24. May 2019 | Update

KoMoDo: operations at micro-depot in Berlin shared by different service providers to be continued

In Berlin the KoMoDo project has come to a positive conclusion after twelve months of everyday testing: The use of cargo bikes for the delivery of parcels and the shared use of a micro-depot location by several parcel service providers works - provided that certain conditions are met. As part of KoMoDo, the five largest parcel services, DHL, DPD, GLS, Hermes and UPS, for the first time used a joint logistics area to deliver parcels from there by cargo bike.

DPD alone delivered around 25,000 parcels locally free of emissions. Gerd Seber, Group Manager Sustainability & Innovation at DPD Germany states: "Under favourable conditions a cargo bike in the delivery area can be just as efficient as a conventional van - as our experience in Berlin has shown. Logistics space in the city centre is a decisive factor in this. The KoMoDo project has demonstrated that the use of such areas by different providers can also work very well in everyday practice".

KoMoDo was supported by the Federal Ministry for the Environment as part of the National Climate Protection Initiative. Even after the end of the funding project, operation of the micro-depot will continue until the end of the year, with DPD participating as well. Next year, delivery by cargo bike is to be continued from alternative locations.