13. August 2019 | Press release
Parcel deliveries free from local emissions: DPD Germany now using cargo bikes in Leipzig
In the Gohlis district DPD Germany is testing deliveries with the MovR model produced by Rytle
Central micro-depot enables short access routes
3 cargo bikes and 9 interchangeable boxes stationed there
Leipzig, 13 August 2019 – International parcel and express service provider DPD Germany is now making deliveries to parts of Leipzig city centre with Rytle MovR cargo bikes. The company has stationed three of these e-bikes locally, which means that for the residents of the Gohlis district parcel deliveries are now locally free from emissions. DPD has also rented a parking area in a centrally located multi-storey car park. This serves as a parking space for the cargo bikes and at the same time acts as a micro-depot. Parcels for the Gohlis district are delivered to the micro-depot in the morning and then distributed locally in an environmentally friendly manner.
“In this district we deliver mainly to private consignees. As a result there are many individual stops with small parcels.”
Gerd Seber, Group Manager City Logistics & Sustainability at DPD Germany
The fact that the Gohlis district in particular was selected for the project is mainly due to the delivery structure within the area: “In this district we deliver mainly to private consignees. As a result there are many individual stops with small parcels,” explains Gerd Seber, Group Manager City Logistics & Sustainability at DPD Germany. It is precisely in such areas that delivery with electrically assisted bicycles is an ideal option. On the one hand they are approved for cycle paths and can thus be manoeuvred more flexibly through daily rush hour traffic. On the other, thanks to the compact dimensions of the bike, delivery staff can easily find parking spaces in front of the homes of consignees without getting in the way of pedestrians or obstructing traffic.
Agile and flexible: the MovR model offers advantages for inner-city deliveries
In Leipzig DPD is for the first time using the Rytle MovR cargo bike. It offers decisive advantages for parcel delivery in city centres. For example, the bicycle is designed in such a way that it remains manoeuvrable even when fully loaded. The built-in electric motor assists the rider when pedalling and allows the bike to reach speeds of up to 25 km/h. At the same time the parcels are stored in interchangeable boxes. These are loaded with parcels at the central micro-depot in the morning. The boxes are then fastened onto the bicycles. Once all the parcels have been delivered the bike can be returned to the micro-depot and the empty box can be replaced with a full one. This saves time because in contrast to the MovR, many cargo bike models have a permanently installed transport box and the parcels first have to be loaded into this box before each delivery tour. In Leipzig DPD has 9 interchangeable boxes available for the 3 MovR bicycles.
Cargo bikes: the DPD fleet is growing steadily
DPD has already located cargo bikes in a number of German cities. This involves first testing whether the targeted use of environmentally friendly electric bicycles in suitable areas can increase the efficiency of parcel delivery. The international parcel and express service provider has recently initiated a new project in Constance, in which a so-called swap body serves as a storage location for the cargo bikes and at the same time as a transshipment point for parcels. There are also cargo bike projects such as the micro-depot location in Berlin, which is used jointly with other parcel services, as well as parcel deliveries by e-bike in Heilbronn and Nuremberg. DPD currently has a total of around 30 cargo bikes and TRIPL scooters located throughout Germany.
Carbon-neutral parcel shipping for everyone – at no extra cost to the customer
As part of its group-wide sustainability programme DrivingChange™ DPDgroup committed itself as early as 2012 to transporting every parcel for all shippers in a carbon-neutral manner – at no additional cost to customers. To achieve this, DPDgroup relies on a combination of 3 interrelated principles: measuring, reducing and offsetting. DPDgroup is the global leader in the voluntary offsetting of emissions which are harmful to the climate. Last year DPDgroup offsets almost one million tonnes of CO2 equivalents. This means that DPDgroup is responsible for almost 3 percent of all voluntarily offset CO2 emissions in Europe. At the same time, CO2 emissions per parcel are continuously being reduced.
Image 1: In future DPD will deliver parcels in Leipzig with three new Rytle MovR cargo bikes.
Image 2: The new cargo bikes are equipped with exchangeable boxes. Once the parcels have been delivered for a tour, delivery personnel can quickly and easily replace the empty box with a full one at the micro-depot.Image