Innovative DNA

Innovative DNA

Innovative DNA

DPDgroup and Groupe Renault lay the groundwork for the future of last mile delivery

The last mile delivery market is growing and is expected to continue to grow exponentially as e-shopping is exploding. Looking for goods not available in their country, or for better deals, more than 50% of them have already bought from a foreign website, especially from the UK, and increasingly from China.

By 2025, the total parcel volume delivered to individuals will have doubled in Europe: almost 15 billion parcels per year will be delivered, mainly in cities. At the same time, cities are implementing a growing number of initiatives to drastically reduce congestion and pollution.

From this perspective, the challenge for a delivery company such as DPDgroup is to contribute to more sustainable cities: permanently innovate to provide a better and smarter delivery service to customers, optimise city centre delivery processes, and develop ever more agile urban delivery vehicles.

That’s why DPDgroup is thrilled to create new delivery scenarios with the autonomous concept car Renault EZ-PRO, revealed by Groupe Renault in Hannover in September 2018. This project is part of DPDgroup innovation & CSR programmes, which ease the daily work of our drivers and meet the expectations of citizens as well as public authorities regarding smart cities.

Autonomous vehicles have the potential to become a disruptive technology for the transport industry and to have a major impact on the basics of the business – on people, networks and infrastructures. The Renault autonomous vehicle would make it possible to deliver at least part of the parcel volumes with an unprecedented degree of flexibility and enable entirely new delivery scenarios, especially in inner-city areas.

DPDgroup has created concrete scenarios: new delivery schemes for the benefit of local authorities and end-consignees:

DPDgroup has created concrete scenarios: new delivery schemes for the benefit of local authorities and end-consignees:

Autonomous transport to the delivery area in the inner-city
The vehicle is loaded at a DPDgroup sorting centre on the outskirts of the city and then travels on its own to a given meeting point in the city centre. There, the driver takes charge of the vehicle without having to collect it beforehand and can then dedicate more time to the deliveries.

Mobile lockers
The concept car Renault EZ-PRO is used as a mobile locker that will allow DPDgroup to schedule delivery points and send notifications to end consignees, who will be able to collect or return their parcel by themselves from a given location. The concept car also allows end consignees to define a place of delivery. They will have the ability to request that the autonomous vehicle deliver at the location and timeslot of their choice (e.g. their home very early in the morning, their workplace during lunch, etc.).

A great partnership

"This project gives us the ability to imagine how optimised last mile deliveries can shape tomorrow’s urban life through the implementation of greener and closer solutions. DPDgroup is thrilled to share this vision with a key automotive player like Groupe Renault."

Thomas Steverding, Senior Group Manager Process & Development at DPD in Germany, in charge of the autonomous vehicles innovation programme within DPDgroup.

Fact or reality?

Fact 1

A delivery drone is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) used to transport packages, food or other goods.

Fact 2

Only a few years ago these projects were not taken very seriously. Today, operators are working hard to make them a reality for tomorrow’s deliveries.

Fact 3

Despite the fact that the technology is ready for this, and some customers are looking forward to it, the biggest remaining challenge is legislation.

A reality closer than expected

Operators of all kind have engaged in a race to the drone.

Our common goal is to develop a technology able to autonomously fly parcels to consignees. And this is where the projects differ from each other: some are expected to deliver to the customer’s doorstep where others, like us, prefer targeting delivery terminal and specific missions (urgent deliveries – to hospitals for instance-, in case of natural disasters, etc.).

High-tech and retail companies were the first to release their delivery drones, closely followed by the transport industry.

Most of the stakeholders including high tech, retail and transport companies showcased their first drone and tests in 2014. Since that time we must say that the transport companies are the closest ones to a real commercial exploitation: drones have improved, delivery terminals have been created, some specific niche markets are being explored etc.

And this is where the projects differ from each other: some are expected to deliver to the customer's doorstep

A reality closer than expected

Operators of all kind have engaged in a race to the drone.

Our common goal is to develop a technology able to autonomously fly parcels to consignees. And this is where the projects differ from each other: some are expected to deliver to the customer’s doorstep where others, like us, prefer targeting delivery terminal and specific missions (urgent deliveries – to hospitals for instance-, in case of natural disasters, etc.).

High-tech and retail companies were the first to release their delivery drones, closely followed by the transport industry.

Most of the stakeholders including high tech, retail and transport companies showcased their first drone and tests in 2014. Since that time we must say that the transport companies are the closest ones to a real commercial exploitation: drones have improved, delivery terminals have been created, some specific niche markets are being explored etc.

And this is where the projects differ from each other: some are expected to deliver to the customer's doorstep

DPDgroup delivery drone

We showcased our first drone and our first fully automated flight tests in 2014.

We’ve been working alongside the French Aviation authority to be compliant with clear and safe rules for the global usage of commercial delivery drones. Our drone complies with all those requirements, and is today one of the safest and most reliable flight systems in its class.

Security is the most important factor to us, that’s why we were the first to create a delivery terminal to guarantee to the third party full protection during the landing / loading / unloading and take-off phases.

We do not expect to make deliveries consignees in their back yard, we’d rather focus on niche markets such as emergency deliveries and natural disaster cases, but also Pickup deliveries.

Find out more about the innovative delivery with the DPDgroup Drone.

Read our "DPDgroup Drone datasheet".

Favouring open innovation ecosystems, DPDgroup brings together start-ups, industrial partners and DPDgroup business units in all geographies. This ecosystem gives rise to concrete projects and creates innovative services driven by the same purpose: making life easier.

“We are proud to present 5 fantastic start-ups, which are partnering with DPDgroup to make life easier for our customers! We have picked start-ups that generate high impact on our business in some of our key geographies (UK, Spain, Poland & France). The Mapbox-designed DPD UK outstanding App, and the Spanish smart mailbox from Citibox are reinventing the delivery experience. Coupled to our shipping solutions, Fixbox repair services and Lougage unlimited dressing are transforming constraints into convenience ! Last but not least, World is a Village is leveraging our European footprint to offer new travel opportunities to our employees’ families!”

Olaf Klargaard, DPDgroup Innovation Director

 

Logo Citibox

Citibox

Citibox: your new smart mailbox. Consumers can buy online and receive their parcels even when they are not at home. They open the smart mailbox with the app when they get home and enjoy.

https://citibox.com/

 

Citibox

Fixbox

Fixbox

Fixbox designed an app for connecting end-consumers and repair shops (telephone, high-tech, etc…). The services include the goods collection and returns services.

 

 

Fixbox

Logo World is a village

World is a village

World is a village: let’s offer our children the world! World is a Village is the first collaborative platform that connects families around the world. It gives children the opportunity to travel anywhere. With a wide international footprint, DPDgroup wants to give its employees ‘children and access to the world.

https://www.worldisavillage.com/

World is a village

Logo Lougage

Lougage

Lougage is an eco-friendly and stylish service that makes your trip easy & simple. Planning your next trip? Lougage is an unlimited dressing for travelling. Choose from thousands of must-have pieces to bring them with you! Delayed luggage? Lougage have airlines partners and deliver you a new luggage within 2 hours in Paris.

https://www.lougage-paris.com/

 

Lougage

Mapbox logo

Mapbox

Map Box: connect people with the world around them. Map Box designs innovative Apps for on-demand delivery and geotracking. Example with DPD UK, first parcel delivery company in the UK, aiming at a unique user experience through enhanced parcel tracking, getting even closer to the end-consignees through driver profiles (reviews, rating), and access offers from over 75 UK retailers.

https://www.mapbox.com/

 

Mapbox