A major milestone for on-demand urban logistics was reached this week with the launch of the EU project ULaaDS (Urban Logistics as an on-Demand Service).
Coordinated by the City of Bremen, ULaaDS was launched across a two-day digital kick-off meeting (8 - 9 September 2020) with contributions from leading players in the urban logistics world – including the European Commission, the European Cycle Logistics Federation, and ALICE.
ULaaDS brings together 24 partners including city authorities, research institutions, industry and logistics stakeholders, associations, and networks to support the deployment of novel, feasible, shared, and zero-emission solutions across a three-year period. ULaaDS offers a new approach to system innovation in urban logistics. Through the re-localisation of logistics activities and the re-configuration of freight flows at different scales, the project aims to develop sustainable and liveable cities, allowing people and local businesses to easily use alternative modes of shopping and delivery.
To realise this vision, ULaaDS will create 5 new urban logistics business models and schemes (Containerised Last-Mile, Marketplace for City Logistics, City-Wide UFT Platform, and Location, Infrastructure and Vehicle Capacity Sharing) within 3 “lighthouse” pilot cities: Bremen, Mechelen, Groningen – plus 4 “satellite” cities: Alba Iulia, Bergen, Edinburgh, Rome - and assess their social, environmental and economic impact. ULaaDS will translate findings into open decision support tools and guidelines that other urban areas can adopt to identify, explore and assess different sets of intervention measures to deal with the requirements of urban logistics.
The City of Bremen is proud to lead the next steps towards sustainable urban logistics and work together with the ULaaDS consortium to build a vision for future on-demand urban logistics.