Rural Parcel Delivery

In the project “Rural Parcel Delivery”, VIL wants to improve efficiency in the delivery of parcels in rural areas. A model of collaboration in geographic clusters with shared cross-docking capacity will be studied and tested to arrive at the most optimal economic and social situation.

status: Running | theme: Last mile | type: Regional

Studies and projects with an emphasis on optimization of last-mile distributions are mainly limited to cities. On average, rural-based residents buy more parcels on the internet and the delivery of these parcels do not run very efficient.

Shops are located along regional roads or in the center of the village. The economic and social costs are high, because of the long distance and time between deliveries. At the same time, traffic jams don’t stop at the edge of large cities. Regional roads and village centers are also getting stuck. The typical Flemish spatial planning with ribbon development and dispersed habitation reinforces this problem.

Objective

In the “Rural Parcel Delivery” project, VIL is looking for efficiency improvements in the delivery of parcels in rural areas. A model of cooperation in geographic clusters with shared cross-docking capacity will be studied and tested to achieve the most optimal economic and social situation.

Specific activities

  • Mapping the current problems with parcel distribution in non-urban areas and best practices
  • Collecting and analyzing the volumes and the different logistics flows in different geographical clusters in Flanders
  • Developing a calculation model to achieve a demonstrable reduction of costs, kilometers driven and CO2 for the proposed pilot projects
  • To list various options, concepts and business models for delivering parcels in a non-urban area. Choosing one solution for the pilot based on practical and economic feasibility and ecological viability
  • Setting up a scalable pilot that allows to validate the chosen solution

Practical details

Start: March 2020
Total leading time: 24 months

Participating companies

6 companies: BD myShopi, DHL Express, FedEX Express Europe, GLS, Ondernemingscentra West-Vlaanderen and PostNL. 

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