Rail line creation and network link to National Retail Distribution Centre

Rail line creation and network link to National Retail Distribution Centre

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Road to rail modal shift through large contract and the linking of the Tesco National Distribution Centre in Daventry with rail infrastructure and the creation of new Eddie Stobart rail links to Tesco Regional Distribution Centres in Cardiff (Wales) Inverness (Scotland) and increasing the volume and frequencies of the existing lines such as the rail links from Daventry to the ports of Southampton and Felixstowe.
The rail services between National and Regional hubs are run 6 days a week, with 20 to 34 containers per train. This enabled a strong shift from road transport to rail.

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Transport by short distance train in automotive industry – SEAT

Transport by short distance train in automotive industry – SEAT

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The railway line with metric gauge was in service since 1884 however in 2005 an agreement was signed for the adaptation of the railway line Llobregat-Anoia from the SEAT factory in Martorell and the Port of Barcelona as well as for development of new specialized wagons. The adapted railway and specialized wagons were prerequisite for launch of new intermodal service Autometro (transport of new cars from factory in Martorell to Port of Barcelona) in 2008 and new intermodal service Cargometro (transport of automotive parts from Zona Franca in Barcelona to SEAT factory in Martorell) in 2009. With two before mentioned services new cars and automotive parts are transported between Zona Franca, factory in Martorell and Port of Barcelona to be shipped further.

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SPORTINA – Integrated Management of the Logistics Flow (Sportina Bled Ltd.)

SPORTINA – Integrated Management of the Logistics Flow (Sportina Bled Ltd.)

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Sportina Group manages over 300 stores on 7 geographical markets and represents more than 80 trademarks. In last three years, Sportina Group centralized majority of its support actions. Firstly, the logistics and informatics sectors were centralized. Later on warehouses in Serbia and Croatia were closed and all processes were shifted to the central warehouse in Radovljica (Slovenia). Two years ago, one person was designated to management of informatics and logistics sector and is now responsible for performance of the whole group.

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Council for Sustainable Logistics (“CNL – Council für nachhaltige Logistik”)

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Drax high capacity biomass wagon

Drax high capacity biomass wagon

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Drax power station generates 7-8% of the United Kingdom’s electricity. It was a pure coal-fired power station, but has been converting a number of its generating units to burn biomass instead. In time, the majority of its electricity will be generated from biomass. Biomass is around one-third less dense than coal, so more volume is required to generate the
same amount of electricity. The practice involved the design, construction and introduction to service of bespoke wagons specifically for biomass flows.

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LoginWaste, reverse waste logistics service intended for shops and small businesses in Nantes (France)

LoginWaste, reverse waste logistics service intended for shops and small businesses in Nantes (France)

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The principle behind LoginWaste is that it is a service complementary to
those offered by the local authority for the collection of household waste.
It consists of collecting and recycling, from shops and small businesses in Nantes, packing materials which take up space in store rooms, by having them taken away by transport companies that already deliver in the city. Indeed, it is delivery trucks that travel back empty from delivery rounds that are used to transport this waste.

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The shipping agents GIE “Pointe de Bretagne”

The shipping agents GIE “Pointe de Bretagne”

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The GIE, the ‘groupement d’interêt économique’, which means mutual economic interests collective, groups the producers together by pooling their shipments to the clients they have in common. Its purpose is:

  • to negotiate logistics contracts on behalf of its members
  • to ensure the common use of material resources
  • to put in place solutions for optimising logistics

The GIE’s mission is to conceive, negotiate and implement mutual logistic
solutions on behalf of its members. More specifically, this pooling
involves delivery of all the pool of agro-food producers’ orders, to the
same destination on the same day, by the same transporter in the same
lorry.

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BLU (TaT project) – control system for container-loading stations in intermodal transport

BLU (TaT project) – control system for container-loading stations in intermodal transport

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The BLU control system for intermodal terminals provides
assistance with all operative procedures at sites large and small.
In this way improved management of flow-oriented planning and
shorter crane times and processing times for HGVs are achieved.
BLU provides functionalities for:
• Train management
• HGV handling procedure
• Location of crane deployment
• Mobile data collection
• Parking and additional demands

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Central Booking Platform (CBP) Antwerp

Central Booking Platform (CBP) Antwerp

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Antwerp Freight Forwarders‘ Association (VEA), Waterwegen & Zeekanaal (waterway manager in Flanders, BE), De Scheepvaart (Waterway Infrastructure Manager) and the Port Authority of Antwerp launch a Central Booking Platform (CBP) at the beginning of January 2016. This neutral platform enables Flemish logistics players to send consolidated consignments by barge and rail. This allows shippers to meet the increasing expectations to transport their goods flows in a „green“ way

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The Adriatic Port Community – APC

The Adriatic Port Community – APC

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The Adriatic Port Community (APC) project aims at developing an IT system prototype based on the “ Single Window ”principle, namely a single interface improving the exchange of information among the ports involved in the initiative: Venice (IT), Ploce (HR) and Igoumenitsa (GR). APC’s goals include streamlining the administrative procedures related to the arrival and departure of ships especially in terms of time, managing the incoming and outgoing flows of goods in port areas and improving the management of parking areas within the port.

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ARGES: pAssengeRs and loGistics information Exchange System

ARGES: pAssengeRs and loGistics information Exchange System

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The project idea is aiming to the legislative and structural harmonization of the information exchange systems operating between ships and land, port side, and between the port and the hinterland. The goal is to create an operational prototype of a unique national maritime single window NMSW/PMIS that will allow the ships to interface with the national Greek and Italian Coast Guard, interoperable with the European system of vessel traffic monitoring SafeNet, guaranteeing interoperability also with the existing PCS called GAIA.

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GAIA – Generalized Automatic exchange of port Information Area

GAIA – Generalized Automatic exchange of port Information Area

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Project GAIA was based on a comprehensive vision of the Adriatic port system, which integrates many actors that operate between the two sides of Adriatic Sea. In this framework, an issue that takes on particular importance is the consolidation and the development of Systems Information that allows the secure exchange of information about security and travellers. This is a key instrument that allowed a more efficient decision-making of local port authority as well as other public actors.

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LISy – Logistic Information System

LISy – Logistic Information System

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LISy is the first Italian Port Community System platform available on cloud computing, targeted to port community private and public operators and offered on a pay-per-use model or by paying an annual fee. LISy provides an open and neutral electronic platform enabling all port community members to exchange information according to specific needs and the processes to be managed.
LISy is aimed at creating a virtual space for a safe and smart exchange of information.

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Environmentally friendly paper supply to municipality buildings: the case of Amsterdam

Environmentally friendly paper supply to municipality buildings: the case of Amsterdam

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Today, in most of the cities, frequently delivered goods, such as paper, are shipped with regular diesel trucks to the municipality buildings. In order to improve the air quality, to gain experience with sustainable public procurement and to lead with example for future projects (with other products), the municipality of Amsterdam decided to make the delivery of papers to its official buildings more environmentally-friendly.

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NIKRASA – Non craneable semitrailers become craneable

NIKRASA – Non craneable semitrailers become craneable

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The innovative NiKRASA-system makes it possible to easily
transfer non-craneable semi-trailers from road to rail within the existing standards and infrastructure. This transfer is done without any changes at the wagon, the semi-trailer or the business processes.
The already existing transhipment sites in the terminals for combined traffic can be used without any additional investments and thus, the utilization of these terminals can be improved.

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Rail Short Haul Operators – RSHO

Rail Short Haul Operators – RSHO

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A Rail Short Haul Operator (RSHO) gathers the diffuse shipments (lots, containers, mobile boxes) of diverse clients (shipper companies, ports, multi-modal platforms) to establish multi-customers railroad convoys (full train). Every customer benefits from the productivity of this consolidation. A RSHO can also act as administrator of infrastructures for the French Railway Network (RFF).

The main objective of a RSHO is to keep the shippers as railways clients in its region with a flexible and light structure. A SHO should group the stakeholders of the railways: Shippers, carriers and logisticians, mainline railway operator and local authorities..

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Malcoms 50’ container for domestic application within the UK

Malcoms 50’ container for domestic application within the UK

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This is a mixed solution serving commercial and environmental purposes based around carbon reduction and the need to make better use of container space to accommodate more cargo. The new containers
are able to accommodate 15% more freight per individual transit and the operators are claiming a 13% reduction in CO2 emissions per pallet using inter-modal services. The new larger containers exploit a versatile new trailer design which is easily and safely extended to accommodate the new units.

The new containers are 50’ long 5’ longer than the previous maximum. It will accommodate 30 pallets of goods compared to the 26 carried in a 45’ unit. The additional length was achieved by adding 2.5‘ modules on each end of a 45’ hi-cube container. The longer unit takes advantage of the relaxation of rules on the overall length of a trailer to 15.65 metres. A new tri-axle trailer design with a trombone type capability has been designed to carry the new units. The 50’ long boxes are compatible with Megafret type rail freight wagons. The use of the platform space on the wagon is not fully utilised. This is largely a function of changing container dimensions over time away from the ISO standard.

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Green Rail Logistics for excavated material on construction

Green Rail Logistics for excavated material on construction

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The company Wiener Netze started the construction of its new headquarter in 2012. For the planning of the facility, which is called “Smart Campus”, various possibilities of smart and intelligent userintegration-concepts were considered, in order to achieve a multifunctional service building concept.

Finally 83 block trains transported more than 70000 tons of excavated material from in inner-city construction site to the planned destination. This shift from road to rail led to a noticeable reduction of truck-trips and saved CO2- and NOx-emissions and reduced the fine particulate air pollution.
This project is a best practice case demonstrating solutions for Co- Modality and Green Logistics on construction sites, with special impact in urban areas. The project has been finished successfully in 2013.

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ISU – Innovative Semi-trailer Handling Unit

ISU – Innovative Semi-trailer Handling Unit

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With ISU (Innovative Semi-Trailer Handling Unit) non-craneable semitrailers can also be transported by rail. In the framework of the EU research project CREAM, a production concept “ISU – Innovative Semi-Trailer Handling Unit” which is unique in Europe was developed under the direction of Rail Cargo Austria. For the first time, this system also enables rail transportation of noncraneable semi-trailers. With ISU, Rail Cargo Austria offers an environmentally friendly transport alternative to road transport for longhaul traffic.
The system is actually in operation and serves the line between Wels (Austria) and Trieste (Italy).

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Marco Polo project by Mondelez

Marco Polo project by Mondelez

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Mondelez Int. established an integrated ‘Load Control Centre’ (LCC) transport logistics platform to centralise transport management to a single location. The LCC uses a “traffic avoidance optimisation tool” to cut distances travelled by road transport, to achieve higher loading factors and fewer empty runs, thereby avoiding large freight traffic on the road. The dynamic optimisation is a daily process in the LCC, run in order to maximize combination opportunities, and cover all orders received during the respective week.

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MOBILER – Innovative transport logistics

MOBILER – Innovative transport logistics

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The System consists of
· two MOBILER-tunnels in a swap body,
· the MOBILER equipment installed on the truck and
· two MOBILER metal plates on a railway wagon.
The horizontal transshipment of swap bodies from a truck to a railway wagon can be done by the truck driver alone. There is no need for any lifting equipment like cranes or reach stackers and the transshiment process only takes only few minutes of time.

For the use of the system MOBILER-plates on the railway wagon and a truck with MOBILER-equipment are necessary. Due to customer requirements nearly all container types and sizes can be delivered with MOBILER-tunnels, e.g.:
· 30-foot halftainer
· 30-foot bulk container
· 30-foot multitainer for pallets and bulk goods
· 20-foot tank container
· 7.82 m bulk container
· 7.82 m sliding-tarp container
· So far no 40-foot or 45-foot containers have been developed.

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Smart Urban Logistics

Smart Urban Logistics

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The aim of the initiative “Smart Urban Logistics” was to build up an Austrian networking platform to boost and promote intelligent solutions in the field of urban ogistics. The intention was to make stakeholders aware of the topic, to create acceptance for innovative technologies, to initiate a communication process, to support further discussions and to be the incentive for the start of pilot projects that help to design future cities.

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EMILIA – Electric Mobility for Innovative Freight Logistics in Austria

EMILIA – Electric Mobility for Innovative Freight Logistics in Austria

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The growing significance of city freight transport and logistics is related to increased and still increasing population in urban areas. The result is a rising demand for freight transport. Furthermore, as urban freight transport deals primarily with the distribution of goods at the user end of the supply chain, many deliveries tend to be made in small loads and in frequent trips, thus resulting in many vehicle kilometres. These developments seriously affect the environment of cities in terms of pollution, noise and CO2 emissions. Politics had to react to these changes and started defining goals and taking measures to reduce emissions in urban centres.

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LOGeco − eco-friendly logistics

LOGeco − eco-friendly logistics

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The LOGeco project deals with design and validation of a new model for urban logistics solutions that entails innovative and sustainable actions. The innovative aspect relies on the adoption of an unconventional public-private decision making process towards city logistics solutions, based on a win-win logic. As a first business case, a transitpoint has been experimented in the very centre of Rome (Tridente area) with the involvement of the Municipality and private operators, using electric vehicles and oriented to study a business model to make such a solution economically and environmentally sustainable. This business case supports the change in regulation and access rules to the area, and to increase in logistics operation efficiency.
LOGeco involves all the relevant public and private stakeholders operating in the different distribution chains affecting the urban freight sector, and defines sustainable solutions for the ‘last mile’, including electromobility, for the benefit of the liveability of the urban environment and, at the same time, of the tourist and commercial activities.

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Multimodal Interoperability E-services for Logistics and Environment sustainability – MIELE

Multimodal Interoperability E-services for Logistics and Environment sustainability – MIELE

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MIELE aims at designing and developing pre-deployment pilots allowing interoperability between ICT systems (i.e. maritime single windows, port community systems) in the logistic chain. It consists of two parts:

  • Assessment of interoperability obstacles and identification of solutions, followed by pre-deployment of a full scale, integrated and interoperable demonstrator
  • the MIELE Middleware, allowing exchange of data among the 5 National Vertical Pilots in the above-mentioned Member States.

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Intermodal Links

Intermodal Links

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The Intermodal Links Planner combines time schedules of rail, barge and short sea operators in Europe and selects the best intermodal connections. Due to the lack of Transport Service Descriptions (TSD’s) provided by service providers, the Intermodal Links Planner collects time table information from various transport modes across Europe in various ways (automatic, manual) and combines this into an intermodal route planner. The Intermodal Links Planner can be used at tactical and strategic level. For use at operational level the information is not (yet) accurate and up-to-date enough. Intermodal Links supports freight transport and logistics operations Intermodal links is specifically relevant for planning purposes in the logistics supply domain, subdomain ‚logistics services management‘, for the moment mainly at strategic and tactical planning.

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TRANSit

TRANSit

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Transit Project provides a flexible response to the changing supply chain management requirements in markets and distribution systems. The ICT integration permits the optimization of trade-offs between the components of supply chains as well as between the service and cost aspects of the modes within them. Transport operators, supply chain actors and all local and other authorities related to this field in MED area must respond and compete in the global marketplace and therefore the e-platform that the project proposes, will lead to successful execution & high efficiency of intermodal freight transportation both domestically & internationally.

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Lithuanian state border crossing online booking system (EVIS)

Lithuanian state border crossing online booking system (EVIS)

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The system allows smooth and convenient transition period for drivers intending to cross the state border of the Republic of Lithuania at border crossing points. Reduced waiting times at border crossing points (EU- non-EU countries). EVIS improves logistics services (distribution and route planning) by providing the possibility to choose the border crossing date and time. Usually freight carriers waiting in the line without registration in EVIS are not secured from long waiting times by BCP, and this has impact on route duration.

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Goodpack

Goodpack

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Goodpack is the world’s largest provider of Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBCs), which are patented multi-modal, returnable metal boxes. Goodpack rents its 2.6 million IBCs to customers worldwide. The containers are mainly used for raw rubber transportation, but also for food supplies and chemicals.
In order to enable full visibility of their assets in real time, Vilant Asset Tracking system was implemented.

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Miscobiva

Miscobiva

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Sixty ships communicate their position to the Management Information System Cobiva server. Like car navigation systems, the GPS satellites tell the server where the ship is. The owner or the client knows precisely where the ship is and where it is going. This information is processed in the Shipmate software and calculates precisely what the expected time of arrival at a port or a lock is. Hereby, bridges, locks and the flow of the river are taken into consideration. Combining this information with information about deep-sea and inland terminals, quay lengths, cargo, cranes and available staff, time and productivity gains are achieved by optimal planning schedules. Because planning is optimized, emissions are also reduced. If a skipper knows he will have to wait for a while at the terminal or the lock, he can reduce speed, leading to a reduction of waiting time as well as CO2 emissions.

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ePort – Port management system incorporating RIS

ePort – Port management system incorporating RIS

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ePort is a port management system based on RIS. RIS relevant data is directly accessible for port managers for planning purposes before vessels arrive at the port. All vessel information, IWT transport operator and cargo data is automatically available in the port management system.

The case was developed as a demonstrator for the EU project RISING (running 2009-2012). ePort is still being actively utilised in Vukovar on the Danube river and is supported by CRUP.

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VR Transpoint, Vilant Systems Oy

VR Transpoint, Vilant Systems Oy

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In order to increase automation level in rail-yard processes (wagon shunting), VR Transpoint implemented a RFID system. Other objectives were to improve wagon tracking and maintenance, and the use of railway network sensor technology, as well as to increase customer service with real time wagon traceability information.

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Track.Agheera

Track.Agheera

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Track.Agheera is a telematics platform that consolidates several different sources of telematics data. It started out with a focus on swap bodies, but quickly included about 30 different telematics systems from trucks, containers, etc. Track.Agheera helps customers to improve their fleet management, asset management, yard logistics, etc.

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iCargo Monitor

iCargo Monitor

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iCargo Monitor provides situational awareness for containerized ocean freight aimed at improving operational control and enhancing general service levels of the transport. It is a visibility platform that creates an integrated logistics overview across the whole ocean freight transport chain from door to door. Three persistent challenges of sensitive cargo are tackled with:

  • Provide true awareness throughout the global supply chain
  • Integrate disparate data sources into a holistic view of the respective operational situation
  • bring these data together in a consistent and coherent way

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Application of a new routing and loading system for road freight transport of pallets – Optrak software

Application of a new routing and loading system for road freight transport of pallets – Optrak software

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The software solution was applied at the headquarters of Filshill, a Scottish convenience food wholesale distributor, which integrated Optrak’s vehicle routing and loading software (in following also named ‘the software solution’) in August 2010. As main result, the operator has removed 2 vehicles from its fleet as a consequence of accurate route planning and effective vehicle loading. It has improved indicators such as km per delivery unit, total distance travelled and vehicle utilisation (load factor) whilst reducing the time spent planning by 80%.

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MODINT – Bundling at the source

MODINT – Bundling at the source

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In this project, multiple suppliers of fashion retail products collaborate horizontally to bundle volumes in Asia and prepare shipments of multiple suppliers sorted for individual stores. This means that shipments containing goods of multiple suppliers are delivered to shops in one go (as opposed to many different shipment deliveries).

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FREight Transport Information Technology Solutions (FRETIS) – Intermodal Freight Terminal System (IFT) developed by TREDIT S.A.

FREight Transport Information Technology Solutions (FRETIS) – Intermodal Freight Terminal System (IFT) developed by TREDIT S.A.

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FRETIS is a unique state-of-the-art software package that provides the user with a complete and comprehensive tool for the management of freight transport operations in a fully intermodal environment. By using advanced Information Technologies, FRETIS provides the most cost effective solution for the management and control of all Intermodal Freight Transport related operations either in terminals or along the physical transport chain.

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IXSuite

IXSuite

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IXSuite is a suite consisting of three main modules:
• IXTransportOperator: TMS (Transport Management System) for Transport Service Providers, irrespective of the transport mode (road, inland waterway)
• IXTerminalOperator: Inland TOS (Terminal Operation System), including virtual depot management, for the needs of tri-modal hinterland terminals
• IXRailOperator: for intermodal train operating. Train schedules, routes and rail capacity are grouped together in templates with all necessary resources including rolling stock and personnel.

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Single Window Odessa

Single Window Odessa

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The Port Community System (PCS) in the port of Odessa has implemented the following processes:
• creation of an order in the system by a freight forwarder (with all the enclosed documents: Bill of Lading, invoice);
• approval of an order by a marine agent;
• customs control (with the marks on necessary control forms);
• issue of an electronic badge by the port, for entering a transport facility to handle the container with the goods;
• permit marks of Customs and Frontier Services to leave a transport facility with a container picked up at the port.

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CORRIDOR STRATEGIC PLANNING AND MONITORING – CoSPaM

CORRIDOR STRATEGIC PLANNING AND MONITORING – CoSPaM

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The CoSPaM prototype aims to introduce an innovative approach that ensures the collaboration of transport stakeholders along multimodal transport corridors a unified framework. This concept has already been targeted by EU harmonisation/ standardization initiatives, which aimed at supporting the efficient running of modal and multimodal transport businesses. The core concept attempts to ensure that transport service providers functioning along defined modal/ multimodal routes work together in systemic ways.

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AMATRAK – Autonome Multiagenten Transport Koordination

Freight Arranger

Freight Arranger

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The project is designed as an online brokerage and tracking service for freight consignor, providing easier access to intermodal rail freight transits. Securing quotations and booking is fully automated in a single secure one–siting session. From a simple input of “what”,”where” and “when” Freight Arranger enales a cargo owner/controller to find, select and book the best transit for their consignment. Where there is a credible rail freight element to the requested transi which meets criteria for cost and end to end transit time freight Arranger will offer it.

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MixMoveMatch (M3)

MixMoveMatch (M3)

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The MixMoveMatch concept intends to improve its delivery strategy and to improve the efficiency of transport through enhanced cargo bundling. According to the MixMoveMatch logistical concept, production sites ship their products to the next warehouse or distribution centre where the loads of different transport orders are mixed (Mix) and loaded onto trucks for long-distance transport (Move). Then, in a warehouse or distribution centre in the area of destination they are unloaded, sorted and palletised for final delivery to the customers (Match).

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Implementation of an IT system based on the APOLLO Framework in order to replace several legacy systems with a holistic solution of the ERP type

Implementation of an IT system based on the APOLLO Framework in order to replace several legacy systems with a holistic solution of the ERP type

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Implementation of an IT system based on the APOLLO Framework in order to replace several legacy systems with a holistic solution of the ERP type (incl. WMS, TMS, Finance, Sales, Purchasing, Asset mgmt., CRM) that is dedicated to the business sector and branch (LPG distribution). The main characteristics of the challenge were: a distribution network specific for the commodity, covering all of Poland, a great many clients (both institutional and individual customers), lack of fixed routes, collaboration with LSP customers), lack of fixed routes, collaboration with LSP s, necessity ’s, necessity to manage a large fleet, necessity to account for tankers loaded at different locations, need for real-time monitoring of drivers.

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Visy Access and Area Control

Visy Access and Area Control

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Visy is a IT-company offering access and area control solutions for ports, terminals, industrial locations, intermodal operations and border traffic purposes.
Visy is always customized for customer needs. Key elements are usually license plate recognition (LPR), container number recognition (OCR), pedestals and driver kiosks, RFID applications and damage inspection scanning

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TIEKE Verkottaja service (TIEKE, The Finnish Information Society Development Centre)

TIEKE Verkottaja service (TIEKE, The Finnish Information Society Development Centre)

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Verkottaja is an Internet based service that helps companies and organizations on public and private sector to develop tools and practices to exchange business documents electronically with their partners.
The main purpose of the service is to activate companies of different business branches to utilise electronic data interchange, based on EDIFACT or XML/UBL standards. This will be achieved by acceleration of the development process of application software by providing common and accepted recommendations as well as by decreasement of integration costs.

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Truckinfo (www.truckinfo.ch)

Truckinfo (www.truckinfo.ch)

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Truckinfo is a Swiss online public information portal, providing dynamic, real-time information integrating multiple sources. TMC (Traffic Message Channel) format is used for the data flow. For messages a fixed glossary of terms is used, translations are automatically transferred but can be manually changed by content providers. The TMC content is provided by Viasuisse. Additionally XML data flows are used for weather information and rail bookings.

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– ParckR – Information system for truck parking

– ParckR – Information system for truck parking

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ParckR helps truck drivers find the best spot, hassle-free and on time. The ParckR Android app gives an overview of all truck parking areas along the route. Per truck parking area, it indicates the expected occupancy at time of arrival, as well as useful information on facilities. It also shows what other truck drivers think of a particular truck parking area. ParckR is the first community for truck drivers to share information on truck parking areas, and the first smartphone app to predict occupancy rates for truck parking areas. From July to November 2012 ParckR has been trialled on the corridor Rotterdam – Venlo.

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FREILOT- Urban Freight Energy Efficiency Pilot

FREILOT- Urban Freight Energy Efficiency Pilot

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The FREILOT project aimed at increasing energy efficiency of urban freight through deployment of ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems) services. The project had 3 objectives:
1. Showing quantifiable benefits to all relevant stakeholders
2. Ensuring that implementations continue after the pilot
3. Extending the implementations to more cities and/or truck fleets
The description in this factsheet focuses on the pilot in the city of Helmond. Information on solutions demonstrated in other cities (Bilbao, Lyon and Krakow) can be found on www.freilot.eu.

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– “Objectif CO2” : Voluntary commitments program to reduce CO2 emissions of the road freight transport operators

– “Objectif CO2” : Voluntary commitments program to reduce CO2 emissions of the road freight transport operators

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Road transport signatory companies of the commitment charter have three years to develop and implement their personalised action plan and to achieve their target to reducing their fuel consumption and, as a result, their CO2 emissions. The mechanism implemented relies on the corporate and environmental responsibility of companies . The public authorities, behind the strategy, will supply reporting tools and fund support for companies. The main training and transport bodies are stakeholders in providing information and support to companies.

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Operation of GreenWay electric vehicle fleet at a distributor of pharmaceuticals and medical materials ‐ Med‐art

Operation of GreenWay electric vehicle fleet at a distributor of pharmaceuticals and medical materials ‐ Med‐art

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GreenWay’s first client started the EV operation in May 2013 with two fully electric Vans. After six months, the 1st results could be announced. On average, 38,502km were made per vehicle in that period. It is more than any other electric vehicle in the World. The client, Med-art, who is pharmaceuticals and medical material distributor in Slovakia, have used the vans all 106 working days without a single interruption, while achieving cost savings in comparison with running an ICE vehicle.

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ENUBA2 – Electric mobility in heavy commercial vehicles to reduce the environmental impact on densely populated areas

Gasrec/B&Q dual fuel (biomethane – LNG blend) for warehouse-to-store deliveries

CargoObserver – Container Monitoring in Combined Transport

Regionalization and privatization of the railway line „Traisental“

Cargo-Pendelzug pendular train with hybrid power operating as a liner train

Cargo-Pendelzug pendular train with hybrid power operating as a liner train

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A pendular train with hybrid power is operating as a liner train through Switzerland serving both production plants and intermodal terminals. Slots of passenger trains are used, distances between terminals is down to only 90km and stopping time at terminals down to just 1h. It is foreseen to establish other simple transhipment points along additional routes that are currently being implemented. The trains are either multi-user trains with multiple stops (called ‘InterregioCargo’), or company trains running point-to-point (‘OnestopCargo’) dedicated to one client. The purpose of the train system was to provide solutions for rail freight operators or logistics service providers looking for ecological intermodal transport logistics solutions in the distance range of 50-400km.

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ContainerMover 3000 truck-mounted rail-road transhipment technology for ISO-containers and swap-bodies

ContainerMover 3000 truck-mounted rail-road transhipment technology for ISO-containers and swap-bodies

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The ContainerMover 3000 is a device mounted onto a truck enabling independent road-rail transhipment at every freight station with load transfer point or at private sidings. The system can be used for the direct transhipment between road and rail vehicles of standard class C745 and C782 swap bodies or 20’ and 40’ containers. Thanks to the ContainerMover 3000 system, no dedicated fixed infrastructure is necessary for intermodal load transfer, nor is there a need for extra personnel since the truck driver can handle the transhipment completely himself. Removable adapter frames on the rail vehicle ensures that the ContainerMover 3000 can be operated with any intermodal flat wagon.

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Trivizor (Orchestration in Horizontal Collaboration)

Trivizor (Orchestration in Horizontal Collaboration)

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TRI-VIZOR developed the ‘Carpooling for cargo’ concept, with purpose to facilitate horizontal collaboration between multiple independent shippers and logistics service providers proactively working together in clusters or communities aiming at bundling their overlapping freight flows.
TRI-VIZOR by designing and implementing win-win business models, as the network orchestrator, allows horizontal collaboration leading to synchronised consolidated flows.

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Express rail service between North and South of Germany operated by Hellmann rail solutions

Express rail service between North and South of Germany operated by Hellmann rail solutions

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The Hellmann rail service provides five regular departures per week from nine German rail stations. The shipments are transported from Hamburg, Osnabrück and Bremen to Hannover, where they are rapidly manoeuvred. This allows a fast transportation with high speed to the southern stations in Nuremberg, Frankfurt, Basel, Regensburg and Landshut. The trains run in both directions every day. Hellmann even provides the pre- and end-haulage by truck. The incoming orders are easily and efficiently managed online.

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SimConT – Simulation of Inland Container Terminals

SimConT – Simulation of Inland Container Terminals

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SimConT is a decision-support tool, based on modern simulation techniques, for efficient resource-planning and effective capacity utilization, which helps in planning of operations of inland container terminals (ICT). In the current version the tool takes into consideration all operations of bimodal terminals (road and railway). Further developments will include the extension to trimodal traffic. With the help of the SimConT tool, planned changes in the complex systems of inland terminals can be tested on their strategic, tactical and operational impacts.

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Southampton-Midlands Rail Corridor Loading Gauge Enhancement

Southampton-Midlands Rail Corridor Loading Gauge Enhancement

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The objective of the initiative was to provide W10 gauge on the key rail corridor between the Port of Southampton (Britain’s second largest container port) and the main inland centres of demand. This gauge allows the carriage of high cube containers on standard height wagons, offering economic, environmental and social benefits as a result of: (a) improving the efficiency of the rail freight operations and (b) encouraging a modal shift from road to rail.

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RECODRIVE – Rewarding and Recognition Schemes for Energy Conserving Driving, Vehicle procurement and maintenance

RECODRIVE – Rewarding and Recognition Schemes for Energy Conserving Driving, Vehicle procurement and maintenance

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RECODRIVE aimed at merging existing ecodriving initiatives with good fleet management and logistics optimization practice to acihieve significant results in improved fuel consmption and to ensure continuity of the effects of fuel saving measures. Whilst earlier approaches only focused on the driving style, RECODRIVE involved all staff categories, including maintenance and procurement staff, in the energy saving process. Through implementation of rewarding and recognition schemes to all employee ctegories the long-term energy savings are guaranteed.

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EcoTransIT World – Ecological Transport Information Tool

EcoTransIT World – Ecological Transport Information Tool

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EcoTransIT World calculates environmental impacts of different carriers across the world. This is possible due to an intelligent input methodology, large amounts of GIS-data and an elaborate basis of computation. Data and methodology are scientifically funded and transparent for all users. EcoTransIT World is designed for companies of all sizes. It supports them in analyzing comprehensive logistical solutions as well as in studying single transportation routes or shipments.

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CO3 – Collaboration Concepts for Co-modality

CO3 – Collaboration Concepts for Co-modality

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‘Carpooling for Cargo’ concept has the purpose to facilitate horizontal collaboration between multiple independent shippers and (limited) LSPs. They pro-actively cooperate in clusters or communities to bundle their overlapping freight flows “Bundling” in this context means that the compatible freight flows of shippers are consolidated in space, as well as synchronized in time. As in traditional logistics, the actual bundled supply chain of the community is outsourced to and physically executed by a LSP.

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-TK ‘BLUES First Extra-financial rating Agency taking care of the environmental footprint in the logistics chain

-TK ‘BLUES First Extra-financial rating Agency taking care of the environmental footprint in the logistics chain

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TK’BLUE AGENCY is an extra-financial rating agency assessing the environmental footprint in freight transport and logistics. Its clients are the shippers and carriers Companies. Public authorities (local or national) can also be interested.
TK’Blue aims at rating in a transparent and simple way, progress made by shippers and carriers in their use of environmentally-friendly transport, cutting the emission of greenhouse gases and reducing externalities: noise, road congestion, emissions and security…

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The Green Link: last mile deliveries with electric cargo cycles and vans in Paris

The Green Link: last mile deliveries with electric cargo cycles and vans in Paris

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The Green Link (TGL) is a company making parcels deliveries in central Paris with an entire fleet of battery electric vehicles. The business is proving to be profitable. TGL started operations in 2009 and is now using 3 urban depots (green hubs) in Paris and trying to develop in other French cities and other countries. At the end of 2013, the volume of parcels distributed was 2,500 per day, and the business is expected to grow to a volume of about 5,000 parcels per day in 2014. The scale of growth is limited by the size of the current depots.

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Lean and Green Municipalities (Connekt) in the Netherlands

Lean and Green Municipalities (Connekt) in the Netherlands

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Lean and Green is a project lead by Connekt. Lean and Green supports and rewards organizations for reducing CO2 emissions and costs. The main subject is the distribution of goods in inner cities, which is an issue of increasing importance due to urban infill and traffic congestion. Lean and Green is attempting to improve the collaboration between municipalities and local companies to reach shared goals. In addition, Lean and Green is sharing its knowledge with municipalities to solve practical issues.

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La Petite Reine : Home deliveries using Cargocycles® and electric vans in Paris

La Petite Reine : Home deliveries using Cargocycles® and electric vans in Paris

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‘La Petite Reine’ delivers purchases from big stores to consumer homes, using clean delivery vehicles, adapted to dense urban centres. Delivery vehicles are electrically-assisted cargo tricycles and electric vans.
The cargo tricycles can go where small vans and other light commercial vehicle cannot (i.e. city centres reserved for the pedestrians, the tourist spaces, etc.). These vehicles are zero emissions, silent, ergonomic and agile.

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Gothenburg City Logistics Initiatives

Gothenburg City Logistics Initiatives

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The City of Gothenburg has developed and applied a bundle of city logistics policies and solutions, including the regulation of city centre and shopping area, developing new infrastructure, establishing a consolidation centre, promoting the use of clean vehicles, developing trials of innovative solutions, monitoring and data collection on new vehicles and new technologies.
The solutions have been developed coherently and are supervised by a well-established network of experts active in different businesses and public sector institutions.

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GOFER: a cooperative system for freight management and regulation

GOFER: a cooperative system for freight management and regulation

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GOFER’S main objective was to contribute to a reduction in emissions, queues, accidents and operator costs related to heavy road freight, by introducing new technical solutions and ways of cooperation. Three separate demonstrations took place in the project: A live demonstration on the 500 km route Oslo to Trondheim; a heavy vehicle driving simulator to study heavy vehicles prioritising measures in urban areas; and a simulation model for access to the Alnabru terminal area in Oslo. This best practice case describes the two first demonstrations.

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Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS ) in London

Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS ) in London

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The London Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) is a publicly-funded, voluntary certification scheme aimed at ensuring that fleet operators work lawfully and to best practice by meeting specified standard. It encourages behavioural change and is targeted at commercial operators, local authorities and procurement specialists.
FORS generates actions by fleet operators as it requires them to meet standards and requires they demonstrate their safety, environmental and business efficiency performance improvement. In return fleet operators are awarded FORS awards.

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Urban freight distribution with electric vehicles in San Sebastián

Urban freight distribution with electric vehicles in San Sebastián

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This initiative enables the distribution of good without limitation in time windows or locations with access restrictions such as pedestrian area or narrow streets. It is a sustainable transport mode which reduces fuel consumption, improves air quality and reduces noise.
The project is completely developed and operational in San Sebastián. The initiative is transferable, the major constraints being topography (very steep slopes could generate problems for fully loaded bikes), the need for high density of drops (as only short distance trips are viable) and countries with cold winters that make cycling solutions less practical.
Txita (the operator) has already applied the service to various other Spanish cities (i.e. Barcelona: VanaPedal, www.vanapedal.es)

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i-Ladezone: Intelligent monitoring of loading bays in Vienna

i-Ladezone: Intelligent monitoring of loading bays in Vienna

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The project i-Ladezone focuses on two major topics. The first is the development of management methods in order to open delivery opportunities through the efficient and effective monitoring of the occupancy of loading bays by loading vehicles and private cars. The second topic focuses on the development of a management system for keeping the loading bays at maximum availability and reducing impacts on traffic caused by the loading activities. Also included is the development is an intelligent routing application for mobile use by the drivers of the goods vehicles.

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Citylog EMF (efficient, modular, flexibel) – Electro-Multifunction-Transportation vehicle

Citylog EMF (efficient, modular, flexibel) – Electro-Multifunction-Transportation vehicle

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Citylog EMF is a new type of electric freight vehicle developed in Austria by a consortium led by HET. The electric motor propulsion is fuel-cell based, and the vehicle concept consists of a series of ‘self-driven’ vehicles and ‘trailers’ that can be coupled to a train, and un-coupled for loading and unloading operations.
The trials in Klagenfurt follow the prototype phase in which the technical feasibility has been demonstrated.

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Urban distribution network of four major grocery retailers in Lithuania

Urban distribution network of four major grocery retailers in Lithuania

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A market dominance (oligopoly) of a few retail supermarkets in Lithuania has led to an optimised urban logistics solution: four chains operate most of the supermarkets across the country, from small to large scale stores, which are located in every town and city. All these supermarkets are serviced from strategically located logistics centres, at which goods are loaded as consolidated shipments onto large vehicles, thus reducing the number of trips made to supply each shop and by using optimised routes. The number of vehicles and trips are reduced, leading to a positive impact on traffic & emissions.

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Route optimisation of waste collection in an urban environment in Maribor

Route optimisation of waste collection in an urban environment in Maribor

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For waste collection rounds in the city of Maribor, Slovenia, a new route optimisation solution has led to savings of 20% in time spent and distance covered by the fleet. The route optimisation makes use of an operational research algorithm that solves the so-called “Chinese postman problem”. This algorithm was used by SNAGA, the main urban waste management company. The optimisation is based on high quality data, GIS use and detailed knowledge of day-to-day operations. The solution resulted in more optimal vehicle routes and savings that are beneficial for the public sector.

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Supermarket stores deliveries using waterways in Paris

Supermarket stores deliveries using waterways in Paris

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Franprix supermarket stores in Paris are being supplied through a new multi-modal and urban transport chain solution. In this innovation, the last transport leg between regional distribution centre and retail shop occurs via waterways. The shipment is transported in a special container, sent from the warehouse to a river port in the periphery by truck, then by barge to the centre of Paris, shipped on the Seine river for a distance of 20 km to the Quai de la Bourdonnais in central Paris. From there another truck transports the containers to the shop on a very short trip.

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Electric vehicles use in parcels deliveries in Stuttgart-Ludwigsburg

Electric vehicles use in parcels deliveries in Stuttgart-Ludwigsburg

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As part of the IKONE project, about 50 Mercedes-Benz Vito E-CELL transporters powered by electricity are used by selected partners and the large German parcel logistics service provider DPD in the Stuttgart region. Their field of application involves various commercial activities and delivery tasks. The Stuttgart region has a very difficult topography (situated in a basin) and the filed test focused on the analysis of the vehicle use in these specific conditions.

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Distripolis: Urban Consolidation Centres and battery-electric vehicles for last-mile deliveries

Distripolis: Urban Consolidation Centres and battery-electric vehicles for last-mile deliveries

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In order to replace the use of standard diesel trucks, GEODIS, a large road transport operator, is testing Urban Consolidation Centres (UCCs) and electric vehicles in a large scale trial in France. In the project (called Distripolis) new, small UCCs , are located in the city centre of Paris, and receive goods from a central depot (located in Bercy) by Euro 5, Hybrid or CNG trucks. From these UCCs, the final deliveries are performed with low emission vehicles (battery powered – electric vans and tricycles) on short distance trips.

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Binnenstadservice Nederland: Inner city deliveries in The Netherlands

Binnenstadservice Nederland: Inner city deliveries in The Netherlands

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Binnenstadservice Nederland is an innovative concept that has been applied for five years in 15 cities in the Netherlands. Binnenstadservice manages an Urban Consolidation Centre (logistics depot and distribution service) on behalf of retailers and other organizations located in the city centre. Goods destined for these retailers are delivered to this consolidation centre, by freight operators. At this centre, goods are bundled and delivered to shops in the city centre. Simultaneously empties/packaging/paper are returned to the consolidation centre.

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Use of battery-electric tricycles and vans for retail distribution in London: Gnewt Cargo

Use of battery-electric tricycles and vans for retail distribution in London: Gnewt Cargo

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Electrically-assisted cargo tricycles and electric vans are used to deliver parcels from a small urban consolidation centre to customers in the centre of London. The operation of the vehicles does not result in any fossil fuel consumption or greenhouse gas emissions as the electricity used is produced from renewable sources. The urban consolidation centre and the deliveries made from it are operated by the new company Gnewt Cargo, specialising in green urban freight deliveries.

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