Cambridge which uses cargo bikes and trikes to deliver a number of different services in innovative ways. The first, about how the company is beginning to use heavy duty components on their fleet of e-trikes, is available here. Outspoken is currently the biggest independent cargo bike courier company in the UK.

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RIPPL #12: CityServiceBike – Last Mile meets Park & Ride

CityServiceBike is a brand new initiative by Elza van Genderen. Inspired by her knowledge that every day maintenance and installation businesses encounter obstacles while working in the city centre, she launched a pilot on 11 May in Utrecht, which will provide a solution for businesses who want their workers to instead travel by bicycle.  Continue reading “RIPPL #12: CityServiceBike – Last Mile meets Park & Ride”

RIPPL #7: Waltham Forest Council – Christmas Courier

Christmas Courier was a pilot scheme run by Waltham Forest Council employing Cycle Confident, a UK-based bicycle services and training company to undertake retail deliveries in the busy period running up to Christmas. The scheme ran between 12 and 23December 2016 from a mobile hub on Walthamstow High Street in North-East London. Continue reading “RIPPL #7: Waltham Forest Council – Christmas Courier”

RIPPL #2: FoodLogica – Last Mile Food Delivery

Amsterdam based startup Foodlogica began trading in 2014; conducting last mile food deliveries  around the city with two e-trikes. Clients’ food is delivered to the edge of the city and Foodlogica take it the rest of the way. After a trial period beginning in June 2014, the company was launched in September that same year. Continue reading “RIPPL #2: FoodLogica – Last Mile Food Delivery”