The last mile, i.e. the final link in the supply chain, represents between 30 and 50% of the total cost of delivery.
To keep cities liveable, more and more LEZs (low emission zones) are being introduced in city centres. The speed limit is also regularly lowered.
Cycle logistics is one of the solutions to the challenges that come with these changes.
Cycle logistics refers to all the solutions that allow goods to be delivered by bike. Combined with existing modes of transport for long distances, it is integrated into the logistics chain. This leads to the notion of multimodality.
The purpose of cycle logistics is to install warehouses called (micro-)hubs on the edge of city centres to allow access for bicycles to the city centres. This efficient delivery method has two main advantages: smooth deliveries and a reduced carbon footprint.
With the addition of a vehicle in the delivery process, it is important to talk about transloading. Transloading is the process of moving goods from one vehicle to another. Currently, a lot of time is lost when transferring goods from long-distance vehicles (trains, boats, trucks) to bikes.
At FlexiModal, we are keen to reduce the impact of transloading by using a standard format already in use in European logistics; the EU pallet. By reducing the number of interactions with the goods, you not only reduce the time spent transferring products from one vehicle to another, but you also reduce the number of handling operations and therefore the risk of breakage and theft. Our BicyLift trailer makes it easy to lift and transport this standard behind electric bicycles.
Not everything can be transported on EU pallets.
This is why we develop adapted Modules capable of meeting the needs of each flow (parcels, fresh goods, pallets, meals, etc.).
By offering Modules in the standard 80 x 120 cm format, we aim to create micro-containers adapted to the requirements of city centres. We aim to duplicate the maritime container model on the scale of urban logistics.