30 June, 2017 / News
Due to the increase in residential buildings in the center of the cities, warehouses and factories are being transported on the outskirts of these which mean that the distance that the distributor vehicles have to travel to offer their service to their customers is greater. This is happening in cities like Paris or London and because of this, vehicle emissions and the deterioration of air quality are a problem.
Companies want to be more efficient and faster and to be able to satisfy their consumer and move ahead of the competition. They have started to follow the Omnichannel trend that establishes more logistic points to accelerate the arrival of products to customers. Although this strategy benefits companies, it contributes to the increase of emissions and noise in the city.
One of the solutions to reduce the impact of logistics services is to limit the circulation of transport vehicles at certain times of the day. This can reduce noise and hassle in certain residential areas. In addition, the boom of electric vehicles is also helping improve this new issue. Moreover, in Amsterdam, they have started to offer privileges to companies that use electric transport vehicles. In some cities, older transport methods such as trains, that restrict congestion on roads and reduce vehicular emissions, are becoming more popular.
Although each company should contribute to reduce the impact of logistics services, it is believed that a more collaborative point of view from companies is what can lead to a definitive solution and sustainability of the city. An idea is to share transportation and resources in warehouses whilst setting aside competition between companies to provide faster and cheaper services.
As it can be seen, most of the streets in Europe’s most important cities were not built to meet the needs of the modern logistics services. Now, with solutions such as the increase of electronic vehicles or a collaborative transport, companies have to work hard to adapt and try to not harm today’s society.