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City-Goods Delivery Co-operation
City Goods Delivery Cooperation
Aalborg has been part of the national “Sustainable Citylogistic Solutions”-project, a tri-city co-operation between Copenhagen, Aarhus and Aalborg supported by the Danish Ministry of Transport. The objective of the project was to improve goods distribution in urban area by bringing on and implement new ideas for citylogistic solutions based on local conditions.
The Aalborg trial built on voluntary participation among the members of the citylogistic chain e.g. freight distributors, the commercial operators, retailers, local authorities and law enforcement agencies. The well defined pedestrian area in Aalborg was chosen as the target area.
The co-operation between the actors of the citylogistic chain was manifested through several measures:
- Creation of drive by zones: The drive by zones was created as an agreement between the shopkeepers and the freight distributors. The shopkeepers must set up displays in the pedestrian area in order to leave more room for the distributors to maneuver in the confined space.
- Two persons in the freight vehicles: With an extra person in the vehicle the delivery process went faster. The person in the vehicle was not necessarily from the same company, which meant stronger cooperation between the companies delivering freight in the pedestrian area.
- Creation of drop zones: In this trial one shop functioned as a drop zone for the neighboring shops. This meant that shops opening late did not create unnecessary freight trips to the pedestrian area.
- Common consignment note: The consignment note allowed the participating freight companies to hand over parcels without extra costs to the users, to another freight company, who in case had another delivery in the pedestrian area
To make these measures a success a strong involvement from the both the local authorities and local law enforcement agencies is needed. The City of Aalborg and Aalborg Police has been heavily involved in creating and co-ordinating measures implemented during the trial.
The results of the trial were
- An average 5 minutes time reduction in delivering goods in the pedestrian area per vehicle;
- Improved working condition between the drivers of the vehicles;
- Environmental improvements due to less time spend on freight deliveries in the area;
- Delivery on time to the shopkeepers.
The trial showed that a strong motivation between the actors of the citylogistic chain created by co-operation can be an important element in creating sustainable citylogistic solutions.
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