WDP News Digest - June 2019

The news we received last month shows that more and more companies and logistics service providers are focusing on sustainability with innovations like electric catenaries for trucks, smart delivery boxes, emission-free deliveries, etc. WDP fully supports these initiatives, which is why we’re showcasing them in this month’s WDP Digest.

#1 Germany opens first eHighway for trucks

The first motorway for hybrid trucks was opened in Germany. The system was designed by Siemens and resembles the system for trams: the trucks draw electricity via an overhead line between Frankfurt and Darmstadt. You can read more about the first eHighway in Germany on edition.cnn.com.

#2 Fresh produce in a smart box for the last mile

Having your groceries delivered to your home is no longer a novelty. But getting fresh products from several supermarkets in a single delivery is, which is why cloud provider The Chain Never Stops and IT company DXC Technology teamed up to develop a smart box. Read about how the smart box manages to make the last mile more efficient on logistiek.nl.

#3 PostNL expands emission-free transport of business goods

Like WDP, PostNL encourages customers to emit as little CO₂ as possible. They have been proving this since 2017, by working together with SimplyMile to deliver business goods in the city centre of Amsterdam free of emissions. As of this year, they will also be doing so in Groningen, The Hague, Maastricht, Utrecht, and Nijmegen. A further ten cities will follow in 2020. Read about which vehicles PostNL is using for to emission-free city distribution on logistiekprofs.nl.

#4 Scania designs electric autonomous urban vehicle

The transition to a sustainable transport system in cities seems to be a step closer. Because automotive company Scania has designed an urban vehicle that takes commuters to work, as well as collects and disposes of goods or waste. Read more about the advantages of Scania’s electric autonomous urban vehicle concept on logistiek.nl.

#5 Are exoskeletons the future?

Exoskeletons are robotic suits that have already proven their usefulness in rehabilitation in the healthcare sector. Together with fourteen companies, the Innovation Platform (VIL) is now investigating whether the technology can also be useful as a tool for logistics employees who carry out demanding manual tasks. It’s in the pipelines according to VIL! Read more about the ‘Exoskeletons for logistics’ project on logistiekprofs.nl.