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Final Report available - summary of project results (pdf, 3Mb)
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STRAIGHTSOL Newsletter - Issue 6 available (pdf, 688Kb)
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New deliverables available
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Summary results booklet available
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STRAIGHTSOL evaluation framework resources available
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Open ENLoCC event videos available
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STRAIGHTSOL Newsletter - Issue 5 available (pdf, 193Kb)
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Kuehne-Nagel's video: Rail tracking and warehouse management (6:50 mins)
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Demonstration poster presentations available to download
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  PROJECT DEMONSTRATIONS

Demonstration B: TNT Express in Brussels - City Logistics Mobile Depot

The TNT Express demonstration aimed to increase efficiency of operations for TNT's central Brussels parcel deliveries. In the baseline situation, several vans drove from the TNT depot (located outside the city centre) to the city centre to deliver parcels. As in most larger European cities, deliveries in Brussels are hampered by congestion which makes them both slow and environmentally unfriendly. To increase efficiency of operations, TNT started using a mobile depot, which is a trailer/truck fitted with all depot facilities (e.g. loading docks, labelling, data entry). In the morning, this trailer/truck is loaded at the TNT depot near the airport with all deliveries for that day and carries them to a central location in the inner-city. Afterwards, electric vehicles and electrically supported tricycles were used for the last mile delivery operations.

TNT Express mobile depot
TNT Express mobile depot

The mobile depot was designed by TNT and the Dutch Technical University Delft. The demonstration ran between June and August 2013, with all TNT Express parcels destined for the postcode areas of 1030 (Schaarbeek), 1040 (Etterbeek) and 1210 (Sint-Joost-Ten-Node) being delivered through this depot. A longer testing period will be used which should enable TNT to decide whether the mobile depot solution can live up to these expectations:

  • Decreased truck-kilometres
  • Reduced costs per stop
  • Delivery times and punctuality for inner-city operations are at least maintained
  • Reduced CO2 emissions
  • Employee satisfaction and noise level are at least maintained
  • Information flows are at least maintained

TNT Express Tricycles in Brussels
TNT Express Tricycles in Brussels
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Events

29/08/2014
Project Final Review meeting, Brussels

12/06/2014
Smart Urban Freight Conference hosted by NewRail, Newcastle University, including contributions from Straightsol project
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13/06/2014
Evaluation Framework Training Sessions, Newcastle University
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02/04/2014
Open ENLoCC event, Brussels, including presentation of Colruyt and Delhaize night-time deliveries demonstration
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24/09/2013
Demonstration Results Workshop/Exhibition in Amsterdam
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02/07/2013
TNT Express demonstration workshop in Brussels
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23/04/2013
Oxfam demonstration workshop in Batley, near Leeds, UK
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07/03/2013
DHL Supply Chain demonstration workshop in L'Hospitalet de Llobregat/Barcelona, Spain
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31/10/2012
Oslo: Demonstration workshop
Smart Urban Transport - Standardising information in retail supply chain management and last-mile distribution

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13/09/2012
Thessaloniki: Demonstration workshop
"Intelligent" systems for the interconnection of urban-interurban freight transport

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03/07/2012
Brussels: STRAIGHTSOL project workshop on Smart Urban Freight Solutions
(in collaboration with the Smartfusion partnership)

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